These Makeup Brushes Will Help You Create the Perfect *Lewk* Every Time

best makeup brushes

Finding the best beauty products has never been easier thanks to Pia’s Picks, our weekly curated list. As the Senior Beauty Editor at HelloGiggles, I test and examine the latest skincare, makeup, hair, and nail products so I can confidently recommend the best ones to you.

A good makeup look goes beyond having the best foundation, bronzer, blush, etc.—you need the right tools, too. A tightly packed, angled brush can do wonders for creating a strong contour, but it may not work for a natural-looking highlight. The same thing goes for eyeshadow brushes too, as extra-small surfaces require total precision. That’s why we tested hundreds of products to find the best makeup brushes on the market. Whether you’re looking to buy a kit with all the tools you need or just want to upgrade one of the brushes in your existing arsenal, here are the best picks.

1. Best makeup brush set:

best makeup brushes

Sonia Kashuk Professional Complete Brush Set

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Get everything you need to create a vlogger-worthy look at home with this award-winning set of makeup brushes. It includes 10 brushes in a range of sizes and styles that will allow you to blend, highlight, smudge, shade, and buff. Each brush features soft synthetic bristles and contoured handles for a comfortable grip.

2. Best makeup brush for bronzer:

best makeup brushes for bronzer

beautyblender Big Boss Powder Brush & Cooling Roller

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 This high quality bronzer brush has a feature that makes it stand out from the crowd—a cooling roller on the opposite side of the brush, which when glided over areas like the jawline and cheekbones, depuffs and defines. We love how fluffy the brush is, as it allows for a perfect all-over and natural-looking bronzed look.

4. Best makeup brush for blush:

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MERIT Brush No. 1 Tapered Blending Brush

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These densely packed bristles work well for applying and blending both powder and cream blushes. A natural-looking sun-kissed glow never looked so good.

5. Best makeup brush for contouring:

best makeup brushes contour

Anisa Buffing Bronzer Brush

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If you’re looking to create sky-high cheekbones and blend your contour to perfection, look no farther than this brush. The dense yet flexible fibers work to buff product into the skin, and the oval head makes angling your makeup for hyper-precision easy.

6. Best makeup brush for liquid foundation:

best makeup brushes for liquid foundation

COVER FX Custom Application Brush

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“I’ve always loved mixing my skincare with my makeup for a natural-looking, French girl look, and this makeup brush makes doing that easier than ever,” said one tester during our annual Beauty Crush Awards. The brush features three wells so you can add a dab of moisturizer, serum, or foundation directly to the bristles before blending them all in smoothly.

7. Best makeup brush for concealer:

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Kevyn Aucoin The Duet Concealer Brush

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For hard-to-reach areas around the eyes, look for a dual-ended brush that’ll get into every corner and smoothly apply concealer so it looks smooth and natural, not cakey. The flat, rounded tip on this brush is perfect for application while the soft, domed side helps to diffuse concealer so it melts in and blends with the rest of your skin.

8. Best makeup brush for highlighter:

best makeup brushes highlighter

FENTY BEAUTY by Rihanna Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120

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Target exactly where you want mega-glow with the help of this angled brush. The curved shape of the bristles allow you to pick and choose the best highlighter placement for your face shape.

9. Best makeup brush for setting powder:

best makeup brushes powder

PAT McGRATH LABS Skin Fetish: Sublime Perfection Powder Brush

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When you spend a decent amount of time on your makeup, you want it to stay put. Enter: setting powders. But first, you need a super-fluffy brush to help spread it evenly and gently across your freshly done-up face. A few swipes of this brush over your face and your powder will be set for hours.

10. Best makeup brush for eyebrows:

best makeup brushes for eyebrows

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #20

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We understand #browgoals, and this brush will help you get there. This brush comes with a spoolie end to brush hairs upward for that soap brow look. But more importantly, we like that the brush is straight-cut as it helps define a clean, even-shaped brow.

11. Best makeup brush for gel eyeliner:

best makeup brushes eyeliner

Laura Mercier Angled Eyeliner Brush

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For a super-sharp cat-eye look, dip this brush into your gel eyeliner, draw a thin line across the top lid, and flick up at the outer corners of the eyes. The angled tip helps you get in close to the lid so you can get the liner right up against your lashes.

12. Best makeup brush for eyeshadow application:

best makeup brushes eyeshadow

MAC 239 Synthetic Eye Shader Brush

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With eyeshadow, you want to make sure that you’re getting the right amount and gently patting it on the lid for the best results. This soft, dense brush is perfect for that. Build or blend cream, powder, and liquid eyeshadows (and loose pigments) with this round-tipped brush.

13. Best makeup brush for blending eyeshadow:

best makeup brushes eyeshadow

IT Cosmetics Airbrush Blending Crease Brush #105

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You need a fluffy eye makeup brush to create smokey eyes and any look that requires blending, and this one does the trick. The narrow, tapered head perfectly reaches into the creases of the eye and deposits just the right amount of eyeshadow to the lid.

14. Best makeup brush kit for eyeshadow:

best makeup brushes for eyeshadow

Makeup by Mario Brushes By Mario: Artist Collection 1

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If you’re all about eye makeup and want to take your skills from amateur to expert, this brush set is a great investment. Whether you want to create precise lines and cut-creases or build bold, color-packed looks, this five-piece collection can be used for a variety of applications.