The Best Makeup Brushes In Every Price Range

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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.

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Brush Up

Foundation Brush

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

$55

Neiman Marcus

$34

Sephora

$12

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.

$28

$60

Amazon

$12

Sonia Kashuk

Stippling Brush

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

$32

Japonesque

$16

Zoeva

$8

Real Techniques

Flat Eye Shadow Brush

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

$7

$32

Nordstrom

$25

MAC

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.

$56

Tom Ford Beauty

$18

BareMinerals

$2

e.l.f.

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.

$33

Dolce&Gabbana Beauty

$18

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

$10

Pixi

Bronzer Brush

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

$85

Nordstrom

$24

Benefit

$8

up & up

Angled Brush

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

$90

Sephora

$42

Nordstrom

$7

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.

$27

Sephora

$7

Eco Tools

$18

Jane Iredale

Concealer Brush

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

$32

Chanel

$20

Smashbox

$10

Mary Kay

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