The 12 Best Blush Brushes That Make Blending a Dream

Splotches? Don’t know her.

some of the best blush brushes including merit and bobbi brown
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You’ve picked one of the best blushes, are thrilled with your shade selection, and your foundation looks flawless—all is well in the world. But applying blush can be a risky business. Too heavy handed and you’re left with splotches that can’t be saved. Too light and the gorgeous pigment isn’t going to make an impact. Le sigh. That’s where the best blush brushes come into play. A blush brush with the perfect density (think: not too soft, not too firm) is going to pick up the ideal amount of product, give you control over placement, and make blending foolproof. 

So, how do you know which one of ‘em to scoop up? “Pick a slightly rounded brush designed to be applied on the cheekbones,” explains makeup artist Tobi Henney. “I also love a brush that is firm, but soft at the same time to allow for perfect blending.” Shape and texture are fairly non-negotiable, but personal preference comes into play when deciding between synthetic or natural brush fibers. The latter is typically going to feel a bit softer on the skin, however synthetic brush hair is vegan, cruelty-free, and can have just the same, soft texture if manufactured properly. 

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favorite blush brushes—and asked the pros to share some of theirs—ahead. From super-soft tools to multi-purpose buys, shop the best blush brushes out there. 

Samantha Holender
Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and keeps up with the latest trends in the beauty space. She has previously written for Us Weekly, Popsugar,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.