One of my favorite YouTube gurus, xteeener just did a video about her 6 favorite makeup brushes. I love that her makeup is usually natural and she goes for affordable products. Here are my 6 favorite brushes:
1. Loew Cornell 1/8" 7400C Angled Shader $3.29
This is a MUST HAVE for gel eyeliner. The brush glides on the product without wrinkling the delicate skin above your lashes. I also use this wet to line my lids with eyeshadow. It does such a great job that I am not at all tempted to buy different colored eyeliners.
2. Loew Cornell #8 7500C Filbert $4.29
This is what I use for concealing undereye circles as well as blemishes. Its size and shape is perfect.
3. Loew Cornell 3/8" 270 Maxine's Mop $3.79
This is a nice dense brush for packing on eyeshadow to your lid. It's actually its a bit scrapy, but I like that because it helps when you are trying to pack on color.
4. Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation Brush. $10.00
This brush is perfect for quickly and flawlessly applying powder foundation. I use it to apply my Studio Fix.
5. Coastal Scents Silver Duo Fiber Stippler Brush. $7.95
This is a perfect dupe for MAC187. I use it for liquid foundation. I've also bought the pink duo fiber stippler for applying blush for an airbrushed finish.
6. Coastal Scents C218 Blending Fluff $1.99
I use this a lot to highlight my browbone, blend harsh lines, or give my lids a simple wash of color. I actually reach for this more than my MAC holiday eye brush collection.
Honorable Mention: Coastal Scents Pro Eyelash Defining Comb $3.89
Although not technically a "brush", this is super effective at removing clumpy mascara, and the price is great.