15 best makeup brushes

Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

A well-done make-up is not just a skill, knowledge of special techniques, but also tools and other accessories that allow you to properly apply cosmetics, blend them. It is high-quality brushes that make it possible for make-up to look natural, as they are created from special natural or synthetic hairs that blur the boundaries, making them invisible. At the same time, which is important, brushes greatly simplify and speed up the process of applying makeup.
Experts will help you make a choice among the variety of manufacturers on the beauty market. We have compiled a rating of the best makeup brushes, which includes 15 positions.

What to look for when choosing makeup brushes

  1. Types of brushes. It is important to know what a particular brush is being purchased for. Large ones are designed for applying loose or compact powders. Small – for blush, bronzers, contouring agents and highlighters. They can be oval, round or beveled. Small brushes are used for the eyes: with the help of flat (in the form of a spatula, 'tongue') shadows are applied, and fluffy ones are shaded. For tonal foundations, use a duofiber or a flat synthetic brush. To shape the eyebrows, you need a small beveled one. Long thin brushes allow you to paint arrows or draw lids with liquid textures. Fan – allows you to brush away loose shadows and remove excess powder.

  2. Material. Synthetic bristles are needed for liquid and oily foods. Natural is ideal for dry. Better to buy squirrel, sable, goat, column, pony brushes. It is also important to look at which cut. The highest quality products are assembled by hand in factories. With such brushes, the pile is not cut, but a hair is matched to the hair. This guarantees an even and even application during the makeup process. Shorns are cheaper, but they leave sharp boundaries and do not stew well.

  3. Rigidity. The pile of goat and pony is harder. These brushes are great for corrective products like blush, bronzers, and so on. Squirrel, sable and column brushes are soft – suitable for eyeshadows, powder, blush, highlighters. They gain less product than tough ones, which means they provide a thin layer.

  4. Quality. Test the brush for hair loss before buying. Any brushes, even the best ones, can lose a few fibers from time to time, but it is important that their number is small. Pay attention to firmness as well. After you slide your finger along the pile left or right, it should instantly restore its previous shape. The material of manufacture of the handle does not really matter, but the fastening to the upper part plays an important role. If it is fragile, then over time it can loosen and simply detach, rendering the brush unusable.

Rating of the best makeup brushes

Nomination a place Name of product price
Best Artificial Makeup Brushes 1 KM cosmetics flat concealer brush 405 RUB
2 NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush-Contour 890 RUB
3 MAC Large Shader # 252S RUB 2,250
The best inexpensive makeup brushes: budget under $ 300 1 Chérie ma Chérie No. 531 259 r
2 Manly Pro K98 280 RUB
3 N.1. highlighter brush 270 RUB
Best natural makeup brushes 1 Ludovik №4E RUB 2,100
2 Manly Pro K5 RUB 1,550
3 Clinique Eye Shader Brush 1 236 rub.
4 N.1 (N.312) eyeshadow brush RUB 600
Best professional makeup brushes 1 Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag RUB 21,990
2 Ludovik 'Econom' brush set RUB 14,100
3 Professional brush set Manly PRO 3 400 rub.
4 Clinique Foundation Brush RUB 2 800
5 Bobbi brown foundation brush RUB 3,145

Best Artificial Makeup Brushes

KM cosmetics flat concealer brush

Rating: 4.9

KM cosmetics flat concealer brush

First in the ranking is a brush that provides a dense application of products. It is best to apply a tone or concealer to her. The brush is flat, has a synthetic elastic bristle, measuring 17 x 9 mm, and a rounded cut. The dense padding guarantees a thick layer of application, so the product is suitable for make-up or makeup used in photography and video filming. Can also be used to apply creamy eyeshadow or gel textures if you need to cover a large area. The comfortable long handle allows you to quickly work with the tool.

Advantages

  • hairs do not climb;

  • acceptable cost – 400 rubles.

  • easy to clean;

  • shades well;

  • does not leave streaks;

disadvantages

  • not found.

NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush-Contour

Rating: 4.8

NYX Professional Makeup Pro Brush-Contour

In second place is the brush numbered 05 for contouring. Perfectly draws cheekbones, cheeks, forehead and cheekbones. It is also suitable for applying blush and powder, therefore it will become universal. It has a conical shape. The pile is synthetic, even, densely packed. The brush picks up the required amount of the product, gives it to the skin well. Shades perfectly, leaving no clear boundaries and streaks. The tool can be used for both dry and creamy textures. As noted by users, after washing and drying, the extreme hairs can bristle to the sides, so it is better to purchase a special net for brushes.

