Using multiple makeup brushes might sound like an arduous and time-consuming addition to your carefully honed makeup routine, but you really can’t beat them for the look they create.
With the ability to turn even the most budget makeup products into complexion enhancing wonder-products, it’s definitely an investment worth making.
Here are ten of the best.
Charlotte Tilbury: The Complete Brush Set
At £240 a pop, you’d be entirely justified in expecting these brushes to be the best. Each one is hand pulled by an expert brush-maker, giving them the perfect shape. The handles are made from sustainable wood and cut in such a way that they won’t roll off your dresser and each is labelled according to use. They feel fantastic on the skin and are so light that they blend makeup easily to give you a flawless finish. If you’re looking for the best luxury makeup gift to spoil someone with this Christmas, this is definitely it.
£240 | Charlotte Tilbury | Buy it now
Kohl Kreatives The Flex Collection
Investing in pieces from companies with a conscience is worth it – these uniquely shaped brushes by vegan and cruelty free brand, Kohl Kreatives, are feathery light on the skin and easy to manoeuvre. The brushes stand up on their own making them especially easy to grasp for anyone with motor disability or disease – and the added flex of each brush is another benefit that allows for better overall control.
The proceeds from sales go to some fantastically worthy causes too, Kohls Kares help empower people through makeup and even offer free tutorials for makeup application. These brushes are well designed, lovely to look at and excellent when put to use.
£44.95 | Kohl Kreatives | Buy it now
M&S Rosie for Autograph Make Up Brush Set
As an international supermodel, Rosie Huntington-Whitely knows a thing or two about makeup. Here she’s designed her four favourite brushes for powder, contouring, angling and eye-shadow application. Made with ultra-soft synthetic bristles, they’ve not undergone testing on animals so are ethical too.
£28 | Marks and Spencer | Buy it now
Nude by Nature Brush Set
This set includes liquid foundation, eye definer and concealer brushes which are all made from natural fibres rather than hair, so is a great set for anyone prone to breakouts who doesn’t want to touch their skin. The zip-lock case makes them easy to transport and keep clean as well.
£50 | Feel Unique | Buy it now
Sigma Most Wanted Brush Set
Sigma has put together a set that includes its most popular brushes, as chosen by consumers. This set is largely made up of eye-makeup brushes, so if you’re a fan of the smoky eye, you’ll want the tapered blending and pencil tools.
£70 | Cult Beauty | Buy it now
The Body Shop Mini Brush Kit
This mini kit will make a great stocking filler for any girl on the go. Whether you’re heading on a night out or taking a mini-break away, The Body Shop’s kit is small enough to fit in your tote or carry-on. The travel-sized set includes the essential blusher, eye shadow, contouring and concealer brushes in a convenient pouch that becomes its own stand for easy use.
£13.50 | Body Shop | Buy it now
Spectrum Mermaid Dreams Glam Clam
Hands down, the most beautiful brushes we have ever seen. The Mermaid collection from Spectrum features ten of its bestselling high quality synthetic brushes in a dreamy colour pallet, all wrapped up in the cutest shell shaped purse. If you’re looking for a gift to give away or even to keep for yourself, this is the ultimate pampering set. Each one is specifically designed for a different application technique and feels wonderfully light on the skin. Be warned though: if you visit the website you’ll want absolutely everything.
£59.99 | Spectrum | Buy it now
Zoeva Classic Brush Set
Get that perfect 60s flick with Zoeva’s precisely shaped eyeliner brush, or enhance your natural rosy glow with the cream blusher tool. Each of the eight brushes is carefully sculpted using natural wood handles and softened synthetic bristles.
£60 | Selfridges | Buy it now
Real Techniques Core Collection Kit
Developed by makeup artist and blogger Sam Chapman, this set includes four cruelty-free brushes made from plush taklon bristles perfect for creating that blank and blemish-free canvas. The case can be folded into a stand, similar to the Body Shop set and includes a useful guide for using the brushes to their full potential.
£10.49 | Amazon | Buy it now