The Only Makeup Brush You Really Need

What type of makeup brush is mission critical? Can’t you just smooth on liquid foundation with your fingers, fill in eyebrows with a pencil and apply lip color straight from the tube? Of course you can. But when it comes to brushes, there is one non-negotiable item. A powder brush is the must-have brush in your wardrobe of makeup brushes. You need it for the ultimate finishing touch of applying powder to set your makeup. 

Nothing takes the place of setting powder in your makeup arsenal. Whether your foundations and concealers come in liquid, cream or powder form, setting powder will lock them in and boost your makeup experience 100 percent.

You can choose loose or pressed powder for a long lasting and polished look. Setting powders come in two forms: translucent and colored. Many makeup artists prefer translucent powders because they don’t have to exactly match the color of the foundation. Translucent powders don’t add coverage, but they help reduce pores, get rid of excess oil, and help keep your makeup in place. Tinted powder corrects redness and tone and can change the overall color of your face. Pressed powders contain binders that add more coverage than loose powders.

Applying loose powder with a powder puff works best for oily skin and gives a velvety matte skin finish, but it can easily appear too thick on your face. Choose a BeautyBlender or other makeup sponge only if you want more of a full coverage look. It’s the powder brush that will help create a soft, airbrushed and glowing complexion. Whether you use a brush to apply, blend, buff or remove excess loose or pressed setting powder, you will get maximum usefulness out of this tool. You can also use it to apply your bronzer and blush. 

Sonia Kashuk Large Powder Makeup Brush, $22

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