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Your Guide to Make-Up Brushes

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Guide to Make-Up Brushes

Any beauty aficionado will know that great makeup is almost useless without great makeup brushes, so we’re giving you the low-down on which brushes will be sure to set you up for success.

If you’re feeling (very) spendy, you can always pick up a ‘9 Brush Set’ from Artis at almost $700, but if you’d rather be spending that extra money on something else, here’s a guide to picking out brushes that will get the job done at an affordable price:

Foundation_

You need something that’s going to buff the product into your skin to make it look as skin-like as possible. glam by manicare released a brush range last year that features the GP2 Buffing Foundation Brush for $25.95 or alternatively, you could pick up the ‘Your Base Flawless Foundation Brush’ from Real Techniques at just $12!

We get that some prefer to go with a sponge application, and although this may use a bit more product (absorbed into the sponge), it can achieve more of an airbrushed look. Manicare’s Perfect and Correct Sponge Kit, contains three sponges designed to fit the contours of your face for $20.95 and we love its versatility. If you’re an OG makeup queen, you can’t go past the original Beauty Blender, which will set you back $30 at Sephora.

Manicare
GP2 Buffing Foundation Brush
$25.95

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Real Techniques 
Base Flawless Foundation Brush
$12.00

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Real Techniques 
Base Flawless Foundation Brush
$20.95

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Real Techniques 
Base Flawless Foundation Brush
$30.00

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Powder_

You can use just about any fluffy brush for this, making sure it’s a size that you can work with. For under the eye and to set your concealer, we reach for the Real Techniques Setting Brush at $16.99, and if we’re looking to set our whole face, the Airbrush Mega Powder/Bronzer Brush from Manicare’s Artiste collection is our go-to, sitting at $44.95 (also fab at Bronzing up your face).

Real Techniques 
Setting Brush
$16.95

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Manicare Artise 
Airbrush Mega Powder/Bronzer Brush
$44.95

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Highlight/Contour_

Glam by Manicare’s GD1 Cream Kabuki Contour Brush ($25.95) and GD3 Precision Highlight/Contour Brush ($19.95) go hand in hand. They’re the perfect size for precise application and work pretty consistently across products with different formulas and consistencies.

Manicare 
GD1 Kabuki Contour Brush
$25.95

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GD3 Precision Highlight/Contour Brush
$19.95

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Eyes_

The essential eyeshadow brush collection includes: A crease brush for diffusing that perfect transition colour, a fluffy brush to blend product out, an angled brush to apply product into smaller areas, a smudge brush to… well, smudge, liners and gel products, and a flat brush to pack a punch with pigmented shadows. We recommend picking these up in bundles to get the best value, such as the Manicare Eye Makeup Brush Kit at $20.95 or the Ultimate Eye Set from Real Techniques at $45.

Manicare 
Eye Makeup Brush Kit
$20.95

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Real Techniques 
Ultimate Eye Set
$45.00

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