If you thought a sponge was where it's at for your base application, think again. Nothing creates a more even finish (with less product!) than a foundation brush. "A more domed-shaped brush is great for foundation because it helps alleviate streaks, evenly buffs foundation and concealer into the skin, and is perfect for targeting specific hard-to-reach areas," Kashuk says. (That's why she designed her Pointed Foundation Brush.) To get the most natural finish, Kashuk recommends tapping (not wiping) the foundation brush, building the product as you go, and to keep application as sheer as possible under the eyes.
For Blush and Bronzer:
For application of powder blush (or for applying setting powder or bronzer to larger areas, like your forehead or neck), Kashuk recommends a fluffy powder brush: "The hairs are soft, supple, and feel luxuriously soft on the skin, plus it delivers just the right amount of color for a more sheer application. Apply in a circular motion to control the movement and overall application." We like Sephora Collection's version, made with goat hair bristles.
For Shadow: For more detailed powder work, Kashuk relies on a small, fluffy shadow brush (try this one by MAC) to do double-duty. "A shadow brush is one of my favorite tools because it offers a sheer application that’s perfect for a light dusting of shadow over the eye," says the makeup artist. Plus, Kashuk says that this small wonder is perfect for strategic mattification (without dousing your whole face in powder): "Look for a dome-shaped tip. It's great for contouring and applying powder to specific areas."
When it comes to your brows, you may decide to leave well enough alone, but trust us: brushing your brows into place with a spoolie brush is best things you can do to 'wake up' your face in the morning. Says Kashuk: "I prefer to use a spoolie because it latches to the brow hairs for better control. When brushing the brows, follow the growth of the hair and natural contour of the brow line. The motion should go up and out toward the hair line, with the spoolie slightly bent."
To finish off your eye look (especially if you're going for a smokier look), you'll want one last brush in your kit: a smudge brush. "This tool adds the perfect definition to the eye area...it's great for blending pencil or gel liner, and can create a softer smoky eye." The best part about this type of brush is that it can be used to create a variety of looks; simply wet the brush to create a bolder look, or use it dry for a more smudged, diffused effect.
Feel free to add to your collection as needed, but if you want to get more adventurous (and have everything you need in one cute, matching set), we love Kashuk's Deluxe Travel set — a perfect deal at only 20 bucks, and is there anything cuter than its portable, futuristic white case? We think not.
Sonia Kashuk Deluxe Travel Brush Set, $19.99, available at Target.
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