Once you’re done here, be sure to check out the rest of the winners in our 2022 Best of Beauty Awards.
Best Foundation Brush
Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation Brush
Why it won: The dense Hourglass Ambient Soft Glow Foundation Brush provides the same skinlike finish you get when applying foundation with your fingertips — without getting your hands dirty.
Best Powder Brush
Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Powder Brush
Why it won: Whether you prefer a loose or pressed finishing powder, the Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Powder Brush delivers smooth, even coverage. (If you can bring yourself to stop petting its baby-soft bristles long enough to actually use it, that is.)
Best Contour Brush
Patrick Ta Contour Brush
Why it won: Makeup artist Patrick Ta is the Michelangelo of cheekbones — and his chisel of choice is the angled fan of the Patrick Ta Contour Brush, which makes it easy to carve out contours using powder and cream products.
Best Bronzer Brush
Sigma Beauty F78 Ultimate Bronze
Why it won: “Somehow this brush manages to know exactly how much bronzer to sweep up,” says tester Perrie Samotin of Sigma Beauty F78 Ultimate Bronze. It could very well be divine intervention… or, perhaps, its tapered, dome-shaped bristles.
Best Blush Brush
Benefit Cosmetics Multitasking Cheek Brush
Why it won: The last time we put a loose blush brush in our bag, the inside of our Telfar was left looking like a crime scene. Needless to say, we appreciate the cap on the retractable Benefit Cosmetics Multitasking Cheek Brush. It does a damn good job of applying powder highlighter and bronzer too.
Best Highlight Brush
Monika Blunder Beauty Call Your Buff Angled Brush
Why it won: If your makeup icon is a Raphael cherub, meet your new best friend. The Monika Blunder Beauty Call Your Buff Angled Brush buffs in cream highlighter and blush to perfection, so it looks like you’re glowing from the inside, out.
Best Brush for Brows
Sephora Collection Pro Brow Brush #20
Why it won: To earn our coveted seal as a double-ended brush, both sides have to be winners. So congratulations times two to you, Sephora Collection Pro Brow Brush #20! First, use the spoolie end to coax brow hairs in the right direction, then dip the stiff — but not too stiff — angled brush into powder to fill and define ’em.
Best Eye Shadow Brush
Guide Beauty Easy on the Eyes Brush Collection
Why it won: With shorter handles for more control and a ring that slips between your fingers for a tighter hold, the Guide Beauty Easy On The Eyes Brush Collection aims to make it easier for everyone — especially those with fine motor difficulties or disabilities — to apply eye makeup. (There are three brushes in the set — for allover shadow, blending, and defining.)
Best Makeup Sponge
Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge
Why it won: The little pink egg that spawned a thousand copycats is still the best in our book. Use the tapered end of the Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge to dab concealer under your eyes and around your nose, then flip it over to stipple foundation along your cheeks and jawline.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
Why it won: Invest in the Tweezerman Slant Tweezer and you can get it sharpened for free for life. Kind of feels illegal to know that, right? (It’s not! We promise.)
Best Lash Curler
Shu Uemura Iconic Eyelash Curler
Why it won: The pyramids of Egypt, Stonehenge, the Shu Uemura Iconic Eyelash Curler: all feats of engineering we deeply admire, but can’t quite explain. No matter your eye shape, this tool grabs and curls every last lash with just the right amount of firm-but-gentle pressure.
Best Lash Comb
Tweezerman Lash Guard & Comb
Why it won: If you consistently spot smudges on your lids mere moments after applying mascara, you might benefit from the Tweezerman Lash Guard & Comb (we certainly have). Hold the palm-size tool flush against your lid to prevent mid-application messes.
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