5 Makeup Brushes You Didn't Know You Needed

A good makeup brush can be the difference between a mediocre beauty look and a head-turning one. Here, we share five of our favorite brushes that you need in your beauty arsenal.


GlamGlow Double Application Treatment Brush

Why You Need It: Elevate your weekly mask to something a bit more spa-worthy. "GlamGlow’s innovative dual-sided brush provides a sleeker, more convenient way to apply your favorite mask. Featuring an aluminum alloy body, each brush comes with a silicone mixing spatula to prepare mud (and get every last drop out of the jar!) and synthetic bristles to ensure a clean, flawless application," says Glenn Dellimore, brand cofounder and cocreative director. $14, glamglowmud.com


Japonesque BB/CC Cream Brush

Why You Need It: Using a brush to apply BB and CC creams can give your skin a more even finish. “This brush is engineered with dual-length bristles and a unique balance of natural and synthetic materials to deliver exquisite application and blending of BB and CC creams, as well as traditional liquid foundations,” says brand manager Jessica Wendell. “The brush head is perfectly contoured to roll and buff products evenly over your skin. It allows you to achieve a feather-light nude look that cannot be achieved when applied with your fingers. The final result is a stunning airbrush-like finish.” $30, ulta.com


Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Synthetic Concealer Brush 

Why You Need It: “This brand-new brush shape gives a much needed update to a makeup bag classic,” says Sonia Kashuk, makeup artist and founder of Sonia Kashuk Beauty. “The pointed tip allows for a precise application, especially in hard-to-reach creases like the inner corner of the eye, while the increased width doubles to apply foundation on a spot-treatment basis.” $6, target.com


Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush 

Why You Need It: “This brush is a unique double-ended brush that is perfect for precision contouring and effortless blending to define and enhance the eyes. I also like to use it to apply concealer under the eyes to hide pesky blemishes,” says Erik Soto, global artist for Kat Von D Beauty. “Plus, it’s exceptionally good for traveling, as it comes with its own beauty resting case." $29, sephora.com



Pixi By Petra Full Cover Foundation Brush 

Why You Need It: This is the brush you can reach for to apply many different types of face makeup. “There are so many different ways in which to apply foundation (brushes, sponges, blenders, or even fingertips!), but there’s nothing quite like this full-coverage brush,” says Petra Strand, founder of PIXI by Petra. “The uniquely shaped dome-like head helps it fit into hard-to-reach areas on your face effortlessly, creating an allover flawless finish. Ultrasoft and densely packed synthetic bristles blend creams, powders, liquids and primers evenly across your skin for a high-definition effect without losing any product.” $15, target.com