5 Must-have Make-up brushes

You may think it is easier to put on your make-up with your fingers, but spreading oils, germs and bacteria have all been associated with this, which is why a woman who knows how to take care of her skin prefers a brush. But there are so many make-up brushes out there, all claiming to be better than the last, so as a consumer, how are you supposed to make an educated decision about which is the best to buy?

1. Eye Shader

If you can only afford to buy one brush this year, make it the eye shader, a brush you can buy online or in a store for as little as $6 (Makeup Geek) or as much as $25 (MAC). This is a brush that spreads shadow along your eyelid, but rather than simply swoop it on, the brush packs the powder into the space, which means the color is more vivid. It can also be used to smudge color.

2. Pencil Brush

This is a brush that lives up to its name by allowing you the chance to create what looks like a pencil line across the eye. The experts call it a precision shading brush, which means that you can use it for a more understated look. It will spread a color thinly along the eyelid, to create a line effect and it can be bought at Macy’s, Nordstrom’s or even on eBay for about $25 (MAC).

3. Dual-end Brow Brush

At about $5 from the Makeup Geek store, this brush is a must-have item. You can use one end to tame your eyebrows, ensuring that all of the hairs are travelling in the same direction and the other end to fill in the brows, creating a fuller and more angular look. That’s double the brush for half the money, a deal if you think about the fact that you’ll be using it every day.

4. Cheek Highlighter

This smart brush is a must for those who love their blush. It has soft and evenly set bristles that, for the low price of $35, highlight the cheekbones brilliantly. It is easy to use and evenly spreads powder blush in a smooth line that still allows for some blending, so that you don’t look too overdone.

5. Blending Brush

A must-have for the girl who has to blend on the go, this isn’t a brush like the others. This is more of a sponge actually, but it gives you the power to blend anything from blush to eyeshadow to foundation, which means you’ll never go out in public with those embarrassing foundation lines near your ears or at the base of your chin, can smooth out the eyeshadow creased in your lids and even tone down the blush you use so you look more cool and less clown. This is an absolutely essential item that most women don’t be using, especially if they have taken a lot of care with their makeup. Applying is only half the battle. The other half is blending.