The tighter the fibers, the more specific the placement of the shadow. When doing sculpted eyes or using multiple colors, avoid muddiness by using a flat paddle brush made from natural fibers, which provide more control. The Lancôme Large Shadow Brush #11 fits this description. Use a pressing motion to build up on color saturation. The brush will deposit pigment evenly and neatly, leaving you with a flawless and professional look.
When smudging shadow and eyeliner, for example, to create a smoky look in which the eyes take center stage, you want a pointed, tipped brush that's shaped like a pencil. This shape will allow you to work in the product at the lashline, which will create definition without harshness. Now, if you mess up your liner, the Grand Pinceau Paupières Rond from Chanel will help clean up your look and give you an instant cool-girl vibe.
Although your old toothbrush may do in a pinch, if you want to take your brows to the next level, invest in a spoolie brush. Spoolies distribute product throughout the brows, softening the look and blending to perfection. I love Anastasia Beverly Hills' Large Synthetic Duo Brush #12. It has high-quality synthetic bristles on one side and the spoolie brush on the other!
Lip brushes are tricky and should be picked based on the size of your lips. Look for ones that have a cover, like MAC's 318 Retractable Lip Brush, to keep your kit clean. Those with a fuller pout should opt for a brush with a bigger surface area, a straight edge, and curved top, like the NARS Cream Blending Brush.