Best Tools for Applying Foundation

Having a flawless makeup application has just as much if not more to do with the tools you are using than the products themselves. It wasn’t until the end of my college years that I realized how important a quality set of brushes are. They really elevates any look you are trying to create and in most cases makes applying makeup that much easier (you don’t have to be a professional to learn to use these). I thought I would share my thoughts on these tools in a series of post called “Best Tools For”. The first in the series will be an overview of the best tools for applying foundation and the type of coverage you can achieve with each. Be sure to leave me a comment on what your favorite brush is!



1. Stippling Brush – This type of brush is usually made of duo fibers and allows for product to apply and buff out easily. Usually this type of brush gives a lighter application. I have recently fallen in love with this one from real techniques that is incredibly popular in the beauty world (it’s affordable too!)

2. Flat Foundation Brush - I like to think of this as the classic foundation brush. If you were to go into a store and ask for a normal foundation brush this is most likely the type you would be shown. Bobbi Brown makes a wonderful version of this brush that gives flawless coverage. This type of brush works well with liquid and cream formulas.

3. Kabuki brush – The first time this style really became popular was with the rise of bareminerals and the loose mineral foundations. These are great at applying this type of product. They buff out powder foundation to give a flawless airbrush finish. I love using this one from Tarte, it is dense kabuki style brush that is supper user friendly. I even like to use it with my liquid and cream foundations too!

4. Flat Top Kabuki – This is a spin off from the regular kabuki brush. It has a flatter top as opposed to the more domed shape of its original sister. This one by sigma is their number 1 selling brush and there’s a reason why. It blends mineral, liquid, and cream foundations in flawlessly leaving you with perfectly natural looking skin.

5. Angled foundation brush - This type of brush is great for getting into every nook of your face. It will really help blend out the area around your nose. I highly recommend trying out a brush like this one from Japanesque.

6. Sponge – These have come a long way from the triangle squares your mom used to use. The new trend is using sponges like the beauty blender that you use damp to blend out your foundation seamlessly. While the beauty blender is a great tool a cheaper alternative is this one from Real Techniques. I think I even like it better. These sponges are great for blending the areas around your eyes and nose!

**Fingers – Of course you have your fingers to use as well, these can be the best tool in your arsenal to be honest (to be used with liquid and cream formulas). The heat from your body helps to warm the product making it easier to spread and blend. Always be sure you have washed your hand though as you don’t want to spread bacteria to your face.

Remember good quality brushes don’t have to be expensive! Lines like Sigma, Real Techniques, and Eco Tools have amazing products at an affordable price!
Best Tools for Applying Foundation

Having a flawless makeup application has just as much if not more to do with the tools you are using than the products themselves. It wasn’t until the end of my college years that I realized how important a quality set of brushes are. They really elevates any look you are trying to create and in most cases makes applying makeup that much easier (you don’t have to be a professional to learn to use these). I thought I would share my thoughts on these tools in a series of post called “Best Tools For”. The first in the series will be an overview of the best tools for applying foundation and the type of coverage you can achieve with each. Be sure to leave me a comment on what your favorite brush is!



1. Stippling Brush – This type of brush is usually made of duo fibers and allows for product to apply and buff out easily. Usually this type of brush gives a lighter application. I have recently fallen in love with this one from real techniques that is incredibly popular in the beauty world (it’s affordable too!)

2. Flat Foundation Brush - I like to think of this as the classic foundation brush. If you were to go into a store and ask for a normal foundation brush this is most likely the type you would be shown. Bobbi Brown makes a wonderful version of this brush that gives flawless coverage. This type of brush works well with liquid and cream formulas.

3. Kabuki brush – The first time this style really became popular was with the rise of bareminerals and the loose mineral foundations. These are great at applying this type of product. They buff out powder foundation to give a flawless airbrush finish. I love using this one from Tarte, it is dense kabuki style brush that is supper user friendly. I even like to use it with my liquid and cream foundations too!

4. Flat Top Kabuki – This is a spin off from the regular kabuki brush. It has a flatter top as opposed to the more domed shape of its original sister. This one by sigma is their number 1 selling brush and there’s a reason why. It blends mineral, liquid, and cream foundations in flawlessly leaving you with perfectly natural looking skin.

5. Angled foundation brush - This type of brush is great for getting into every nook of your face. It will really help blend out the area around your nose. I highly recommend trying out a brush like this one from Japanesque.

6. Sponge – These have come a long way from the triangle squares your mom used to use. The new trend is using sponges like the beauty blender that you use damp to blend out your foundation seamlessly. While the beauty blender is a great tool a cheaper alternative is this one from Real Techniques. I think I even like it better. These sponges are great for blending the areas around your eyes and nose!

**Fingers – Of course you have your fingers to use as well, these can be the best tool in your arsenal to be honest (to be used with liquid and cream formulas). The heat from your body helps to warm the product making it easier to spread and blend. Always be sure you have washed your hand though as you don’t want to spread bacteria to your face.

Remember good quality brushes don’t have to be expensive! Lines like Sigma, Real Techniques, and Eco Tools have amazing products at an affordable price!

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