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.
The Best Blush Brush for Contouring
“This is my favorite,” says makeup artist Billie Gene. “It contours the cheek in the most perfect shape.” When it comes to the bristles, you can expect the highest quality. It picks up powder easily (there’s no need to apply major pressure in your pan) and deposits and even, soft wash of pigment. This baby is best suited with powder products; just note that it will take a hot minute to dry after you clean the brush.
The Best Weighted Blush Brush
If you’re only ever going to have one brush in your collection, this is our top recommendation—it does it all. Whether you’re working with a cream, liquid, or powder foundation, blush, or highlighter, this weighted brush will do the job, and do it well. Its domed shape makes it great for placing product and buffing and blending (just hold it at a 45 degree angle). The brush hair is synthetic—specifically, its made of a vegan bristle called Taklon. Taklon has the same, soft texture of a natural fiber, but is PETA-approved and hypoallergenic.
The Softest Blush Brush
Gene calls this brush the “softest thing ever”—and he’s not wrong. Made with synthetic brush hair fibers, this brush truly feels like a feather on the skin. This is a great option for makeup beginners thanks to the weighted handle. You have the utmost control when it comes to intensity and can do a super sheer wash of color or build up your pigment with a little added pressure.
The Best Blush Brush in a Set
Henney’s go-to is the blush brush that’s part of this comprehensive collection. “The handle is lavender which is beautiful in your makeup collection, and the brush was created to allow for flawless and easy blending,” she said. The best part? This set comes complete with every brush you could ever need. From foundation brushes to eyeshadow brushes to blending brushes, your entire routine is covered.
The Best Do-it-All Blush Brush
It’s perhaps a bit too easy to accumulate an overflowing makeup brush collection. You can find a different brush for every product, texture, purpose—you name it, it’s out there. Check off two needs with one brush and scoop up this Cle de Peau multi-purpose blender. With uber-soft synthetic fibers and a diameter that’s more narrow (ie. you have more control), this tool is ideal for both cream and powder blushes. Just dab-dab-dab to pick up cream products and do a little swirl for your powders.
The Best Blush Brush for Cream Blush
If cream blush is your go-to, this brush needs to be in your rotation. The vegan, synthetic bristles are assembled in a denser-than-most round tip so your product doesn’t annoyingly disappear into the fibers. While you can definitely use a swiping motion, I’ve found that a little stippling action goes a long way with this brush. If you’re looking to sheer out the product after the fact, just blend with your fingers.
The Best Handle on a Blush Brush
I am the most picky when it comes to my brush handle. I need the perfect level of weight and expect a long stem that will give me peak control of my product placement and intensity. This Kevyn Aucoin brush fits the bill. The sleek design makes blush, contour, and even highlighter application easy-peasy. This is also one of the best—and softest—natural hair brushes out there; the tapered tip is made from goat hair.
The Best Blush Brush for Blending
Vegan, cruelty-free, and highly effective, this brush should be a staple in everyone’s kit. While it can certainly be used to apply product to the skin, I personally prefer to enlist this baby for my blending. A few round circles and buffing motions around blush or bronzer ensures that harsh lines will be MIA. It’s the perfect final step—especially if you want a natural-looking finish.
The Best Multi-Purpose Blush Brush
This luxe makeup brush is one of my personal favorites, namely because of how it feels in my hand. And, the tip is shaped in a way that makes it effortlessly multi-purpose. I can press flat into the skin for more intense color payoff or use the backside of the brush to contour, buff, or blend. I’m also a big fan of the brand’s Quick Dry Brush Cleaning Spray (opens in new tab), which cleans the brush, sans water, so I can use the brush for multiple makeup product in one session.
The Longest Lasting Blush Brush
Most blush brushes are going to be a tad larger, but the longer, slimmer shape of this MAC brush is exactly what landed it on our list. It’s perfect for diffusing blush on the cheekbone for a lifted look. More importantly, the brush is worth the investment. The high-quality synthetic fibers last a damn long time. (Editor’s note: This brush also works great for setting powder in the under-eye area—it’s the perfect size and shape for the eye contour.)
The Best Blush Brush for Powder
Perfect for applying powder blush to the apples of the cheeks, this brush gives the softest wash of color. It’s fluffy as opposed to dense, so you’re going to have to build up a few layers of product to get intense payoff. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; it’s a mistake-proof brush. If you’re struggling to pick up cream product with the brush, try dampening the bristles. Trust me, this little trick is a game changer.
The Best Luxe Blush Brush
If I’m being honest, you just can’t go wrong with Chanel. This high-end brush has five stars across the board. It also has some of the best reviews in the game, so I’m not being biased as I profess my love for this tool. It’s an expert blender, manages to pick up the perfect amount of product every damn time, and works across cream and powder textures.
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, Makeup.com, Skincare.com, and Philadelphia Wedding. Follow her on Instagram @samholender.
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