Makeup Brushes 101: The Ultimate Guide to What's What

Yes—the semi-pointy brush and the pointy brush serve different purposes entirely.

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    The Blending Brush

    One of the most daunting parts of stocking your makeup bag is deciding which brushes are worth the investment. There are a million different styles, and only so many you can tote around. Here, we've narrowed down the 10 must-have brushes that will blend, highlight, and contour your face to perfection.

    This brush is essential for blending eyeshadow along the natural crease of your lids. Thanks to its shape and flexible goat hair bristles, you can apply a light dusting or use the narrow tip for a particular area. You'll also use it to soften, smudge, and diffuse lid color.

    Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush, $55.00; bloomingdales.com.

    Courtesy of Bloomingdale's
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