If you're trying to perfect a particular technique or give your make up an HD-ready finish, there’s a whole range of tools out there that go way beyond the humble blusher brush to take your look to the next level... Here are five of our can't-live-without heroes.

If you’re a mascara maven…

ZOEVA’s {Petit Fan Brush} not only looks adorable but is also an effective way to remove excess mascara and separate lashes for a natural and non-clumpy look. After you apply your mascara, simply brush it through your lashes, and the featherlight bristles will collect any stray clumps and flecks (it’s great for dusting away any rogue product from under the lower lashes too). It's also one of the best highlighter brushes we've found - use it to gently dust highlighting powder onto smaller areas, such as the arch of the brow, down the centre of the nose and on the cupid’s bow.

If you’re after an air-brushed finish…

Bésame’s {Long Hair Finishing Powder Brush} is the Beyoncé of all buffing brushes. Not only does the shape give a dressing table a Pinterest-worthy vintage allure, but the size and easy-to-grip handle allows you to effortlessly buff in your base products. You can also dust away any excess powder with minimal effort. It’s great for buffing bronzer and body make up over areas like the back and décolleté – ideal if you’re sporting a strapless/backless dress.

For contour queens…

ZOEVA’s {Fluid Arc Brush} has a ‘flying saucer’ shape, which may look strange – but this face oddity fits the contours of your face perfectly, making it ideal for running along the cheeks and jawline. So for those scared of a stripy-looking contour, we’d suggest choosing this ingenious tool that delivers a natural looking definition that won’t look awkward or ‘drawn on’. With tightly packed synthetic bristles, it’ll work with cream and powder pigments, evenly diffusing them for effortless sculpting in an instant.

While for spot-on blending...

Yes, we know Beautyblender {Micro Mini Pro} is a sponge not a brush, but we had to include these delightfully dinky sponges as our make up bags haven’t been without them since they launched. Like the original {Beautyblender}, the unique shape makes them easy to fit all the corners and crevices of your face, while their small stature allows for ultra-precision. Plus their dark hue means they can be used multiple times without fading or tarnishing. With two in a pack – use one for cream highlighters and shadows around the eyes, while the other can be used to gently buff concealer over blemishes or around the sides of the nose.

And for liner lovers…

Sigma Beauty {Bent Liner Brush} might look crooked at first glance, but this is ideal for gel liner, especially if you’re after a thin barely-there line or a statement cat eye. The trick is to lay the bent part of the brush handle flat against the eyelid as you sweep the colour along the lash line. This helps to steady the brush itself, giving you extra control and minimising wobbles – ideal for those with a shaky hand. Better still, you can even use it to line your mouth as an alternative to {lip pencil}.

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