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The right brush doesn’t just make it easier to apply makeup; it can also allow you to be more precise.

Here’s how to end up with a set that’s perfect for your needs. New York City makeup artist Troy Surratt guides us.

Pick and choose.

At minimum, you need four: a large powder brush, a slightly smaller fluffy brush (for blush, bronzer, and/or highlighter), an eye-shadow brush the size of a fingertip, and a smaller shadow brush (for smudging and blending). For each, look for a slightly domed shape—it rolls best across the skin with the least drag—and a nice fluffy texture, which deposits less pigment so you can be precise. (Synthetics are really only good for applying creams and liquids.)

See more tips (like what kind of bristle material is best) HERE!

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