If you’ve resorted to your fingertips as a way to apply your makeup, it’s time to step up your game. From oscillating brushes to sponges and beyond, these are what the experts rely on for perfect-looking makeup every single time.
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Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Brush ($35)
You may know and love Clarisonic for its skin-cleansing brushes, but get a glimpse of its newest product, an oscillating foundation brush. Compatible with any Clarisonic device, just slip the brush head on and let it go to work as the soft fibers even out liquid makeup in just seconds.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist ($8)
A first from L’Oréal, these new makeup sponges—there are three—blend away lines, streaks and patchy areas so your foundation, concealer and blush go on evenly. We like the Contour Blender, which makes blending in darker makeup used for contouring purposes barely detectable on skin.
Artis Elite Smoke Palm ($65)
Chances are you’ve seen some beauty blogger on Instagram or YouTube blending in their makeup with this oversized brush. Brand founder Matthew Waitesmith says, “Artis Brushes are uniquely designed to deliver the best product finish of any makeup brushes. Artis does this through a handle design that positions the fibre bundle to mimic how you would use your finger to apply products, and by creating and using our own trademarked fibre.”
IT Cosmetics Superhero 4-in-1 Eyeshadow Brush ($29)
Rather than having to rely on a bunch of different brushes to get that perfect eye, this game changer does it all. Use it to do everything from applying shadow to eyeliner and even creating definition and texture in the crease.
Giorgio Armani Beauty Blender Brush ($64)
A must for creating a seamless, everyday look, use this slightly pointed brush to perfectly blend in your foundation. Tim Quinn, Giorgio Armani Beauty celebrity makeup artist, says, “The Blender Brush is perfect for liquid foundation. It allows you to customize the coverage with almost an airbrushed finish.”
The original makeup blending sponge that is a true makeup artist and editor favorite, this hot pink applicator works best when you dampen it and then blend in everything from foundation and concealer to highlighter and beyond.
NüYU SiliSponge ($15)
The next iteration of traditional makeup sponges are silicone-based ones, like this. Made of medical-grade silicone, makeup goes on super smooth and your fingers stay clean. Celebrity makeup artist Maureen Burke says, “The nonporous, surgical-grade silicone prevents bacteria growth that can occur in other sponges. Also, Silisponge does not waste valuable product that would otherwise be absorbed into a sponge. Less really is more with this little cutie.”
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