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The Brush Off: Get the Best Brush for That

Mar 15, 2017 02:00PM ● By Becca Newell
By Becca Newell

While we might not all be hair and makeup pros, we believe application and styling should be simple and uncomplicated. If you’re still struggling to blend and contour like an expert or create voluminous locks without visiting the salon, look no further than these must-have make-up bag essentials. Sometimes it is the tool that’s to blame for poor craftsmanship!


This brush is on a mission to better any blowout. Not only do the vents help to decrease drying time, but the ceramic barrel heats up as you blow-dry your hair, basically transforming the hairbrush into a curling iron.

Dry Bar’s Half Pint Small Round Ceramic Brush


If you’re looking to add a little volume to your ‘do, then meet your new BFF! With three rows of multi-tiered bristles, this slim brush makes adding body a breeze.

Paul Mitchell’s Teasing Brush
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An egg-shaped sponge applicator that promises streak-free application of primers, foundations, and other complexion-correction products. Rather than absorbing product like most sponges, the blender’s “open cell structure,” when wet, allows product to sit on top of the sponge, minimizing product waste.

Beauty Blender’s Original


The flat, fanned-out bristles help to create even, sheer definition, perfect for a light dusting of illuminator—or bronzer—along the cheekbones and anywhere else in need of a little shimmer. This brush is also ideal for sweeping away excess or fallen makeup, like eyeshadow or mascara, without smudging or removing any existing base.

Hynt’s Air Blender Brush


For use with both loose and pressed powders, this brush’s bristles taper to form a dome shape, ideal for shaping and contouring the eye area. Effortlessly blend eyeshadow across the lid, particularly in the crease, and around the brow bone.

Hynt’s Shadow Blender Brush


This double-duty brush helps to define both eyebrows and lash lines with its angled bristles that ensure precise application. The brow brush helps to fill-in sparse brows and diffuse harsh pencil lines while the liner’s slanted head allows for color deposit right along the lash line.

Hynt’s Duo Liner Brow Brush


This revolutionized makeup brush assists the user—unlike most brushes that are designed for makeup application by someone else—for smooth, even coverage across the face. More specifically, this brush is ideal for contouring the cheekbone area for a natural, healthy-looking glow in the apples of the cheeks.

Artis Makeup Brushes’ Oval 8


From soft touch-ups to full application, this multitasking brush does almost everything—eyeshadow blending and shading, lip color perfecting, brow defining, blemish concealing, and facial contouring. And, exactly like the Oval 8, it was designed with the user in mind to allow for makeup application with ease.

Artis Makeup Brushes’ Oval 3

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