A buffer or a spoolie? Tapered or angled? Do I really need that rainbow unicorn fan make-up brush to highlight with?!
If you haven't asked yourself at least one of these questions while scouring Space NK on the train home then frankly, we applaud you. Even when you've got all the products you need, from contour cream to concealer, kitting out your beauty arsenal with the correct make-up brushes is always the most difficult part. Sure, you could get messy and go for it with your fingertips, but the hands on approach won't lend you that Instagram-esque flawlessness we all secretly covet.
So, whether you're big on sculpting, bronzing or looking to fashion a pair of Delevingne-esque arches from virtually nothing (ahem, tadpole brows - we've all been there), these are the best make-up brushes no beauty bag should be without...More
Whether you're after full coverage or a sheer, more natural finish, the stippling brush will take you there. Typically, the bristles are slightly less packed together than a flat foundation brush which allows you to really work your chosen liquid or cream product into your skin. Alternate swirling and tapping motions to achieve an airbrushed finish.
Think of your face as a canvas - if you finger paint, the outcome won't be as even as if you were to use a brush. The flat foundation brush's bristles are sturdy enough for you to build on coverage and the tapered tip helps reach where your fingers can't. Avoid a streaky finish by brushing vertically and then horizontally and remember follow Charlotte Tilbury's tips on where to apply first.