The Best Two-In-One, Time-Saving Make-Up Brushes
The Best Two-In-One, Time-Saving Make-Up Brushes

The Best Two-In-One, Time-Saving Make-Up Brushes

Anything that saves space in our make-up bag and time in the morning gets our vote – and that includes dual-ended make-up brushes. Here are seven that could make all the difference…
By Sapna Rao

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Double-Ended Complexion Brush, £69 | Hourglass 

This tool would slot into almost any part of your routine. Use the finer, tapered end to apply and blend concealer, sculpt your cheekbones using a cream contour or even blend out eyeshadow. The larger end works best for applying liquid base make-up – doing well to buff and create a seamless finish – while also working just as well with powder products. We'd recommend not hopping between the two, though, and always cleaning your brushes thoroughly to avoid product build up.

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Duo Brush, £16 | REFY

REFY is known for its cream blushers and bronzers, so it makes sense the brand has come up with the perfect brush to apply these textures. One end is designed to be fluffy and diffused – ideal for lightly bronzing the outermost corners of the face or buffing out blusher to give skin that sun-kissed glow. The other is more densely packed, and works well for contouring or applying small, concentrated amounts of blusher to specific areas.

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Build & Buff Foundation Brush, £23.20 (was £29) | Huda Beauty 

Designed to blend foundation with ease, the pyramid-shaped 'Build' end of this brush is best for applying product in tricky areas like under the eyes or around the nose, while the kabuki brush end can be used to buff product all around the face for a flawless finish. We love how flexible the synthetic bristles are.

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Highlight & Blush Duo Brush, £22 | Iconic London

Feel like highlighter always ends up in the wrong place on your face? Chances are your brush is too big. Highlighter should only bring light and dimension to certain areas to accentuate delicate features, so it pays to opt for a more detailed and specialised tool. With this one, you can apply a small, concentrated amount of product to the tops of your cheeks or temples with the fluffier end, then swap to the smaller end to apply it down the nose, over your brow bone and in the inner corner of your eyes.

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Heavenly Luxe & Concealer Make Up Brush, £36 | IT Cosmetics 

The beauty of a kabuki brush is that you can really sheer out heavy foundations to make them look as natural as possible. If complete coverage is what you want, lightly sweep the product onto the skin using this brush, then pat and blend, rather than buffing in circular motions. After that, go in with the smaller end to perfect those hard-to-reach areas, or to touch up imperfections with a concealer over top.

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Perfecting Duo Brush, £17 | Sculpted By Aimee Connolly

Similar to the REFY brush, this is designed to work with blush and bronzer – only powders this time instead of liquids or creams. Use the angled end with bronzer to chisel out the cheekbones and diffuse a veil of warmth over your whole complexion, and the other to blend out your blusher for a natural, flattering pop of colour. You won’t believe how soft the bristles feel on your skin.

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