9 New Makeup Brushes & Sponges To Add To Your Collection Of Tools — PHOTOS

You know what they say: Your work is only as good as the tools you use. OK, maybe that doesn’t apply to all things, but it’s certainly true with makeup. The better your tools are, the less product you have to use for greater results. This is why when new makeup brushes and sponges come on the market, it's almost always worth adding a few to your collection.

Of course, it can be overwhelming to understand what to choose and use for what purpose. Flat top, kabuki, dome shaped, synthetic, natural, cruelty-free, blending, crease, pencil… brush types are endless, so you'll want to play around with a few options before you buy.

In terms of synthetic versus natural bristles, the general rule is synthetic for liquid formulas (think foundations and concealer) and natural for powder (like blush or bronzer). Otherwise, the rule for brushes is that there ain’t no rules. I’ve used eyeshadow blending brushes for highlight, sponges to apply eyeshadow, and my old fashioned clean fingers for anything and everything else. You can use a makeup brush in whatever way it works best for you, no matter what it says on the handle.

Across the board, these are the new makeup brushes that are making waves in the beauty industry. Whether it’s the soft bristles, tech-y innovation in shape, or unbelievable prices for the quality, these are the brushes you need in your life.

1. Morphe M44 Deluxe Definition Buffer

Morphe M44 Deluxe Definition Buffer, $13, Morphe Brushes

A dome-shaped buffer brush is a new trend, taking us away from the angled or flat kabuki brushes. They spread product more evenly, allowing you to use less of your favorite foundation for each application.

2. Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Brush

Hoola Bronzing Brush, $24, Finally! A bronzing brush to go with the cult-favorite bronzer. The dome shape creates a soft glow instead of a defined contour.

3. Wet n Wild Brushes

Wet n Wild Brushes, $1-$4, Wet n Wild Beauty

Every YouTube beauty blogger is raving about these affordable, adorable brushes.

4. Artis Oval 7 Brush

Artis Oval 7 Brush, $62, Artis Brush

Another cult favorite that is, by all reviews, worth the money. Even though they look sorta like a fancy hair brush, they're actually perfect for creating an airbrushed finish with your foundation.

5. Cailyn Cosmetics O! Wow Brush

Cailyn Cosmetics O! Wow Brush, $32, The Grommet

Looking for a cheaper alternative? This brush performs well for half the price.

6. Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor

Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor, $22, Hour Glass Cosmetics

If you prefer to apply highlight and blush with a sponge for a super natural look, this sponge has all the contours you need to apply with precision.

7. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Miracle Complexion Sponge (Pack of 2), $11, Real Techniques

This is my favorite sponge out there. It's light and airy, and expands to be bigger than other similar sponges. It also has a flat angle to get right up under your eye with concealer.

8. Tarte Cosmetics Powder Foundation Brush

Powder Foundation Brush, $34, Tarte Cosmetics

This brush is perfect for traveling, especially if you like using both sponges and brushes when applying your makeup. The sponge is removable, so you can customize however you want to use it.

9. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Brush

Shade + Light Contour Brush, $34, Kat Von D Beauty

Contour, highlight, and set your foundation with one brush. This dual-ended brush can help you get a concise contour or a soft, overall glow.

What are you waiting for? Get out there, and get blending.

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