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The 10 Make-Up Brushes Every Woman Should Own

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Any make-up artist will tell you that the one thing they’re mad possessive about are their brushes: It is their secret to flawless make-up application. Often overlooked, make-up brushes are the best investment a beauty junkie can make. Don’t believe us? Read what the make-up wizards behind Fat MU have to say about make-up brushes.

A set of good-quality brushes can last a really long time if you take good care of them. It only makes sense to invest in a few key pieces, i.e. the basic ones that’ll help you create multiple looks with ease. When shopping for make-up brushes, remember that there are two types: ones with synthetic bristles and ones made of natural hair. Brushes made from natural fibres are stiffer and are meant to be used with powder formulas. Synthetic brushes are softer and far more pliable, so they work well for liquid and cream formulas.

Also, the size of the brush depends on the area it is meant for. The larger the area to be covered, the bigger the brush. So without further ado, here are the 10 brushes you need to complete your beauty arsenal:

 

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Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Brush (Rs 1,417)

1. Eyeshadow Brush

Sure you can use your fingers to hurriedly pat some eyeshadow on your lids when you’re in a rush. But it’s something you can only get away with if you’re using nearly nude colours, and then too it’s impossible to get in the corners. An eyeshadow brush is important if you want even, neat application especially when you’re working with intense colours.

 

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Inglot 80 HP/S (Rs 1,400)

2. Crease Brush

Getting eyeshadow precisely on the crease can be tricky. A crease brush is designed to work especially on this area. Whether it’s a smokey eye or a cut-crease look, a crease brush helps you diffuse colour into the area better than your fingers ever will.

 

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MAC 217 (Rs 4,179)

3. Blending Brush

The key to a great smokey eye is in how well it is blended, and no matter what you do it’s not something you can achieve with those sponge-tip applicators that come with eyeshadow quads. A good blending brush is equal parts stiff and flexible, so look out for that when you’re picking one up for yourself.

 

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Glo-Minerals Smudge Brush (Rs 844)

4. Smudging Brush

You know those times when you want sizzling, smokey eyes but can’t be bothered about doing the entire thingmajig with three different coloured shadows and brushes? At times like that, all you need is a pencil liner to get a haphazard line around your eyes and some deft smudging with a smudging brush. Et voila! Perfectly smokey eyes.

 

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Colorbar Angled Eye Defining Brush (Rs 250)

5. Angled Brush

This brush is a really important multi-tasker, which is why it’s an absolute must-have. It’s what you need while using gel liner for precision lining, especially when drawing a winged eyeliner. You will also need an angled brush to fill in sparse sections of your eyebrows when using a brow powder or gel. Don’t you just love it when a single product can do double duty?

 

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Jane Iredale Deluxe Spoolie Brush (Rs 1,590)

6. Eyebrow Spoolie

IMO, a spoolie is the best thing to have happened to eyebrows. They’re so handy when you want Cara Delavigne-style brows. Brush your brows upwards and outwards as it will help you spot the areas that need to be filled. Spoolies can also be used to remove excess brow product and/or to spread them evenly. You can also use a spoolie to comb through your lashes if you unintentionally clump them with mascara.

 

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Kevyn Aucoin The Blender/Concealer Brush (Rs 2,396)

7. Concealer Brush

Ideally, I would suggest you get two or three different concealer brushes depending on where you need to conceal. The smaller the area, the smaller the brush and vice versa.

 

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Jane Iredale Foundation Brush (Rs 2,700)

8. Foundation Brush

Foundation boo-boos are the most common make-up mishaps. Streaky, unblended foundation is immediately noticeable and using a good quality brush helps in seamless application. Besides, a foundation brush is better than using a make-up sponge because it often leads to product wastage. A foundation brush can be used to apply both cream and liquid formulas with ease.

 

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Bare Escentuals Angled Face Brush (Rs 1,552)

9. Contour Brush

Contour brushes have the perfect shape and angle to work bronzer under the cheekbones or powder blush on the cheeks. Also, because you can’t load a brush with product, it helps you control the amount of colour you want on your face.

 

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Bare Escentuals Supreme Finisher Brush (Rs 1,991)

10. Powder Brush

No make-up is complete without a light dusting of setting powder as a finishing touch. It just helps to lock everything in place. A large, fluffy powder brush is perfect for a light veil of powder on the forehead, cheeks and down the nose.

Don’t forget to wash your brushes regularly. Here’s how you can keep them squeaky clean.

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