Advantages

  • hairs do not fall out;

  • fast and soft shading;

  • high quality;

disadvantages

  • relatively expensive – 1 thousand rubles

MAC Large Shader # 252S

Rating: 4.8

MAC Large Shader # 252S

The third line is the makeup brush, which works great with all kinds of textures. Thanks to the synthetic pile, it allows you to collect the required amount of the product, especially if it is liquid or creamy. Distributes the product evenly over the skin, without streaks and bald spots. Shades perfectly without leaving borders. The MAC Professional Brush is handcrafted, so all hairs have a natural tip without a cut. Equipped with a wooden handle and a nickel-plated brass bezel. The fastening is strong, does not loosen over time, prolonging the life of the brush.

Advantages

  • hairs do not climb;

  • universal;

  • easy to use and maintain;

disadvantages

  • relatively expensive – 1600 r.

The best inexpensive makeup brushes: budget under $ 300

Chérie ma Chérie No. 531

Rating: 4.8

Chérie ma Chérie No. 531

The first position in the category goes to the brush from Chérie ma Chérie, widely known in the circles of makeup artists. Has a synthetic pile that is densely packed. Due to the unnatural material, it does not absorb liquid and creamy cosmetic products, saving their consumption. The brush is small, so it is suitable for applying concealer, corrector, shadows that need to be applied to a small area. It works well in the area of ​​the eyelids and the wings of the nose. Does not leave streaks, blending well. The hairs at the tip are white.

Advantages

  • elastic;

  • low cost – 150 rubles.

  • the pile does not climb;

  • stews well;

disadvantages

  • the need to wash after each use.

Manly Pro K98

Rating: 4.7

Manly Pro K98

In second place is a soft taclon brush. It has a small size and is used for spot application of liquid and oily-cream textures. The pile length is only 1.1 cm. Flat with a rounded cut. Ideal for applying concealers as well as under-shadow foundations. Applies product evenly, streak-free, does not absorb. Such a tool is best for treating local areas, for example, redness, scars, bruises, the area of ​​the wings of the nose and eyelids. The ergonomic handle allows you to comfortably hold the product in your hand, speeding up and simplifying the makeup application process.

Advantages

  • the pile does not climb;

  • budget price;

  • durable mount;

  • easy to care for and use;

disadvantages

  • not found.

N.1. highlighter brush

Rating: 4.7

N.1 Highlighter Brush

The third place in the ranking is given to a small brush for applying highlighter to small areas of the face. It has a rounded shape resembling a barrel. Densely stuffed with pony bristles. Due to the medium stiffness of the hairs, the product picks up well and gives it to the skin in the right amount. Distributes the product evenly. As noted in the reviews, it is excellent at feathering, softening borders. Can be used for any dry textures if desired, such as blush, powder concealer, contouring products and more. It is best to use a brush to work on the upper part of the cheekbones, the eyelids, the wings of the nose, the tick above the lip, and the brow space.

Advantages

  • natural pile;

  • easy to care for and work;

  • long service life;

  • hairs do not climb;

disadvantages

  • not found.

Best natural makeup brushes

Ludovik №4E

Rating: 4.9

Ludovik №4E

In the first place is the new brush from Ludovik. It is the fourth in the line, has a beveled edge and an average size (pile length – 3.7 cm). Suitable for treating large areas of facial skin. Used raccoon hair, which is stiffer, more elastic and thicker compared to squirrel, but softer than goat. Due to this, it allows you to make an expressive and vivid correction. Models the face well with dry and oily textures. With the right hand position, it applies color in one stroke, leaving a clear border that is easy to shade if necessary. Recommended for professional use, but also suitable for beginners, as it is easy to use.

Advantages

  • Beautiful design;

  • gives the product well to the skin;

  • puts bright accents;

  • gives a soft shading;

disadvantages

  • relatively expensive – 2100 p.

Manly Pro K5

Rating: 4.8

Manly Pro K5

The contour, blush and highlighter brush is in second position. In addition, it is suitable for any other dry textures, therefore it is considered universal. Made of premium quality goat hair. Packed tightly. Has a tapered shape where the tip tapers. Flat at the base. This is great for setting accents. Allows you to correctly apply the contouring agent on the cheekbones, cheeks, forehead. The pile length is 4 cm and the diameter is 3 cm.

Advantages

  • hairs do not climb;

  • easy to clean;

  • wear-resistant;

disadvantages

  • easily soiled white color;

  • relatively expensive – 1450 p.

Clinique Eye Shader Brush

Rating: 4.7

Clinique Eye Shader Brush

The third place in the category goes to the high quality comfortable eye makeup brush. Natural bristles perfectly picks up dry shadows, giving the maximum pigment to the skin. The feature of the product is the patented antibacterial technology that was used in the production. Thanks to it, microbes do not grow on the brush, fungus and mold do not form, even if the tool is stored in a damp room, for example, in a bathroom. Clinique pioneered this technology, making a breakthrough in the industry.

