Makeup brushes are the best way to create that flawless, Instagram-ready look. Brushes help place product exactly where you need it, in the amount you need. Makeup brushes don’t need to break your budget and there are many excellent brushes that are also affordable. You can still achieve the perfect look while maintaining financial balance. Read on for the best affordable brushes out there and start curating your collection.


If you are looking for amazing eye brushes, look no further than Morphe. They offer blending, shading, eyeliner, and eyebrow brushes sold separately or in kits. With a $6–$10 individual price point, these brushes are super affordable. Favorites include the Pointed Mini Blender, for really getting into eye contours, and the Oval Shadow, for all-over applications. The Deluxe Angle Eyeliner works like a charm for lower lid lining with no fallout. The Angled Brow brush easily fills in and defines brows, and their Spoolie Brush is only $2.

Face Time

Japonesque has a comprehensive brush offering, and their complexion brushes are on point and fall under $25. My all-time favorite is their Fluff Concealer Brush, which provides full coverage, especially under the eye. I’ll even use it to tap a bit of setting powder over my concealer in the mornings, so I don’t need to grab another brush. The High Density Foundation Brush applies liquid foundation perfectly, plus you can easily build coverage with this brush. The Curved Contour Brush nicely adds contour and blends it out. For applying powder, the Kumdadori Powder Brush works great every time, and you can use it for sheer blush applications as well. For more dense blush applications, the Blush Brush is perfectly rounded. And the Highlighter Fan Brush works for all your highlighting needs.

Love Those Lips

Lip brushes are necessary for the perfect pout, especially when doing an ombre lip or a red lip. The e.l.f Retractable Lip Brush is slender for precise application, and perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. I always have this in my bag. Their tapered Lip Defining Brush is also great to round-out your at-home makeup brush collection. At $3 and $1, respectively, these are definitely brushes to own.

Set on Sets

If you want to take the guesswork out of creating a brush collection, sets are for you. Morphe offers an incredibly inclusive 18 Piece Professional Brush Set for only $39. The Sonia Kashuk Essential Collection Complete Makeup Brush Set is a 10-brush set, priced at $40, that is a great way to start your collection or to cost-effectively add to it.

Tool Tips

Once you have your brush collection, you may still need tools. Revlon offers a wonderful Extra Curl Eyelash Curler that really adds and holds curl, especially if you have thin, short lashes like me. This Sonia Kashuk Slant and Point Tip Tweezer set has both tip options for removing any stray hairs. Sonia Kashuk also makes a helpful False Eyelash Applicator. The e.l.f Makeup Brush Wipes quickly cleanse your brushes and are great for travel, or you can opt for the Daily Brush Cleanser spray at home. Ulta’s Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener sharpens all lip and eye pencils, including kohl, into the perfect point. All of these tools are under $10, and perfect for the babe on a budget.