Artistry is everything in the beauty world, and no masterpiece is complete without the right tools. Sure, we all love our beloved “damp Beautyblenders,” as the makeup influencers call it… but you can’t go wrong with the best makeup brushes. These tools empower us as we hold them in our hands and begin to blend, swirl, sweep or buff… and the best makeup brushes can make all the difference between filter-like foundation and an impeccable halo eye and a smudged mess. No pressure or anything. We want out MIRA guests to feel beautiful in flawlessly blended looks, and that’s why we’ve rounded up the best makeup brushes for every feature. From the classic tapered brushes for eyes to the Kabuki face makeup brush you’ve always wanted to try, these are the top picks for tools on MIRA BEAUTY.
With a feature as complex as your eyes, you can’t just settle for one brush. You need one to smoke out your bottom lid, another to pack color on the lid, and a third to highlight the brow bone for the finishing touches. And honey, we aren’t even finished yet. You can do all these things and more with the Eye Essential brush set by BH Cosmetics - which features 7 eye brushes to go from zero to “holy cut crease” in no time. They include angled, tapered, and multiple fluffy brushes to map out your eyeshadow looks with ease - and each is made with natural hair that’s easy to clean and lasts for a long time. Brush sets are a bit of a specialty at BH Cosmetics, and Eye Essential will be a game-changer for any beauty enthusiast who’s all about eyes. Pair them up with your favorite BH Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes - including Studio Pro Ultimate Neutrals and Take Me Back to Brazil - for a masterpiece that’s definitely worthy of the BH Cosmetics Instagram feed.
Another kind of Eye Essentials from Luxie, coming your way. This regal and rose gold set doesn’t just look luxurious on your bedroom vanity - it features five key eye brushes to take your makeup looks to the next level. Try the Medium Angled Shading brush to “cut” the crease when doing the iconic makeup look of the same name, Flat Definer brush to smudge out the lower lash line, and the Small Tapered Blending Brush to create definition and drama in the crease. Or you know, just take the eye blending brush and top off your eyeshadow looks with the best inner corner pop of color, ever. Rose gold will forever be elegant, timeless, and nearly flawless - and your eyeshadow looks will be all of these things and more after using the Eye Essential Brush Set by Luxie.
Admit it… you can’t help but stare every time you swipe through your Instagram feed and see a fierce eyeshadow look from Morphe. The brand is known for unapologetic artistry and fearless glamour, and you can channel your inner #Morphebabe with the All Eye Want brush collection. These six synthetic brushes have everything you need for glam eye looks like Jaclyn Hill and James Charles - including a Double-Sided Angle Brush + Spoolie for winged eyeshadow, Tapered Crease Brush to seamlessly blend out your cut crease, and a smudge brush that smokes out your eyes like a dream. In true Morphe fashion, these brushes are designed for the most elite of eyeshadow enthusiasts, and feature soft and synthetic bristles to take your eye looks to the next level. You know, #MorpheBabe style.
You’ve never tried a face makeup brush quite like this before. In true Shiseido style, it combines natural beauty with advanced technology to produce your most breathtaking makeup looks. Daiya Fude Face Duo Brush is a dual-ended tool that features a gel-tip blender to mimic the effects of fingertips and seamlessly blend makeup, without absorbing products like a typical sponge. The other side has a bright red, diamond-shaped brush with super-soft bristles that blends like a dream. Powders, creams, liquids, gels… your makeup looks will always be in good hands (and vice versa!) with this advanced face makeup brush by Shiseido. Our tip to you? Use it with your favorite Shiseido foundations to see why the brand is the ideal blend between beauty and science.
Okay, tarte already makes some of your favorite makeup and skincare products in the beauty community… so it’s natural that the brand would have your new favorite face brush too. Called “the buffer™”, this fluffy dome brush flawlessly blends foundation into the skin for an airbrushed, filter-like finish. With each circular swirl as you hold the luxe bamboo handle, these bristles will blend to the extreme as you discover a new way to do foundation. Airbrush Finish Bamboo brush pairs effortlessly with your Amazonian Clay Full Coverage SPF 15 foundation, and soon will become one of the best tarte makeup products in your collection!
