Take it from someone who had to learn the hard way: The right set of brushes can totally change how your makeup looks for the better. I’m not sure what I was doing before I invested in a good set of foundation and concealer brushes, but I will say that since I’ve been using them, my makeup looks smoother, more natural, and takes far less time to apply. I know that sounds like a train you want to hop on, so you’re going to want to pay attention.
Concealer, in particular, can be tricky to apply without going overboard, right? Using a good brush can change all that—especially if you’re applying it in the under-eye area. Makeup artists have a few tips for us in this regard. Editorial makeup artist Sara Talias says, “The trick to applying concealer with a brush is to use a very small amount of concealer and start on the inner corner of the eye where there is typically the most darkness, applying the product in a stamping motion,” she says. “Working the concealer into the skin in this way ensures you get maximum coverage with the least amount of product. Too much concealer under the eye will crease and actually accentuate dry skin.”
Celebrity makeup artist Allison Kaye also has another key tip to ensure flawless application. “When applying concealer with a brush, don’t swipe the product back and forth, as it will cause it to disappear. Pat the product on with the brush!” Whether you’re looking to conceal dark spots, blemishes, or under-eye circles, find the best concealer brushes for each below.