These innovative brushes are deluxe in feel, more sustainable, and worthy of even makeup artists.
While animal hair products used to be the only real option for makeup application, responsible beauty brands have come a long way in the development of vegan alternatives. Now there are a wide range of synthetic makeup brushes that are just as good as their squirrel or badger counterparts. Even better, many buyers would argue, because they don’t necessitate any animal cruelty. There are many other reasons to choose synthetic makeup brushes over animal hair brushes. For one thing, contemporary synthetic fibers are super soft, and often made from recycled or biodegradable materials. Synthetic brushes are often hypoallergenic or dermatologically tested, and are super easy to clean and maintain.
Keep reading to discover the best vegan makeup brushes for your skin and the planet!
Best vegan makeup brushes
INIKA is a responsible, cruelty-free, certified organic beauty brand. They have a complete line of makeup brushes made with ultra-soft, synthetic fibers that won’t irritate skin. Meanwhile, the brushes’ wood handles are made from sustainably sourced wood. We recommend the Vegan Kabuki Brush, which was a runner-up in Beauty Heaven’s 2015 Best in Beauty Awards. This foundation brush is soft and super dense to ensure even makeup application.
- Alima Pure
Alima Pure has a comprehensive line of brushes to suit every makeup lover’s needs. Their brushes are made from cruelty-free, synthetic Taklon bristles, and are delivered in sustainable packaging. Check out the Soft Focus Brush, a unique tool for applying sheer makeup products such as finishing powders. We also love the Precision Angle Brush for sculpting perfectly shaped brows and expertly applying eyeshadow.
- 100% Pure
100% Pure has a more limited selection of brushes, but they do have an excellent line of precision brushes for eyeshadow and brow makeup. Plus, their products come at great prices. 100% Pure’s brushes are made from recycled, synthetic fibers, so they’re great for the planet as well as a great addition to your collection. We’re crushing on the Angled Contour Brush for applying highlighter and contour color, and the Smudger Brush for blending and blurring eyeshadow to that perfect smokiness.
- Lily Lolo
These brushes are made using high-quality, synthetic hair for maximum comfort and efficiency. All of their brushes are highly rated, and their brushes have won Green Beauty Bible Awards. Reviewers love the multitasking Small Fan Brush for everything from removing stray eyeshadow to applying illuminator. The Socket Line Brush is also excellent for creating a dark eye socket and smudging the lower lash line.
Ilia Beauty’s brushes are a bit more pricey than some of the others on our list, and they don’t have a wide range of products. However, their brushes are made from soft and gorgeous synthetic materials, and they have a couple of dual-function brushes (the On Point Liner & Definition Brush and the Essential Shade & Blend Shadow Brush) that pack multiple capabilities into a single tool. Meanwhile, the Perfecting Buff Brush, with its densely packed bristles, is an excellent option for efficient foundation application.
Sappho’s makeup brushes are made with cruelty-free, synthetic, hypoallergenic Taklon fibers, and work well with both powder and liquid makeup. They’ve expertly designed their powder brushes by flailing their tips to reduce waste. Meanwhile, their liquid brushes have tapered points for smooth, perfectly blended coverage. The Buffer Brush is an excellent tool for applying or buffing foundation to get that perfect, airbrush finish, and the Shader Brush for Contour is the perfect product for achieving maximum contouring results without wasting product.
These highly-rated, vegan brushes are made with aluminum and wood handles. The bestselling Air Focus Foundation Brush blends and buffs foundation for a flawless, airbrushed look. Meanwhile, the highly-rated Precision Lip Brush evenly distributes the perfect amount of lip color for a controlled application.
- RMS Beauty
RMS Beauty has a great line of vegan products, including some unique brushes to help you expand the way you use your makeup. We especially love the Skin2Skin Foundation Brush, an innovation that flawlessly blends foundation onto skin to conceal pores and blemishes. We also have our eyes on the Eye Polish Brush, which is rounded and elongated for efficient cream eyeshadow application.
- Ere Perez
These ultra-functional, all-vegan tools are made from biodegradable materials, making them doubly awesome for the planet. They have several excellent 2-in-1 tools, including the Smudge & Shade Brush for eyeshadow, and the Lip & Conceal brush for applying lip color and concealer.
- Kjaer Weis
This Danish-inspired, certified organic makeup brand has introduced a line of dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free brushes with synthetic fibers. While they don’t have an extensive range of face makeup brushes, they do have an eye collection that will rock your world, from the Soft Eye Brush for blending to the Crease Brush for adding dimension to your eyeshadow look.
If you prefer a makeup sponge for foundation application, you can still seek out natural products to make sure that your beauty purchases are having a positive impact on the world. Generally speaking, it’s wiser to seek out makeup sponges that aren’t dyed or otherwise processed. Check out these Natural Silk-Sea Sponges, harvested straight from the Mediterranean or Caribbean Ocean. While they may look a little wonky, these bad boys are super soft and highly absorbent. One reviewer noted that (due to the fact that they’re not artificial) the differently shaped sides and edges of these sponges make them perfect for applying makeup to different areas of the face.
Whatever your makeup routine may be, buying vegan makeup brushes is a great step for taking care of your skin while reducing your impact on the Earth. Make sure to search for products that are made using sustainable practices (like INIKA Organics’ brushes, listed above), or products that are made from biodegradable materials (like Ere Perez’ brush collection, also above).
Excited to use your new vegan makeup brushes? They’re perfect to use with cruelty-free makeup: