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Makeup Brushes and Tools
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Whether it’s the company holiday happy hour or family Christmas gatherings, this time of year calls for photo ops. No matter the occasion, you’re going to want to look on-point during the holidays—we have some coworkers and aunts we’d like to stun on. To keep your makeup looking flawless, especially your foundation, having the right tools is key.

Let’s be real: everyone wants perfectly blended foundation, and for many this can be a challenge. But this step in your makeup routine doesn’t have to be a headache. Using the right sponge or brush can make all the difference. If you’re looking to solve your foundation problems before you pose for family photos or slide into the photo booth at your work party, we found over 15 foundation tools for you to buy. Treat yo’self.

1Karity F30 Flattop Brush, $12

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This affordable foundation brush features soft, densely-packed bristles that will give you a seamless application. It also gives high-end tools a run for their money.

Raazika Cosmetics Synthetic Vegan Flat Top Brush,$30

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This super soft flat top brush blends liquid and powder foundations so effortlessly, it’ll leave you with “I woke up like this” skin.

3Juno and Co. Microfiber Velvet Sponge, $6

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You read that right—this microfiber velvet sponge applies powder and liquid foundations seamlessly without soaking up all of the product. It’s also easy to clean, which is an added bonus.

4Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush, $34

This extra-thick foundation brush was designed to give an air-touched, full coverage finish. Cakey makeup doesn’t stand a chance.

5Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush, $34

This vegan foundation brush perfectly blends and buffs your makeup to give your skin an airbrushed effect.

6Kat Von D Beauty Lock-It-Edge Foundation Brush, $34

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This cleverly sculpted brush offers 360 degrees of precise application. It will give you a clean finish every time.

7Bare Minerals Perfecting Foundation Brush, $28

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This uniquely shaped brush has a reservoir that lets you adjust your foundation coverage (you just drop your foundation in there) so you can have an evenly dispersed application.

8Givenchy Makeup Blender Fluid & Compact Foundation Sponge, $20

You can get into those hard-to-reach areas of the face with this Christmas tree-shaped beauty sponge.

9Make Up For Ever 408 Small Paint Brush, $39

If full coverage is your thing, this brush will work wonders at giving you maximum coverage on your face and body.

10Beautyblender in Nude, $20

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It would be a crime to not include the original blending sponge.

11Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $4.99

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Another fan-favorite tool, this makeup sponge has a flat edge that easily lets you blend your foundation into hard-to-reach areas.

12It Cosmetics Airbrush Complexion Perfection Brush, $24

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Give yourself the gift of Insta-worthy skin with this incredible foundation brush.

13Sephora Collection Classic Mini Multitasker Brush, $14

This travel-friendly brush needs to be in your carry-on during all of your holiday travels. No trip will ever be complete without it.

14Sigma Beauty Flat Kabuki Brush, $25

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A soft, dense, flat-top brush that will apply your foundation seamlessly. And as with all Sigma brushes, you can expect this one to last through anything.

15Eco Tools Total Perfecting Blender, $4.89

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This affordable makeup sponge blends primer and foundations flawlessly, leaving you with an even application.

16Artis Elite Mirror Oval Brush, $67

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Yes, you’ll be dropping some coin when you buy this innovative round brush, but it will be worth every penny.

17Moda Foundation Brushes, $7.99

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This oval-shaped brush is perfect for applying foundation when you want a dewy finish.