Calling all Lazy Girls: These 4 Makeup Brushes Are all You Need

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Let's be honest with ourselves for a second: Having a makeup addiction is an investment. Buying our fave products and all the best tools to apply them can do a serious number on our bank accounts. When there are ways to streamline the process, investing less time and effort to beautify ourselves, we're all ears.

Luckily, we've always got answers for you when it comes to making things cheaper and simpler, and we've decided to tackle brushes. There are about a million different types of makeup brushes on the market in the most bizarre shapes, ranging in prices from pretty expensive to jaw-droppingly pricey. Fortunately, you don't need nearly as many brushes in your kit to get the gorgeous look you so desire.

Here is what you absolutely need. The rest you can totes forget about.

1. Your Basic Shadow Brush
Maybelline Expert Tools Eye Shadow Brush

When applying your fave shadows to your eyes, it's absolutely crucial you have a nice shadow brush in your arsenal. Shadow brushes will not only make your shadow go on more smoothly, it creates a flawless finish for even the laziest makeup fans. But don't be confused when it comes to shadow brushes; they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but we advise buying a medium-sized brush that's not too thick and evenly rounded at the tip. If you're looking for an inexpensive one, Maybelline makes a great shadow brush ($3.59, that does the trick!

2. A Fluffy Crease Brush
Crease Brush

Because your shadow brush will mostly be used on your lids, you're going to need a fluffy crease brush to hit just above that area and highlight your brow bone. The reason we recommend a fluffy-head brush rather than a more precise one is because fluffy brushes allow you to blend your shadows together more seamlessly while also creating a more natural, diffused look. With angled, precision brushes, your shadow tends to look more sharp and harsh, and that can be a bit too extreme, especially for the day time. Because we like keeping it natural and we love multipurpose tools, fluffy brushes are our go-to. E.L.F. is one of the best discount cosmetic brands around, and its fluffy crease brush ($3, E.L.F) is perfection.

3. A Beauty Blender
Makeup tool

Okay, okay, we know that this isn't a brush. But it's such a flawless tool that can replace so many brushes out there on the market, we had to add it to the list. The Beauty Blender can be used for just about everything, from applying foundation to blending in your contour or stippling in concealer. It is also great with powders; we always use a Beauty Blender to apply our finishing powder on top of our concealer! Did we mention it can be used wet, too? Basically, it's the most versatile, godly, little sponge around.

Yes, it can get expensive, but Ulta has some great dupes for the signature Beauty Blender that work just as well as the $25 original. We love Real Technique's version ($6.99, Ulta), but you can look for a blending sponge shaped to fit the area you will be using it for. For example, if you're looking for a blender that can apply concealer to the dark circles under your eyes, you might want something with a thinner, pointed tip to get into that area more.

4. An Angled Blush Brush
Makeup brush

The last brush you absolutely need is an angled blush brush with a larger, fluffier head that is asymmetrical. The reason we recommend that this brush be angled is because the shape will allow you to use it for both blush application, highlighting and contouring. When you apply blush to your face, you want to spread it across the apples of your cheeks just above your cheekbones and move outward toward your ear. With an angled brush, you can create more of that definition that will make your cheek bones look sculpted. It's also essential for contouring to have an angled brush so that you can create these defining shapes that will help lift your face. Bronzer and highlighter will look great when your brush has that angle, but the thicker bristles will make sure that the powder is easily blended into the skin.

We like Real Technique's brush ($9.99, Ulta) for this one, too, because it's affordable and big enough for a more natural, daytime look.

And aside for some brush cleaner which is absolutely essential to keep your brushes lasting longer, that's about it. Sound off in the comments below and tell us which tools are your absolute faves!


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