Many of us don't really know what make-up brushes we need. 

We have the few obvious ones, like a foundation brush and eyebrow brush, but after that, it's a bit of a minefield. 

But with many businesses and bloggers pushing us to get a 50-piece brush set, which ones do we actually need? 

The average woman doesn't need – and most likely will never use – all of the brushes found in a professionals make-up kit (fan brush, we're looking at you).

Instead, edit down to three that will multi-task to serve your eyeliner, foundation, blush and shadow needs. We found some great examples from MAC.

1. A small, angled brush 

Use this for anything that requires precision: applying liquid or gel eyeliner, grooming and shaping your brows with powder and drawing clean, perfect lipstick lines. 


2. A flat, paddle-like brush

This is essential for building coverage with powders and creams. You can use it for eye shadow, foundation, concealer and highlighter. 


3. A soft dome-shaped brush

This fluffy brush should be a medium size to suit your eyes and face. Use it to blend, sweep and buff cream or powder blush and bronzer and to wash eye shadow across the eyelids.