Every makeup lover has to start somewhere to build their collection. Foundation? Check. Neutral eyeshadow palette? A pre-requisite to a professional-level lineup. Eyeliner? Whether you prefer a winged or classic tightline look, you have options. These essentials are great, but no makeup collection—or look, really—is complete without a handy batch of quality tools. Figuring out what types of makeup brushes to have on hand can be overwhelming, especially with all the different options on the market. And after you start a collection, you have to clean them? Insanity. Start slowly by assessing the level of face painting you plan to do regularly. Then you can decide if you want to splurge on a professional set or work your way up to becoming an expert using frugal finds.