Here’s How to Use a Foundation Brush Like a ProAugust 03, 2021
Why Should You Apply Foundation With a Brush?“I prefer brushes over fingers or sponges,” says Almodovar. “I like foundation brushes because they allow me to buff the product into the skin — leaving a seamless finish. Hands aren't necessarily bad, but I find that the warmth of your fingers tend to leave fingerprints where a brush never leaves any unwanted marks. I prefer round-tipped foundation brushes that allow me to buff the skin in circular motions — something I can’t do with fingers or sponges.” We recommend the NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation Brush, which has dense, synthetic bristles to make buffing in liquid foundation a breeze.
Does Powder Foundation Require a Different Brush Than Liquid Foundation?Powder foundation is best applied with a natural bristle brush. “Synthetic could work as well, but I keep synthetic brushes for cream and liquid products,” Almodovar says. “Depending on how much coverage I want, I either use a regular powder brush for lighter coverage or a flat top brush for fuller coverage. I use the same circular buffing motion to apply powder foundation.” The Zoeva Cosmetics 090 Luxe Grand Powder Brush is made with a mix of synthetic and goat hair bristles for a seamless, diffused finish.
How to Use a Foundation Brush
Apply liquid foundation to the back of your hand and dip the NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation Brush into the product.
Buff foundation onto your face in circular motions starting at the center of your face, working outward.
With cream foundation, continue to dip the brush into the cream and apply in the same circular buffing motion. The center of the face is usually where most of the redness is, so starting there is ideal.
Continue the circular buffing motion to the spots where you want the most foundation coverage.
Once you get to your hairline and jawline, you should have very little product left on your brush. Always be sure to blend the product along your jawline to avoid the makeup-mask look.