The Best Drugstore Makeup Brush Sets & Tools For A Flawless Beat 



Looking to elevate your makeup skills with some pro-level tools, but your bank account keeps giving you the side-eye? Sis, we’ve been there! Last year, we would have definitely told you to swipe that card — it’s a panoramic, you only live once! — but this time around, we’re doing hot girl sh*t and making better financial decisions. This means, obviously still splurging on a boujee foundation or two, however finding other areas to save a couple of coins — like on your beauty tools. Scroll down for some of our fave makeup brush sets and tools that offer sublime quality with budget-friendly price tags. Carts ready and empty?


e.l.f. Smoky Eye Brush Kit, $12

e.l.f.Smoky-Eye-Brush-KitSource: Target

A set that’ll have you pulling off all types of sultry eye glam. This award-winning set includes five pieces in flat, round, angled, and precision shapes to cover every step in your smokey-eye routine. Synthetic and cruelty-free, these bristles are made from nylon, providing smooth blending and an ultra-soft, fluffy feel on the skin.

Morphe x Ariel Signature Eyes 8-Piece Eye Brush, $48


Source: Morphe.

How can makeup brushes be THIS pretty!? *drools* This is one of two sets from Ariel’s collab with Morphe — each brush is a staple of his when blending and perfecting his signature red carpet and editorial eye looks. The collection includes synthetic and natural brushes to blend, smudge, pack and define the crease and lids. There’s a dual-ended concealer brush too (love!) for under-eye touch-ups and clean-ups.


Real Techniques Everyday Essentials, $20


Source: Ulta.

The kind of set you need to cover all bases — from face, cheeks, and eyes. It’s the custom-cut bristles for us and aluminum handles that are so featherlight, you won’t even feel them in your miniature handbag. Three pieces we always have on rotation are: the Expert Face Brush to buff our cream and liquid foundation, the Setting Brush to highlight and blend out our baking powder, and the Deluxe Crease Brush to work some cream and powder eyeshadow into the crease area.  

Beautyblender, $20


Source: Sephora.

I mean…iconic. A beauty tool that needs no introduction — expect flawless, second-skin coverage every time. Use it with foundation, concealer, cream blush, cream highlighter, powder, and even lipstick for a trendy, flushed pucker. Once you have this in your stash, the face beat blending options are honestly endless. 

For a just as brilliant blend on a budget, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $6, is another fave of ours, and does the job just as well!


Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler, $15


Source: Ulta.

A best-seller for a reason — this foolproof curler will take your peepers to new heights with dramatic curl and lift. It gently hugs and squeezes the lashes with no pinching or crimping. It also features silicone lash pads for easy cleaning and zero irritation. 


Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Disposable Razors, $6


Source: Target.

These facial razors are great for keeping brows groomed in between brow appointments. The blades are precise and easy to use, removing fine hairs with ease. 

Speaking of beauty tools, check out our ultimate guide to makeup brushes and their uses.

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