How to: choose the right make-up brush

Caroline Davies

Written by Caroline Davies

Meet the brushes that can do just about anything. From applying foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, eyeshadow and more, these tools will make your make-up look the best it ever could. We’ve given you more brush heads than ever, a chic white makeover and additional tools like the must-have sponge applicator.

Our NEW upgraded vegan make-up brush collection is game changing to enhance your looks. Whether you’re looking to expand your tool collection, or you’re questioning which brushes work best with your favourite skin-loving formulas, we have the answers right here!


Choose your weapon for perfection


flat buffer brush


Professional Flat Buffer Brush
The multi-purpose flat brush works with all liquid and powder formulas. Made with flat condensed bristles to expertly buff and stipple for superior blending.




powder brush

Professional Powder & Blush Brush
Perfect for blushes, bronzers, highlighters and finishing powders, you can also use this brush to apply mineral foundations for lighter coverage. 





eye smudge brushProfessional Eye Shadow & Smudge Brush
Double-ended for speedy application and strategic eyeshadow placement, the rounded shape fits and hugs the eye area for easy blending.





eyeshadow brushProfessional Eye Blend & Line Brush
The soft end blends eyeshadow into the crease of the eye socket, softening any harsh lines. Use the angled end to create eye liner with eyeshadow or mimic eyebrow hairs.




lip brush

Professional Lip & Conceal Brush
For applying lipstick like a pro, this double-ended brush is slimline and easy to hold and use. Also use for spot concealing, disguising dark circles and more.





spongeProfessional Blender Sponge
Simply wet the blender lightly before each use and squeeze out excess. For streak-free colour, bounce powder, liquid foundation or concealer into skin.




neoprene bag


Professional Brush Pouch

For keeping tools safe, Neoprene is water resistant and durable




Watch Jane from HQ put the tools to the test! 


Why should you invest in make-up brushes?
A good quality brush can transform the way that a formula performs on your complexion. Brushes are
always better to use than fingers when applying all make-up formulas, as they are able to evenly spread the make-up on the skin. Plus, it’s more hygienic than using fingers. These brushes have unique angles that help target specific areas and create special looks that fingers alone could never achieve.

Why are these brushes better than our original Professional Brush Set?
Featuring six application tools and eight different brush heads, you get so much more than before to boost your beauty arsenal. Designed with cruelty-free, Nylon bristles, each individual brush ensures precise product placement. We’ve also given them a chic white makeover, labelled them so you can easily find the tool you need, added in a Blender Sponge for the perfect base – and if that wasn’t enough, they’re made with sustainably sourced wooden handles and are double-ended for speed.

Why are vegan brushes better?
Nylon bristles are vegan and more hygienic than ‘natural’ bristles harvested from animals because they don’t have cracks in the surface. They are more suitable for sensitive skin and won’t cause allergies to skin or eyes. Synthetic brushes are better because they are cruelty free and do not harm animals.


Tricks of the trade 

Andrea Black

Try these tips for every part of your routine from Andrea Black, International Make-up Artist. From Paris fashion shows, to the Logies to Harper’s Bazaar, Andrea Black is one of the most sought after artists in the industry. Her signature look is real beauty. 


flawless + flat brush


NEW Professional Flat Buffer Brush
“To eliminate cakey skin, start by blending in the middle of your face and work your way out”
WORKS BEST WITH: Professional Flawless Air Serum Foundation




Sponge + oil free

NEW Professional Blender Sponge
“Sponges won’t leave behind any lines and their damp surfaces help give a sheer effect to your foundation, concealer, or cream blush for a natural finish.”
WORKS BEST WITH: nc Perfecting Oil Free Foundation




NEW Professional Lip & Conceal Brush
“An even, thin layer of lipstick always looks more sophisticated. To prevent feathering on semi-matte lipsticks, use the finer brush end. It will give your lip colour precise, backstage-worthy edges.”
WORKS BEST WITH: Professional Artist Intense Lipsticks





matte eyes + eyeshadow brushBEST FOR EYES
NEW Professional Eye Shadow and Smudge Brush
“The dense, short rounded brush end applies just the right amount of shadow to upper and lower lash line. It’s ideal for smudging liners and darker shadow colours to build the perfect smoky eye.”
WORKS BEST WITH: All Eyeshadow Palettes




blushes + powder brushBEST FOR POWDERS
NEW Professional Powder & Blush Brush
“The tapered-end brush shape perfectly fits your facial contours making this a must for blushes. Gently sweep powders across cheeks, for instant glow.”
WORKS BEST WITH: nc Colour Icon Blushes





Jane shows you three ways to use

 Powder & Blush Brush


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