If you ask any makeup artist what the key to a good makeup application is, the answer will probably entail two vital components: professional tools and a good set of products. Many of us already have enough makeup to last a lifetime, but finding the right application tool? Well that’s another issue entirely.
However, if you’re looking for a tool that’ll make your foundation look just like the fresh-faced skin you were born with, there’s one product that makeup artists seem to agree on: Oval brushes. No surprise here, but those shiny, silver brushes are a celebrity favorite, with the DailyMail even reporting that Kylie Jenner uses one to apply her moisturizer. So, we dug up some of the best oval brushes we could find so that you can snag a flawless makeup application at-home.
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With tightly packed bristles, this makeup brush will reduce fallout from powders while easily creating a natural-looking level of coverage on your skin.
If your makeup tends to cake around your nose or in the hollows under your eyes, this makeup brush is for you. The triangle-shaped head allows you to smooth foundation into those smaller crevices that larger foundation brushes can’t always reach.
This synthetic fiber brush is dense enough to apply your makeup without streaking but still has enough give that it feels soft upon your face. Add a few drops of foundation directly to the brush before applying to the skin or use it to smooth on lotion pre-makeup application (make sure the brush is makeup-free first!). As a bonus, the brush head is big enough to use on the body as well, making it a good, multipurpose tool.
Unlike other brushes, this one has a tilted handle that’s shaped to fit in your hand perfectly, allowing you to glide the brush along your face in a way that feels like a more natural movement.
Much like MAC’s other makeup brushes, this one is top-notch for a flawless foundation application. While it’s a bit more expensive than the other dupes we’ve found, it’s certainly a good option for those who aren’t quite ready to snag an Artis brush but still want the same stellar results.
As the gold standard of makeup brushes (the technology used is even patented), Artis is a must-have for many famous makeup artists globally. Made exclusively with the brand’s own, specially engineered CosmeFibre, makeup will blend seamlessly into the contours of the skin during use.
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