When it comes to makeup tools, highest praise is often reserved for the makeup blending sponge or foundation brushes that impart an airbrush finish. Stiff, angled eyeliner brushes are hailed for their precision, and the right powder brushes can deposit a veil so silky and fine your pores might just vanish entirely. But the unsung hero of the group is undoubtedly the humble spoolie brush.
While most tools in your makeup bag only do one or two things — and do them well, we might add — spoolie brushes are the tiny tools with myriad uses. Like lip balm, you’ll never regret having extras stashed in every bag and drawer. The tapered bristles, organized in a spiral helix, looks like your standard mascara wand (without the mascara), but there’s nothing average about this brush.
For starters, the best spoolie brushes can de-clump your mascara for a flawless flutter as well as style and shape your brows. If you have a bar of soap handy, you may just inadvertently put your favorite brow gel into early retirement — “Soap Brow” tutorials are hailed by makeup artists and drag queens alike all over the internet as a foolproof brow styling trick. Simply wet your spoolie brush and lightly scrape it across your bar of soap (apply too much pressure and you’ll work the soap into a lather), then run the brush through your brows in the direction of the hair growth until you have your desired brow shape.
But beyond basic eyelash and eyebrow grooming and maintenance, spoolie brushes can help tame wispy, fly-away hairs (spray a spoolie brush with some hair spray and get to work). And brave souls can also put spoolie brushes to work touching up their roots at home. The uses are truly endless and we’re pretty sure that once you buy a pack for yourself, you won’t turn back.
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1. AKStore 100-Piece Eyelash Applicator Brush
The beauty of the spoolie brush is how uncomplicated it is. Unlike other products that have a laundry list of bells and whistles, these are refreshingly simplistic. This 100-piece brush pack from AKStore features a three-inch hard plastic handle topped with a one-inch soft and flexible bristle brush. And best of all, it comes in 17 color combinations, so you can pick one that best matches your overall aesthetic.
2. G2PLUS 100-Piece Eyelash Brush
When you have a set of 100 spoolie brushes, it won’t matter whether you keep them in your makeup bag, your purse, your medicine cabinet — you see where this is going — because you’ll never be without one when you truly need it. Stray eyebrow hairs and flyaways don’t stand a chance when you’re this prepared. This set from G2PLUS boasts a flexible brush head that can bend slightly for greater precision.
3. GoWorth 200-Piece Disposable Eyelash Brush
Why choose between quality and quantity when you can have both? This 200-piece set of spoolie brushes from GoWorth packs plenty of both. Each set of lightweight wands comes with two different color combinations — a black-wand-black-brush option for when you want to feel extra professional and a black-wand-hot-pink-brush option for when you want to get sassy with your brow shaping.
4. GreenLife 50 pc Crystal Eyelash Brushes
Separate your lashes, de-clump mascara, and straighten out your eyebrows with these spoolie brushes. The vibrant and sparkling design is a stand-out among competitors.
5. Cuttte 100pcs Disposable Mascara Brushes
Though these spoolies are disposable, they’re sturdy enough to hold their own when styling thick eyelash extensions or mascara-made lashes. The 100-piece set even comes with a clear container for storage.