The Best Makeup Brushes for Flawless Application

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Talk to any professional makeup artist and the first bit of gospel they’ll pass on is that brushes are the most important part of their kit -- even more so than the actual cosmetics, in some cases.

That’s because while the pros can make do with whatever makeup is available, nothing takes the place of high-quality brushes. They ensure that application is smoother or that a cat eye or red lip stays put -- and, more importantly, that it all looks flawless. (As if you needed another reason for getting rid of the dinky applicator that came with your eyeshadow.) 

Whether you’re looking for a specialized tool or a comprehensive set, there’s something for everyone’s at-home makeup kit here. 

Discover the best makeup brushes to add to your collection, below. 

Revlon Professional Blending Brush

Revlon
This clever sponge-tipped tool enables you to work around all the contours of your face and also exfoliates skin for a super-smooth finish.

Artis Elite Black Brush Set

Artis
These oval brush heads are designed to mimic the pad of your finger, so makeup application is the closest you can get to using your hands without getting dirty.  

Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush 

Surratt Beauty
Surratt Beauty Artistique Highlight Brush
Sephora
Surratt Beauty
Use this ultra-soft brush to dust highlighter on the tops of cheekbones, the orbital bones, the forehead and even the collarbones. Made in Japan, the ergonomic brush features hand-tied natural fibers.

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush 

NARS
NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush
Bloomingdale's
NARS
Made with natural bristles, this tapered tool makes quick work of blending loose powder, blush, highlighter and even powder shadows around the eyes.

Too Faced Mr. Right Eye Essential Brush Set 

Too Faced
Everything you need to create a killer smoky eye or a soft, natural look is in this five-piece set. It includes brushes for lining, shading, smudging and blending.

Shiseido Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush

Shiseido
With a four-petal shape inspired by the camellia, this handy tool can be used to buff out any telltale lines of demarcation between your foundation and skin.

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