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The brush section of any cosmetics store can feel pretty daunting to the those of us who aren’t pro makeup artists (like, how are there so many brushes?!).

Whether you’re just starting out or want to revamp your makeup brush collection, here are 10 essential brushes that should deserve a spot in your makeup bag.

tarte The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush $34

For a flawless, airbrushed finish, try tarte’s fluffy dome-shaped foundation brush. Starting from the center of your face, apply foundation by moving the brush in small outward circles.

Glossier Wowder Brush $20

Once your foundation is on, you want it to last. This is where a powder brush comes in, and Glossier does it best with the luxe Wowder brush. Swirl powder all over your face to set foundation or target specific oil-prone areas (think forehead, nose, and chin) to mattify.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush $58

This blush brush is worth the investment (bristles are so heavenly you’d swear it’s made from the eyelashes of angels). Blend the blush outwards from the apples of your cheeks for a natural flush.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Contouring Brush $6

We love this contour brush from e.l.f. for its densely-packed bristles. For a foolproof application, lightly apply bronzer in a number “3” shape on each side of your face starting with your temples, moving down to your cheeks, and finishing along your chin.

Morphe R-12 Deluxe Highlight Fan Brush $7

A whimsical addition to your vanity, Morphe’s highlight fan brush is necessary for a blinding glow. With a feather-light touch, quickly dust highlighter along cheekbones, the tip of your nose, brow bones, and cupid’s bow.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer Brush #2 $24

Blur blemishes and brighten your eyes with this beautiful dual-sided brush from IT Cosmetics. Use the flat, tapered side to smooth out concealer and flip over to the fluffy side to buff and blend any spots that need a little extra care.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio Angled Eyeliner Brush $3

Stop crying over failed cat eyes and boost your brush game with e.l.f.’s angled eyeliner brush! Its slanted tip gives you full control so you can achieve even, perfect kitties. Just glide the brush along your lash line at an angle for clean, dramatic lines.

Marc Jacobs Beauty The Crease Brush $36

Fun fact: You can skip an eye shadow brush and just use this crease brush to create a full eye look! With super flexible bristles, this brush easily blends shadows to create a soft or smokey finish.

Sigma Beauty L05 Lip Brush $15

Reach for this lip brush to craft a trendy ombré pout, apply gloss, or to achieve a bleed-free color. The compact brush head allows for precise color application every time.

NYX Cosmetics Pro Dual Brow Brush $10

Don’t forget your brows, baby! Fill brows with cream or powder using the angled brush side, then flip over to the spoolie to fluff and shape.

xx, The FabFitFun Team