The Best Makeup Brushes Under $25
An artist may only be as good as their tools, but that doesn't mean you have to spend an insane amount of money to bring your masterpiece to life.
Sure, it's easy to get tempted by a few higher-priced makeup brushes and their gilded, toothbrush-shaped exteriors, but your real-life toolkit doesn't have to be complicated — on you or your wallet. In fact, it is possible to build up your own personal tool kit without completely blowing your budget or settling for brushes that aren't high quality.
From fine-tipped eyeliner brushes to fluffy foundation brushes, we put together a list of the best makeup brushes under $25.
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EcoTools Classic Foundation Brush
Pro tip: When it comes to applying your liquid or cream foundation, you'll want to use one with synthetic bristles like EcoTools' version, as they're less likely to absorb the product.
E.L.F. Beautifully Precise Multi Blender Massager
The curved bristles can help you apply shading powder for a smoother contour, but we also love using it over our finished face to buff out any overlooked harsh lines.
Sephora Classic Mini Multitasking Brush
This dome-tipped powder brush works beautifully at blending on both mattifying powder and a bold blush, but is tiny enough to fit in even the most crammed makeup bags.
IT Brushes for Ulta Love Beauty Fully Blending Concealer Brush #203
Although it may look like a tool used to apply loose powder, this rounded concealer brush delivers an almost-Photoshopped effect when swirled in a circular motion over your skin.
NYX Pro Contour Brush
The rounded bristles fit perfectly into the hollows of your cheekbones, ensuring no stripes are left behind.
Morphe M433 Pro Firm Blending Fluff Brush
The densely-packed bristles of this tool make it ideal for applying matte and shimmery shadows alike all over your lids.
Sigma Small Tapered Blending Brush
Because the bristles on Sigma's brush are tapered to a point, adding extra definition to your cut-crease effect just got a lot easier. The precise tip fits perfectly in your eye socket, making it ideal for those hard-to-blend outer corners.
Sonia Kashuk Blending Crease Makeup Brush
We love using this rounded brush to buff neutral shadow into our crease, creating a soft graduation in color.
MAC 209 Eye Liner Brush
While typical eyeliner brushes can lose their shape if you don't wash the bristles regularly, the precise point of this MAC version stays intact beyond the lifespan of your eyeliner pot, and is super easy to clean.
BH Cosmetics BH Signature Rose Gold 13 Piece Brush Set
Is a pre-made set more your speed? Bh Cosmetics' 13-piece kit contains everything you need to create both minimalist and glammed-out smoky eye looks alike.