A few affordable brands of makeup brushes include Topshop, Real Techniques and Eco Tools. Makeup artists know that the secret to flawless makeup is in the tools, which is why they will spend the money on name-brand brushes. However, budget brushes have come a long way in quality, and some of them are just as good as the name-brand brushes.
There are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing budget brushes. First, the handle must be heavy enough to provide control. If it's too light, the makeup won't go where it's supposed to go. Second, the bristles of the brush should be soft enough to feel good on the skin, but they should also be sturdy enough to actually apply the makeup. Finally, domed shaped brushes give the most natural look to applied makeup.