My Favorite Makeup Brushes

October 30, 2020 (updated May 10, 2023) — Written by

Whether you’re a makeup connoisseur or you prefer the au naturale look, makeup brushes can seriously up your application game. But they can feel like an investment—which is why we’ve rounded up the best makeup brushes from clean beauty brands so you don’t have to try them all.

Woman applying blush with makeup brush.

By: Lisa Fennessy


Part of the fun of natural, organic makeup is how easy it can be to apply, on top of the killer benefits it can have for your skin. And the accessibility of a stick foundation or a pot ‘o color blush is irresistible for on-the-go application, travel (we’ll get back to it one of these days!) or creating a quick, everyday look.

But, as any makeup artist will tell you, the secret to getting the most out of your makeup is to employ high-quality brushes. Not only can they help you conserve product, but they offer a pulled-together finish that’s trickier to get when you just pat-pat-pat with your ring finger (though we love a makeup routine that engages our artistic side).

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That’s why we’re rounding up on the best makeup brushes from clean beauty brands—check them out to up your makeup routine ASAP.

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And since you asked, this is my favorite foundation and my favorite BB Cream!

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What are your go-to, best makeup brushes?

xo, lisa in cursive

Common questions about makeup brushes from clean beauty brands

What’s the ideal brush for masks?

The perfect brush should not be too dense (to avoid soaking up all the product) and it also needs to be wide enough to apply product on large areas of your face.

What’s the best size brush for a foundation brush?

Big enough to cover a larger surface area, but small enough to get into all the crooks of the nose and sides of the face.

What are the best clean beauty makeup brushes?

ILIA Beauty Finishing Powder, RMS Eye Polish Brush and VERT’s Beauty Blending Shadow Brush. Click here for more.

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of The New Knew. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!


  1. Reply

    Kerry Bastoni

    Good Morning!
    This is a great list! I have been considering a few of these so it’s nice to see them on your list. Do you have a brush you would suggest for powered foundation? I have tried so many and it’s been a pricey endeavor. 1 seemed too dense-eating up the makeup, another seemed to plaster it on my face and the latest seemed good initially only to me scratchy now.
    Thank you,

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      Hi Kerry! I don’t have a rec for that unfortunately because I don’t wear power – but I hear you, I hate when the brush eats up all the product. I do like the ILIA power/brush combo, it’s an all-in-one situation….

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    Kerry Bastoni

    I just saw you replied now-Thank you. I actually came back to this post to revisit it..since I am still looking. Thank you again.

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    Good afternoon!
    What do you use to clean your makeup brushes?
    Thank you…

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      Lisa Fennessy

      Hi Renata! I use castile soap like Dr. Bronners diluted in water OR I also like Jenny Patinkin’s brush cleaner. xo

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    How are moda brushes?

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