Years of experience and professional training aside, one major factor setting us apart from our favourite makeup artists is their extensive collection of makeup brushes.
No matter how many hours we spend online searching for the best foundation or eyeshadow palette, what’s the point if we can’t apply, blend, or distribute it evenly?
With the right brush, it’s easier to build a natural, flawless base, control how much product is used and create versatile looks.
So here are our top picks for every makeup brush you’ll need in your kit to achieve professional-quality makeup.
Best for: An all-in-one set
Kylie’s Professional Mineral Goddess Mini-Pro & Traveller Brush Set
Featuring seven essential brushes, the Kylie’s Professional Mineral Goddess Mini-Pro & Traveller Brush Set is travel-friendly without sacrificing quality.The brushes have a three-quarter handle to save on space, but full-sized heads for all your blending needs.
$115 at Kylie’s Professional
Best for: Setting powder
Estée Lauder Powder Brush
For a sheer dusting of setting powder, the dome-shaped Estée Lauder Powder Brush will pick up and deposit only the amount of product required, all while feeling whisper-soft against the skin. No scratchy or coarse bristles here.
“The bristles are soo soft and lovely to feel. They feel great of the skin, super smooth and you’ll find yourself running it over your face as much as you can because it feels nice” – LisOnLife
$82 at Estée Lauder
Best for: Eyeshadow
The Body Shop Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush
The Body Shop’s Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush has a flat and wide brush on one end for even application of powder and cream shadows, while the thin angled side ensures precise lining of the lash line.
“I have had this brush for over 10 years now and it is still the best eyeshadow brush I have and I have no intention or need to replace it. It is soft and durable and gives me an even, controlled application.” – Nicoler112
$25 at The Body Shop
Best for: Bronzer
Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush
What the Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush lacks in affordability, it makes up for in quality. By using this soft brush on powder or cream bronzers, you’ll avoid caking, creasing and looking muddy.
“A well designed brush in terms of bristle length and denseness making blending a breeze. So happy with this product!” – BrownEyedGirl79
$97 at Bobbi Brown
Best for: Foundation
EcoTools Classic Foundation
From matte to dewy formulations, the EcoTools Classic Foundation Brush uses cruelty-free bristles for a smooth and flawless base application.
“Great foundation brush that allows foundation to be easily applied without streaks. This brush is great and gentle with the skin. I use this to apply my foundation and it does the job.” – Te3
$13.99 at Priceline
Best for: Contouring
Nude by Nature Ultimate Perfecting Brush
Suitable for both powder and cream formulas, Nude by Nature’s Ultimate Perfecting Brush features densely packed fibres in a thin horizontal design, allowing for seamless coverage and natural sculpting of harder-to-reach areas.
“I love to do contouring with this brush because it gives me a very natural finish without leaving any harsh lines.” – Helen T
$29.95 at Nude by Nature
Best for: Blush
The Real Techniques Blush Brush
The Real Techniques Blush Brush softens and blurs even the most pigmented and bold blush shades for a natural, rosy flush. The tapered design ensures precise application of product, exactly where you want it.
“I am amazed at the quality of the Real Techniques brushes. I have had my blush brush for a few years now and I have been using it every day to apply my powder blushes. I love that it applies just the right amount of product (not too heavy!) and it also blends well.” – BeeperPad
$24.99 at Adore Beauty
Do you have any of these brushes? If not, which ones do you use?