Purchasing a cosmetic brush set isn’t always the best use of your money. Here’s how to make a personalized set by choosing nine essential brushes.

By Real Simple
Updated December 16, 2010
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Purchasing a cosmetic brush set isn’t always the best use of your money. Here’s how to make a personalized set by choosing nine essential brushes.

Follow These Steps

  1. Pick a powder brush The powder brush should be soft and fluffy and have a medium dome so the powder is distributed evenly over your face.
  2. Pick a blush brush Your blush brush should have slightly angled bristles and be at least three inches at its longest tip to avoid streaking.
  3. Pick a foundation brush The foundation brush can be used as an alternative to your fingers or a sponge for applying liquid foundation; it should be flat and have stiff bristles that allow for sheer coverage.
  4. Pick a concealer brush Similar to the foundation brush, the concealer brush should have fine dense bristles that help cover blemishes accurately.
  5. Choose two eye shadow brushes A brush with small bristles should be used to apply shadow; a flat brush to blend the shadow.
  6. Step 6: Pick a brow brush The eyebrow brush should have a tiny comb on one side and stiff bristles on the other. Aha! In a pinch, you can use a toothbrush to tame your brows.
  7. Step 7: Choose an angled brush Used for applying eye liner or for filling in your eyebrows, a thin stiff-bristled brush provides the most precision.
  8. Step 8: Pick a lip brush For applying lipsticks and glosses, you’ll need a small dense brush.