If you have only five makeup tools in your kit, make sure these are them. They do much more than just look cute on your vanity!

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Must-Have Makeup Brush: The Angled Blush Brush

See the slant of soft bristles? It fits perfectly under your cheekbones to contour without streaking.

Sephora I.T. Angled Synthetic Blush Brush, $35, sephora.com

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Must-Have Makeup Brush: The Eyeliner Brush

Its short, stiff bristles allow amazing control with cream or gel liner. Hold brush at an angle (not straight on), and apply liner with quick strokes.

Clinique Eye Definer Brush, $19, nordstrom.com


Must-Have Makeup Brush: The Allover Eye Shadow Brush

The flat brush head is great for sweeping shadow from lashes to brows. Hold it vertically to tap on a little under your eyes for a fancy lower rim.

Sonia Kashuk eyeshadow brush, $10, target.com

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Must-Have Makeup Brush: The Powder Brush

You might think this one is too pretty to get dirty, but don’t be afraid to put it to work. The fluffy bristles give a super smooth application and a diffused, airbrushed look—perfect for bronzer.

Topshop Make Up Louise Gray Powder Brush, $64 for set of five, topshop.com

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Must-Have Makeup Brush: The Blending Brush

Use this domed brush to shade the creases of your eyes. You can also use it to blend highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones or the ridge of your upper lip. For a light touch, hold the very end of the handle.

Nars Large Dome Eye Brush #13, $33, narscosmetics.com

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