But not all of us have a personal makeup brush guide to whip out every time we get ready, so if you're still applying powder eye shadow with your fingers, we get it. Between the slew of foundation brush options to the different bristle type available, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to narrowing down your list of essential makeup brushes. That said, as with anything art-related, having a good set of tools in your arsenal is a must, and according to New York-based makeup artist Kristine Cruz , using the wrong brush can completely throw off your whole look. So if you choose one that's too big or the wrong shape, it won't place the product where you want it or apply it in a natural way. Meet the Expert. Ahead, check out our complete guide to the most popular types of makeup brushes.
Skip navigation! Story from Beauty. While makeup artists like Val Garland and Erika La' Pearl like to use their fingers when it comes to applying foundation , eyeshadow and concealer , others extol the virtues of a good brush set for ease of application, precision and seamless blending. But not all brushes are created equal. From nylon to taklon, bristles vary from brush to brush, as does the shape: domed or angled? Round or flat?
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If you've been using the same makeup brush for just about everything and you're ready to step up your application game, go for the basics: foundation, powder, blush, and two eye shadow brushes, says Stephanie Riley , a professional makeup artist in Los Angeles. But not all brushes are created equally, so the budget pick isn't always the best choice. Long-handled brushes also provide more control to help you apply your makeup like a pro, even if you're a beginner, she says. The investment in a quality brush is a worthy one, says Shira Aaron , a professional makeup artist in New York City.