How to Pick the Right Foundation Brush?

Wondering why your foundation never seems to look as flawless as it’s supposed to be? You could be using the wrong brush. No more guesswork. Start getting the most out of your foundation with the right tools. Your brush choice depends on the type of foundation formula you’re using. As a general rule of thumb, it’s advisable to stick to natural bristles for powder, and synthetic bristles for liquid products. This is because synthetic bristles tend to soak up less product, hence there’ll be less product wastage. Here’s how to pick the right one based on your foundation formula, and get your desired finish.

Powder/Mineral Foundation
A fast and easy way to get coverage, powder and mineral foundations can either come pressed or in loose form. Go for a flat-top brush and use it in downward strokes for medium coverage. If you prefer a natural, sheer finish, pick a fluffy Kabuki brush with a dome-top and buff the powder into your skin with circular motions.

Liquid Foundation
Liquid foundation is great if you have redness or require more coverage. A flat brush allows you to paint product on, which provides the highest coverage. Buffing brushes are best used in small, circular movements and will give you medium to full coverage with an even, streak-free finish. For sheer to medium coverage, reach for a stippling brush which boasts bristles of different lengths. Gently deposit product with a tapping motion all over your face and then very lightly, gently swirl only the tips of the brush all over to get that air-brushed look.

Stick Foundation
Great for oilier skin types and usually very long-wearing, stick foundations generally have a thicker formula which can be difficult to work with. To get a seamless finish, start with applying the product to the back of your hand. This will warm the product up and make it more blendable. Pick an angled foundation brush — the one with the slanted edge — which will allow you to pat product into skin, especially into hard-to-reach areas like around your nose. Alternatively, a damp Beauty Blender can also work very well with stick foundations.

Cream-to-Powder Foundation
This hybrid foundation gives buildable coverage (sheer to high), sets to a semi-matte finish and is best for combination skin types. As with liquid foundations, you can use a buffing brush for medium to full coverage, or a stippling brush for a sheer finish. Your fingers will also do in a pinch!

BB/CC Creams
BB and CC creams are best applied with your fingers just like how you apply your moisturiser. The warmth from your fingertips help the product melt and blend better for that skin-like finish.

Post time: Sep-08-2023