For the smoothest application, fingers just don't cut it. Makeup brushes will help you get the exact level of coverage you want. The more densely-packed the brush fibres are, the more product it will pick up. If you're looking for the highest level of coverage possible, nothing beats a flat, paddle-shaped foundation brush like Jane Iredale's Foundation Brush 1. Try a foundation that provides buildable coverage, like NARS Sheer Glow Foundation 2 or Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup SPF 10 3. Use the back of your hand as a palette and the sweep the colour onto your face in broad, downward strokes.
You only need a few easy steps to apply eye makeup like a pro. Pair a flat, wide brush like Laura Mercier's All Over Eye Colour Brush 1 with Laura Mercier Eye Colour in Sesame 2 to prime your whole lid for a soft, matte look. Now you're ready to use a By Terry Angled Eyeliner Brush 3 with Youngblood Incredible Wear Gel Liner 4 to draw a perfect cat's-eye flick. Finally, grab a darker shade like Becca's Eye Colour Powder in Lame 5 and a small, round-tipped fluffy brush like the Youngblood Crease Brush 6 to add definition to your crease. Blend everything out and you'll have a flawless, all-day look.
Cheek brushes are our personal favourite. Fat and fluffy, they are beginner-friendly and can be purchased for a wide range of prices. Grab either a round brush like Prescriptive's Cheek Brush 1 or a sloped brush like NARS's N21 Contour Brush 2. The former will double as a highlighter brush for a great strobing effects. (NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Satellite Of Love 3 adds an incandescent shimmer.) The latter will double as a bronzer for sharply-defined cheeks. Just two brushes will do triple duty! And if you grab a dual-toned palette like By Terry's Terrybly Densiliss Blush Contouring Duo Powder 4, you can get the look in one go.
A bold red lip never goes out of style. To make sure it won't bleed or feather at the edges, the pros always trace the outline of the lips first with either a crayon like Chantecaille Lip Definer in Vibrant 1 first or a brush like Jane Iredale's Lip Brush 2. Next, use a dramatic shade like Lipstick Queen Silver Screen Lipstick in Have Paris 3 to fill in the rest of your lips. Finally, to highlight the contrast between lip and skin, dab your favourite concealer into the divots right above and below your lips with Kevyn Aucoin's Concealer Brush 4. Blend out and voila, you're ready for a glam night out!
To complete any look, setting powder is a must. We like a giant kabuki brush for that last finishing touch, so check out BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush 1. It works like a dream with any loose powder, but we like it with Dermablend's Loose Setting Powder 2 because it feels invisible but lasts forever. We also love Giorgio Armani's Micro Fil Loose Powder 3, which magically adds a radiance that cannot be beat. Kabukis are totally foolproof. All you need to do is swirl the brush in your powder of choice, tap off the excess, and them buff onto your face.