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Top 10 Eyeshadow Brushes

The 10 Best Brushes To Apply Eyeshadow

The 10 Best Brushes To Apply Eyeshadow

When it’s time to put your best face forward, allow us to open your eyes to the top ten eyeshadow makeup brushes out there. Since making sure your eyes pop and sparkle is one of the most noticeable ways to get a look you love, you’re going to need a trusty set of tools at your disposal. After all, one would hardly expect Van Gogh to paint sans brush. To that end, think beyond your fingertip or Q-tip and get your hands on the best eyeshadow brushes around. Blending your eyeshadow with a variety of colors (or even just one) is better accomplished with a brush, so take more guesswork out of the equation. Make your life easier with brushes that are specifically designed to make applying eyeshadow, and show the smoky eye who’s in charge. In the meanwhile, practice your wink— it’s a worthwhile companion to a perfect eye for a night out. 

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August 16, 2016

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It Cosmetics Airbrush Precision Shadow Brush #112

Our Score

You can use this one to apply both cream and powder shadow and get totally precise lines and results while you’re at it when you use this super soft brush that still allows for controlled application. 


Tom Ford Eye Shadow Blend Brush

Our Score

When you want your eyelid to showcase a gradient effect, you’ll do well to reach for this Tom Ford brush constructed from natural bristles. A super soft application makes it easy to blend in different shades, so think in terms of all colors of the rainbow. 


MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush

Our Score

This brush is the perfect marriage of soft and dense, with a rounded edge that can be used to build and blend or simply press color onto your eyelids. In short, this one does it all, so you can too. 


Sigma Beauty E30 Pencil Brush

Our Score

Looking for just the right tool to smudge pencil liner? Congrats, this is your new go-to tool. Crafted out of synthetic fibers that are actually made to outperform animal hair, this one is designed to deliver cream and powder color to your lids, but it won’t remain on your brush making upkeep and clean-up a breeze. 


Bobbi Brown Cream Shadow Brush

Our Score

Sometimes you need to get format specific. When you’re applying long-lasting cream shadow, this is the brush for you: A rounded brush head was made specifically to apply cream formulas, so step to it! 


Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Brush

Our Score

If you’ve seen Kat Von D’s eye makeup, you’ll know that she’s a trustworthy source when it comes to the subject. Made specifically for eye contouring (time to do some YouTube beauty vlogger research) this dual-ended brush allows you to both define and blend. 


Sephora Collection PRO Featherweight Crease Brush #38

Our Score

Powder, cream or liquid blends are all fair game when you apply them with this multi-faceted brush which is an expert at applying color to the crease of your eye or blending in concealer— time to have your eyes on multiple prizes. 


Sigma Beauty E40 Tapered Blending Brush

Our Score

Soft and fluffy, we dig using this super soft brush to highlight your brow bone, and the hypoallergenic brush is great for those with sensitive skin and will retain it’s shape and structure after multiple washes. 


Make Up For Ever 210 Small Round Shader Brush

Our Score

When you need a powerful, strong eye use this brush specifically designed to apply constant, continuous color to your lash line. That’s right: We’re talking cat eye. Grab a cream or gel eyeshadow, this brush, and get ready to turn heads. 


Sigma Beauty E55 Eye Shading Brush

Our Score

If you’re looking for an affordable number that’s great for beginners, this is your best bet. Great for all-over application, this handy little brush is also great to travel with. 

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