7 Brushes Every Makeup Bag Needs
Maybelline Expert Tools Lip Brush
The perfect stowaway for any purse or pocket, this retractable brush has sturdy bristles that paint on colors precisely and evenly. Use with your favorite lipstick or lip gloss, and skip the lip liner; you won’t need it.
To buy: $6, drugstore.com.
Featured March 2015
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
A bristle-less brush sounds unusual, but it’s genius when it comes to drawing fine lines. With no errant hairs or old, caked-on liner to sabotage an otherwise smooth job, this silicone-tipped brush delivers a clean, even line in one fell swoop.
To buy: $6, ulta.com.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Brush #7
Fill in sparse brows with the angled brush on one end. Use the spooley on the other to groom hairs, while softening any obvious lines.
To buy: $18, sephora.com.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush
This versatile brush has short, stiff bristles on one end (for soft lining) and long, fluffy fibers on the other (for seamless blending). Used together, they create that elusive “lived-in” look that is equally smoky and smudgy—never sloppy.
To buy: $20, urbandecay.com.
Sephora Collection Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57
Short, synthetic bristles buff and blend away all unwelcome blemishes. Dark circles, redness, acne, and scars: There is no spot this brush can’t cover.
To buy: $24, sephora.com.
Artis Elite Collection Mirror Oval 6
This futuristic-looking brush seems to do everything: run it over your entire face for a seamless base, on tops of cheeks for a pretty flush, or across lids for a subtle wash of color. The flat surface of the brush is fitted with thousands of fine fibers that pick up and lay down an even coat of color no matter what type of product is used—or where it’s applied.
To buy: $40, artisbrush.com.