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10 essential makeup brushes you need in your collection

10 essential makeup brushes you need in your collection
Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert1 year ago
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Makeup brushes are the key to every beauty look. Whether you want to buff your foundation to perfection or create a dramatic smoky eye, we’ve got you covered. We know it can be hard to choose so we’ve narrowed it down to our top 10 essential makeup brushes you need in your collection. 

  • 1.Illamasqua Foundation Brush

    Illamasqua Foundation Brush
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    The Illamasqua Foundation Brush is your few favourite complexion tool. Perfect for buffing foundation onto your skin, the brush leaves your base looking effortlessly blended with minimal effort required. Full with densely packed bristles, this brush works wonders to help you build up coverage for whatever look you’re going for. 
  • 2.Sigma E06 Winged Liner™ Brush

    Sigma E06 Winged Liner™ Brush
    4.4 Stars 5 Reviews
    If you’re looking to create the perfect wing, this one’s for you. The Sigma E06 Winged Liner™ Brush can be used to apply cream, liquid and powder to the eye area, making it easier than ever for you to create definition. 
  • 3.Look Good Feel Better Concealer Brush

    Look Good Feel Better Concealer Brush
    5 Stars 3 Reviews
    The Look Good Feel Better Concealer Brush is the perfect staple for your makeup bag. The soft-bristled brush allows you to apply your product and blend at the same time. With ultimate precision, the tool is great to use to hide dark circles, cover blemishes and to carve out your brows. 
  • 4.bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation Brush

    bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation Brush
    4.36 Stars 11 Reviews
    If you’re a fan of powder foundation look no further than the bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation Brush, a great tool to use to evenly apply your loose foundation. With a specially designed centre, the brush holds a larger amount of product to help you get your desired effect effortlessly.  
  • 5.Wet n’ Wild Powder Makeup Brush

    Wet n’ Wild Powder Makeup Brush
    Touch up your complexion with the Wet n’ Wild Powder Makeup Brush. With soft curved bristles, this is perfect for picking up just the right amount of product for an even application. We love using this for blush and bronzer to give our skin an all-round luminous glow. 
  • 6.Sigma E25 Blending Brush

    Sigma E25 Blending Brush
    5 Stars 5 Reviews
    Buff your shadows to perfection with the Sigma E25 Blending Brush. Wide and tapered, this brush works to blend colours together giving you the ultimate control. The tool is also great to smudge out harsh lines, leaving you with a well-blended, highly pigmented effect. 
  • 7.NYX Professional Makeup Pro Smudger Brush

    NYX Professional Makeup Pro Smudger Brush
    Create a professional look with the Makeup Pro Smudger Brush from NYX. With a densely packed head and super soft bristles, the multi-purpose brush is great for smudging liner to create a smoky affect and blurring shadows onto your lower lash line. It’s also perfect for adding a pop of highlight into your inner corner and brow bone! 
  • 8.Sigma L05 Lip Brush

    Sigma L05 Lip Brush
    4 Stars 1 Reviews
    Create the perfect juicy pout with the Sigma L05 Lip Brush. This tool is great to define and contour your border whilst giving you the ultimate control. Featuring hypoallergenic fibres, the brush also maintains its original shape after washes, making it the perfect lip brush to add to your collection.  
  • 9.Revlon Contour/Highlighting Brush

    Revlon Contour/Highlighting Brush
    1 Stars 1 Reviews
    Sculpt your cheeks to perfection with the Revlon Contour/Highlighting Brush. With a tapered head, this is the ideal shape to fit into the hollows of your cheeks and to add a pop of colour onto your cheekbones. Complete with a diamond grip handle, this brush gives you great precision and puts you in control of your look.
  • 10.Real Techniques Easy as 1-2-3 Blush Brush

    Real Techniques Easy as 1-2-3 Blush Brush
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    Great for beginners, the Real Techniques Easy as 1-2-3 Blush Brush leaves you with fuss-free makeup application time and time again. The brush holds a slight angle helping to evenly diffuse powders and creams across your complexion.   Shop all makeup brushes at LOOKFANTASTIC.
Ellie Taylor
Writer and expert
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As a beauty fanatic I'm always on the lookout to try and experiment with new products! I’ve been writing about everything beauty for over 3 years and specialise in skincare so have plenty of tips and tricks to help put blemishes at bay and get your complexion glowing. Whilst being a content writer at LOOKFANTASTIC I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with incredible brands including Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and La Mer, taking my understanding of the industry to the next level. In the past I’ve been a freelance makeup artist and have collaborated with brands including NYX and Revolution Beauty on a personal level, sharing my makeup creations for the world to see. My ride or die brands have to be PIXI, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown and I can’t live without my trusty MAC Velvet Teddy!