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- Concealer brushes can help apply product to hard-to-reach places, like around the nose or eyes.
- A concealer brush can be the difference between a flawless application and a poorly-blended one.
- We talked to makeup artists to discover their favorite concealer brushes on the market.
Concealer, for many people, is a product that can feel the most non-negotiable – more so than even foundation or mascara. A concealer brush, however, is often a different story.
Despite the fact that most people who wear makeup own a concealer, concealer brushes are a little less common. Some people may opt to use their hands and fingers for applying concealer and foundation, while others might use a beauty sponge for any and all complexion cosmetics. A concealer brush might not seem necessary at first, but using a specific brush to reach the nooks and crannies of your face (the corners of your nose and eyes, for example), can actually make a huge difference.
These are the best concealer brushes in 2021, according to experts.
“The Rae Morris Angle Eye Blender is so incredibly soft that it seamlessly blends my concealer while keeping the opacity I need to cover darkness,” says celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons, noting that a more affordable, synthetic alternative is Anisa Angled Concealer Brush. “It’s a great price point and quality concealer brush made with synthetic hair for those looking for a cruelty free product. It blends concealer quickly but also keeps the coverage in place.”
Another makeup artist, Rose Siard, also recommended the Anisa Angled Brush because of its unique shape. “It fits perfectly under the eye for creaseless concealer under your eyes but it can also tackle cream blush, bronzer and highlighter,” Siard says.
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Concealer
Carl Ray is Michelle Obama’s makeup artist, and says that It Cosmetics’ Dual Airbrush Concealer is a great option, especially for “buffing away imperfections.” Plus, the brush offers two options in one — one end with more compact, shorter bristles, and another with a flufflier brush.
Morphe’s M173 Buffer Brush
Makeup artist Nydia Figueroa says this small buffer brush from Morphe is “a makeup artist’s dream.” The brush has a fluffy yet firm, rounded tip, which provides precision and coverage.
“It helps with those hard to reach areas such as the sides of the nose and the inner corners of the eyes,” Figueroa explains. “The brushes are dense so it provides full coverage and gives the concealer an airbrushed finish.”
Huda Beauty’s Bake & Blend Face Brush
Makeup and beauty vlogger Brittany Golden recommends another dual-sided brush as her go-to option for concealer. Golden says Huda Beauty’s Bake & Blend Face Brush is angled enough to allow you to get into the nooks and crannies of your face while still being dense enough to spread the concealer quickly and evenly.
“The other side of the brush is a rounded narrow powder brush that allows you to set the concealer evenly without using a lot of product,” Golden explains. “When I used a beauty sponge, I would hate having to use the same damp sponge for concealer and powder — sometimes the powder would come out uneven because of the water. I also don’t have to use two makeup-application products to get the job done.”
Smashbox Blurring Concealer Brush
Tara Dowburd has been a makeup artist for 24 and says she swears by Smashbox’s Blurry Foundation Brush.
“I love using it with both liquid or cream concealers.,” Downburd says. She notes the smart handle and the dome shape of the bristle, which allow the concealer to apply in a buffing affect.
“It also gives you the opportunity to control the amount of coverage you want from your concealer, from sheer to full coverage,” she notes. “Apply it using small circular bouncing movements to help prevent the concealer from settling into creases anywhere you use it on your face.”
IT Brushes For ULTA Love Beauty Fully Blending Concealer Brush #203
Beauty Expert Nick Stenson says that this concealer brush from IT Cosmetics and ULTA is “truly the pinnacle of concealer brush perfect,” so it’s bound to be pretty darn good.
“It is great for liquid, powders, and cream products and appropriate for all areas of the face. It’s even designed with a tapered edge that allows for easy application to precision areas around the eyes or the corners of the nose,” Stenson says, explaining that the flat side of the brush also builds and blends concealer products seamlessly so you can achieve the exact level of coverage you’re looking for.
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