Beauty

The hardworking make-up brushes that’ll up your beauty game

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Lucy Partington
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Stylist’s beauty editor profiles the new-generation tools you need in your makeup bag now.

Jump-start a well-rounded collection of brushes with Stylist’s guide to the crème de la crème of makeup tools. No kit is complete without them. 

From flexi-handles for a precise application of lipstick to curved bristles for sculpting cheekbones, read on for our top picks…

Best for lipstick

 

Ainsel Yoga Brush

This handle flexes to allow a better grip, giving a superprecise application. It’s double-ended too, with a finer brush for lining and a thicker one for filling.

£23, ainsel.com

Best for contouring

Zoeva Luxe Contour Artist Brush

Curved to adjust to all face shapes, the cleverly cut bristles mould to cheek bones,making defining easy for any contouring novices.

£19.99, cultbeauty.co.uk

Best for powder

Sigma 30HD Max Kabuki

The triangular shape makes powder application foolproof, while the shorter side is ideal for buffing under the eyes without smudging eyeshadow.

£23.50, beautybay.com 

Best for mascara

Morphe Metal Eyelash Definer Brush

Brushing lashes might seem high-maintenance but these metal teeth are the secret to clump-free mascara and a well-defined arch. They’re also good for separating lash extensions.

£3.50, morphe.com 

Best for concealer

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Magic Eraser Brush

Short, sharp, dense hairs have been custom-cut to blur away imperfections.Use in circular motions under the eyes and over blemishes to disguise them.

£22, selfridges.com

Best for eyebrows

NARS #52 Eyebrow Brush

The firm, tightly packed bristles of this brush perfectly blend powder, gel or cream formulas through eyebrows. Apply product direct to the brows, then brush back and forth a couple of times for a feathery finish.

£23, narscosmetics.co.uk

Best for cream blusher

By Terry Tool Expert Sponge Brush

Technically not a brush, nevertheless the curved, flattened edges of this sponge help to evenly diffuse cream blusher for the most natural looking of finishes.

£25, net-a-porter.com

Best for foundation

Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush

A short, lightweight wooden handle allows for greater control,while precision trimmed,curved bristles fit the contours of your face for seamless application.

£38, esteelauder.co.uk

Images: Ainsel / Cult Beauty / Beauty Bay / Morphe / Selfridges / NARS / Net-A-Porter / Estée Lauder