Spring Make-Over: Brushes

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Mar. 24 2016, Published 4:12 p.m. ET

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We're all guilty of it, over time our makeup bags get filled with brushes, eye shadows, blushes you name it! With Spring finally here what better time to de-clutter that make up bag than now. Here are the 7 essential brushes to keep on hand and toss the rest.

1. CREASE A long, fluffy brush glides easily along the eye's natural contour, applying shadow directly to the crease,not above or below.

Try: Smashbox Crease Brush #10

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2. BROW/LASH A dual-ended tool —spiral spoolie on one side and comb/brush on the other — makes grooming brows and declumping lashes a cinch.

Try: Revlon Lash & Brow Brush

3. WIDE SHADOW The full shape makes it great for applying a sheer wash of color over the entire lid.

Try: Laura Mercier All Over Eye Colour Brush

5. FOUNDATION For a flawless finish, use a long, flat, synthetic-bristled brush in a tapered-dome shape to fit every angle of the face.

6. BLUSH Want to sculpt cheekbones? A slanted, rounded shape beautifully highlights and contours.

Try: Trish McEvoy Angled Contour Brush

7. LIP A sleek brush enables accurate application. It can also reach the last bit of color left in a lipstick tube, so you get more bang for your buck. A retractable one is key; it keeps bristles clean.

Try: MAC 318 Retractable Lip Brush

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