Eyeshadow: The all-over eye brush makes applying eyeshadow colour easy, no matter what look you’re after. Follow with a soft, tapered blending brush to blur your different shades together. A smaller smudger brush will create a soft, smokey effect along the upper and lower lash lines and enhance the natural contour of your eye.
Eye liner: Choose either a short and dense brush for applying heavy cream eye liner, or a lighter, thinner brush to work liquid liners across the lash line with extra precision and build where necessary. Extra-fine tipped brushes ensure a precise, even stroke and can be used with both liquid and cream formulas.
Blusher: The best blush brushes are medium in size with a slightly rounded tip and are densely packed full of soft, lightweight bristles. These carefully designed styles will pick up just the right amount of blush and distribute it evenly on the cheeks.
Cream blusher: You might not think a brush is the best way to apply cream blusher, but they work well with firm, rounded brushes. Dab yours into the cream and apply it in a sweeping motion. Follow with a flat or angled brush to buff the colour and really blend it into the skin. You'll be left with natural-looking rosy cheeks.
Lipstick: Did you know that instead of applying lipstick directly, you can use a lip brush for total control over your shape? Pick up a little colour from the end of your lippy and brush it on from the centre of your mouth outwards. Retractable lip brushes can be popped straight in a makeup bag without making any mess, so you can top up your coverage on the go.
Contour: If it’s definition you’re after, the best brushes have angled or slanted brush heads. This allows the brush to accurately follow the line of your cheekbones and enhance your natural bone structure, with no professional skills required. Apply a neutral-toned bronzer or contouring powder to the hollows of your cheeks, along your jawline and from the hairline to mid-way down your cheek, buffing it into the skin for a seamless finish.
Highlight: Enhance your brow bone, Cupid's bow and cheekbones with a swipe of highlighter on a light synthetic fibre brush or featherweight fan brush [product nomination required]. When it comes to the best highlighter brushes, fewer bristles are always better.