Every Type of Makeup Brush—Decoded

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One makeup bag: way too many makeup brushes. That's the story of my life, essentially. And it wasn't until I emerged myself into the beauty world that I finally was able to decode the exact functions of each differently shaped brush. With our trusty makeup brush guide below, deciphering which makeup brush to use is about to get a whole lot easier.

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Yves Saint Laurent Foundation Brush ($45; sephora.com)

It's crucial to use a foundation brush like this one because its easily blending qualities work to avoid obvious streaks and lines while applying liquid foundation.

Make Up For Ever 130 Large Powder Brush ($55; sephora.com)

Large, fluffy brushes are key for applying and easily blending loose powder foundation or blush for a gorgeous finish.

Hourglass Concealer Brush ($25; sephora.com)

The small brush allows for effortless blending under the eyes to mask dark circles and signs of fatigue.

Lancôme Dual Ended Cheek & Contour Brush #25 ($40; nordstrom.com)

When it comes to the contouring craze, always opt for a dual-ended brush to re-create a flawless, sculpted look.

Black Up Angled Brush ($30; sephora.com)

An angled brush is perfect for filling in brows or tracing bold eyeliner.

bareMinerals Blooming Blush Brush ($24; sephora.com)

An angled blush brush is a great way to effectively add color to your cheeks without overdoing it.

Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer Brush ($44; sephora.com)

A medium-sized, fluffy bronzer brush will allow for a luminous, even glow on the skin.

Nars Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($32; sephora.com)

The small bristles on an eye shadow brush allow you to easily blend and layer different color eye shadows without getting the pesky formula all over the rest of your face.

Chanel Pinceau Levres Retractable Retractable Lip Brush ($35; chanel.com)

Tiny lip brushes are the foolproof way to innovatively lip line and apply lip color, especially on-the-go.

Dior Professional Finish Smudging Brush ($38; sephora.com)

These brushes work well to blend colors and shape the eyes for a more intense look.

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