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        Best 2014 Foundation Brush

        Make Up For Ever No. 112

        Best 2014 Foundation Brush
        WINNER 2014

        Make Up For Ever No. 112

        Simply put, this brush is a dream. With cloud-soft bristles that never shed and a tapered shape that navigates through nooks and crannies, "it’s made to last a lifetime," says N.Y.C. makeup pro Kim Bower. The beveled handle can even help apply false lashes.

        $46
        Editor’s Pick
        Best 2013 Editor's Pick

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2013

        Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

        Your complexion’s forecast with this kit: clear and bright,with little chance of irritation. Twice as nice, the twofer includes an oscillating brush designed just for acne sufferers (the bristles gently prod grime out of pores) and a 2 percent salicylic acid wash loaded withbotanicals, so it clears skin as it softens.

        $169
        Best 2013 Powder Brush

        Hakuhodo

        Best 2013 Powder Brush
        WINNER 2013

        Hakuhodo

        Meet a workhorse: With its blend of superfine goat and synthetic hairs, this sleek tool deposits powder, bronzer, or blush with surgical precision. Plus, the bristles are very soft. “Clients always tell me how calming this brush feels,” says Amy Tagliamonti, Blake Lively’s makeup artist.

        $84
        Best 2010 Blotting Papers

        Clean & Clear Blotting Papers

        Best 2010 Blotting Papers
        WINNER 2010

        Clean & Clear Blotting Papers

        Makeup pros keep these shine blasters stocked in their kits at all times. "They absorb everything," raves L.A. makeup artist Kayleen McAdams. "I use them to clean up excess oil, but also to blot lipstick or gloss instead of a tissue."

        $6
        Best 2010 Foundation Brush

        MAC Foundation Brush #190

        Best 2010 Foundation Brush
        WINNER 2010

        MAC Foundation Brush #190

        This supple brush blends makeup to perfection, says N.Y.C. pro Bill Westmoreland. And the oversize head "covers a large area in one stroke."

        $32
        Best 2010 Powder Brush

        Shu Uemura Natural Brush #20

        Best 2010 Powder Brush
        WINNER 2010

        Shu Uemura Natural Brush #20

        An investment piece, yes, but pros say the natural, powder-diffusing bristles are worth the splurge. "It is the perfect blend of softness and firmness," allowing makeup to glide (not glob) over every contour, says Polito.

        $50
        Best 2009 Foundation Applicator

        Beauty Blender

        Best 2009 Foundation Applicator
        WINNER 2009

        Beauty Blender

        Makeup artist Troy Surratt has just one word to describe this sponge: "revolutionary." Its rounded edges make for foolproof application.

        $20
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2009

        EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2009

        EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush

        These professional-quality brushes are made with all earth-friendly materials-from recycled aluminum to bamboo. You'd never know it from the smooth handles and soft bristles.

        $6
        Best 2009 Blush Brush

        MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

        Best 2009 Blush Brush
        WINNER 2009

        MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush

        "Blush can be tricky to apply, but this brush fans out the color so it doesn't get too concentrated," says makeup artist Fiona Stiles. The mix of soft synthetic and coarser natural bristles makes it ideal for cream or powder blush.

        $42
        Best 2009 Blotting Papers

        Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper

        Best 2009 Blotting Papers
        WINNER 2009

        Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper

        "These have just the right amount of powder," says Beyoncé's makeup artist Mally Roncal of the ultra-soft, shine-erasing sheets.

        $17
        Best 2009 Powder Brush

        Shu Uemura 18R

        Best 2009 Powder Brush
        WINNER 2009

        Shu Uemura 18R

        The loose bristles pick up the perfect amount of powder, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Mathew Nigara, who uses it to give clients like Kate Winslet an immaculate finish.

        $48
        Best 2009 Inexpensive Brush Line

        Sonia Kashuk Double Duty Brush Set

        Best 2009 Inexpensive Brush Line
        WINNER 2009

        Sonia Kashuk Double Duty Brush Set

        This wallet-friendly line is beloved by the pros for its high-quality synthetic and natural bristles and super-comfy ergonomic handles.

        $2-$13
        Best 2007 Makeup Brushes

        Shu Uemura Brushes

        Best 2007 Makeup Brushes
        WINNER 2007

        Shu Uemura Brushes

        "If you invest in only one brush, get it from this line," says Geoffrey Rodriguez, who has used the brushes on Teri Hatcher. The extra-soft natural bristles help disperse makeup evenly across skin.

        Best 2006 Travel Brush Set

        Laura Mercier Master Brush Set

        Best 2006 Travel Brush Set
        WINNER 2006

        Laura Mercier Master Brush Set

        This sleek collection includes Mercier's five most popular brushes (concealer, eyeliner, blush and two shadow brushes), but "the handles aren't much shorter than the normal ones, so they're easy to grip," says Barose.

        $250
        Best 2006 Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

        Best 2006 Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover
        WINNER 2006

        Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

        Best 2006

        Oil-Free Eye-Makeup Remover

        $8/5.5 oz.
        Best 2005 Facial Wipes

        Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets

        Best 2005 Facial Wipes
        WINNER 2005

        Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Sheets

        These soft alcohol- and oil-free cloths offer "refreshing, clean, cool and invigorating relief," says Beverly Hills dermatologist Peter L. Kopelson. They're neither too astringent nor too sudsy.

        $17
        Best Foundation Brush 2016

        Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

        Best Foundation Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

        Trust us, your fingers can’t achieve the airbrushed-like perfection of these densely packed bristles, especially around what Ashleigh Louer calls the “crevices” (think nose and eyes) of the face. The tightly wound, slightly blunt shape works with any formula but notably trumps lesser, looser brushes that tend to “break up and act like a mop” when applying liquid foundations in particular, says Bruce Grayson. No need if you’ve already ID’d by now]. For total perfection, try his technique of “spinning” the brush slightly as you apply, “so it’s almost like buffing the skin.” 

        $30
        Editor’s Pick
        Best Airbrush Makeup 2016

        Temptu Air Custom Essentials Kit

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2016

        Temptu Air Custom Essentials Kit

        “This lightweight cordless tool makes it easy to mist on a light layer of foundation, blush, and even highlighter. You literally just point and shoot. And the finish is natural, not cakey.” —ANGELIQUE SERRANO, BEAUTY DIRECTOR

        20% off at temptu.com from 4/15 until 5/12; use code INSTYLE20

        $305
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