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BRUSH UP WITH OUR EDIT OF THE BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES

BRUSH UP WITH OUR EDIT OF THE BEST MAKEUP BRUSHES

Create your dream collection of makeup brushes and sponges, to make sure your makeup stays slayin’ with every application. Whether you’re looking for a face brush to help you apply the best foundation, or are after something with a pointed tip to help with precision application, we’ve done all the hard work to pull together a definitive list of the best makeup brushes.

Best Makeup Brushes 2019

  1. EcoTools Full Powder Brush
    £8.99 Buy now with HQhair

    EcoTools Full Powder Brush

    First up on out list of the best makeup brushes is the Full Powder Brush from EcoTools. This environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free brush range has absolutely nails pro-quality, and we’re obsessed with the whole range, but it’s this large rounded brush that we keep coming back to every time.

    With 70,000 ultra soft synthetic bristles, this is perf’ for applying finishing powder. It’ll pick up product without any product being absorbed by the bristles, and will neatly pack on powder without too much flyaway. The. Dream.

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  2. Luxie 182 Nose Perfector Brush JadeyWadey
    £19.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Luxie 182 Nose Perfector Brush JadeyWadey

    Our newest makeup brush brand is Luxie Beauty. This range of completely Vegan and Cruelty-free brushes has made its way straight into our stash ‘cos not only are they professiona quality, but they do it for the ‘gram.

    We love the JadeyWadey nose contour brush – AKA the 182 – thanks to its dual ends, which work in harmony to help contour and sculpt your nose.

    Use the finer end to add on pigment to the contours of the nose, and then use the fluffier end to buff out to create subtle definition. The synthetic bristles are perfect for use with both cream and powder contour products.

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  3. Cover FX Custom Blending Brush
    £32.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Cover FX Custom Blending Brush

    Do you even blend, though? Grab this makeup brush from Cover FX and you defs will.

    Completely vegan and cruelty-free, use this densely packed synthetic makeup brush to blend in contour or buff in liquid foundation.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Cover FX products

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  4. Contour Cosmetics 14 Blending Brush
    £21.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Contour Cosmetics 14 Blending Brush

    Nail foundation application with the Contour Cosmetics blending brush. A blending brush will smooth out any harsh lines, concentrating on places like creases around the nose to remove any tell-tale makeup lines.

    This brush is completely cruelty-free, and utilises synthetic bristles too.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best eyeshadow palette

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  5. BRUSHWORKS COMPLEXION MAKEUP SPONGE
    £4.99 Buy now with HQhair

    BRUSHWORKS COMPLEXION MAKEUP SPONGE

    A great base is the key to any flawless makeup look, and typically you’ll look to a foundation brush to get the job done. However, makeup sponges are relatively new on the scene, and we love the photo-ready flawless finish a sponge can give.

    Brushworks have created a bell sponge, shaped to give you both base coverage with the rounded end, and more precise application with the tapered, pointed end.

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  6. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Large Powder Brush #001
    £25.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Large Powder Brush #001

    So you’ve achieved the perfect base, but you don’t want it to wear off quickly. Applying a mattifying loose powder will take away any excess shine and set your makeup, ensuring that it lasts longer.

    Use a large powder brush just like this one from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics to buff the powder into your makeup in the larger areas like your cheeks and forehead. For the smaller areas, use a precision brush to press on the powder and leave for a minute or two before dusting off any excess with the large powder brush.

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  7. HD Brows Fine Angled Brow Brush
    £13.00 Buy now with HQhair

    HD Brows Fine Angled Brow Brush

    A fine angled brow brush is perfect for applying brow pomade. Dip it into the pot and take a tiny amount of product – a little goes a long way. Add some fine, hair-like lines throughout your brows to fill in sparse areas and voila, you’re done! We went to the pros for the best makeup brush when it comes to brows, and love this one by HD Brows.

    Make sure to brush through your brows afterwards with a brow spoolie and some clear brow gel to hold the hairs in place.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best eyebrow makeup

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  8. Sigma F57 Emphasize Contour Brush
    £22.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Sigma F57 Emphasize Contour Brush

    There’s nothing quite like a chiselled contour. A short, flat contour brush will enable you to thin your nose and shape your cheekbones like no other, no matter whether you use cream or powder contour. Start off with a tiny amount and build up for the intensity you want. We love Sigma brushes for getting the look we’re obsessed with.

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  9. Japonesque Kumadori Fan Brush
    £19.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Japonesque Kumadori Fan Brush

    On the other end of the spectrum, some glowing highlight is a must-have for your contour. Build up the highlight at the top of your cheekbones using a fan brush until you’re glowing.

    We’re lookin’ to Japonesque for a beaut fan shape, perf’ for applying highlighter where required.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best highlighter

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  10. Illamasqua Angled Cheek Brush
    £30.00 Buy now with HQhair

    Illamasqua Angled Cheek Brush

    Rosy cheeks and a golden glow is never a bad thing! Lightly apply some blusher to the apples of your cheeks using a blush brush and take an angled cheek brush for the bronzer. Apply your bronzer wherever the sun would naturally hit your face (this should be in a ‘3’ shape at the edges of your face) and take some selfies for Insta.

    Naturally go-to brand for makeup pros Illamasqua are going to be the first place we look. This angled cheek brush is the perf’ all rounder for creating a flawless look every. single. time.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Illamasqua products

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  11. BBB London Brow Tamer
    £14.00 Buy now with HQhair

    BBB London Brow Tamer

    Keep brows in check with this BBB London brow tamer. An extra AF spoolie brush, you’ll wonder why you never invested before as its tightly packed travel-friendly spoolie is the dream for taming brows and keeping lashes in check.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best Blink Brow Bar products.

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  12. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
    £8.99 Buy now with HQhair

    Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

    Last on our list of the best makeup brushes and definitely not the least is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. We couldn’t write a list of the best brushes without including Real Techniques and this cult product has a following simply ‘cos it’s so good – and affordable too.

    We love this brush as it works just as well with liquids as it does with powder formulas, and can be used to buff in product to create the flawless finish of our instagram dreams.

    Continue Reading: our guide to the best Real Techniques brushes

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Now you know the tools to school ’em all, it’s time to add the best makeup brushes to bag.

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