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Which are the best cruelty-free makeup brushes?

Which are the best cruelty-free makeup brushes?
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Soft, perfectly cut makeup brushes make it so easy to apply your makeup and achieve beautiful results.

With different shapes, sizes and textures for different products, many of us now have an extensive collection of makeup brushes and couldn't imagine doing our makeup without them.

Until recently, many makeup brushes were made from animal hair. Super soft with enough grip to pick up powders, natural fibre makeup brushes were the go-to tools for a very long time. However, as the cruelty-free movement and ethos is strengthening in the beauty industry, a new generation of synthetic makeup brushes are now taking their place.

Which are the best cruelty-free makeup brushes?

To help you find the perfect tools to apply your makeup, we have curated an edit of the best cruelty-free makeup brushes for face, eyes and lips.

9 best cruelty-free makeup brushes and sets

  1. Real Techniques Flawless Base Brush Set
  2. EcoTools Blush Brush
  3. Lime Crime Aquarium Brush Set
  4. Contour Cosmetics 14 Blending Brush
  5. brushworks Mini Brush Set
  6. PÜR Airbrush Blurring Powder Brush
  7. Too Faced Mr. Right Eye Essentials 5-Piece Brush Set
  8. Urban Decay F106 Diffusing Highlighter Brush
  9. Illamasqua Lip Brush

Real Techniques Flawless Base Brush Set

Create a beautiful base with the Flawless Base Brush Set from Real Techniques. Made up of four brushes which work to create the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup, the collection includes all you need to apply your foundation, concealer and even highlight and contour.

Completely synthetic and cruelty-free, the brushes work with powder, liquid and gel formulas and seamlessly buff product into your skin for an imperceptible finish. The set includes a square foundation brush, a buffing brush, a contour brush and a detailer brush.

EcoTools Blush Brush

Perfectly apply setting powder, bronzer or blush with the super-soft EcoTools Blush Brush. With a unique square-cut finish, the brush precisely applies colour just where you want it then blends out seamlessly with its fluffy texture for a beautiful finish.

With a sustainable Bamboo handle and synethic Taklon bristles, it makes the perfect choice for ethically-conscious beauties.

Lime Crime Aquarium Brush Set

With liquid glitter filled handles and beautifully coloured bristles, each brush in the Lime Crime Aquarium Brush Set will look beautiful in any makeup collection. With ultra-soft synthetic bristles, the brushes effortlessly apply your makeup and can be used with an array of formulas to create perfect results.

All contained in a sparkly transparent clutch, the set contains a three face brushes, three eye brushes and a lip brush.

Contour Cosmetics 14 Blending Brush

With a flat top to seamlessly buff liquid and cream products into the skin, the Contour Cosmetics 14 Blending Brush is perfect for foundation, concealer or cream contour application. With duo-fibre synthetic flexible bristles, the brush is so easy to use and creates a beautiful skin-like finish with any product.

Expertly designed for complete control and precise application, it makes the perfect everyday base brush.

brushworks Mini Brush Set

Perfect for travel or on-the-go application, the brushworks Mini Brush Set includes a multi-tasking brush, a powder brush, a concealer brush and an eye shading brush - everything you need for a simple yet beautiful makeup look.

With soft, synthetic bristles precision shaped handles for ultimate control and perfect application, each of the brushes can be used with liquid or powder formulations to achieve your desired finish.

PÜR Airbrush Blurring Powder Brush

Cut into a domed shape with tapered bristles which allow for precision and a beautiful blend, the PÜR Airbrush Blurring Powder Brush is perfect for applying your favourite powder products. The cut of the brush makes it so easy to apply powders to small, hard to reach areas like under the eyes and around the nose making it a makeup bag staple.

With soft bristles to effortlessly blend out any powder product, the brush can be used with setting powder, contour or bronzer to set, sculpt and define your complexion.

Too Faced Mr. Right Eye Essentials 5-Piece Brush Set

Enhance, define and accentuate your eyes with the super-cute Too Faced Mr. Right Eye Brush Set. Featuring five, ultra-soft brushes which seamlessly apply and blend your eye makeup, the complete collection contains everything you need to create your dream eye look.

These vegan makeup brushes work with both powder and cream products and are perfect for those who love to experiment and play with eye makeup as well as anyone new to makeup who wants to build their tool collection and create simple looks.

Urban Decay F106 Diffusing Highlighter Brush

Add a divine glow or an eye-catching strobe to your skin with the Urban Decay F106 Diffusing Highlighter Brush. With a flat top and fibre bristles, the brush allows for controlled application and beautiful blending, working just as well with powder and cream highlights.

The super-soft bristles glide over the skin without disrupting the base you have applied for a beautiful finish.

Illamasqua Lip Brush

A lip brush is an essential tool if you want to create a precise, perfect lip look. The Illamasqua Lip Brush is fitted with flat, synthetic bristles which allow you to apply cream or liquid lipsticks with precision for a flawless finish.

Complete with a cover to protect its shape and for optimum hygiene, it is perfect for on-the-go application.

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