The Best Makeup Brushes In Every Price Range


As amazing as makeup can be, the trick to making the most of your beauty buys is having the right tools. Hence, using the proper brushes for certain products is the secret to creating gorgeous looks and better color payoff. Read on for our shopping guide to the makeup brushes you need for every budget—whether you’re looking to start a collection or expand an existing one.


Brush Up

Foundation Brush

Opt for a big kabuki brush to apply your liquid foundation for a flawless, airbrush-effect finish.

Marc Jacobs The Face III Buffing Foundation Brush


Neiman Marcus

Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush



Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush


IT Cosmetics

Powder Brush

Soft, curved brushes are perfect for both loose and compact powders since they won't irritate or dry out the skin.

Large Powder Brush


Up Powder Brush



Powder Brush No 100


Sonia Kashuk

Stippling Brush

Ideal for cream blushes, these duo-fiber brushes help create a smooth, natural-looking sheen of color on the cheeks.

Pro Stippling Brush



Stippling Face Brush



Stippling Brush


Real Techniques

Flat Eye Shadow Brush

Use a flat brush to pack base shadow on your lids.

Large Eyeshadow Brush


Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow Brush



247 Flat Shader Brush



Blending Eye Shadow Brush

A good blending brush is crucial for blurring out harsh lines and mixing multiple hues—making it an essential in your arsenal.

Eyeshadow Blend Brush


Tom Ford Beauty

The Blender Brush



Blending Eye Brush



Lip Brush

Whether you're craving a plump nude-colored pout or a bold red lip, these brushes master precise application so the color doesn't bleed.

Retractable Lip Brush


Dolce&Gabbana Beauty

Precision Lip Brush


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

Lip Brush



Bronzer Brush

Large brushes capture a bronzer's color, making it easy to impart an all-over tan glow to the face.

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush



Hoola Bronzing & Contouring Brush



Bronzer Brush


up & up

Angled Brush

Select a small- to medium-size angled brush to carve out amazing model-like cheekbones.

Surratt Artistique Sculpting Brush



NARS #21 Contour Brush



Small Angled Brush


BH Cosmetics

Fan Brush

For a delicate dust of a glow-inducing highlighter, choose the fan brush, which can multitask as a cleanup tool for makeup fallout.

Pro Fan Brush



Deluxe Fan Brush


Eco Tools

White Fan Brush


Jane Iredale

Concealer Brush

Properly (and precisely) cover up blemishes and dark circles by using a small concealer brush.

Concealer Brush #10



Precision Concealer Brush



Cream Concealer Brush


Mary Kay

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