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I’ve been using Hakuhodo G511 lately, but I don’t know if I’ve really settled on a go-to overall. I’ll alternate between that (which is more of a foot-shaped, angled brush) and a fan brush (MAC 184).
For application, I dip lightly into the powder and then gently sweep into the area I’m shading, and then I use soft sweeping motions outward to diffuse the edges.

— Christine

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I tend to reach for a brush over a sponge (like the beautyblender),
and the ones I like the most are Real Techniques Expert Face (but the quality is lower of them currently, compared to my original one), Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush, and IT LBD Foundation Brush. I use my fingertips to pat dots of foundation all over my face, and then I take my brush and tap into those dots, then tap across my face to further spread out the product. Then I start buffing gently and patting the foundation into place.

— Christine

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For putting eyeshadow on the lid, I usually reach for a dome-shaped, medium-sized brush with moderate density like Chikuhodo GSN-099, MAC 239, and Smith 253. I’ll push and pull my brush against the eyeshadow’s surface and then pat on and only sweep the edges slightly. I use these crease brushes going smaller when I want more precise application and larger when I want softer color over a larger area: Wayne Goss 17,
Wayne Goss 18, Hakuhodo G5522, Chikuhodo Z10, Tom Ford Crease Brush, and a lot of others but those were first to come to mind! I usually place my color first in the crease and then slowly pull and sweep the color beyond and use buffing motions to diffuse the edges.

— Christine

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