9 Makeup Brushes Every Girl Should Own


There are millions of makeup brushes on the market, but unless you have an unlimited budget and a vanity the size of a Sephora, you do not need to buy all of them. Here we share the 10 brushes every girl should own and provide a crash course for using each one. The best part? They’re all multi-purpose which saves you money and space. Win-win.


Brush Up On Your Inventory

Flat Kabuki Brush


Sigma Beauty

Foundation Brush

Use a dense, flat kabuki brush in circular motions to apply liquid or mineral foundation and create an airbrushed finish.

Double Duty: You can also apply bronzer along the hairline, jawline and hollows of the cheeks for a sun-kissed glow or subtle contour.





Dampen the sponge and use it to apply everything from liquid foundation to concealer in a bouncing motion. It's especially helpful for sensitive areas like under the eye and hard-to-reach ones like around the nose.

Double Duty: Soak the tip with makeup remover to clean up lipstick smudges or mascara blunders.

Shadow & Concealer Brush


Tom Ford

All-Over Eye Shadow Brush

Use this brush to sweep eye shadow across the entire lid for all-over color or to press on cream products.

Double Duty: Get the most use out of your brush by using it to apply concealer on blemishes and blend it out for an airbrushed finish.

Eye Smudger Brush


Charlotte Tilbury

Smudger Brush

This dense, short-haired brush is perfect for getting a precise eye shadow line in the crease or under the lower lash line.

Double Duty: Trace the lash line with a kohl liner and use this brush to smudge it for a sultry, smoky eye.

Blending Brush


Sigma Beauty

Fluffy Blending Brush

Use in small circular motions to soften harsh eye-shadow lines and create a soft, blended look.

Double Duty: Apply translucent powder on under-eye area to set concealer.

Angled Brush



Angled Eyeliner Brush

Dip the soft, thin, angled brush in cream, gel or powder eyeliner to create a crisp cat eye.

Double Duty: Use with a lipstick for precise application.

Dual-Ended Brow Definer


Bobbi Brown

Brow Brush And Spooley

Use the stiff, dense angled brush to fill in brows and the spooley to groom them in place.

Double Duty: Gently comb through lashes to separate clumps and remove excess mascara.

Luxe Fan Brush



Fan Brush

Get a bright, dewy glow by lightly applying highlighter on your cheekbones, Cupid's bow and bridge of the nose with this feathery fan brush.

Double Duty: Dust away fallen eye shadow without removing your foundation.

Powder Brush


Real Techniques

Blush Brush

Give your complexion some color by applying your favorite blush with this fluffy brush.

Double Duty: Set liquid foundation by dusting on a translucent powder.