5 Must-Have Makeup Tools

Just like carpenters and mechanics, you need the right tools for the job at hand, and applying makeup is no exception.

For starters, great brushes are a must, says Sonia Kashuk, a celebrity makeup artist in New York City. But when you're faced with a wall of brushes at the drugstore, figuring out which shapes and sizes you really need can be tough.

We asked the pros to help narrow down the options to five key makeup tools.

Some tips first: Before you pick up a brush, make sure it's clean. "I cannot put makeup on my face if a brush is dirty," Kashuk says. "It's like putting on dirty clothes. The brushes pick up dead skin and oils and can harbor bacteria that cause breakouts and irritation. Plus, if your brushes are caked with makeup, they won't work as well as they do when they are fresh."