If you’re a beginner in the makeup world, you might be confused with the myriad of brushes available in the market just to apply foundation. Who knew there would be so many options just to apply one product on your face? And does it even matter which type of foundation brush you use?


Your Guide On Foundation Brushes

Well, in fact, the type of brush you use plays an important role in the kind of finish you want to achieve with your foundation. Are you looking to get an extremely flawless coverage, as if your face was Photoshopped? Or are you feeling a more natural vibe accompanied by dewy and glowing skin?

Read on to find out more on the types of brushes you should use to achieve a certain kind of coverage:

Flat Brush

For a super-flawless, near-perfect coverage as though you will be walking down the red carpet and getting flanked by paparazzi, we recommend using a flat foundation brush. This brush is best paired with liquid foundation as it will allow you to “paint” the foundation onto your skin. The bristles of the brush matter too, depending on how much time you have to spare to apply your foundation. A flat foundation brush with synthetic bristles will enable you to achieve a fuller coverage from the first layer onwards as the bristles do not absorb too much product. This means you won’t have to build up a few layers of foundation to get a full coverage. If you go for a brush with natural bristles, it’s going to take a bit more time for you to achieve your desired coverage as the bristles absorb more product. If the bristles of the brush are dense and tightly packed, your foundation might apply slightly streaky, but you can simply blend the streaks away with a makeup sponge. For the best method of application, squeeze the foundation onto the back of your hand, dip the brush in and swipe the product on in a downwards motion.

Flat-Top Brush

Like flat brushes, applying foundation with a flat-top brush will provide you with flawless coverage, making it seem like you have poreless and smooth skin. But, unlike flat brushes, a flat-top brush can be used with foundations of different textures, from liquid to powder, due to the densely-packed bristles being able to pick up various formulations. Another great thing about a flat-top brush is its versatility; it works with different types of makeup products such as a cream contour or powder bronzer. The thing with a flat-top brush, though, is it can make you transfer too much product onto the skin if you use the wrong application technique to apply foundation. You can’t simply swipe the product all over your face and hope that suffices. WIth a flat-top foundation brush, blending is essential or else you will end up looking like Jim Carrey in The Mask. For easy application, put one or two dollops of foundation onto the brush, dot the product all over your face, and apply the foundation on in a combination of swiping and blending motion.

Domed Buffing Brush

If you need a quicker application of foundation but still want to achieve a flawless finish, go for a domed buffing brush. This brush works great at buffing liquid foundations into the skin due to the densely-packed bristles. Plus, the smaller size of the brush head will allow you to be more precise in your application, enabling you to concentrate the foundation on the areas your face that need more coverage. The rounded shape of the brush will also allow you to apply foundation into smaller areas of your face such as around your nostrils. To apply foundation using a domed buffing brush, dot the product all over your face and buff it into the skin in small, circular movements.

Kabuki Brush

If you’re more of a powder foundation kind of gal, the kabuki brush is the one for you. The bristles of a kabuki brush tend to be more tightly-packed, which will allow you to buff the powder into the skin. This will give you a medium to full coverage with a more natural finish. If you want a higher coverage of foundation, press the product onto your skin instead of buffing it in. This will make the product appear more obvious onto your skin, though, so do be careful not to overdo with your application.

Powder Brush

A powder brush is similar to a kabuki brush, but the bristles of the former can come in a more fanned-out shape, making the brush more fluffy. This means you will get less coverage with a powder brush, making it a better option for when you wish to have a more natural finish. When using a powder brush, remember to tap off the excess product to prevent you from applying too much foundation and causing your skin to look cakey. Simply tap the brush into the powder compact, tap off the excess and swirl it around your face in big circular motions.

Makeup Sponge

Okay, we know this isn’t a brush but a makeup sponge works wonders in helping you achieve a flawless yet natural finish. When dampened, the sponge blends the product into the skin like a dream and gives you a dewy, glowing appearance, as though you’re being perpetually kissed by the sun. A makeup sponge can be used to apply other products as well such as cream blush and bronzer. Besides cream and liquid textures, a makeup sponge can also be used to take away the powderiness that comes with, well, powder products, thus preventing your skin from looking cakey and flat.