Brushes 2.0: The Best Tools For Creating Seriously Flawless Makeup

There's only one thing as important to us as the quality of the products we use on our faces: our tools. Without a good brush, it doesn't really matter what kind of makeup you're using — a streaky face is a streaky face, period. Knowing that the right tools are key to taking makeup from good to great, we rounded up the makeup brushes that will take your routine to the next level.
Looking for a curved, easy-to-use handle? Check. Want something that's super soft to the touch? Double check. Vegan? We've got you covered, too. These aren't your typical brushes, because when it comes to your face, we know that "typical" is probably the last thing you're looking for. Click through to check out our finds.
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All about precision? The angle of this brush lets you get up close to the mirror, while its super-fine point lets you create the neat and smooth line of your dreams.

Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush, $40, available at Sephora.
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This vegan, two-sided brush lets you get at multiple areas of your face with just one tool. Plus, it's retractable, making it great for travel.

Hourglass Double Ended Complexion Brush, $68, available at Sephora.
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With a 150-degree contour, this brush is built to give you maximum control. Why aren't all our brushes curved like this?

Japonesque 150 Degree Application Contour Brush, $32, available at Ulta.
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This lush, luxurious brush is made to feel awesome on your skin while distributing just the right amount of powder.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Brush, $48, available at
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This extra-soft brush makes blush application easy. Its grip-friendly contoured handle is practically foolproof.

Sonia Kashuk Blusher Brush No 02, $17.39, available at Target.
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Love that signature Tom Ford smoldering gaze? Yes, his smoky-eyed look can be yours, thanks to this luxe brush.

Tom Ford Smoky Eye Brush, $50, available at Neiman Marcus.
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This cruelty-free brush works great with liquid foundation (but, really, it's great for any foundation). It's designed to optimize the even distribution of product, creating a flawless finish.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Blush, $25, available at Ulta .
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This brush's tapered dome head is made with super-soft goat hair, which makes it ideal for defining cheekbones. Bonus: It works great to blend color around your eyes as well. Its gorgeous handle is wrapped with hand-spun black wisteria, making it almost too pretty to use. Almost.

NARS Yachiyo Kabuki Brush #27, $50, available at NARS.

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