Beauty question: Should I buy good make-up brushes?

Good brushes can help you get the best results from your make-up

It's true that many cosmetics come packaged complete with a small brush or applicator, but to be quite honest, these aren't usually top quality; the bristles may be harsh or of uneven lengths, and they may start to shed after a few uses. Usually, they're fine for emergencies, and for a quick fix, but when we need the very best results, they just don't measure up.

If you've been around professional makeup artists and cosmeticians, you'll have noticed that they hate being separated for their own precious kit of brushes – these are the tools of their trade and have been chosen with care.

It's a good idea, then, to put aside some of your makeup budget to buy good quality brushes. 

How many brushes do I need?

To begin with, you'll need a large brush for blusher and another brush for eye shadow. That's the absolute minimum, but it's worthwhile getting three more: a fine brush for dark shadows, a big soft tassel brush or kabuki for powder, and a hard brush with short bristles for lip colour.

Look good...feel better with these high-quality make-up brushes

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