5 Makeup Application Tools You Need


Blush Brush

A puffy blush brush is great for applying color to the apples of your cheeks.
A puffy blush brush is great for applying color to the apples of your cheeks.

We use blush to add a healthy glow to our cheeks. But which brush does the job best?

Blush brushes come in many shapes and sizes, and all provide a different style of application. We love the basic fluffy brush. It's great for adding color to the apples of your cheeks. A thin, fan-shaped brush will help you smooth out color and remove any excess powder. A kabuki-style brush is a big puffy brush with wider coverage. It's excellent for applying bronzer. You can also purchase smaller, more angled brushes for precise contouring of cheekbones.

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