Just as a carpenter relies on their tools to craft masterpieces, makeup artist’s skills are only as good as the brushes they use. Makeup brushes are essential in creating flawless looks, whether you’re going for a natural glow or a dramatic transformation. With the right brushes in your kit, you can blend, buff, and contour like a pro, achieving professional-level results with ease. In this ultimate guide to makeup brushes, we’ll explore everything you need to know about these indispensable tools, from brush types to maintenance tips, and we’ll even introduce you to the top five (maybe 6) brush sets to get the results you want when applying your makeup. The shopping links for the brush sets are below!

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Disclaimer: Good brushes are half the battle. No amount of amazing brushes or top-of-the-line products is going to change the way your makeup looks if you don’t have the basic techniques down. But don’t let that stop you! Get your brushes you need and we can help with the rest! We will show you exactly which brush to use, when to use it, and you’ll be set for life–keep reading!

-Camille Levi, Pro Makeup Artist and Owner of BA Makeup Company

Types of Makeup Brushes:

  1. Foundation Brushes: Ideal for applying liquid or cream foundation, these brushes come in various shapes, including flat, rounded, and angled, to cater to different application techniques and coverage preferences. PS. Don’t get stuck in a rut or with a cakey foundation, learn to combat those pesky makeup mistakes in this practical tutorial.
  2. Powder Brushes: With fluffy, soft bristles, powder brushes are perfect for setting makeup with loose or pressed powder, ensuring a smooth, matte finish without cakiness.
  3. Blush Brushes: Designed with rounded or angled bristles, blush brushes are tailored to deliver the perfect amount of color to the cheeks, allowing for seamless blending and buildable coverage.
  4. Eyeshadow Brushes: From shader brushes to blending brushes, eyeshadow brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes to help you achieve precise application and seamless blending for stunning eye looks. Learn exactly how to use these brushes and apply eyeshadow perfectly every time with our TLC method (3-step technique) in the makeup No Filter Necessary: Camera Ready Makeup course.
  5. Contour Brushes: Sculpt and define your features with contour brushes, which feature angled or tapered bristles for precise placement and seamless blending of contour and highlight products. Learn to contour as a pro here in I Came, I Saw, I Contoured mini course.

Top 5 Brush Sets + Bonus:

  1. Sigma Beauty Essential Brush Set: This comprehensive set includes must-have brushes for the face and eyes, crafted with high-quality synthetic fibers for flawless application and long-lasting performance.
  2. Real Techniques Everyday Essentials Brush Set: Perfect for beginners and pros alike, this versatile set features multi-functional brushes for all your makeup needs, from foundation to eyeshadow.
  3. Morphe Brushes Set 706 – 12 Piece Black And White Travel Set: Travel-friendly and budget-friendly, this set offers a selection of essential brushes in a sleek, compact design, making it ideal for on-the-go touch-ups.
  4. Sephora Complete Face Set: Elevate your makeup routine with this luxurious set of cruelty-free brushes, featuring ultra-soft synthetic bristles and ergonomic handles for effortless application.
  5. SPECTRUM | Sculpt 30-Piece Brush Set in Tube Bag: Achieve sculpted perfection with this set of professional-grade brushes, designed for precise contouring, highlighting, and blending for a flawless finish.
  6. BONUS: COLOR POP brush set: One of my personal favorite bonus affordable brush sets!


Investing in high-quality makeup brushes is essential for achieving professional-level results and unlocking your full beauty potential. Whether you’re a makeup enthusiast or a seasoned artist, the right brushes can make all the difference in perfecting your looks. Explore our top five brush sets to find the perfect tools to elevate your makeup game and unleash your creativity with ease. With the right brushes in hand, the possibilities are endless!

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