Make Up Brushes: 15 Must-Haves You Need In Your Life

Brush up, look sharp with our expert guide to kit bag essentials. From base to beauts eye finishes and lip looks you’re gonna love here are the tips ‘n’ tools combos that will get you looking pretty perfect.


If you get the bare necessities right, the rest of your make-up stands an awesome chance of looking non too shabby. Ace your base with these bad boys and mates will think you’ve stashed a MUA in bathroom cupboard.

The Body Shop Foundation Brush, £12, has firm but fair tapered bristles making it the dream from smoothing on liquid and cream foundations.

Zoeva Buffer Brush 104, £12.95, is up next, as the perfect team mate to the stiff foundation brush. The softer but denser bristles blend out base until it looks like a second skin. It can also be used with powdered foundations.

Clinique Concealer Brush, £14, is skinny enough to get under the eyes, around the nose and anywhere else pesky blemishes pop up.

Hourglass No4 Crease Brush, £22, does what it’s buffer foundation friend does but on a smaller, slicker scale. Use it after the concealer brush for dreamy skin results.

Nars Contour Brush, £31, is a bit pricey but worth every penny for bristle perfection. The supple, angled head will allow you to dust on powdered highlighters and contour hues like a proper pro. You. Can. Not. Go. Wrong.

Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection Triangular Foundation Brush, £22, is trying to confuse you with it’s name, we’ve actually found it to insanely good for dabbing on liquid highlighters. The shimmering product application can be controlled and pressed in expertly thanks to the shape and stiff structure. Love.

Smashbox Fan Brush #22, £15, is key to dusting down your look to ditch shine and lock everything in. It’s as light as a feather and can be swished across the t-zone at super speed.

Beauty Blender Sponge, £16, should be rolled all over your face just before you leave the house for a MUA-esque fresh finish.




Into feline flicks? Soft ‘n’ smoky with buffed out edges more your thing? Or do you just like a casual eye contour? Whatever finish you like to style out get ready to meet you peeper’s brush BFFs.

Bare Minerals Double-Ended Precision Brush, £24, is a top trickster for eye looks. You can use the sharper end to add strong colours for a smoky or to contour with a deep taupe, then the bigger end to blend. Aces.

Paint Brushes, various prices, are worth popping into your local art store for. They can be used to paint on gel liners, bright colour pots and clean up work by dipping them into Bioderma Sensibo H20, £10, first.

Mac 266 Small Angle Brush, £16.50, is The One when it comes to pressing an eyeliner into the lash line before pulling out into a fab flick.

Nars No42 Blending Eyeshadow Brush, £26, couldn’t be more fluffy making it aces for buffing over any kind of eye look. Use clean, washing every time, for seamless, non-colour mixing up results.




Forget simply slicking on your lip look straight from the bullet or wand that comes with your fave pout product, whatever effect you love, you can brush up your technique. Expect kiss-able results, you have been warned.

Revlon Covered Lip Brush, £3.99, is the nuts at outlining your cupid’s bow and sides of your lip.

Kiko Flat Concealer and Eye Base Brush, £10.90, isn’t meant for lips, but it should be. We haven’t found a better brush for adding lip colours of all textures.

After a kissed in pout? Erm well, simply press on your fave lip colour with your finger tips and then buff over with every MUA pro’s fave too…the humble cotton bud. We heart Muji Fine Stem Cotton Buds, £2.50



Carly Hobbs