Applying makeup takes the right tools but you don’t need to a massive collection of brushes to do that. Listed below are 10 makeup brushes that will fit within anyone’s budget, ranging from inexpensive to pricier brushes.
Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Synthetic Pointed Foundation Brush: $12.99
Since the tip of the brush is pointed, it can be used to blend concealer under the eye. It also works well to apply liquid foundation or concealer around the nose area.
Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Medium Eyeshadow Brush: $5.99
A staple in everyone’s makeup bag, it’s used to apply eyeshadow all over the lid. The brush is used to pat shadow all over the lid because the bristles are dense and lay flat. It can also be turned vertically to add shadow to the crease.
Sonia Kashuk Core Tools Bent Eyeliner Brush: $5.99
Beginners can use this brush to draw cream liner on the lash line. It gives more control if you don’t have a steady hand for the perfect winged eyeliner look.
Real Techniques Blush Brush: $8.99
This is a brush that can be used for blush or highlighter. Because it has a fluffier head, it diffuses the product without looking too harsh on the skin.
Real Techniques Concealer Brush: part of Core Collection $17.99
A personal favorite, this brush is great for precisely applying concealer on a blemish. The small brush tip works better than fingers because you can place the product exactly where you want it.
MAC 187 Stippling Brush: $42.00
The MAC 187 brush is multi-purpose with its duo-fiber bristles and terrific for applying liquid foundation using the stippling technique. In addition to liquid foundation, it can also be used with cream blush or highlighter.
MAC 217 Blending Brush: $24.00
Less dense than a traditional flat eyeshadow brush, the blending brush applies shadow on the lid and crease area or blends out harsh shadow edges. Great for travel, this brush serves a lot of different purposes without having to bring several brushes.
MAC 219 Pencil Brush: $25.00
The tip on this brush is pointed and dense, helpful for applying shadow on the lash lines or detailed crease work. You can also use the pencil brush to dab shadow onto the inner corners of the eyes.
Sigma F20 Powder Brush: $24.00
You can easily set your liquid or cream foundation with a setting powder using this brush. You can also use it to dust on powder bronzer all over the face for that sun-kissed glow.
SigmaF82 Round Kabuki Brush: $21.00
Perfect for everyday use with liquid foundation, the round head is also a good size for the undereye area as well. This brush blends foundation onto the skin without creating crease lines.