Whether you’re a well-versed pro or a beginner trying to still refine their craft, applying eyeshadow (regardless of the look at hand) takes some practice—even if you’re a bona fide natural. However, aside from watching video tutorials online and plenty of trial-and-error in front of your mirror—along with some guaranteed failed attempts at a smokey eye or cut crease look—there are a couple of essentials that can absolutely make or break your final look.

Of course, the eyeshadow formula you choose is important. You need a powder, cream, or liquid that stays put while still being blendable enough to work with. Aside from the product, finding the right brush is equally as important as a factor—especially when we’re talking about contouring the eye or creating a dynamic, multi-shade look. Generally speaking, a good crease brush is going to be one with that’s versatile enough to help you blend and contour a natural look or a full-on glam eye. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites to try out for yourself.

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