Newsflash: Makeup doesn’t magically appear on our faces. As much as we would love to have flawless faces at the snap of a finger, it just doesn’t work that way. There are tools needed to make sure our makeup is blended and applied to perfection. But, with so many brush options out there, it’s hard to decide which ones you simply have to have in your life, right? To help us get to the bottom of this conundrum, we asked makeup pro Emily Oliver to fill us in on some of her fave makeup brushes of all time!
A flawless foundation application is probably one of the most important steps in your makeup routine as it sets the tone (literally) for your entire look. That’s why you need a tool that will get the job done right every time. Oliver’s foundation brush of choice is the Giorgio Armani Designer Foundation Expert Shaping Brush because it’s effective and luxurious. “One swipe perfectly applies all types of foundation (from CC cream to full-coverage formulas) evenly onto the skin.”
No one has perfect skin. We all get a blemish or two (or more) from time to time, so it’s important to have a tool that can help you cover up those imperfections when they pop up unannounced. To get the right amount of coverage, try a synthetic brush like Lancôme Concealer Brush #8. Its tapered edge allows for precise and more controlled application.
If you can’t seem to blend your shadow right, it’s probably because you’re using the wrong blending brush. Eye shadow blending is a very specific technique that requires the right tool. Oliver says she loves her blending brush (YSL Eye Blending Brush Long) so much, she decided to stock up. “I have six of these brushes,” says Oliver. “It’s my absolute go-to for blending shadow. The length of the brush is ideal for getting a photoshopped look in real life!" Pro tip: When blending, Oliver says to start from the inside of the eye and work outward — that way, lighter colors on the inside of the eye will not become clouded or muddy from the darker shadows on the crease or outer lid.