One of the best pieces of beauty advice I ever received? There’s no sense in splurging on the best makeup if you’re going to apply it with a makeup brush that’s not up for the job. So true, right? Your makeup can only look as good as the tools you’re using to apply it.
Not sure if the makeup brushes you’re currently using are up to par? We’ve been scouring the Web and testing tons of brands in search of the best makeup brushes and we found them. Whether you’re ready to spend a lot or a little, these are the best makeup brushes for any budget.
Best Makeup Brushes
Highlights: Soft and silky to the touch; synthetic brush hair; under $15
“I am a make up brush fanatic! I own sigma and Sephora and it cosmetic brushes as well as elf and real techniques. I love quality not brand labels. This is one of the best make up brush sets I own. There are lots of thick soft hairs in the brush that help to create a smooth flawless looking finish. The handle and ferrule are made of nice materials and lend the brushes the perfect balance of weight right where you need it.” – Christina
Highlights: Synthetic bristles are ultra plush and smoother than other brushes; 100% cruelty-free; soft fibers help create a flawless, high-definition finish in any type of light
“I remember hearing about stippling brushes in high school from a YouTube tutorial. I went out and found this one by Real Techniques, and it forever changed how I would do my foundation! It gives such a nice even coverage without being too heavy, and it’s pretty easy to blend out product with it. I tend to use less foundation that I used to because it spreads it out so nicely.” – Morgan
Highlights: Made with exclusive Sigmax fibers; no absorption of product; blends liquid or cream products onto forehead and cheeks evenly and smoothly; 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
“My must-have brush is a flat kabuki for applying foundation. Whether you want an airbrush or natural finish, you can use this brush with a full-coverage foundation or CC cream for easy application and flawless-looking skin everytime.” – Alisha
Highlights: Multi-purpose brush; oft-tapered, semi-round bristles for versatility
“This brush is super soft on my skin and makes my makeup go on smoothly, which is all I really want in a makeup brush.” – Hannah
Highlights: Made with the softest, cruelty-free fibers; vegan; deliver an even application
“I like Lime Crime brushes because the brand is cruelty-free and the brushes are SO soft. And it doesn’t hurt that they’re Insta-worthy, too.” – Justine
Highlights: Dual-ended brush with synthetic fibers designed for perfect contour and bronzer application; densely packed bristles for precise product application; larger, fluffy end buffs and blends any harsh lines on the face
“I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no expert when it comes to makeup brushes. I really only use them to apply blush and eyeshadow every once in a while. That said, I love the way Huda’s brushes feel against my skin and they always apply the product smoothly and evenly. I find the Sculpt & Shade brush to be the most versatile; I use it for everything.” – Jeanine
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