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Best Foundation Brush 2015

Shiseido

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Best Foundation Brush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

Shiseido

More blunt than most brushes, the dense bundle of synthetic bristles (for cream, liquid, and powder foundations) glides through nooks and crannies “without leaving any streaky lines,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Julie Harris, who has worked with Kate Hudson.

$30
Best Blush Brush 2015

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki

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Best Blush Brush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Nars Yachiyo Kabuki

With a spiral of bristles and a woven wisteria handle, this brush looks like a tiny work of art, without any sacrifice of function. The fibers lift just the right amount of powder for sweeping, swirling, and skimming. Bonus: The light, sturdy handle couldn’t be easier to use.

$55
Best Wrinkle Laser 2015

 Tria Beauty Age-Defying Laser

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Best Wrinkle Laser 2015
WINNER 2015

 Tria Beauty Age-Defying Laser

There’s not a lot of fine print with this collagen-stimulating fractional laser. Turn it on each day and sweep over your cheeks, forehead, and chin for a few minutes, then watch fine lines fade. “You don’t need a big laser to get big results,” says Dr. Annie Chiu. Some women notice softened lines in two weeks; expect complete results in three months.

$495
Best 2014 Foundation Brush

Make Up For Ever No. 112

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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
Best 2013 Editor's Pick

Clarisonic Acne Clarifying Collection

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Best 2013 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 Eco-Friendly Makeup Brush Line

Eco Tools

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Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Makeup Brush Line
WINNER 2013

Eco Tools

The affordable essential tools are cruelty-free from top (lush synthetic bristles) to bottom (bamboo and recycled aluminum handles). The bristles are dense enough to pick up plenty of pigment, and they just don’t shed, says makeup artist Amy Strozzi.

$13 for set of 6
Best 2013 Powder Brush

Hakuhodo

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Editors' Pick 2009

EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush

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Editors' Pick 2009
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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