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Top 10 Vegan Makeup Brushes

Vegan Makeup Brushes: A Kinder Way Of Applying Makeup

Vegan Makeup Brushes: A Kinder Way Of Applying Makeup

When looking for makeup brushes, it’s not only important that they be incredibly soft, are the proper density, and can withstand the test of time, but also (if not even more so) they be animal-friendly. Why? Because no matter how silky smooth natural hair might feel on your skin, there are great added bonuses to using vegan makeup brushes. Luckily, there are a few beloved beauty brands that have got your back and created magical products with synthetic fibers that prove you don’t need animal hair for stellar makeup application. Read up on our Top 10 vegan makeup brushes for all kinds of uses, and prepare to be amazed at the stunning quality and feel. Opening image: @realtechniques

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March 5, 2018

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Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush

Our Score

USERS SAID: "I love this brush! It blends everything out so effortlessly and is dense and soft but with just the right amount of give to it, so you can use a very light touch. It makes my foundation look so smooth and natural, no streaks whatsoever."

LOVED FOR: This densely packed brush distributes product evenly for an airbrushed look.


Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Love this brush! The curve on it hugs your face perfectly. Not to mention it's incredibly soft. Works great with powders and creams."

FUN FACT: Rihanna loves the shark-tooth shaped design of the brush—the unexpected angles allows you to highlight like never before.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush

Our Score

BEST FOR: Since this brush has two sides, it's great for traveling with limited space.

HELPFUL TIP: Use the bigger, flatter side for highlighter and the smaller, pointed side for blush.


EcoTools 6 Piece Starter Set

Our Score

BEST FOR: Beginners just learning how to apply makeup

LOVED FOR: This pack of brushes comes at an unbeatable price.


Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Our Score

LOVED FOR: The twist mechanism on this brush allows you to customize your makeup application

USERS SAID: "OH MY GOSH. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love. It blends sooo beautifully & so easy/quick to use! I didn't even need my beauty blender afterwards which in the past has always been a must."


Tarte Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush

Our Score

USERS SAID: "It really works as described and feels soft to touch. Perfect makeup application every time! It's the best liquid foundation brush I have ever owned. Also, it's easy to clean."

LOVED FOR: This brush gives users a perfectly airbrushed look, every time.


IT Brushes for Ulta Your Superheroes Full-Size Travel Brush Set

Our Score

USERS SAID: "These brushes are amazing, especially for this price. I really think this changes the look of my makeup by making it look more natural and smooth."

FUN FACT: This $50 set is valued at $100, meaning you're basically getting 50% off.


Real Techniques Setting Brush

Our Score

USERS SAID: "Real techniques makes the best synthetic brushes. So well cut, hairs are well distributed, it feels heavy/weighted and it's beautiful!"

FUN FACT: These brushes were developed in collaboration with makeup artists who worked with icons like Princess Diana and David Bowie on the reg.


Sigma Beauty Most-Wanted Brush Set

Our Score

USERS SAID: "They are excellent brushes and a great kit for anyone getting starting. Sigma makes high quality, lasting brushes. This is also a great price."

HELPFUL TIP: This set comes with the F80 Flat KabukiTM, often considered a holy grail product.


Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush

Our Score

USERS SAID: "It blends perfectly, it glides over my face, around my nose, and the inner corners of my eyes like a dream. I love this brush."

FUN FACT:The brush's perfectly symmetrical tapered bristles and consistent density allow you to reach every corner of the face, from every angle, for 360 degrees of precise, even blending. 

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