When it comes to wearing foundations there are many ways to apply it. Long gone are the days of the circle sponge in a compact that soaks up all of your foundation. Now one of the best ways to apply your foundation is with a brush, where you can layer, buff and even stipple the foundation onto your skin. Here are some of my favorite foundation brushes that will give you the most precise and seamless makeup application possible.
Let’s start with one of my favorite brush lines, Sigma Beauty. Their Kabuki brush line has the best foundation brushes that will blend any liquid or cream product with precision and ease. One of my absolute favorites is the Flat Kabuki ‘F80’. It’s a dense flat head brush, that buffs foundation into your face and gives it the most amazing airbrushed look.
The next little gem was one of the first foundation brushes I ever tried and I was immediately hooked. Even though it was a little smaller in size than I expected, Armani’s Blender Brush more than delivered. It is one of the most versatile foundation brushes you will ever own. It’s big enough to cover the larger areas of your face but also small enough to get in the smaller crevices – such as around your nose and under your eyes. The hairs on this brush are compact so it doesn’t leave streaks across your face like some foundation brushes do. It’s also the perfect size for any cosmetics bag.
If you like buffing your foundation into your skin rather than swiping it, you will love MAC Cosmetics 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush. You may look at it and have no idea how to use it, but upon closer inspection you find this clever dual layer brush does wonders. This large circular brush is usually used for lightweight foundation applications but can also be used to layer your product for heavier coverage. If I don’t use this brush for foundation you can also use it to apply powders to fine areas of your face for a light dusting.
Next is a brush that’s similar but a lot more compact. It is by the YouTube sensation ‘Pixi-Woo’ who’s real name is Samantha Chapman. Her brush line, Real Techniques, has some unparalleled brushes that are very durable and affordable. One of my favorites is her Stippling Brush – a dual-fiber brush that perfects the high-definition application. I love this brush for behind the camera as well as for my brides, when I need the most precise, flawless application possible.
Last but not least is a brush that I can’t live without. I was introduced to Bdellium Tools Brushes a few years ago at The Makeup Show in NY and I have not been without them since. Their brushes are well made, durable and last for what seems to be a lifetime. The 949 Foundation Brush is definitely not your standard foundation brush because it’s pointed. It’s actually perfect for all the hard to reach areas like around the nose and mouth areas, under the eyes and under the chin – helping ensure no area is left out.
1. Sigma Beauty- Synthetic Kabuki Kit (also sold separately) $70.99
2. Armani Foundation Blender Brush, $49
3. MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, $42
– Kelley Woods
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Tags: Armani Foundation Blender Brush, Bdellium Foundation Brush 949, Bdellium Tools Professional Antibacterial Makeup Brush Studio Line, MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Stippling Brush, Sigma Beauty- Synthetic Kabuki Kit