Even if you have the top-rated makeup products, your makeup can still turn out cakey and unblended, depending on the brushes you’re using. Having the right brushes is the secret to perfectly applied makeup; but sometimes they can cost even more than your actual products! But don’t fear, here is a list of the top 20 cheap makeup brushes under $20 to get your makeup looking flawless without creating a hole in your wallet.
20. Real Techniques- Expert Face Brush ($8)
Being that this is Real Techniques’ top selling brush, it’s pretty obvious that this does wonders for your makeup. This brush is perfect for liquid foundations; you can buff out your foundation with this and create an airbrushed finish!
19. Morphe- M330 Blending Crease Brush ($6)
This is a fluffy, tapered brush that is great for blending your crease. This brush blends any harsh lines to create a perfectly blended eye look!
18. Anastasia Beverly Hills- Brush #12 ($18)
With two sides, this brush creates Instagram-worthy brows. Apply your brow product (ABH’s pomade is ideal) with the angled side of the brush to line brows and fill them in, then use the spooley side to blend evenly!
17. Cover FX- Concealer Brush ($20)
A cruelty-free brush for precise concealer application, especially for under eyes and blemishes. This brush is dense, so it’s perfect for building coverage, and can be used to blend under the eyes!
16. Luxie- Flat Top Kabuki Brush ($18)
Finally, a cheap kabuki brush that is cute and efficient! This rose gold brush evenly blends your foundation for an airbrushed finish.
15. Morphe- B78 Angle Contour & Blush Brush ($8)
Great for powder contours or blushes, this angled brush gives a precise contour that can be blended out to avoid any harsh lines!
14. IT Cosmetics- Airbrush Radiance Fan Brush ($18)
You can use this fluffy fan brush for setting powder without touching the makeup underneath, or for creating the perfect, precise highlight!
13. Sigma- E46 Inner Corner Brush ($15)
A small, detailed brush for applying highlight to the inner corner of your eye. You could also use this for precise application of eyeshadow on your eyes.
12. Real Techniques- Powder Brush ($9)
This large, plush brush is ideal for applying settings powders or applying mineral foundation. It evenly sets your makeup without removing anything!
11. MAC- 316 Lip Brush ($20)
Perfect for controlled application of creamy lipsticks; you can even line your lips with this!
10. Tarte- Double-ended Bamboo Liner Brush ($15)
With the angled side, you can easily apply gel liners; and the flat side allows you to fill in your wing with ease.
9. NYX- Pro Flat Detail Brush ($9)
A flat brush for applying eyeshadow to the lid; it’s shape makes it easy to pack on color. You could also use it as a concealer brush.
8. Morphe- M177 Powder Bronzer Brush ($10)
A rounded brush that is ideal for applying light powders, blushes, and bronzers. It can also be used for a soft contour.
7. It Cosmetics- #117 Airbrush Angled Shadow Crease Brush ($13)
An angled brush for applying precise eyeshadow to the crease. It also creates a flawless finish when used for blending.
6. E.L.F Cosmetics- Beautifully Bare Blending Brush ($6)
A large brush that is perfect to blend your foundation to create an expertly smooth, natural look.
5. Sigma- E06 Winged Liner Brush ($15)
This brush creates a perfectly straight wing and its small shape aids in creating a precise, clean finish.
4. Real Techniques- Sculpting Set ($11)
This set includes an angled sculpting brush for cream contours, a fan brush for dusting off powders, and a setting brush for highlighters or loose powder!
3. Luxie- Round Top Blender Face Brush ($18)
Using circular motions, this soft brush flawlessly blends your face makeup for to an airbrushed finish.
2. Ecotools- Essentials Eye Brush Set ($8)
Five brushes for $8! This set contains every brush you’ll need to create a basic eye look, all in a convenient cosmetic bag!
1. Beautyblender- The Original Beautyblender ($20)
Ahh.. finally. I’m sorry competitors, but the original beautyblender is hands down the best beauty tool of all time. Blend anything from foundation, to primers, to cream contours, or even to apply loose powder! Just make sure you clean it often and replace it after a few months!