Flawless makeup on a budget? Try these affordable brushes, tools

Style Weekend team tried these affordable yet quality makeup tools that you can use to start building your makeup tool kit. (Image by Ariana Maralit)

In her book “Beauty Rules,” American professional makeup artist Bobbi Brown emphasized the importance of investing in the right makeup tools, especially brushes. 

“There are hundreds of brushes out there….no matter which one you use, save up for quality brushes,” she said. “They make a difference.” 

Makeup enthusiasts, whether pros or not, will agree. Eyeshadow painstakingly applied with fingers can be uneven, blush tempted to blend with a cotton ball can look splotchy, and lipstick smeared on hastily can feather around the edges. We listed affordable but quality makeup tools and brushes worth trying.

Teviant Ultimate Skin Master Brush Collection
Let’s start this list with proud Filipino brands. This brush collection is made in Italy and is designed by Albert Kurniawan, an Indonesian professional makeup artist based in the Philippines. It’s inspired by Kurniawan’s years of experience and designed to help you achieve a flawless and professional makeup look. The collection comprises six products—five brushes and a makeup blender. 

W’ever Jelly’s Faves Travel Brush Set
Born from the collaboration of celebrity makeup artist Jelly Eugenio, the creative behind Nadine Lustre’s stunning makeup looks, and cult-fave local makeup brand Vice Cosmetics is the W’ever Jelly’s Faves Travel Brush Set. Jelly designed this set, sharing his years of expertise in one set with seven tools—Universal based brush, tapered fluff brush, Spot diffuser brush, Angled cheek brush, Point blending brush, Dual-ended detailing brush, and Flat Filler brush. 

Shiseido Hanatsubaki Hake Polishing Face Brush
Made in Japan with Japanese artisans’ legendary quality and craftsmanship, this four-petal face brush is designed to contour the face. It’s also good for buffing the skin for a polished look. But honestly, this one is so versatile that you can even use it as a blush brush. 

Kiko Milano Brushes
The Italian beauty brand is known for its quality products, which extend to its tools and brushes. Some of our top picks from its long list of items are the Multi-Purpose Kabuki Brush, Stipling Foundation Brush, and Travel Brush Set. 

From the name itself, the multi-purpose Kabuki brush can be used differently. Our favorite is to use it to apply powder or a high lighter in the décolletage. It makes the task easier and applies the product evenly. Meanwhile, a Stipling brush can be intimidating for beginners, but it gives an airbrushed look if you’re using liquid or cream foundations. Lastly, Travel Brush Set is a compact tool kit with five brushes: 2 mono and 3 duo for eight different applicators from eyes to lips and the whole face.

BYS Makeup Brushes in Keepsake Tin
Speaking of travel kit brushes, for that extra look and self-expression, BYS has different sets in a variety of colors and designs, such as floral, retro, and tropics. The respective designs come in different colors that suit one’s personality. Each tin has five travel brushes—a powder brush, blush brush, foundation brush, eyeshadow brush, and an angled eye and brow liner brush. 

The Real Techniques Miracle 2-in-1 Powder Puff
It is a multipurpose, dual-textured makeup puff for quick touch-ups. The Pink side features plush fibers that pick up and apply the right amount of powder to set or refresh your base. At the same time, the orange side is made of Miracle Complexion Sponge material to blend liquid or cream formulas effortlessly. Its reversible elastic band makes using both sides mess-free and gives you maximum control while the squishy silicone insert gives the puff a luxe bounce for ultimate application.

There you go. We hope this list can help you build your makeup tool kit. Meanwhile, when it comes to cleaning brushes, right after use, you can opt to spray them with some cleaning spray like the Teviant Brush Sanitizer. When it’s washing time, you can also find cleansing pads, useful just like the one from Kiko Milano. 

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