5 Essential Makeup Brushes Every Woman Needs

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When it comes to makeup brushes the variety and options are endless! And unless you’re a professional makeup artist, or someone who trolls YouTube tutorials religiously, it can be overwhelming when you ask yourself where to even start!

Which is where I got the idea for this blog post from: I’ve got a professional guru at my fingertips so why not find out the basics! As much as I get my makeup done constantly by the best in the business I still find myself pondering what the hell some of these brushes are meant to do – apart from performing miracles, that is.

So my go-to-gal Morag Steyn and I decided to film a little at home video chat on our top 5 essential makeup brushes that every woman needs to put together a great look! I’ve also decided to highlight some add on brushes below the video that you can build your own kit with. Hope this helps!

Here are some other options or additional brushes to the ones we featured in the video! Maybe you want to expand on these basics – this is what we’d add in.

Brush #1: Foundation Brush

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Smashbox Blurring Foundation Brush

This brush easily blends liquid, powder and stick foundations for a natural, diffused finish that makes every imperfection a total blur.

  • Pairs perfectly with cream, liquid, powder and stick foundations
  • Perfect for all-over blending
  • Dome-shape bristles easily maneuver every angle of the face
  • Gives a natural, diffused finish
  • Handle show where to hold for sheer to full coverage
  • High-tech synthetic fibers provide durability and control
  • Cruelty-free

Brush #2: Concealer Brush

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Smashbox Buildable Concealer Brush

This flat-paddled concealer brush instantly provides buildable coverage to put any should I call in sick?-inducing blemish out of sight.

  • Pairs perfectly with cream or liquid concealers and/or correctors
  • Tapered shape provides even application
  • Handle shows where to hold for sheer to full coverage
  • High-tech synthetic fibers for durability and control
  • Cruelty-free

Brush #3: Contour/Blush Brush

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Smashbox Precise Cheek Brush

This fanned and fluffy blush and bronzer brush effortlessly glides your favorite rosy or sun-kissed shades onto cheeks for a soft, natural finish.

  • Pairs beautifully with all of your powder cheek products
  • Precise shape glides on a soft, natural finish
  • Easily builds and layers product
  • No-guesswork grips show where to hold for sheer to full coverage
  • High-tech synthetic fibers provide durability and control
  • Cruelty-free

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Smashbox Fan Brush

This highlighting fan brush is captain of the sheerleading squad. It sweeps powder cheek products along the contours of the face for a winning, glowy finish.

  • Pairs perfectly with powder cheek and highlight products
  • High-tech synthetic fibers provide durability and control
  • Soft, sheer product application
  • Cruelty-free

Brush #4: Shadow Brush

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Smashbox All Over Shadow Brush

A key player on your makeup brush squad, this flat, tapered eye shadow brush provides optimal product pickup and blending in one swipe.

  • Pairs with powder eye shadows
  • Perfect for sweeping shadow all over lid
  • Foolproof application
  • High-tech synthetic fibers retain shape and bounce back after washing
  • Cruelty-free

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Smashbox Shadow Blending Brush

This dome-shaped brush applies sheer shadow layers, diffuses any shadowespecially deep shadesand creates seamless shade transitions for a soft eye look.

  • Pairs with powder eye shadows applies sheer coverage
  • Blends and applies sheer coverage
  • Great for transition shades just above the crease
  • High-tech synthetic fibers retain shape and bounce back after washing
  • Cruelty-free

Brush #5: Lip Brush

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Since the Brow and Liner Brush is really everything you need we recommend adding a great lip brush to your collection! This flat-paddled and densely packed lip brush easily defines, blends and layers lip color for a perfected lip look.

  • Pairs with all your favorite lip products
  • Delivers precise application
  • High-tech synthetic fibers provide durability and control
  • Cruelty-free

There you have it! I hope this helps you build a great kit of all the essentials you need to get going! Happy makeup applying!

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