Best Makeup Brushes And Sets
To get the best out of your carefully chosen makeup, you need the right tools, and a good set of brushes can really make the difference when you’re applying your makeup. Having the right makeup brushes can elevate your look from patchy and stripy to flawless and smooth.
There’s a massive range of brushes available to buy, however, and it can be confusing to know which ones you need for which makeup techniques - and also which ones are worth the investment.
Higher-priced brushes will be well-made, meaning the hairs won’t fall out straight away; long-handled brushes will be better balanced for blusher which needs a lighter touch; and paying a bit more ensures higher quality and volume of the fibres.
Should you buy synthetic bristles or natural? How many makeup brushes do you need in your arsenal? We’ve narrowed your search and listed the best makeup brushes you can buy. Whatever your budget, from £8 to £60, scroll down to find out which makeup brushes are worth investing in - from foundation brushes to ones for highlighting, and whether you want to buy individual brushes or a set of 10 brushes for every type of makeup you need to apply for a night out.
The best budget makeup brushes
Real Techniques Flawless Base
If you’re looking for affordable makeup brushes designed by real makeup artists, then try brushes by Real Techniques. The range is increasing and they are great quality despite the reasonable price tags.
The Define & Highlight Duo
EcoTools brushes are vegan, and you can find them all over the high street. The brand was created by sisters who wanted affordable, quality makeup brushes that were also eco-friendly.
LOTTIE LONDON Powder POWER Brush
Brushes from new company Lottie London are very colourful, whether you like brights or pastels.
Should I use synthetic or natural brushes?
As a general rule, synthetic brushes tend to be better for applying liquid products. They don’t soak up as much product as natural fibres as they’re less porous. Natural brushes are great for powders, as they absorb excess.
Which are the best makeup brushes for contouring?
Bobbi Brown's Angled Face Brush
The best makeup brushes really can make a difference to your contouring. Choose an angled brush if you’re using powder bronzer; this one is great for highlighting and enhancing.
Sigma's F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
If you own the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit, then this is a great stippling brush to try. It has a flat top and you can personalise it with Swarovski crystals.
The best makeup brush sets
Zoeva's Face Professional Brush Set
There are many makeup brush kits in shops. Try vegan-friendly brand Zoeva - the brushes come in a stylish pouch too.
Spectrum 10 Piece Essential Set
Spectrum’s colourful kits are very popular, with pastel handles and bold bristles.
Which brushes are best for applying foundation?
132S Duo Fibre Foundation Brush
If you’re looking for a foundation brush, it depends on what type of foundation you use. Have you chosen powder, liquid, or stick foundation? This brush is a good place to start. MAC brushes are hand-sculpted, and you can use this one with foundation and concealer.