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.
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
Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Airbrush Blurring Foundation 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
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
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
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
Precision Lip Brush
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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
up & up
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
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
White Fan 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
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