Whether you’re a makeup amateur or a full-blown cosmetic connoisseur, you probably know that the way makeup is applied changes the entire look. Using the right tools to sweep and blend eyeshadow or brush bronzer helps the product work as it’s intended. Quality makeup brushes are dependable and creative tools that make application easier.

Firstly, all of this completely depends on your beauty habits. If you’re a makeup minimalist and stick to the basics, like eyeshadow, eyeliner, and setting powder, choose multi-purpose brushes that fit your simplified routine. Or, you might be a beauty industry guru who loves creativity and has a wide variety of products that you use on a regular basis and needs the tools to do that. Here’s an essential list of makeup brushes that fit into any beauty routine.


Mindful Beauty Tip: In the world of cruelty free cosmetics, vegan makeup brushes are always the way to go. Look for brushes made with vegan fibers that mimic the movement and texture animal hair without being the real deal. Have peace of mind knowing that your beauty routine is filled with products that weren’t tested on animals or use animal products, like goat and horse hair.

Bronzer Brush

Choose a brush that is thick at the base and plush at the ends, designed to diffuse bronzer evenly and blend out streaks. To apply, pucker lips and brush in long, angled strokes under the apples of the cheeks.

Blush Brush

Who doesn’t want a little extra flushed blush on their cheeks? An angled-bristle blush brush diffuses powder seamlessly and smoothly. Sweep a vegan blush powder with an ultra-soft blush brush onto the apples of the cheeks for a natural flushed look.

Eyeshadow Brush

Every girl needs one of these in her makeup bag. An all-over eyeshadow brush has dense bristle with a flat design and rounded top to distribute pigment evenly. Look for a brush with an ergonomic hold for a more precise application.

Crease & Blending Brush

Perfect for that date night smokey eye, a crease & blending brush has dense bristles at the base and a softly rounded top. Use one for blending darker colors into the eye crease, using tiny circular movements or back-and-forth strokes to distribute color and fade into the eyelid color.

Highlighter Brush

A high-performance highlighter brush is narrower than a blush or bronzer brush but has the same base density. With a tapered top and soft bristles, this brush makes highlighter application easy and defined. Apply to the cheek, brow, and collar bones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow for next-level luminosity.

Angled Eyeliner Brush

There’s a variety of ways to apply eyeliner, from pencils to liquid formulas. Or, you can take advantage of your eyeshadow palette and use a darker eyeliner to create a crisp lined lid or dramatic wing. Trace an angled eyeliner along the upper and lower lash line, starting from the inner corner. If you want more intensity, dampen the brush before dipping it into the eyeshadow.

Smudge Brush 

Perfectly paired with a smokey eye or more subtle eyeliner, a smudge eyeliner brush is a dense, flat brush that smudges out eyeliner with better precision than cotton tips or fingers. Use after applying a pencil or eyeshadow eyeliner, or dip into the desired eyeshadow color and apply directly to the eyelid for a more intense finish.

Pro-Tip: If you know you’re missing several of these makeup brushes in your beauty bag, get a full set of vegan makeup brushes to fully stock your bag with the tools you need.

Makeup Brush Care

Take care of your vegan makeup brushes by washing them consistently. Most makeup artists suggest cleaning your brushes once a week to get rid of product buildup and possible bacteria. To wash your brushes, hold the brush by the handle and the fibers facing downward. Use a mild, hypo-allergenic soap and warm water to clean. Afterward, lay flat to dry.

From bronzer to blush, eyeliner to highlighter, using the right makeup brush can transform your look from basic to brilliant. Stock your beauty bag with these essential brushes for easier application and a gorgeous final look.

About Thrive Causemetics

Thrive Causemetics create vegan, 100% cruelty free makeup that contains proven ingredients without the use of toxins or sulfates. A beauty brand and philosophy that beauty goes beyond skin deep, for every product purchased one is donated to a woman in need.

To browse their diverse range of makeup, go to Thrivecausemetics.com