The best make-up brushes for your magic make-up bag

With the right make-up brushes you can achieve anything

Finding the right make-up brushes isn’t easy. They now all come in different shapes and sizes – some don’t even have a name, just a number. But whether you want to perfect a smoky eye or apply your foundation flawlessly, we can help you decide on the best make-up brushes that will be by your side through it all.

Top tip: If you suffer from sensitive skin and find that most make-up brushes irritate you, then you need brushes that are paraffin free. We recommend Spectrum brushes – all of their brushes are paraffin free, cruelty free, vegan and look heavenly!

It's all about the base

Foundation brushes

Once you’ve applied your primer, foundation is the next step. For this, a foundation brush is what you want. One, because without one the bacteria that’s on your fingertips will automatically be transferred to your skin – not cool. Two, a foundation brush will help your foundation to go on a lot smoother and more evenly than if you use your finger – it’s also less messy.

Finding a foundation brush isn’t as straightforward as you’d think, as it all depends on the type of foundation that you’re using and the coverage you want. For a full coverage that’s perfect for cream and liquid foundations, you’ll want to look for a kabuki brush, or one that contains duo-fibre bristles. For a lighter finish, you’ll want a lightweight stippling brush that has soft and silky bristles. When you’ve found your brush, simply put the foundation on your brush and apply evenly to your face.

Remember, different brushes equal different finishes.