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Makeup brushes are like magic wands: a swipe here, a dust­ing

there, and the smoky eye or con­tour of your dreams comes to­gether in real life. But which should you never be without? If you have only five makeup tools in your kit, MAC’s se­nior

artist Kiekie Stan­ners says to make sure it’s these.

EYESHADOW

Hav­ing a favourite eyeshadow brush

is a must. Whether you’re

cre­at­ing a sculpted nat­u­ral eye or a dra­matic

smoky look, hav­ing the right tool to ex­e­cute

it is just as im­por­tant as the makeup you’re

ap­ply­ing.

TRY

MAC #217 BLEND­ING BRUSH,

$50.

POW­DER

This should be a sta­ple in ev­ery makeup kit, for ev­ery type of pow­der ap­pli­ca­tion. It’s also good to have one that is full and rounded which you can use with any type of pow­der, to eas­ily press onto the skin.

TRY MAC #129 POW­DER BRUSH, $90.

EYE­LINER

You can’t do a per­fectly pre­cise liq­uid eye­liner without a great eye­liner brush! It can be one of the

tough­est tech­niques to master so make it eas­ier for your­self by hav­ing a firm, fine brush to de­fine the lash

line with.

TRY BOBBI BROWN UL­TRA PRE­CISE EYE­LINER BRUSH,

$55.

FOUN­DA­TION

Mas­ter­ing flaw­less foun­da­tion is made a lot eas­ier by us­ing a brush – this way you can build up prod­uct or make it look sheer for a seam­less ap­pli­ca­tion. Plus it elim­i­nates get­ting foun­da­tion-cov­ered fin­ger­tips!

TRY SHISEIDO PER­FECT FOUN­DA­TION BRUSH, $60.

BLUSH

A hint of blush or bronzer on the cheeks in­stantly gives a sub­tle ra­di­ance. A su­per-soft, fluffy brush is ideal, es­pe­cially one that’s not too big to al­low for pre­cise ap­pli­ca­tion. I love a soft nat­u­ral fi­bre brush; they feel like silk against your skin.

TRY ARTISTE AN­GLED BLUSH BRUSH #21,

$22.50.

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