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A Guide to 16 Types of Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them

Written by MasterClass

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 • 4 min read

There are as many makeup brushes as there are makeup products. The brush landscape can be very overwhelming and can get very expensive, with price having a lot to do with the materials involved—animal hair brushes will be more costly than synthetic fiber brushes, but the latter won’t be necessarily more effective. Many cruelty-free and vegan beauty brands are making high-performance synthetic makeup brushes that are affordable. According to makeup artist Bobbi Brown, good brushes feel soft and full and should not shed hairs on your face when using them.