Tip: How to Find the Best Cheap Brushes!

Hi all,

Today’s tip focuses on brushes! Brushes are essential to proper makeup application, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune at Sephora (even though I wish I could!). It’s very possible—and quite easy—to find quality brushes for super low prices!

I do like my e.l.f. brushes. They’re fairly decent quality and ridiculously cheap. I can usually find some at the dollar store (I find that Dollarama always has them for $1-3), and they also have craft/paint brushes, which have always worked fairly well for me.

I freaking love Target because they carry a wide variety of e.l.f. products, which are so hard to find in Canada, and I’m sketchy about ordering online because I find that e.l.f. is so iffy…usually it’s awesome, but sometimes the pigment sucks or it’s broken, so I like being able to see the product before I buy it. Target is slightly more expensive than the dollar store (e.l.f. brushes are $4 each here), yes, but there’s a lot more variety for sure.

Forever21 can actually be quite good for makeup tools. I picked up a 5 pack of brushes a while ago for $4.80, and they’re pretty nice!! Mine are a lot stiffer than the ones I have from e.l.f. though, so I generally like to use the Forever21 ones for application and the e.l.f. ones for blending. Love love love it.

So to recap:
1. Dollar stores for craft brushes and potentially e.l.f. stuff
2. Target for e.l.f. brushes
3. Forever21, H&M, and the likes

Shoot me an email or comment below to tell us where you find cheap, good quality brushes!

With love,

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Hi! I’m Holly, the creator of Hope & Mascara. This page is intended to provide helpful tips and tricks, tutorials, reviews, articles, and more about makeup, skincare, baking, and life in general. As a disclaimer, please note that all material is intended for informational purposes only; please consult a physician or other medical professional before trying anything new. 🙂
I’m obsessed with natural-looking makeup. I believe in enhancing the good stuff rather than just covering up with a mask. I also enjoy tutorials on the basics of makeup and the things that nobody tells you, as it were. Efficiency and DIYs are my passion, so I love mixing together facials and other fun stuff from things I already have in the pantry, as well as finding multi-purpose products and beauty shortcuts. You’ll see a lot of that coming very, very soon!
I’m also a chronic stress-baker, and I love the science behind baking! Over the past year or so I’ve really gotten into it and really learned the proper way to bake as well as some awesome baking hacks. Making cookies can be incredibly therapeutic. However, beauty & baking aren’t my only addictions—I’m a sucker for good books, amazing music, and home decor hacks, so I’ll likely throw a bit of that in as well. And get ready for a boatload of life chats, too, because I know what it’s like to feel lost or frustrated or sad, and I know what has helped me find my way thus far. Prepare yourselves for posts on topics such as how to stop procrastinating, how to find motivation, and how to organize everything.
So here we are. In terms of hair and beauty, I’ll be focusing mainly on easy, light, natural makeup tutorials, what products work best and worst, debunking beauty (and product!) myths, basic beauty how-tos that nobody ever told us, how to enhance products you probably already own, and DIYs I’ve picked up along the way.
I’m looking forward to hearing all of your thoughts, ideas, and opinions! Feel free to comment below or email me at hopeandmascara@gmail.com. I’m always looking for ideas or extra tips to share, so let me know if you have any post topic requests!
With love,