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The Beauty Memo

6 of the best makeup brushes you need to own

Top makeup artists swear by their tools, so if you want expert results, you need to have the best makeup brushes at your fingertips. LIZ HAMBLETON reveals the most-wanted magic wands

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Tools of the trade backstage at Givenchy during Paris Couture Week FW18

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR ENHANCING BROWS Illamasqua Angled Brush

“Even the most defined eyebrow can be elevated with the right brush,” says legendary makeup artist Mary Greenwell, who works with Cate Blanchett and Amanda Seyfried. She recommends using “the firmest bristles you can find for precision, using the tip to mark the arch and the flat edge to fill it.” This brush has both and bristles stiff enough to hold its shape, even with daily use.

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR SOCKET DEFINITION Surratt Beauty Classique Shadow Brush Petite

This small domed makeup brush allows you to contour the eyes and deepen the lid for a lifted effect; it’s beautifully soft and perfectly sized to precision-shape around the socket. With eyes half-closed, tuck it into the crease of your eye and trace back and forth.

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR TIGHTLINING NARS #46 Push Eyeliner Brush

Tightlining invisibly defines eyes, creating a super-modern definition. Unlike a pencil, this flat makeup brush allows you to press cream or gel eyeliner beneath the top lashes along the inside of the waterline for a clean, sharp finish.

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR BUFFING FOUNDATION Artis Brush Next Generation Elite Mirror Oval 7 Brush

Use this cult-status brush to ‘polish’ foundation into your skin so that it doesn’t sit mask-like on your face or leave tidemarks around the jaw or hairline. It also doubles as a great face-brushing tool.

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR APPLYING BLUSHER Sisley Paris Blush Brush

“A delicate blush is instantly youthful,” says Greenwell. This blush brush has softer bristles than most, making it easier to sculpt around the temples and jawline more subtly than its flat-angled contouring cousins.

BEST MAKEUP BRUSH FOR POWDERING SHINY SKIN Hourglass Veil Powder Brush

Use this dual-ended makeup brush to apply translucent powder onto skin. The larger end is ideal for your cheeks, forehead and chin, while the smaller brush is perfect for sweeping through the T-zone and under your eyes.

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