Ever wondered which makeup brushes you really need? And which ones are actually worth buying? We tapped into customer and blogger reviews to identify the makeup brushes the pros recommend you use. Whether you’re building your kit or adding some final additions, treat this guide like your makeup brush shopping list…
Eyeshadow Brush: My Kit Co 1.24 My Domed Blender
This dome-shaped brush works perfectly for packing colour onto the eyelids. The soft bristles pick and blend pigment effortlessly, whether you’re working with creams or powders.
Crease Brush: ZOEVA 228 Luxe Crease Brush
Designed for the crease, this has a softly tapered shape that fits perfectly into the eye socket. It’s dense enough to pack on pigment but soft enough to blend out shadow for a wash of colour.
Smudge Brush: My Kit Co 1.26 My Angled Smudge Brush
This small, rounded brush is great for blending colour along the lower lashline. The precise tip allows you to soften and blend eyeshadow into fiddly areas for subtle definition.
Blending Brush: Bdellium 785S Studio Line Brush
This super soft, fluffy blending brush is ideal for diffusing any harsh lines – it makes eyeshadow easy, even for beginners. Perfect for both cream and powder formulas.
Eyeliner Brush: ZOEVA Rose Golden Volume 2 317 Wing Liner Brush
This tiny precision brush has a razor-sharp edge that makes quick work of lining, and the perfect angle for stamping a wing into the outer corners of the eyes.
Concealer Brush: Anastasia Beverly Hills 18 Concealer Brush
The flat design won’t absorb too much product, but instead sweeps and presses concealer onto skin for a full coverage finish – and not a streak in sight. It works perfectly for concealing both blemishes and dark circles.
Foundation Brush: Nanshy R01 Buffed Base Round Brush
The densely packed bristles of this brush buff any formula of foundation for a seamless finish, while the rounded shape glides over angles, leaving every inch covered.
Contour Brush: Sigma F04 Extreme Structure Contour Brush
The ultimate definer for carving out a jawline and adding shadow to the hollows of the cheeks. The tapered shape cuts an angle and helps application to be precise without requiring hard work.
Bronzing Brush: Sigma F25 Tapered Face Brush
With its airy tips, this brush picks up the perfect amount of pigment and spreads it beautifully for a ‘lightly dusted’ effect. The bristles are the perfect length and density for buffing powders onto the face.
Highlighter Brush: Blank Canvas F05 Multi Purpose Fan Brush
The blend of both natural and synthetic bristles are perfect for creating both a full-on strobe effect and a diffused natural-looking highlight along the cheekbones, browbones, and bridge of the nose.
Powder Brush: BH Cosmetics Brush V1 Vegan Large Powder Brush
Use this brush to strategically blend out any heavy-handed colour or dust powder onto areas prone to shine to set makeup. The loose bristles are perfect for a diffused effect.