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11 best make-up brushes

Put on your make-up like a pro with this selection of clever cosmetic tools

Any beauty expert will tell you it's well-worth investing in brushes to give your make-up a flawless finish. Plus, you use less product when you apply with a brush. So, a set of brushes may be an outlay now but looked after and cleaned regularly, they will last years - and save you money in the long-run on products.

We've put brushes for all tasks to the test, from Real Technique's good-value brush for perfect liner up to Smashbox's clever three-in-one tool. Here's our pick of the best.

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For your one brush suits all, you can't beat the Smashbox Telephoto 3-in-1, while Clinique have an excellent brush range with their Foundation Brush being my favourite. But for all round greatness, the Daniel Sandler brushes are superb – the Concealer Brush for under eye bags is the best I've ever used and his oversized Kabeauti Brush is perfect for all blush, bronzer and pressed powders.

Buy now

1. Smashbox Telephoto 3-in-1 Face Brush, £39

2. Daniel Sandler Kabeauti Brush, £26

3. Clinique Foundation Brush, £24

4. MAC Linear 1, £23

5. EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting, £8.99  

6. Shavata Red Sable Brow Brush, £12

7. Cargo Magic Brush, £24

8. Models Own 5 Piece Brush Set, £9.99

9. Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush, £5.99

10. Autograph Flawless Finish Kabuki Brush, £10

11. EcoTools Foam Applicator, £4.99


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