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You know what they say: “an artist is only as good as her tools”. This especially applies to the beauty world. You could buy the best high-end foundations, eyeshadows, or bronzers but still not be able to accomplish a flawless makeup application without the right tools. Lucky for you, you don’t have to break the bank for some of the best makeup brushes on the market. Here are some of our top affordable and high-end choices for the best makeup brushes and collections out there.
Morphe Brushes is a force to be reckoned with in the beauty community. They have without a doubt created some of the best affordable makeup brushes. Once upon a time, MAC Cosmetics sold quality brushes for triple the price. Now everyone from small time make-up artists to the largest beauty YouTubers is jumping on the Morphe Brushes train.
Here are a few individual eye brushes I recommend to every beginner:
This tapered brush has the right amount of firmness and fullness to help blend together multiple colors in the crease with ease.
This unique brush has a fluffy tip that is perfect for blending out more precise areas of the eye. Also, you can use the flat end to pack on more color in specific areas.
This tiny brush is very versatile. You can use this for very detailed blending in the crease, adding shadow to the bottom lash line, or highlighting the inner corner and browbone. Altogether, these things make this brush a must-have for your kit.
This flat brush is perfect for picking up shimmers or mattes to pack all over the lid. The firmness of this brush will ensure maximum pigmentation.
If you want to get your whole collection all at once, Morphe also makes great affordable brush kits.
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill
Morphe has also collaborated with YouTuber Jaclyn Hill to create what Jaclyn says are the absolute must-have, best makeup brushes for every makeup lover. There are three separate bundles to choose from. The Master bundle has 24 brushes for the face and eyes along with a brush case.
This set comes with 8 eye brushes you would need for any eyeshadow look PLUS a makeup bag.
Finally, we have the Complexion Master Collection. It comes with 5 face brushes for powder, foundation, or basically any other makeup product needed for a flawless base.
E.L.F. cosmetics has to be one of the best affordable makeup brushes you can get at your local drug store. Their brushes start at $1 and don’t go too much higher in price than that. E.L.F. has brushes for all of your beauty needs. If you are a makeup beginner and want to expand your brush collection without getting overwhelmed, then E.L.F. is your best bet.
Not only are these brushes affordable and great quality, but they are also very user-friendly. Each brush is clearly labeled for its intended purpose. That way, you’ll know exactly which brush is for contour, blush, powder, etc. If you are a beginner looking to expand your brush collection, E.L.F. also makes a brush set with multiple brushes at a very affordable price.
Real Techniques dominates the affordable makeup tools category, especially with their beauty sponge. With its ability to quickly blend out cream products, their version of the beauty sponge has quickly become a cult favorite at a fraction of the cost of the original Beauty Blender. Real Techniques also makes many different affordable makeup brushes for the entire face as well as brush sets. As an additional plus, you can find this brand at many popular local drug stores.
BH Cosmetics is a fun, colorful makeup brand that makes some of the market’s best makeup brushes in the affordable range. You can easily find these at some of your favorite local drug stores and chains, including Ulta. BH Cosmetics has many different brush sets, each with a handful of brushes that are sold at the same price and usually one especially high-end brush. It is amazing to find that many brushes for such a low price. They are also known to make very colorful, fun brush sets that add a bit of extra flare to your vanity. In short, these affordable brushes make it not only simple but also enticing to unleash the adventurous side of your makeup looks.
Eco Tools is one of the top competitors in the game for affordable makeup brushes that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. As far as makeup brushes go, a lot of brands use hairs from different animals to process the brushes. These hairs are usually not sourced in a humane way, which makes them neither vegan nor cruelty-free. That’s why a brand like Eco Tools, which 100% caters to those needs and also allows for flawless makeup application, is very rare.
And as great as their products are, you can find Eco Tools brushes at many local drug stores for very low prices. They are best known for selling their brushes in bundles, which come at a fraction of the price of a usual single high-end makeup brush.
This particular brush set has brushes that are versatile enough for different parts of the face. Starting from the left, this set includes the angled brow brush, which is perfect for both adding defining strokes to your brows as well as applying gel liner to them. The second brush is perfect for blending matte shadows through your creases. The third, bigger, and fluffier brush is perfect for adding powders to the face. The fourth brush is perfect for packing shimmers and shadows onto your eyelids. Finally, the fifth one is an angled contour brush that is perfect for precisely adding bronzers to the contours of your face.
All of these brushes should be available at your local drug store and conveniently come bundled together. Buying brushes can be overwhelming for a beginner, but the Eco Tools bundles make it easy to get a large number of brushes for a fraction of the price.
We hope you’ve found our guide to the best affordable and high-end makeup brushes helpful. After many, many years of being forced to break the bank for makeup brushes, the beauty community has finally evolved. Now you can afford to get as many affordable brushes as you need at a fraction of the price compared to previous years.
Now you can rock any makeup look you have in mind with a flawless, even application. If you would like to just have a classic and chic bronzed look for the office, then go for it. If you want a really colorful or rainbow eye look to go out with friends, then go for that. With the help of some of the market’s best makeup brushes that fit your budget, you now have the ability to wear whatever makeup looks transform you into the happiest and most confident version of yourself.
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