Any time you’ve seen a picture of Kylie Jenner and thought, “Wow, her makeup looks amazing,” you probably had Ariel Tejada (who you might know as @MakeupByAriel) to thank for that. The makeup artist is responsible for an overwhelming amount of her best beauty looks from Instagram, Kylie Cosmetics campaigns, and red carpet events (in fact, Tejada regularly refers to her as “his muse”). As he tells Allure, a huge part of being able to pull a look off as successfully as he does is having the right tools on hand.
“Brushes make or break your makeup look… because if you’re using brushes that are a little too prickly or stiff, they tend to move the product that you’ve already placed on the skin,” Tejada says over the phone. “It is just making your makeup process that much harder.”
He’s not the only one with this outlook; legendary makeup artist Bobbi Brown concurs: “I can’t emphasize enough that the right tools are as important in getting the look you want as the actual makeup itself,” she previously told Allure.
With the help of Morphe, Tejada just created his dream line of makeup brushes, which you’ll be able to buy for yourself come May 27. The Morphe x MakeupByAriel brush collection includes 19 brushes and one blending sponge, available to purchase via two different sets, designed and curated for the face and eyes by Tejada himself.
We know, that’s a lot of makeup brushes. We handpicked some of the collection’s standout items, what they do, and their meaning below. He had a hand in every little detail of each one, including their tapered beige handles and ultra-soft bristles.
A19 Dual-Ended Concealer Brush