5 Must Have Makeup Brushes

When it comes to putting on makeup I'm a minimalist.  A little eyeliner, few coats of mascara, dusting of bronzer plus some lip gloss and I'm out the door.  Therefore, I have to admit my brush collection was lacking until I attended an event held by Makeup Artist, Sonia Kashuk, who taught me and a bunch of editors how to use a full brush set to apply a full face of makeup.  Such a valuable lesson, but I spoke to Kashuk to narrow down the top five makeup brushes we should all have and how to use them, because let's be honest, we don't all take the time to go crazy.  Here's the breakdown: 1. Small Multipurpose Powder Brush

If you're going to purchase one shadow brush, this is it.  The dome shape is great for contouring and shading in smaller areas, but it also offers a sheer application, which allows it to be used all over the eye.

2. Dome Shaped Blush Brush

"You always want to apply blush in a circular motion to control the movement," comments Kasuk.  "A soft, domed brush makes application seamless."  Another bonus: Not only do soft brushes feel great on your skin, but they are also a great way to control color by sweeping less pigment on with the initial stroke.  You can always add more.  I use Kashuk's Blusher Brush, $17.99 at Target.

3. Brow Spoolie

Nicely groomed brows frame your entire face, but the way your brush them makes a big difference.  A spoolie brush grips each hair and allows for better control in the placement of your brow hairs than other tools.  For the most flattering look, brush your brows at a 75 degree angle so they go up and out towards your hair line.

4. Pointed Foundation Brush

"A domed-shaped brush for foundation is a must-have because it helps alleviate streaks, evenly buffs foundation and concealer into the skin, and is perfect for targeting specific hard to reach areas," states Kashuk.  For a controlled application, tap the brush onto the skin instead of swiping it back and forth.  Proper application will make your foundation will last longer too.

5. Smudge Brush

There's so much you can do with a smudge brush from blending out eye liners to softening a smokey eye and even applying eyeliners and shadows to give them a different texture.  It's like a magic wand for your eyes!