They say an artist is only as good as their tools, and that's certainly true of makeup brushes. Use the wrong blush brush, for instance, and you just might wind up with clown cheeks. Grab too wide of an eyeshadow brush, on the other hand, and your perfect "smoky eye" will quickly become a smoky mess. The easiest way to ensure you've got all the proper equipment on hand to create a masterpiece from your canvas is with a great set of makeup brushes.
Whether you're looking for your first grown-up makeup brush kit or you're getting an early birthday gift for a beauty-loving pal, the abundance of choices can be a little intimidating—which is exactly why we've "brushed up" on the 20 best makeup brush sets around. Before you skip ahead to our list, here are some handy tips and tricks to consider.