MAC must-haves: 10 of the best brushes you need in your kit

Taryn Davies
Published: February 15, 2018

MAC makeup brushes are expensive, but they are definitely worth every penny, but with a huge amount on offer, which ones are worth your hard-earned cash? These are the best MAC makeup brushes you need in your kit.

These brushes are definitely an investment for your makeup kit, and while they are definitely on the higher end of the scale when it comes to price, depending on how well you treat them (ie. regularly cleaning them) they will last you for years and years to come.

It’s hard not to feel like a MUA when using MAC makeup brushes.

217 Blending brush

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a makeup artist or beauty blogger who doesn’t have this brush in their beauty stash.

The 217 Blending Brush is made for the shading and blending of powdery or creamy products. It’s incredibly soft with densely packed fibres that make it really easy to blend out your eyeshadow creating eye looks that look super professional. It works beautifully to blend out one eye colour or blend together two or more colours.

MAC 217 Blending Brush

195 Concealer brush

The 195 Concealer brush is perfect for creating a flawless base. Admittedly we love sponges for concealer application under the eyes, but this brush is perfect for applying concealer precisely to blemishes and spots. The flexible synthetic-fibre flat brush has a slight pointed tip allowing you to precisely apply your concealer and blend it out where needed.

MAC 195 Concealer Brush

130 Short Duo Fibre brush

Create an airbrush look with your foundation with the 130 Short Dup Fibre brush. It’s perfect for building up the product seamlessly.

MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush

168 Large angled contour brush

This brush is incredibly soft and applies powder products beautifully. The 168 Large angled contour brush is the perfect shape for apply cheek contour, whether you use it for the shadow or the highlight. The fibres hug the skin and they’re soft but firmly bundled to pack on colour and blend beautifully.

MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush

109 Small contour brush

Made of natural fibres, the 109 Small Contour Brush from MAC is perfect for applying powder highlight products. The softly rounded dome tip disperses just the right amount of product and smoothly blends the colour onto the face.

MAC 109 Small Contour Brush

170 Synthetic rounded slant brush

Densely packed with luxuriously soft synthetic fibres, the 170 Synthetic Rounded Slant Brush is perfect for using with cream and liquid products. Create a flawless cream contoured look with this brush, or use it to perfect and blend your foundation. The round and slightly domed, slanted shape means it’s perfect for working around the contours of your face.

MAC 170 Synthetic Rounded Brush

219 Pencil brush

The 219 Pencil brush is a must-have for any makeup kit, the brush can be used in so many ways. The soft, smooth fibres of the brush are gathered into a pencil-shaped tip which allows for precision shading on the lid, in-eye crease or along the lash line. It’s also ideal to be used to blend eyeliner into eyeshadow to create a smoky looking eye, as well as defining the lash line with the use of a dark shadow.

MAC 219 Pencil Brush

210 Precise eyeliner brush

When you want a really perfect line or flick then the 210 Precise Eyeliner Brush is the tool you’re going to reach for. Graphically precise with a finely pointed, tapered tip, this brush allows for a controlled application of product, whether it’s powder, liquid or cream-based.

MAC Precise Eyeliner Brush 210

129 Powder brush

The 129 Powder brush is the perfect size to quickly sweep any powder across your face, whether you use it for blush, bronzer or setting powder. The full rounded shape gives an even and smooth finish.

MAC 129 Powder Blush Brush

239 Eye shading brush

Pack on the eye colour with the 239 Eye Shading Brush, a must have for creating multiple eye looks. Use this brush to apply the colour to the main lid area, and then use your MAC 217 to blend the colour into the crease and outwards. Using a stiff brush like this allows for control and bolder application of colour.

MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush