I’ve always used my fingers to apply makeup, but the latest crop of makeup brushes is hard to resist. Dense and lush, the Marc Jacobs Beauty the Face III Buffing Foundation Brush ($55, sephora.com) was made specifically for his new Re(Marc)Able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate. The 45-degree angle of the Estée Lauder Sculpting Eyeshadow Brush ($32, esteelauder.com) is perfect for getting color into the inner corner of the eye, and its flat head nicely deposits shadow onto lids. I like using the stiff and short-bristled Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush (set of 10, $37, target.com) to blend in undereye concealer and jawline contour cream. The flat oval face of the Artis Elite Oval 7 ($55, artisbrush.com) is ideal for tapping powder on cheekbones. I then blend in the blush using the Kevyn Aucoin Loose Powder Brush ($75, neimanmarcus.com), which has a slightly domed head to prevent caking. Now all I need is another shelf in my bathroom.
Makeup master Pat McGrath talks beauty backstage at the Prada Spring 2017 show: