7 Drugstore Makeup Brushes Under $6 This Celebrity Makeup Artist Swears By

Ad failed to load

Kira Nasrat is responsible for creating the most gorgeous makeup looks on some of the most talked-about celebrities in the industry, from Jessica Alba and Margot Robbie to Bebe Rexha and Natalia Dyer. And while the professional makeup artist is mostly dolling them up for glamorous red carpets and awards shows, that doesn't necessarily mean she's exclusively using the most expensive beauty products. In fact, when it comes to makeup brushes, Kira Nasrat has a slew of drugstore picks that she keeps in both her professional and personal makeup kits.

Nasrat has found some of her favorite makeup tools while on errand runs to her local CVS or Target. Because of the low price tag, Nasrat often buys these brushes in bulk. She'll give them to a client who wants a brush to do touch-ups at an event, or reach for a new one if she's too busy to clean her brushes before doing another client's makeup. But it's not just the price that makes these brushes some of Nasrat's favorites: She's fallen in love with some of the bargain brushes based on their performance alone.

"You can always tell if a brush is good or not [based] on how it's constructed. You want to make sure you get brushes that don't shed and most of all, are comfortable to hold," Nasrat advises. "Applying makeup should be fun and hassle-free, and if you find your brushes are giving you a hard time because they are falling a part, then toss them and invest in a new one. The great thing is that there are amazing brushes out there that won't break your bank!"

Ad failed to load
Kira Nasrat

Here are seven brushes — all under $6! — that you will always find in Kira Nasrat's kit. If you buy every single brush on this list, you'll be spending less than $22. Happy brush shopping!

1. MAYBELLINE Lip Brush

Ad failed to load

MAYBELLINE Expert Tools Lip Brush, $5, Amazon

"I am always looking for a good retractable lip brush because I misplace mine a lot while on set, so it makes sense for me to buy a few and, since they aren't super pricey, I stock up," Nasrat tells Bustle. She doesn't usually apply lipstick on clients straight from the lipstick bullet not just because of germs, but also so she can be more precise in application, so using this tiny brush definitely comes in handy. "It's a great brush to layer and build your color along with applying gloss. And because it's retractable, you don't have to worry about getting messy!"

2. e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush

Ad failed to load

e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush, $6, Amazon

According to Nasrat, the key to applying your foundation smoothly and evenly on your face is a good blending brush. Nasrat explains, "The e.l.f. [Ultimate] Blending Brush is a great one and I keep a few in my kit. It's dense so that you can really have that control and the bristles are super soft. Plus, they're also cruelty-free!" Nasrat's pro tip: Remember to buff in circular motions if you want that glowy, blemish-free, filter-looking finish.

3. Sonia Kashuk Angled Eyeshadow Brush

Ad failed to load

Sonia Kashuk® Core Tools Angled Eye Shadow Brush - No 108, $14, Amazon

Nasrat first discovered Sonia Kashuk's brushes during an errand run to Target for paper towels. While she picked up a set of Kashuk's brushes and loved them all, one in particular stood out to her. "I am super crazy about #108 Angled Eyeshadow Brush," says Nasrat. "I use this one for my creamy eyeshadows that set as powders, especially along the lash line when I want to create a subtle diffused feline flick." This brush is also great for creating more precise eyeshadow looks, like a cut crease, or for lining your lash line with eyeshadow.

4. EcoTools Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set

Ad failed to load

EcoTools® Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Set, $5, Amazon

"I keep these Eye Enhancing Duo Brush Sets in my artist kit along with my own personal kit," says Nasrat. These brushes are especially useful for travel, she says, because they are small in size and dual-ended — instead of bringing all of your eyeshadow brushes, you can just take these two! "You can draw a liner along your lash line, cut a crease, pack on color, and blend away with these brushes!"

5. e.l.f. Concealer Brush

Ad failed to load

e.l.f. Concealer Brush, $1, e.l.f. cosmetics

Ever have trouble covering up those pesky little blemishes that just won't seem to go away? Nasrat says all you need is this concealer brush — that costs just $1! "I always say that using a smaller brush for concealing or color-correcting is great because it allows you to concentrate on just that." In a pinch, she'll use the tiny brush "to blend a liner on the bottom lash line while keeping the definition," after it has been cleaned, of course.

6. REAL TECHNIQUES Setting Brush

Ad failed to load

REAL TECHNIQUES Setting Brush, $3, Amazon

"This brand makes a good setting brush [and] for the price, it's a steal!" Nasrat exclaims. The MUA says this brush is perfect for setting makeup down the T-zone. "The brush is soft and fluffy, but not too fluffy where product is going to be flying everywhere," she says. To use, Nasrat will tap a face or setting powder onto the brush and press gently onto the T-zone, going back and blending in circular motions.

7. wet n wild beauty Angled Liner Brush

Ad failed to load

Wet n Wild beauty Angled Liner Brush, $1, Walgreens

Though small, this brush is mighty, according to Nasrat. She likes to use it on her body, "especially the collar bones to highlight." Nasrat says it's also great for contouring your cheekbones if you're using a cream product.

To find out about Kira Nasrat's other favorite drugstore beauty products, check out her blog here.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Everything Leaving & Coming To Netflix In June To Help Get Your Summer Started

Summer is right around the corner, and so is another batch of streaming options to get excited about. On Wednesday, everything leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2018 was announced by the streaming platform. And don't worry, there's something for …
By Jamie Primeau

The 5 Rom-Coms You Need To Read This Summer, According To Someone Who Writes Them

'Tis the season for rom-coms. The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and everyone is rocking the flirtiest items in their wardrobe. I don't know about you, but summer always takes me back to my teenage years — and that automatically makes me want t…
By Cristina Arreola

11 Tiny Sunglasses That Will Make You Look Even Cooler Than Kylie Jenner

You know what they say — the tinier the sunglasses, the more stylish the outfit. OK, that's not really a saying, but it seems to be the case these days. Basically every celebrity, model, and It person has been spotted sporting tiny sunglasses as part…
By Sara Tan

9 Ways This Royal Wedding Was Way More Modern Than Past Ones

The newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, made history with their storybook courtship and wedding. What's more, there are myriad ways the royal wedding 2018 was more modern than previous royal weddings. From deciding…
By Brandi Neal

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan
)}