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.
Soft, curved brushes are perfect for both loose and compact powders since they won't irritate or dry out the skin.
Ideal for cream blushes, these duo-fiber brushes help create a smooth, natural-looking sheen of color on the cheeks.
Flat Eye Shadow Brush
Use a flat brush to pack base shadow on your lids.
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.
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.
Large brushes capture a bronzer's color, making it easy to impart an all-over tan glow to the face.
Select a small- to medium-size angled brush to carve out amazing model-like cheekbones.
For a delicate dust of a glow-inducing highlighter, choose the fan brush, which can multitask as a cleanup tool for makeup fallout.
Properly (and precisely) cover up blemishes and dark circles by using a small concealer brush.
The Easiest Seasonal Style Transition
The best in fashion, beauty and lifestyle delivered to your doorstep. Learn more.