When shopping for makeup, product recs are like gold...especially when they’re coming from pros. That’s why I’ve been asking professional makeup artists what their favorite products are and passing those picks on to you! If you’re looking for other product recs, check out Glossible’s Glossilist 2020 blog series.
Today we’re looking at our 5 Best Makeup Brushes, as voted on by the pros. Happy shopping!
Here are Your Top 5 Makeup Brushes
One theme ya’ll have probably noticed on this list is that most of these brands offer brushes that are handmade or artisan-crafted. It’s a sign of quality and integrity in a brand--it shows they care about what they create and sell. Hakuhodo is no exception.
Every brush Hakuhodo sells is made by hand in Kumano, Japan, by a team of expert, experienced craftsmen using only the finest materials. Fun fact: Kumano is known as the makeup brush capital of the world--it’s home to more than 80 different brush manufacturers!
You’ll find every type of makeup brush (they call the brushes “fude”) at Hakuhodo--foundation, concealer, blush, shadows, highlight, contour, concealer, you name it. And they’re all super-affordable, so you can grab one of each for your everyday makeup!
Rae Morris is a legend. She’s one of the most influential artists in the world, and this Australian beauty makes a hell of a brush also. You’re going to pay for her brushes--they’re not cheap. But you get what you pay for here. She designed the world’s first magnetic makeup range--rated to be not only one of the most innovative brush ranges in the world, but also the best.
Rae’s philosophy: makeup starts with the brush. That’s why she puts so much focus on design and quality. Her brushes are made by experts in Japan--and when I say experts, I mean a company that has been making brushes for 180 years. Yes, almost two centuries!
Rae designs each brush she sells, and they’re made by combining her innovative designs with ancient Japanese brush-making techniques. Then her team personally oversees every stage of quality control and production, from start to finish. Her Radiance and Jishaku brushes are some of the best brushes on the market, which is why Rae Morris finds a place on our Glossilist.
Royal & Langnickel knows how to make a brush. When I say these brushes are legit, I mean they’re LE-GIT.
R&L has been making their own brushes for 70 years. Yep, you read that right. 7-0. And when a small biz has been successful for that many years, you know they’re doing something right. And one of those things is that they maintain complete quality control of their brushes, from the beginning to the very end of the production process. How many companies can say that?
Royal & Langnickel’s OMNIA brushes are some of the best around. Guys and gals, I’ve tried these brushes. They. Are. A-MA-ZING. These are some of the highest-quality, most technologically advanced brushes you’ll find on the market. You can literally see the quality in each brush, the dedication to craftsmanship.
As with many makeup artists, Sian Richards created her own brushes because she couldn’t find one that was good enough while she was working on a movie set in Los Angeles. So, she went to a brush maker in England and created her Classic natural-hair brush collection.
She launched her vegan-friendly Nouveau Collection in 2010, creating a brush with hair so soft, no one had any idea it was vegan! All of her products are handmade by local artisans in the US, Canada, and Europe, so you know it’s top quality.
Sian is one of those feel-good stories--an indie biz that makes products so good, it became world-famous. Not only are her brushes amazing, but she makes some kick-ass brush shampoos and soaps.
Established in 1971 by brush crafter Tesshu Yamaoka, Chikuhodo is a brush workshop located in...bonus points if you can guess!! If you said Kumano, Japan, you’re a winner! Chikuhodo’s makeup brushes are created with high-quality raw materials from around the world by expert brush crafters and skilled craft workers who focus on every detail while crafting each brush. Their brushes are sold by retailers around the world and are relatively affordable for everyday use.
All of the brushes on this Glossilist are excellent choices for your makeup bag at home—and you know they’re good since they’ve been recommended by some of my favorite professional artists!
Stay tuned for the next Glossilist, kittens!