While fingers and sponges can do a lot of the work, a make-up brush can really take your look a step further. Plus, if you look after your brushes (washing them regularly with antibacterial washing-up liquid) you reduce the chance of transferring germs to your face, which can cause breakouts.
Brushes also have the benefit of transforming your foundation into something natural, but glowing. But with so many brushes available, how do you know which ones are right?
Here’s our guide to the ones you really need:
The best foundation brush
This brush was designed by make-up artists and youtubers, Sam and Nic Chapman of PixiWoo. This brush is a game-changer for many reasons, but the top among them is its ability to reduce application time. Sam says, “The brush helps create a flawless, streak-free looking finish by buffing the skin while blending your make-up.”
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99).
The best concealer brush
A crucial part of your look is perfectly applied concealer. Plus, it often means you can reduce the amount of foundation you are using (great knowledge for a ‘no make-up make-up day’). This Zoeva Concealer and Buffer Brush is different from many, but is incredibly effective as the shape mimics the shape of your little finger. It can sweep the concealer under the eye, into the inner corner and create a fresh, healthy looking complexion.
The best blender
The Cailyn O! Circle Brush is the king of all buffing and blending brushes. Unlike any other brush, it contains an incredible 1,254,400 micro-fine bristles, which are cut on a 35 per cent angle to allow all-over coverage. The handle reduces arm-ache and the soft brush can blend any texture, including liquid, into a natural finish.
The best brow groomer
If your main priority is keeping your brows in check, then this brush should be in your handbag at all times. The Daniel Sandler Brow Groomer Brush can fluff your brows up and brush them down to ensure the perfect shape. Brow tip from Daniel: “…an eyeshadow is more flattering than a hard pencil – brush in shadow for a natural look.”
Daniel Sandler Brow Groomer Brush (£5.25).