“Kabuki” isn’t just fun to say, it’s also a versatile and easy-to-use face makeup brush that you need in your beauty collection. Named after the Kabuki Japanese drama theater that features actors wearing heavy makeup, this brush has a flat top and voluminous bristles to evenly distribute product across the face. Setting powder, bronzer, blush… the Kabuki brush by e.l.f. is ideal for applying powder across large surfaces of the skin – including the neck area that people often forget to blend. Think about that dewy, filter-like and airbrushed finish that you’ve tried a million times, but can’t seem to reach Instagram model levels of complexion perfection. Your new Kabuki brush may just be the answer. While it can still work beautifully with liquids and creams, you’re about to discover the true power of powder after applying it with your Kabuki brush. We’d recommend applying the High Definition Powder by e.l.f with this brush to reveal your most seamlessbly blended skin!
The cheek area is the second most fun you’ll have in your makeup routine - right behind eyes. And whether you’re creating a healthy flush of color with blush, warming up your look with bronzer, or adding a little sparkle with highlighter… you’ll always have a beautiful blend with this rounded, tapered brush by KVD Vegan Beauty. It’s designed to grab onto finely-milled powders and distribute them on the face for a smooth, sensational finish that blurs imperfections. Exactly what you need when doing the glamorous makeup looks that Kat Von D herself has made famous. An added bonus? As the brand name suggests, the super-soft synthetic bristles in this brush are 100% vegan!
We know what you’re thinking… “why do so many makeup brush sets have ‘essentials’ in the name?” And to answer your question, it’s because they truly are essential. Just look at this face makeup brush set by Real Techniques that’s ready to help you get cheeky with blush, bronzer, highlighter, whatever. “I love the Real Techniques brushes and makeup sponge. Makeup applications are flawless when I use them!” Our MIRA BEAUTY guest Bridget can’t get enough of the Everyday Essentials Brush Set, and it’s easy to see why. It’s the ideal set for those who are more about face makeup than the eyes (AKA, French girl glamour,) as these four tools are made to produce your most flawless complexion. Use the big, fluffy brush to spread blush or highlighter as you apply bronzer to those hard-to-perfect spots like the forehead and jawline - giving your skin the love it deserves. These brushes are the real deal for your cheeks, but don’t worry… but the makeup brush set even includes a mini sponge for those who are still undecided about their preference for makeup brushes or BeautyBlender!
Your brows need love too, and this angled makeup brush by Anastasia Beverly Hills will give you enviable arches that are worthy of the ABH Instagram feed. Use the angled end to dip into the brand’s many brow tools - including Dipbrow Pomade and Brow Powder Duo - and create precise, hair-like strokes until you achieve your ideal shape. Once they’ve been filled to perfection, you can flip your tool around and add the final touch with a brush-through from the spoolie end. Seriously, spoolies are your friend. Did we mention that you can also use the brush end to create incredible eyeshadow looks from your Soft Glam palette? Anastasia Beverly Hills is all about the brow life, and you can reach influencer levels of glam with this dual-ended makeup brush that’s a must-have in your collection. 95% of MIRA guests say that Brush 7B is good quality, while 98% agree that is delivers precise application!
“I'm a little picky about brow brushes - they need to be thick enough to fill, but thin enough to be precise. And this one fits the bill perfectly. It's really easy to use - picks up products nicely and blends without looking streaky.” If Anastasia Beverly Hills reigns supreme in flawless brows, then Benefit isn’t far behind. We know you love the brand’s powders and gels that produce the most enviable arches, and you’ll get there easily with the Angled Brow Brush & Spoolie. Use the angled side to line, define, and go as dramatic as you want with your brow shape, as the spoolie’s custom-blended fibers effortlessly blend in a variety of brow formulas. You’ll be able to create everything from casual, everyday makeup looks for Zoom school to the glam makeup you’re looking forward to after quarantine… and only Benefit can take you there!
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