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12 Makeup Brushes You Need And Exactly How To Use Them

1. Foundation Brush: Use it to smooth liquid or cream foundation for streak-free application.

Alternate use: Pat on under-eye concealer.

2. Beauty Blender: Use the sponge's broad sides to smooth out product on your face. Use the tip to reach creases around the nose and to pinpoint small areas.

Alternate uses: Apply cream blush, blend out harsh makeup lines, and remove excess product.

3. Kabuki Brush: This big brush is perfect for softly applying bronzers and powders, and for evenly distributing product across your face or body.

Alternate use: Buff out harsh lines by swirling the brush around your face.

4. Powder Brush: The long, fluffy bristles evenly diffuse loose powders.

Alternate use: Sweep blush from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbones.

5. Angled Blush Brush: The slanted bristles make it easier to apply products perfectly to your cheekbones.

Alternate use: Apply contour powder (two shades darker than your skin tone) below your cheekbones to emphasize your natural contours.

6. Concealer Brush: Use a small, synthetic brush to pinpoint specific areas that need extra coverage.

Alternate use: Clean up messy lipstick edges.

7. All-Over Eye Shadow Brush: Use an eye shadow brush to evenly apply powder and cream shadows.

Alternate use: Dab on shadow under the lower lash line for a smokier eye.

8. Blending Brush: The fluffy bristles diffuse eye shadow in the crease of your eye.

Alternate use: Blend highlighter on your cheekbones, brow bones, and cupid's bow.

9. Smudger Brush: Use this to soften eyeliner for a smoky, sultry look.

Alternate use: Target areas around the eye, such as the inner and outer corners and the brow bone, when applying intense pigment.

10. Angled Eyeliner Brush: This brush easily lines lashes with cream or gel liner or shadow.

Alternate use: Fill in and define sparse brows with brow powder.

11. Lash/Brow Comb/Brush: Use this duo to comb, tame, and de-clump your lashes and brows.

Alternate use: Smudge eyeliner gently with the brush bristles.

12. Fan Brush: Use this to clean up fallen product or gently apply powders.

Alternate uses: Dip the ends in mascara and paint your lashes for a no-makeup look, hide eyelash glue with gel liner, and de-clump eyelashes.

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