I am a perpetual finger makeup artist, meaning I tend to put on a lot of my makeup with my fingers — concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, highlighter, you name it! But when I do use brushes, I always reach for the same few out from my eclectic collection: these pink floofy brushes from Wet n Wild. Nice brushes also typically run you anywhere from $20 to $40 too (which I'd rather be spending on actual makeup), so the fact that these are all under three dollars is really enough to make my heart flutter.
I use the blush brush most often, but usually for powder (it's so satisfying to run all across your face and any brush that's not as poofy simply won't do) and highlighter (I know people like to use thinner brushes but I like dumping as much shimmer on the top half of my face as possible). The crease brush is another favorite because I tend to apply eyeshadows by finger first and follow up with this baby to blend out the darker shades so all the colors like they're playing nice and are meant to be worn together.
The contour brush is the latest addition after, about two weeks ago, I wondered why on earth I didn't have more of these brushes. I've recently started wearing bronzer more consistently, and this brush is just perfect for it! Not too thin, not too thick, and it applies bronzer with a super light hand, so you don't go overboard like past Sarah might have, ahem. These brushes blend wonderfully, are super pretty, as soft as I'd imagine a unicorn's tail to be, and a serious bang for your buck. What more convincing do you need from me?? —Sarah Han
Get them from Amazon: blush brush for $2.99, contour brush for 99 cents, and crease brush for 99 cents.