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In this post, I will share you with the 10 best makeup brushes for beginners.

Whether you’re a beginner or just a makeup novice, the right brushes can improve your application and make everything so much easier.

Like anything else, the right tools for the job will get you the result you hoped for and more efficiently.

Makeup is hard to do. That’s pretty much true across the board. Sure, do some people have innate artistic abilities that might make doing makeup easier?


But most of us struggle to know what brush to even use in the first place, let alone how to use it correctly.

Here are the 10 best makeup brushes for beginners.

This post will list 10 of the best makeup brushes for the easy application no matter what skill level you are.

1. Morphe M433 Pro Firm Blending Brush $8

This is a GREAT eyeshadow blending brush for the crease and to blend out any hard edges when transitioning eyeshadow colors on your lid. This was designed nearly identical to the HOLY GRAIL MAC 217, which was (IMO) one of the most versatile eyeshadow brushes on the market. This Morphe brush is designed for blending, but you can also use it on its side as a lid brush (instead of using the top portion to blend.)

2. Real Techniques Setting Brush $8

You should buy 2 of these because if they ever stop making this brush you might regret that you didn’t 🙂. This setting brush is just perfect for applying highlighter to the cheekbones and nose. It’s also really great for applying setting powder only to the places you need it (which is what I recommend to my clients. You don’t typically need setting powder everywhere.)

3. Wayne Goss #11 Buffing Brush $48

Wayne Goss is great at teaching makeup techniques (on Youtube) but he also created a really beautiful brush line a few years ago. This Buffing Brush is the perfect size to be used for blush and because it has a flatter shape than most blush brushes. It can also be used turned on its side to apply bronzer or contouring powders below the cheekbone.

4. Kevyn Aucoin Duet Concealer Brush $32

This is my favorite brush on the list. Another dual-ended brush designed for perfect concealer application. Small enough to get under the eye and in the tear duct area. Use it to apply concealer by using a patting motion, then blend in circles over the concealer with the fluffy end. This will create an airbrushed look without a ton of fuss, and you can use it to conceal blemishes too!

5. Sonia Kashuk Smudge Makeup Brush $4

This smudge brush is essential for a blended smokey eye or for adding depth below the lash line by using it to apply a medium color shadow. You can also use it after an eyeliner pencil to smudge over with a matching shadow for a bold look that will stay put.

6. ELF Cosmetics Duo Eyebrow Brush $4

Eyebrows, eyeliner, this brush does both. You can use the “spooly” end to brush through your brows after you’ve used the angled end to apply your brow product. The angled end also works well for applying cream eyeliners.

7. Huda Beauty Dual Ended Smoke & Smudge Eyeshadow Brush $18

Dual-ended brushes are where it’s at. This one will allow you to pack shadow onto your lid area AND to smudge the corners of your natural look or smokey eye. The larger end will apply more shadow at once and create less work during application.

8. ELF Cosmetics Retractable Lip Brush $4

Why a lip brush? 2 reasons: I like to pack one with me in my purse if I have a lip balm in a pot so I can use that to apply instead of my hands (#covidapproved). The cover prevents it from getting nasty in your purse or makeup bag too. A lip brush is also great to get precision on a bold lip. You can use it almost like a lip liner by dipping into your gloss or lipstick and then applying.

9. Fenty Face & Body Kabuki Brush $34

Ms. Rihanna knows all when it comes to bronzing it up and shining bright like a diamond (sorry, lol.) She designed this brush to be used both on the face and body. I prefer to use it to buff a cream or powder bronzer onto my shoulders, arms, and chest like Ri Ri does on this video here.

10. Morphe M 439 Deluxe Buffer Brush $16

There are a ton of ways to apply foundation, but one of my favorites is to apply with a flat, kabuki like brush like this one from Morphe. To get the most coverage out of any foundation, first “pack” on the foundation with a pressing motion all over. Then blend in circles with the same brush to increase the coverage of your foundation. This will create an airbrushed and blended effect.

This post shows you that you too can do an easy and flawless makeup application at any skill level, as long as you have the right makeup tools. I hope this post on the best brushes for beginners will help you feel more confident as you try out new makeup looks and techniques.

For tips on how to save money when shopping for these brushes check out my blog on 5 of My Favorite Ways to Save Money on Beauty Products

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