When it comes to beauty I’m no expert, but I am curious, so I thought it would be fun to start a column called, “Ask A Makeup Artist.” In this column we (as in you and I) will be asking makeup artists for their best tips, products, applications, DIY ideas, and more.

To start, I asked my friend about the basics: BRUSHES. What are the 5 makeup brushes every girl REALLY needs? Here’s her answer:

My philosophy of brushes and all of makeup in general is “minimize to maximize.” I believe that you can purchase a few key products to achieve a variety of looks. The brushes that I picked can be used for multiple purposes, and they will be the only five brushes you’ll ever really need:

1. Foundation Brush

Pick a synthetic brush for liquid foundations.  I like the MAC 193 Foundation Brush because it’s slightly narrow to allow you to use it for under eye concealer. The angle also allows you to precisely conceal spots.

2. Powder Brush
My favorite powder brush is the NARS Yachiyo Brush. It is a great brush to apply powder, blush, and/or bronzer. Pinch the base of the bristles to create the perfect shape for highlighter too.

3. Eyeshadow Brush
Unless you’re using multiple colors on your eyes, you won’t need any eyeshadow brush other than Smith Cosmetics 232 Large Crease Brush. Sweep a wash of color all over your eyes or define your eye shape by applying color in the crease.

4. Eyebrow/Eyeliner Brush
MAC’s 266 Angle Brush is great for both eyebrow shading and eyeliner. Fill in your eyebrows with your favorite product whether it’s a powder or gel. This brush also doubles as an eyeliner brush for a perfect cat eye or diffused liner along your lashes.

5. All around fluffy-brush (Concealer/blending)
Laura Mercier’s Finishing Eye Brush is my favorite brush for it’s versatility. What I like to use it for the most is blending concealer under the eyes or on spots. It has duo fibers which means its a mix of synthetic and natural hairs that blend all streaks of makeup, giving you a really seamless finish.What are your favorite brushes?