10 Makeup Brushes & Sets For Every Step Of Your Routine
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10 Makeup Brushes & Sets For Every Step Of Your Routine

The perfect tools for your next look

Whether you have a makeup collection that would rival a pro MUA or just keep the basics to hand, one thing you’re going to need regardless is a trustworthy set of makeup brushes. Here, we round up some of our favourite brushes and brush sets to get you started, from blenders and eyeliner brushes to lip applicators and travel-sized heroes for 2023.

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Makeup Brushes & Sets For Every Step Of Your Routine

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Black makeup brushes on black bag


Eye Obsessed 12-Piece Eye Brush Collection, £25, sephora.co.uk

Best For: Eye makeup enthusiasts

Consider yourself an eye-styling connoisseur? With these brushes in your makeup bag, you’ll be able to whip up any look you fancy.

White brushes next to silver case


Ultimate Brush Set, £148, chantecaille.co.uk

Best For: Vegan brushes

This vegan-friendly set from Chantecaille was inspired by artists’ brushes, designed to mimic the smooth application and blending of paint on a canvas. They also come in a cute roll-up case, so you can keep them with you on the go.


Round makeup brush

IT Cosmetics

One-Sweep Wonder Make Up Brush, £29.20, boots.com

Best For: Sensitive skin

The One-Sweep Wonder was developed in collaboration with plastic surgeons to ensure that users could apply their makeup without irritating their skin. The result? A brush infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin and antioxidants, that will leave you skin glowing long after you’ve wiped off your bronzer.

Rose gold lip brush

Charlotte Tilbury

Rose Gold Lip Brush, £20, charlottetilbury.com

Best For: Lipstick application

We can’t always get precision from our lipstick – especially when regular usage has now dwindled it more of a squashed nub. Perfect your pout with Charlotte’s Tilbury’s lip brush, which has a specially designed square head to help you find the angles you need for smooth application.

Brush set in box


Core Collection Brush Set, £23.96, boots.com

Best For: The basics

While there are many fancy-shmancy brushes and sets out there, not all of us need them (especially when starting out). No7’s Core Collection comes with four brushes to help you get to grips with a daily routine: think foundation, concealer, facial and eye brushes.

Foundation brush


Foundation Brush, £39.50, givenchybeauty.com

Best For: Foundation

Givenchy has a whole host of wonderful makeup brushes to explore, but we’re particularly a fan of its heart-shaped foundation brush. The shape allows users to apply product smoothly from any angle and get into the creases that are usually hard to reach.

Travel makeup brush set

Rae Morris

Travel Makeup Brush Set, £312, brownsfashion.com

Best For: Travel-sized companions

Rae Morris’ travel set of seven makeup brushes features tools for the face, eyes, brows and lips – taking the term ‘full coverage’ to new heights – all tucked away in a vegan leather case and storage frame so they stand the test of bumpy journeys.

Makeup brush


Shade and Sweep Eye Brush, £40, chantecaille.co.uk

Best For: Blending eye shadow

Not only is this brush able to pick up so much pigment, it also does a great job at blending out eye shadow so that it evenly coats your eyelid. As with other Chantecaille products, this one is also vegan-friendly.

Red brushes

Christian Louboutin

Eye Brush Trio, £67, harrods.com

Best For: Luxury eye brushes

Consider these three brushes the holy trinity when it comes to crafting the perfect eye look. There’s the shadow brush for application, the socket mania for blending and the liner mania for applying sharp lines. The handles have also been rendered in the luxury house’s iconic red, so they’ll no doubt be an easy spot in a busy makeup bag.

Puff brush

Iconic London

Pro Puff, £35, iconiclondoninc.com

Best For: Face and body

The Pro Puff is designed to be used all over the face and body to apply powders – bronzers, highlighters, setting powders, glitters – and features a handle that slots right in your hand for rigorous application.

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