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Makeup Brushes 101

A rundown of the must-have makeup brushes to add to your toolbox.
Makeup Brushes 101 A rundown of the must-have makeup brushes to add to your toolbox.

Realistically, half the time, makeup application is done hurredly, in transit and using your hands. While perfecting the art of smudging on everything from foundation, eyeliner, and blush is certainly practical, there is still nothing quite as effective, not to mention more hygienic, as using the proper tools for the corresponding products.

Although an added step and not to mention, an added expense, brushes, sponges and the like not only allow you to create an overall look that is seamless rather than a hodgepodge of different colors and textures on your face. They also give you the luxury of customizing products through layering and blending. But most important, tools allow products to stay put on your face for longer periods of time, thereby lessening the need for frequent touch-ups and trips to visit the bathroom mirror. In the long run this might just make it worth ditching the make-up-in-car routine all together.

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