Behind every flawless complexion or dramatic smoky eye is a makeup pro with an arsenal of blending tools at hand. The right brush has the ability to completely revolutionize your beauty routine, which is why we put together a comprehensive list of 12 must-have makeup tools to put your best face forward. Our no-fluff guide will show you which brushes you really need, where to splurge (and save!), and when it’s time to reach for the sable versus the synthetic. Click through our gallery now to get the details on our favorite makeup brushes of the moment, with pro tips on exactly how to use each one!
Want to make a statement at your next holiday party? Take a cue from Selena Gomez. While attending a concert in NYC, the singer went for an unexpected pop of purple on her lips, and managed to look completely glam in it. “We wanted to create a fun and festive look that wasn’t predictable,” said makeup artist Gita Bass, who used the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in #15 ($20; sephora.com) on the star.
To get a similar look, first make sure lips are flake-free (use a toothbrush to softly scrub away any dead skin), and then outline the mouth with a nude pencil. Swipe on a coat directly from the tube for true intensity and remember to “keep the rest of the face pretty neutral when using a strong color like this,” added Bass.
We haven’t always been the biggest fans of matching our makeup to clothes, but Ali Larter’s look at the opening party of the CH Carolina Herrera Boutique on Rodeo Drive completely changed our minds. The trick to pulling it off? Don’t go for the exact same hue, “pick a shade within the same color family but go deeper or lighter depending on your mood,” said Larter’s makeup artist Lauren Andersen, who painted the star’s lips with a coat of Avon Totally Kissable Lipstick in Berry Smooch. “Going with a deeper shade really anchored the look.” Pick up your own tube for just $5 at avon.com.