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The Best Cruelty-Free Makeup Brushes

Did you know that a lot of makeup brushes are made from real animal hair?

Brands not selling cruelty-free brushes are using animal hair, they’re capturing poor animals, imprisoning, beating, treating them evilly and then killing them later for their hair or skin. I think this is terrible and must be stopped. I don’t know about you, but I could not ever use makeup with a smile on my face knowing, that because of this piece of brush an animal suffered and sweated blood. No, thanks.

Are your Makeup Brushes Cruelty-free?

The good news is, many brands are switching to make cruelty-free makeup brushes and products.

On the other hand, there are many benefits of using them.

Benefits of Using Makeup Brushes

Benefits of using CF makeup brushes:

  • No animals were harmed.
  • Easier to clean.
  • They are more hygienic.
  • Many people have allergic reactions to real animal hair.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • They shed less, or not at all.
  • Works better with products.
  • They are hypoallergenic.
  • Longer Lifespan.
  • More economical.

If you would like to know more about cruelty-free and want to get access to more than 300 cruelty-free brands check out my list of cruelty-free brands! I also recommend you to read about the toxic ingredients in cosmetics, common toxic ingredients in deodorants and about the organic perfumery. 🙂 The links will open in a new tab.

Where to find CF makeup brushes?

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List of Cruelty-free Makeup Brushes

100% Pure Makeup Brushes100% Pure

Vegan. Cruelty-free. Eco-luxe, green-friendly brushes. Sustainable, synthetic brush collections made exclusively from recycled plastic bottles: kabuki brushes, eco-luxe powder brushes, a professional assortment of green-friendly eye shadow brushes. All brushes are cruelty-free and made from recycled plastic bottles.

Afterglow Cosmetics Makeup BrushesAfterglow Cosmetics

These brushes are extremely soft and ideal for applying loose minerals evenly, to quickly create a flawless finish. Afterglow carefully selects each handmade, super soft, brush to be durable and dense, giving you optimal results when applying our products. The quality of the brush you use to apply Afterglow’s powders will directly impact the results.

Alime Pure Makeup Brush SetAlima Pure

Velvet-soft bristles deliver pure pigment and controllable coverage for a polished finish. Made with 100% cruelty-free Taklon synthetic bristles. Duo-color fibers for precision product loading. Sturdy sleek black handles for a comfortable, stablizing grip. Alima Pure Makeup is crafted from the highest quality, purest mineral pigments to enhance beauty in a way that feels amazing and lets your individuality shine through.

Antonym Makeup Brush Set


Antonym brushes are professional quality make up brushes made with eco-friendly and cruelty-free materials. The bristles are top quality PBT, the best material for synthetic brushes, providing softness and pickup comparable to the finest natural bristles. The handles are made of sustainable bamboo, designed with a flat bottom and sized for optimal balance. The ferules are black aluminum.

Au Naturale Makeup Brush Set

Au Naturale

All of their brushes are made of a high quality, soft and luxurious animal hair alternative.  They are vegan, cruelty-free, and hypoallergenic.

BH Cosmetics Makeup Brush

BH Cosmetics

Inspired by the variety of styles and trends, cultures and ethnicities that make up the city of angels, L.A.- BH Cosmetics is the brand for everyone. BH Cosmetics brings style and glam to the world at a price everyone can afford.  With BH Cosmetics you can express your individuality with one bold, brilliant & beautiful color at a time. Cruelty-fre and Leaping Bunny certified.

Cate McNabb Brush

Cate McNabb

Cate McNabb Cosmetics is a natural, mineral based, non-comedogenic product that features brilliant, long wearing color that promote healthy skin.

Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Brush

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte said, “My range of artist-inspired makeup brushes have been expertly crafted by hand to be so easy to use they practically apply the make-up themselves. I wanted to create a functional but beautiful, luxurious range, in my signature rose gold and night crimson colours. The maximum hair-count brush heads are hand-pulled into the perfect shape by a master brush maker in Europe. The sustainable wood brush handles are ergonomically designed to be easy to use and faceted to not roll off your vanity table, a trick used by artists the world over.”

ELF Makeup Brushes


Their brushes are made from synthetic fiber and have genuine wood handles. They do not test on animals or endorse such practices.

Fitglow Beauty Brush set

Fitglow Beauty

100% cruelty free high definition synthetic fiber. Natural beauty products fueled by highly active vitamins, humectants and plant sterols using the latest in natural formulating and research. Whole food base formulas infused with targeted organic extracts to nourish skin to feed your beauty.

Gressa Makeup Brush


GRESSA was born out of the desire to create something very special and worthy of a woman’s delicate skin. The Gressa Collection is filled with worldly ritual-inspired apothecary items as well as vibrant skincare cosmetics. Dense, but soft bristles work well with either powder or cream products. 100% Vegan and hypoallergenic.

Ilia Makeup Brush Set

Ilia Beauty

The soft bristles made of high grade synthetic Taklon, which are cruelty free and easy to clean. ILIA Beauty is dedicated to creating the purest organic cosmetics possible. Each piece is filled with 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals that nourish and rejuvenate the skin, and is manufactured ethically and sustainably. A combination of on-trend pigments and super nourishing elements has set ILIA Beauty apart from the conventions of organic makeup.

Jane Iredale Brush Set

Jane Iredale

Using high quality minerals and a variety of textures and finishes, Jane Iredale is known as the pioneer of mineral makeup. It’s use in dermatologist offices and spas in over 40 countries, jane iredale’s commitment to products that look good, feel good, and are easy to apply is world renowned. The brushes are made from Taklon Nylon.

Kjaer Weis Makeup Brush

Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis is a visionary and forward-thinking cosmetics line created by Danish-born, New York-based makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis. It’s a brand that recognizes health and beauty equally, while also being socially responsible. When creating the cosmetic colors for Kjaer Weis, Kirsten’s years of experience resulted in a tightly edited collection of products and hues. Kirsten believes the best use of makeup is simply to enhance a woman’s natural beauty with pure and organic ingredients.

Lily Lolo Brush Set

Lily Lolo

These professional makeup brushes, made of the finest fibres, creating soft and supple bristles, allow for precise and clean application.  Lily Lolo makeup brushes are luxurious and perfect for home and travel. Made with Vegan Friendly Synthetic Fibres.

Luxie Beauty Makeup Brush Set

Luxie Beauty

Luxie brushes are made with a proprietary blend of synthetic ingredients that yields a high quality, vegan and cruelty free product, and each brush is coated with a revolutionary antibacterial solution.

RMS Beauty Brush

RMS Beauty

Designed with a dual technology that has never been seen before, the skin2skin foundation brush uses varying length bristles that are tightly layered in a swirl pattern to effortlessly and instantaneously blend your foundation. The brush is thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top, allowing the fibers to reach every curve of the face. Mimicking skin to skin application, the foundation brush covers pores and does not drag across skin.

Sappho Makeup Brush


JoAnn Fowler, founder of Sappho Cosmetics has worked in the film industry as a makeup artist since 1989. Sappho Organic Cosmetics was born from JoAnn’s diligent search for formulations whose ingredients surpass the European Union’s standards for safer cosmetics. Sappho’s success has been due largely to a wide circle of fellow makeup artists searching for alternatives for their clients. Sappho promises formulations that can challenge the performance of chemically laden alternatives, 100% transparency of ingredients, to become greener as they grow and to remain a positive presence in the world.

W3LL People Bursh Set

W3ll People

Made with premium Taklon Nylon to ensure featherlight, professional application. Cruelty free.

Thanks for reading! What kind of makeup brushes do you use? Since when? Where do you draw the line? Let’s chat about it!

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