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The Best Makeup Brushes for Beginners

Behind all good makeup is a good set of brushes, but those new to makeup may be shocked when they see the variety of brushes available and the prices of said brushes. When you’re just starting out, you probably don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a set of makeup brushes, especially if you’re not even sure if you’ll enjoy using them. When you’re out for your first set, it’s important to balance finding something inexpensive with something that is also high quality. Here are some great beginner makeup brushes that will help you practice and recreate all those looks you’ve been seeing on Pinterest and Youtube.

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e.l.f. Studio 11 Piece Brush Collection
Out of all the brushes from e.l.f. their studio line is the best. These are really good makeup brushes for beginners because you get all the essential brushes, at a low price, and the quality of each brush is surprisingly good. There’s only 11 brushes in this set, so there isn’t an overwhelmingly large number of items to choose from. It’s just the right amount for learning and experimenting.

Inside of the cute black case, you get an eyeshadow brush, a complexion brush, a small angle brush, a small smudge brush, a fan brush, a flat top powder brush, an angled foundation brush, a concealer brush, a small precision brush, a blush brush, and a contouring brush. Each brush is made with soft, yet dense synthetic bristles and they have long black handles that are comfortable to use. Cleaning is a snap because they’ll bounce right back to their original shape after washing without any shedding.

Every brush in this set is incredibly useful, however the absolute best brush is the flat top powder brush, which is actually really amazing at applying and buffing in liquid foundations. This is a brush that is used even by people who have a lot of experience with makeup. Overall, this is an incredible choice for a brush newbie, or anyone, really. [Buy them here]

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Shany Pro Signature Brush Set
This is the biggest brush set on this list and it’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t own a single brush. At such a low price, this is the perfect beginner makeup brush set. Not only is this set great for inexperienced users because of the large variety, but it comes with a helpful instruction sheet that lists each brush and what it can be used for. Along with that, each handle has the name of the brush printed on it. You’ll never be uncertain about what each brush is for.

This set of brushes comes in a nice roll out bag. The brushes are really soft and feel high quality and well made. Each brush has been treated in an anti-bacterial substance, so these are wonderful for those with sensitive skin or those who want to keep breakouts at bay. [Buy them here]

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Coastal Scents 22 Piece Brush Set
Here’s another set of inexpensive brushes with a huge variety. Many agree that this is the best makeup brush set for beginners because of how amazing the quality of these brushes are. Even professional makeup artist have raved about the greatness of Coastal Scents brushes. These brushes are soft and dense. There’s a brush included that will cater to every particular look and technique that you want to try out. They’ll work with any kind of makeup from powder, to liquid to cream. These brushes are so good that they pretty much perform just as good as some higher end brushes. Each one fits snugly into the the leather roll up sleeve that the set comes with.

As great as these are in terms of quality, the brushes are not labeled or numbered on the handles so telling them apart can be confusing at first. [Buy them here]

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ETA Cosmetics Premium Makeup Brush Set
This brush set comes with ten essential brushes made from natural goat hair. Because these are natural rather than synthetic, this is the best beginner makeup brush set for those who want to use powder makeup. These brushes have a lot of texture and pick up and distribute powders excellently. They can, of course, be used with any makeup, but their powder work is especially great. These brushes are also incredibly soft. They’re easy to wash and keep their shape after they’ve dried. The cute linen holder that they come in can also be washed. These brushes have a strange smell when they first arrive, however once they have been washed, the smell should go away and they should be perfectly fine to use. [Buy them here]

Less is more

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Stila 5 Piece Tools of the Trade Brush Set
If simplicity is more your thing and you’re seeking a makeup brush set for beginners without a zillion brushes, the Stila Tools of the Trade set is a fantastic little option. Stila is higher end than everything else on this list, so for essentially the same price, you’ll be able to get a little taste of higher quality brushes.

Even though this set is small, it includes the basic essentials needed for makeup. This is perfect for anyone who wants to start slow and doesn’t intend to do really advanced makeup looks, although with a bit a bit of practice that should be possible with these as well.

The five brushes included are a blush brush, a lip brush, a eye shadow brush, an all over blending brush and a concealer brush. Each one is soft, sturdy and wonderful to use. [Buy them here]