Makeup Artists Say These Are The Best Makeup Brush Sets To Try
by Taylor Borde
It’s no secret: Your makeup is only as good as the brushes in your kit. Using your fingers may work on-the-go, but a sturdy set of brushes is the key to a flawless face whether sculpting the perfect contour or smudging out a smokey eye. Like sweat-proof eyeliner or long-lasting lipsticks, some brushes are a step above the rest. We tapped makeup artist experts to tell us what brushes are regulars in their routines so you can master runway makeup trends with pro-approved bristles. You’d be surprised to find EcoTools and Morphe among the expected Sigma and MAC makeup brush sets. Keep reading to find the best makeup brush set to add to your collection.
Best Makeup Brush Set for Beginners: Sigma Essential Brush Kit
New Jersey-based makeup artist Mary Lafferty swears by Sigma brushes for everyday makeup. “They are really good quality and, compared to some professional makeup brand brushes, they’re a much better price,” she says. “I own the Essential Brush Kit because I needed more essential brushes in my kit, however, it’s a brush kit I would recommend to anyone. I think it has a great variety and Sigma has very sturdy brushes.”
Get it! Sigma Essential Brush Kit, $125
Best Cheap Makeup Brushes: EcoTools Start the Day Beautifully Kit
Skin expert and esthetician Denise R. Fuller says, “Your makeup is only as good as the tools you are using. Working with a good brush set is key to create the perfect lash line or chiseled cheekbones. The right brush doesn’t just make it easier to apply makeup; it allows you to be more precise. There are many makeup brush set choices. Just because a set is expensive doesn’t necessary mean it is the best.” She recommends this makeup brush set from EcoTools. It’s vegan, soft yet durable, and super affordable for any budget.
Get it! EcoTools Start the Day Beautifully Kit, $13
Best Makeup Brush Set for Traveling: Morphe Set 706
“The woman on-the-go will love the Morphe 12-piece black and white travel set,” Fuller says. “This sleek selection is convenient enough to go on vacation or a business trip. The brushes are gentle and a mix of synthetic and natural bristles.” And at $25, you can risk losing this set in your luggage.
Get it! Morphe Set 706 12-Piece Travel Set, $25
Best Makeup Brushes on Amazon: Bdellium Golden Triangle 15-Piece Brush Set
Director of Education of Chic Studios School of Makeup Kayti Pillor—who has done makeup for Chrissy Teigen and Kanye West’s Yeezus tour, to name a few—recommends these professional-grade brushes. “There are so many options for Bdellium brush sets, and you can choose the price point that works best for you. Even with the lower price point, quality isn’t compromised,” she says. “They have great sets for beauty and also for character makeup, like Halloween purposes. It all depends on your preference, and many different materials are available.”
Get it! Bdellium Golden Triangle 15-Piece Brush Set, $141
Best Makeup Brush Set for Blending: Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection
Danielle Christine, owner and head makeup artist of Dolled by Danielle in New York City, uses this Real Techniques set to create a flawless, airbrushed finish. “The Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection is one of my favorites,” she says. “The soft but dense brushes make blending so easy and help me achieve a soft finish for every look—and you can’t beat the price point. They’re very easily accessible at most stores, including Kohl’s and Target. Who doesn’t have a weekly Target run?”
Get it! Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection, $20
Best Makeup Brush Set for Brows: Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit
Los Angeles-based makeup artist Domenica Matute knows good brows, and it’s all thanks to the Billion Dollar Brows brush set. “It’s the best in the world,” she says. “Why? Because they contour and blend like a dream. They are easy to clean. They are precise, and you can achieve amazing brows. They’re also affordable as well. Even though I’d tried many other brands, I always go back to the BDB set for my own makeup because they’re the best!”
Get it! Billion Dollar Brows Best Sellers Kit, $20
Best Makeup Brush Set for Eyes: MAC Advanced Eye Brush Set
“I also cannot live without my MAC eyeshadow blending and liner brushes,” Christine says. “There’s something about the angled liner brush that has no comparison when it comes to precision and sustainability. I’ve washed it 200 times, and it performs like new. Every. Single. Time.”
Best Oval Makeup Brush Set: Artis Elite Mirror Five Brush Set
This oval brush is mainstay in celeb makeup artist Julianne Kaye’s toolkit. “This is hands down my favorite brush for applying foundation,” says Kaye. “I have never had a client not ask me about this brush because it just buffs in the makeup so flawlessly and feels dreamy on the client’s skin.” Though it’s a little pricey, this set is definitely worth the splurge.
Get it! Artis Elite Mirror Five Brush Set, $170