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Momtrends MVP'S: The Best Makeup Brushes

If it's been a while since you updated your makeup brushes, we rounded up some of our favorites for everything from your everyday face to more involved looks in our take on the the best makeup brushes.

Let me ask you a question. Is your makeup brush collection up to par? Do you have a random collection of brushes that you've picked up here and there or do you have the appropriate brushes for your everyday needs?

Are your makeup brushes in good condition or have they seen better days? Unless you're a serious beauty nut and have a carefully curated makeup brush collection that you clean religiously, I'm about to tell you to kick your old brushes to the curb and start over. 

There are some fabulous makeup brushes out there that you need now! Now don't worry, I'm not suggesting that you spend the moon on some new makeup brushes. There are plenty of budget-friendly brushes that will do the job without breaking the bank. 

How many makeup brushes do you need?

The amount of makeup brushes depends on how involved your makeup is. I very rarely do anything but a simple everyday face so I don't need that many makeup brushes in my life, but I do need at least a few! Everyone does who wears makeup in my opinion.

Full disclosure, even though I have eight new makeup brush options for you here, this isn't a fully exhaustive list. That being said, they are some really great brushes that any makeup lover is sure to get loads of use out of. 

These brushes were made to help you get the precise look you're after. Going for a cat-eye or finally trying out contouring perhaps? Maybe you just want a subtle swipe of blush. No problem. 

In our latest beauty edition of Momtrends MVP'S we have the best makeup brushes for everyone!

I bet you are ready to update your makeup brushes STAT right? This list of the best makeup brushes should give you a healthy start!

The Best Foundation Brush

copper colored foundation makeup brush with black bristles witih white tips

Most of us are guilty of using our fingers when we apply makeup, but brushes really do make things easier, less messy and create a better effect in the end. That includes foundation brushes.

The super smooth bristles in the Real Techniques Expert Face Makeup Brush for instance will help give you a soft, flawless, yet natural-looking finish. I love how easy this brush makes blending my foundation! 

And on a side note, if you prefer the finish a sponge gives your foundation or concealer, I will forever love the Original Beautyblender!

Real Techniques Expert Face Makeup Brush

The Best Concealer Brush

purple and gold concealer brush with purple head and gold and pink and floral handle

When it comes to concealer, you want a seamless application because that is the whole goal of concealer. 

The densely packed bristles in the paddle brush shape of the Tarte Creaseless Concealer Brush means you don't have to worry about the unseemly lines that other brushes might give you.

My favorite part about this brush is how easy it is to use! You get a flawless look with minimal effort!

Tarte Creaseless Concealer Brush

The Best Powder Brush

rose gold short kabuki brush with cream bristles and brown and white tips

A Kabuki brush is a classic brush that has remained popular for its versatility. I like to use them for powder application.

I don't wear powder every day, but I always wear it for family photo shoots, black tie affairs etc. 

And a Kabuki brush like the super soft Nanacoco 912 Kabuki Brush gives me the even powder application I'm after! 

Nanacoco 912 Kabuki Brush

The Best Blush Brush

light wood and gold handled blush brush with dark brown bristles

This is another brush that does double duty. You can use it for blush AND contouring. I don't contour myself, but if you do like it, this brush will do you right!

I like the not overly large size of it because I have been known to accidentally apply too much blush and then have to start over, bwah! If you do prefer a larger brush blush, their white fan blush is great too.

I love how the Jane Iredale Dome Brush easily gives me the perfect subtle pop of color!

Jane Iredale Dome Brush

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The Best Brow Brush

brow brush with white and silver handle and black bristles

e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow Wand

A basic spoolie is all you need to brush your brows so that is not where I would spend my makeup brush money.

e.l.f. has great makeup brush options at bargain prices and their Eyelash & Brow Wand is no exception!

The e.l.f. Eyelash & Brow Wand brush does such a great job at brushing my brows up so I can try to achieve that coveted Gen Z full brows look, haha!

The Best Eyeshadow Brush

light pink tapered eyeshadow blending brush

If you aren't a serious makeup wearer and only want to deal with one eyeshadow brush for all our looks, the Fendy Beauty Tapered Blending Brush is the one to go with!

It's nice and fluffy which is what makes blending easier, but also works for basic lid application and it's also tapered so you can get into the crease of your lid too. 

I am for simplifying my daily makeup routine as much as possible, so the Fendy Beauty Tapered Blending Brush is my go-to because it fits all my eyeshadow application needs!

Fendy Beauty Tapered Blending Brush 210

The Best Lip Brush

white and silver lip brush with brown bristles and white and silver lid

A lip brush isn't something you necessarily "have" to have, but if you wear pigmented lipstick I highly recommend one. 

My professional makeup artist friend turned me on to using a lip brush when I apply my go-to red lipstick because you get a more precise application. Red all over your face is not a cute look. Haha!

I love this lip brush from Well People because it's a portable size that's perfect to bring on the go in your purse!

Well People Lip Brush

The Best Makeup Brush Set

silver box with 5 face makeup brushes set with light wood handles and blue and green stripes

If you want a super simple and convenient brush set that's perfect for travel, Ecotools has you covered! Their Daily Essentials Face Brush Set comes with two handles and five brush heads.

With this set you can tackle your foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, you name it! And as always, their products are vegan and cruelty-free.

My favorite part is how low profile the Ecotools Daily Essentials Face Brush Set is. It will take up very little room in your carry-on!

Ecotools Daily Essentials Face Brush Set

I know we spend most of our attention on the actual makeup when we update our product collection, but hopefully. And don't forget to clean them regularly! You will get a better application with clean brushes. e.l.f. makes a great daily makeup brush shampoo. Just sayin'.

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