Makeup brushes can be pretty pricey, but they are totally worth it, because they can make or break your entire makeup look.
My favorite of these brands is Real Techniques, because they are so well made, and are not crazy expensive. You can pick up RealTechniques brushes at Ulta, and here in the U.S. some other drugstores carry them. Their brushes are synthetic, don't shed, and are super soft. Real Techniques also has an amazing Beauty Blender dupe, for a more affordable price.
For beginners, this is the best option. The Real Techniques Starter Kit. It comes with 5 basic eye brushes that can be used for all looks, for only $18. This set is definitely a steal!
I also love the pencil brush from Makeup Geek as well, it is smaller compared to a lot of other pencil brushes, which is great for controlling product.
You can not go wrong with any Sigma eye brushes. If you are looking for basics, or unique brushes, Sigma has it. Their E15 is my favorite Sigma brush, its awesome for the lower lash line!
Real Techniques also has a Core Collection, a brush set just for the face. The Core Collection includes 4 face brushes for $18. I really recommend this set to beginners as well, it will have everything you need! I also love and highly recommend their Bold Metals 301 brush, and Setting brush.
NARS, has my all time favorite contour brush, Ita. The Ita brush is pricier, at $55. I use this brush on myself, and others, it is perfect for contouring! It basically makes contouring fool proof. If you can not get the hang of contouring with a different brush, try this one!
Makeup Geek aslo has a great Face Brush Bundle. I do not have this set, but I have a few great brushes from it, and if you want to try their face brushes I recommend this one.
Sigma also has a wide variety of face brushes. Their Sigmax brushes are amazing for foundation, and cream bronzers or blushes.
Complete Brush Sets-
Real Techniques Travel Essentials is perfect if you want a set that includes everything, at a drugstore price. This set is also $18, and includes 2 face brushes and 1 eye brush.
If you collect brushes, or love duo-fibre brushes, I am obsessed with the Real Techniques Duo Fibre Collection. It also has 2 face brushes and 1 eye brush for $20.
Sigma has tons of brush sets, my favorite is the essential kit, it comes in a few colors and has a brush cup for storage and travel, 8 eye brushes and 4 face brushes for $178. My favorite of the essential kits is the Mr. Bunny, where the brushes are synthetic, yay!
This is honestly just scratching the surface of my favorites, I could go on about brushes for ever! Let me know what some of your favorite makeup brushes are!