Advantages

  • softly shades borders;

  • convenient for drawing the crease of the eyelid;

  • perfectly mixes colors with each other;

disadvantages

  • relatively expensive – 2 thousand rubles

N.1 (N.312) eyeshadow brush

Rating: 4.7

N.1 (N.312) eyeshadow brush

In fourth place is a natural sable bristle brush. Designed for use in eye makeup. Due to the softness, elasticity and density with which the brush is packed, it picks up the product and gives it to the skin in the right amount. It is not intended for shading, since it has a flat shape, suitable only for applying, distributing and layering shadows.

Advantages

  • soft pile;

  • acceptable cost – 600 rubles.

  • hairs do not climb;

  • does not prick the delicate skin of the eyelids;

disadvantages

  • not found.

Best professional makeup brushes

Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag

Rating: 4.9

Zoeva Makeup Artist Zoe Bag

The first place is taken by a set from the well-known company Zoeva. According to makeup artists, it is the best option for beginners in the field of makeup. The set includes a bag-suitcase made of artificial leather and a set consisting of 25 tassels. There are 3 large brushes here: for blush, powder and adjustments; 3 small brushes: beveled, for highlighter and for powdering local areas; 3 duofibers: larger and smaller; fan brush; the rest are for shadows (application and shading), lipstick, eyeliner, eyebrow drawing.

Advantages

  • the pile does not climb;

  • reasonable price – 13,500 rubles.

  • shortened comfortable handle;

disadvantages

  • small size of a suitcase bag.

Ludovik 'Econom' brush set

Rating: 4.8

Ludovik 'Econom' brush set

The second position is occupied by the medium-small set of makeup brushes. In it, as they say in the reviews, the required number of tools has been collected, which will allow a novice makeup artist to fill his hand and learn different techniques. In the circle of makeup artists, it is considered an apprenticeship, as well as an exit for performing simple makeup. There are 20 brushes in the set: for powder, dry correction, blush, foundation, concealer, base, applying dry and cream shadows, shading, eyeliner, eyebrow shaping, applying lipstick, and there is also a brush for eyelashes.

Advantages

  • many brushes with natural bristles;

  • acceptable cost – 18,500 rubles.

  • strong mounts;

  • hairs do not climb;

disadvantages

  • not found.

Professional brush set Manly PRO

Rating: 4.7

Manly PRO professional brush set

The third line is a high quality professional set consisting of 10 brushes. It will help a make-up artist of any level to make many simple make-up options. It is convenient to take such a kit with you on the road, as it does not take up much space, but at the same time it has all the necessary tools. Supplied with a zippered cosmetic bag. The set includes: a beveled brush for blush and dry correction, a powder brush, synthetic for foundations and bases, a large flat brush for applying shadows to the entire eyelid, a small one for local application of shadows, 2 brushes for drawing the eyelash edge and setting accents, beveled – for shaping eyebrows or eyelid shaping, as well as a brush for separating eyelashes and combing eyebrows.

Advantages

  • most of the brushes are made of natural bristles (ponies, goats, columns);

  • budgetary cost – 3400 r.

  • easy to use;

  • the pile does not climb;

disadvantages

  • not found.

Clinique Foundation Brush

Rating: 4.7

Clinique Foundation Brush

The fourth place is taken by a flat brush for applying a foundation with a rounded cut. Visually resembles a scapula. Made from synthetic material. Due to this, it does not absorb oily textures, giving them completely to the skin. Distributes the product evenly without leaving streaks. It blends the borders well, which is very important when applying foundation. It has a medium size, suitable both for working out hard-to-reach areas (wings of the nose, eyelids, along the hairline), and for large areas. The product is made using antibacterial technology that prevents the growth of microbes, the formation of fungus and mold.

Advantages

  • tightly packed;

  • easy to care for and work;

  • hairs do not climb;

disadvantages

  • relatively expensive – 2800 p.

Bobbi brown foundation brush

Rating: 4.6

Bobbi brown foundation brush

In the last position, there is another brush for applying foundations or bases. Creates a flawless and dense coating, does not leave streaks and bald spots. It has a flat shape ('tongue') and a rounded cut. Made of synthetic material that does not absorb greasy textures, allowing them to be used sparingly. Quite elastic, so it perfectly distributes the product over the skin surface, shading it without visible boundaries. It is also convenient to use a brush to draw out contours with creamy sculpting tools.

Advantages

  • reduced size;

  • easy to clean;

  • inscriptions are not erased;

  • wear-resistant;

disadvantages

  • high cost – 3700 r.


Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute an advertisement and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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