How do I Choose the Best Makeup Brush Set?

Lauren Romano

A makeup brush set is almost as important as the makeup itself. The brushes are what evenly distributes the makeup and allows for precise application. Choosing the right ones can mean the difference between flawlessly applied makeup or that which looks haphazard and, in some cases, as if it were applied in the dark or in horrible lighting. When choosing a makeup brush set, consider what each brush is for, what the brushes are made of and their quality, as well as how much the set costs.

Makeup brushes come in a variety of sizes.
Makeup brushes come in a variety of sizes.

The first step in choosing a makeup brush set is to know what each of the brushes is for. Purchasing a large set with a huge number of pieces is a waste of money if the majority won't get any use. Whatever makeup is applied daily, learn what brushes are best for application and make sure those are definitely in the set.

A woman has makeup applied to her face with a blush brush.
A woman has makeup applied to her face with a blush brush.

A makeup brush set usually comes with brushes for the face, lips, and eyebrows in addition to ones used to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner. Each set may come with more or less depending on the brand and size. Sets designed for professional use will come with many more pieces.

While some consist of synthetic materials, other fibers that can make up the brushes are pony, squirrel and goat. Natural brushes are typically fluffier and softer than synthetic brushes and also have a tendency to be more durable and costly. Some may not feel comfortable choosing a makeup brush set that consists of real fibers or they may feel it is the best option for what is often the best quality.

When choosing a makeup brush set, it is important to check if the product will stand up to long-term use. Tug very lightly at the bristles and, if any fall out, that product may not be the best option. If they are in any way weak to begin with, chances are the application process will not be stellar and they won't last very long.

Cost can be another factor in choosing a makeup brush set. Some sets are quite inexpensive while others can cost hundreds of dollars. While it may seem that choosing a good makeup brush set is as easy as buying whatever is on sale, it is better to consider other factors as well. In this case, spending a little more money could be a better investment as they could last you for years with the right care.

The right brushes can help to apply the makeup better, spend less time correcting mistakes and help create a beautiful result. Choosing the set may take searching for awhile to find just the right one. Taking the time to choose the right set can be much more advantageous in the long run.

A soft filler eyebrow brush is a makeup kit essential.
A soft filler eyebrow brush is a makeup kit essential.

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