The 7 Makeup Brushes You Need & Why

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If you think your basic blusher and eyeshadow applicator are all you need to nail your best beauty look, think again! In fact, there’s an entire world of makeup brushes that contour, highlight and perfect your complexion in one easy step. With so many to choose from, investing in a new batch of brushes can be overwhelming to say the least. Today, we break down which ones you really need and how to use them.

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Check out the 7 brushes we can't live without and why.

1. The Blush Brush

Invest in a blushing brush with super soft, lightweight bristles for a gorgeous, airbrushed glow. An angular brush head is key to contouring and definining the cheekbone.

French Boutique Blush Brush

$35

IT Cosmetics

Mineralize Blush in New Romance

$27

MAC

2. The Concealer Brush

Apply concealer easier and more evenly than ever with a double-sided concealer brush. With one side fluffy and the other side flat, you can cover more ground and then target smaller spots with the shorter, finer brush head.

Concealer

$70

Clé de Peau Beauté

Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush

$24

IT Cosmetics

3. The Sculpting Brush

Best used for highlighting and sculpting your complexion, rely on this heavier, angled brush to apply your favorite illuminating and contouring powders.

Contour Blush in Olympia

$42

NARS

IT Cosmetics Angled Radiance Brush

$40

Amazon

4. The Eyeshadow Brush

It's time you trashed your old eyeshadow brush for this double-ended dream tool. Use it to create a smoldering smoky eye and even apply your eyeliner with the shorter bristled side. Talk about an on-the-go staple!

No Tug Dual Eyeshadow Brush

$24

IT Cosmetics

Surf & Sand Eyeshadow Palette in Surf

$65

Bobbi Brown

5. The Liquid Brush

Perfect for applying your favorite liquid and cream formulas, a pointed brush literally paints on illuminators and liquid blushes smoother than ever.

Point Precision Complexion Brush

$38

IT Cosmetics

Pence Cheeky Tinted Highlighter

$24

Butter London

6. The All-Over Brush

A bronzer brush gone wild! This fan-shaped tool can be used on your face and body. Expect even, glowy coverage in one quick sweep!

Sun Fabric Bronzer

$54

Giorgio Armani

Mega Fan Brush

$48

IT Cosmetics

7. The Foundation Brush

Give your skin flawless coverage with a flat topped foundation brush. The heavy blunt bristles on this trusty tool literally buffs foundation into your skin, yielding results far more gorgeous than a blending sponge would.

Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush

$48

IT Cosmetics

Crème Smooth Foundation

$50

Laura Mercier