5 affordable makeup brushes that'll see you through everything

5 affordable makeup brushes from Zoeva, Real Techniques, Crownbrush, IT cosmetics
5 affordable makeup brushes from Zoeva, Real Techniques, Crownbrush, IT cosmetics
5 affordable makeup brushes from Zoeva, Real Techniques, Crownbrush, IT cosmetics
When it comes to makeup brushes, you don't have to spend a fortune to get decent quality. In fact, most of my brushes are from affordable brands like Crownbrush and Real Techniques. I've pulled out five of my top brushes that will see you through everything. So if you only buy a few to keep at home, these will have you covered! 

The Body Shop Eye Shadow Brush – I have about 7 of these (no exaggeration) in my brush stash as they’re so good. They’re perfect for adding colour all over the lid, but the thin tip means you can also use them to add definition to the crease. Plus, if you’re lazy like me, it also blends pretty well, making it the perfect all-rounder. £9

Crownbrush C325 Large Pro Angled Blender – that said, if you’re not feeling quite so lazy and want that flawless blended look (I’m looking at you Lisa Eldridge), then this bad boy is the one. It’s soft, it’s fluffy and it makes that seamless smokey eye super simple. Just don’t actually try to apply shadow with it as it will go all over you face. Fact: I did this. Not a good look. £5.15

Zoeva 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek – if you’re after cheekbones of dreams, Zoeva’s slanted contour brush has got you covered. It’s perfectly slanted to mingle with the contours of your face, and fluffy enough to blend out product to avoid getting any harsh lines. I find it works best with powder products as the bristles aren’t hugely dense and a quick sweep over your cheekbones will apply your highlighter in just the right place. £12.50

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this brush literally changed my life, ok, foundation application, and it makes me really cross that you can only get it as part of one of their starter kits. The dense bristles and slightly rounded top give the most flawless foundation application I’ve found; you’ll never go back to a traditional flat foundation brush after trying one of these! They do manage to hold an awful lot of product, so give it a REALLY good clean once a week and be horrified surprised by the amount of gunk that comes out.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Brush – I have a whole post coming up on IT Cosmetics in the next couple of weeks, but in the interim, you need to buy yourself this brush. It is the softest thing I have ever touched and after spending the entire press event stroking it (not lying, yes I know it sounds weird) I was ridiculously happy to take one home with me. Suffice to say, as well as being cruelty-free and softer than an angel’s thighs, it also does a bloody good job at buffing in powder. It gives skin that ‘oh hai I look great today’ finish. I believe it’s only available at the moment when you purchase the Bye Bye Pores product via QVC (£29 for the set) but that’s pretty great too so you’re really not losing anything buy having to purchase both. Hashtag enabler.

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What are you favourite makeup brushes?

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