Sure, Instagram-friendly sets of glittery unicorn horn brushes and toothbrush-like makeup tools are fun and total vanity candy. But if you ask a professional makeup artist about the best makeup brushes on the market, their selections will be decidedly classic, refined, and time-tested — no matter if the tools are intended for use on the eyes, lips, cheekbones, or anywhere else.
To prove it, we asked the pros to reveal the tools they always keep in their kits. (Some even keep multiples of them, just in case.) The following picks for the best makeup brushes include the fluffiest, sharpest, softest, and most precise ones that makeup artists swear by when creating all those stunning looks we admire so much on your favorite celebrities and on Instagram.
We even added in several Best of Beauty Award winners to round out the list. The best part is one rings up at just $8, so putting together a makeup artist-approved kit of the best makeup brushes doesn’t have to break the bank.
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