When you’re just diving into the big, beautiful, occasionally intimidating world of makeup, having the right tools on hand can make you feel a lot more confident. Broadly speaking, the best makeup brushes for beginners are easy to handle, and perform their jobs well enough that your technique doesn’t need to be perfect for your makeup to look great. But they should also be multifunctional — like a powder brush that can be used for setting powder, bronzer, and blush, for instance — so you don’t need to worry about buying a million separate products. Need a more specific makeup brush prescription? Celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin, who spoke to Elite Daily for this article, has you covered.
Simkin says: “Everybody needs a small, tapered, fluffy blending brush (which is great for eyeshadow blending and highlighter application); a larger, domed or angled fluffy brush for bronzer and/or blush; a small, stiff angled brush for brows and liner; and a small, flatter brush for eyeshadow placement."
Brands like Real Techniques and Sigma make some excellent all-in-one brush sets, but for the most part, Simkin suggests taking an “à la carte” approach to stocking your kit. That way, “you can go high/low with your collection and not break the bank,” and curate your tools to suit your makeup routine. Also, don’t feel limited by the makeup aisle — Simkin says she “loves finding cool detail brushes at art supply stores."
Bottom line: Stick with good-quality brushes, don’t buy brushes that don’t actually fit into your makeup routine, and have some fun mixing and matching. But the eight best makeup brushes for beginners, listed ahead, will give you a solid jumping-off point as you shop.
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