Makeup brushes can be the most expensive part of a makeup kit and to be honest unless you're a professional makeup artist, some are surplus to requirement in the sense that you can easily get by with your day to day makeup with very few brushes. I thought I'd do a post about the 3 brushes which I could quite easily get by with if I was never allowed to use another brush for the rest of my life. These brushes are both functional and affordable and within reach for most people regardless of budget, of course we might all want to have a full set of MAC or Bobbi Brown brushes but sometimes funds won't allow you to splurge like that and it can take years to build up a good kit if you want those brands. I've chosen brushes from 2 brands which offer affordable quality; Real Techniques and Crown Brush.
I feel like I go on and on about Real Techniques a little too much, but I genuinely think they're some of the best brushes available on the UK high street at the moment. Designed in association with Samantha Chapman, one half of Pixiwoo, these brushes are so soft and easy to use. The blush brush (£9.99) with its tapered shape, is perfect for contouring and of course applying powder blush products. It doesn't load up too much product which is great if you prefer to build the colour and means that blending is really easy and you don't end up with doll-like rosy cheeks. The powder brush (£12.99) is probably my favourite one of the three because it is the one I use the most, I use this with Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set my foundation and do the final touches to blending bronzer/blush. It's so big and fluffy it makes application so easy. Finally the Crown Brush deluxe crease brush (£3.69) was one of my IMATS purchases last year, up until then I had been using a MAC 217 brush to do most of my eyeshadow application but I soon found that this was actually much softer and easy to use, at a fraction of the price. It's so soft and makes blending eyeshadow so easy, it doesn't drag at all and is such a bargain at under £5.
I don't think you need anymore brushes than these, if you were that way inclined; you could apply foundation with your fingers (rightly or wrongly, this is my current favourite way to apply it!), you could use the Maybelline Brow Drama brush for your eyebrows and a pencil for your eyeliner... sorted!
Are there any brushes you couldn't live without?