Even if you have the trendiest makeup in your collection, they won’t produce the glorious results you’re expecting without proper, high-quality tools. And who best to ask about the best makeup brushes on the market than professional makeup artists who spend their entire careers working most closely with an extensive lineup of the best brushes for the face, eyes, lips, and cheekbones?
Below, we’ve gathered some of the pros’ decidedly classic, time-tested picks along with Allure Best of Beauty Award winners at a variety of price points — including affordable picks from Real Techniques and E.L.F. and high-end options from the likes of Merit, Chanel, and Patrick Ta. Whether you’re a seasoned makeup pro or budding makeup beginner, this story is the perfect place to start if you’re hoping to curate your very own makeup brush set and perfect your makeup looks.
Consider these 21 brushes of all shapes and sizes — soft and fluffy, domed, densely packed, tapered, angled, and precise — to be your best friends when it comes to flawless makeup application and seamless buffing of your products. From there, all that’s left to do is showcase all of the stunning looks you create on TikTok. Your breathtaking visuals will be right up there with your favorite content creators and celebrity-trusted makeup artists.
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