This is how things often go when you set out to buy makeup brushes: You arrive at a beauty store intending to purchase one or two brushes. You see that there are hundreds to choose from and say to yourself, “I must need them all!” You proceed to spend a lot of money. Months pass and you’ve yet to use ninety percent of what you bought. Burn. The truth is, unless you’re a professional makeup artist or studying to be one, you can get away owning far fewer brushes than you may think. With this in mind, we tapped Sephora Senior Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis to note the seven makeup brushes you need. She kindly shared her favorite brands, too. Whether you’re opting for a basic look or a glam one, these brushes should have you covered.