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There’s definitely beauty in simplicity, so why not make beauty simple? Our makeup bags can often seem like a hot mess, with various brushes, sponges, and tools that look important, but you aren’t sure how to use them and they stayed unused.  If you too suffer from the chaos of a messy beauty kit, beauty expert Stef Sanjati is here to save you. She stopped by Your Morning to walk us through the basic beauty tools and brushes you need, and how to use them.

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Beauty blender sponge

What it is:

An innovative sponge tool that pushed the original triangle shaped sponges out of the market.

Why you need it:

The rounded aspect of the sponge allows for much easier and smoother blending. The coolest part is that it can be used dry OR wet – when wet, it creates a lighter, sheerer finish, and when dry, you can build fuller coverage.

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Kabuki brush

What it is

A makeup brush with a short stem and dense bristles, and typically a round head.

Why you need it

The wide, rounded bristles make it ideal for covering the most space possible. It’s best suited to applying powders, whether that’s mattifying, powder foundation, or bronzers. They’re also compact and dense, so they’re perfect for travel or touch-up bags!

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Angled brush

What it is

A brush that is ideal for detail.

Why you need it

It’s most common and practical use is for filling in brows with powders or creams. While it may seem intimidating, you don’t need to be an artist for this! Using the sharp end of the brush, you can lightly stroke your colour of choice through and create natural, face defining results without much trouble. It may take practice, but it’s a very powerful tool.

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Shadow brush

What it is

The most common and most important of the eyeshadow brushes.

Why you need it

It’s best used for applying colour in washes or solid blocks on the lid. They’re not great for blending, however, so typically what’s recommended is using this brush to apply the colour on your lid, and then switching to the blending brush.

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Blending brush

What it is

A blending brush with a domed, fluffy shape.

Why you need it

It’s extremely effective at blending when used in small, rotating circles. It can blend side to side as well, but the smoothest, softest effect can be achieved by using it as you’d use a pen to draw circles over and over. It’s easier than you think!