Are You Using the Right Foundation Brush? Here’s How to Find Out

September 16, 2021
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
Are You Using the Right Foundation Brush? Here’s How to Find Out

With so many options out there, it can be enough of a struggle to choose the perfect foundation, let alone the right brush to go with it. To point you in the right direction, we reached out to L'Oréal Paris makeup expert Gabriel Almodovar for his insight. “I switch between tools depending on the foundation, the foundation's level of coverage and how much coverage I personally need and want,” he says. Ahead, he helps us break down five types of foundation brushes and how to use them.  

Dual-Fiber Brushes 

“Dual-fiber brushes usually have short black bristles at the base and longer white bristles at the top,” says Almodovar. “The shape of the brush head can vary from round to oval and they apply the lowest level of coverage. I like to use a dual-fiber brush to help sheer out full-coverage foundation.” Use the NYX Professional Makeup Pro Dual Fiber Foundation Brush to help you achieve a flawless yet buildable finish.

NYX foundation brush

Flat-Top Brushes 

“These are brushes that are flat across the top and give the fullest amount of coverage,” says Almodovar. “Use this brush to apply liquid products.” We recommend the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704, which is infused with anti-aging ingredients to give your skin a boost as you apply your skincare or foundation.
IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush #704

Flat, Paint-Like Brushes

Use a flat brush to apply a creamy foundation using outward strokes. Depending on the size, these brushes are great for applying product on areas like under your eyes or around your nose. One of our go-tos is the Urban Decay Pro Flat Optical Blurring Brush. “These paint brush-like brushes provide a full-coverage finish,” Almodovar says.
urban decay foundation brush


When used with liquid foundation, sponges offer the sheerest coverage. We love the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender because its shape makes it easy to hold, and it delivers a natural, skin-like finish.
l'oreal beauty sponge

Full-Bodied Brush  

“I like to use a compact, hard-bristled brush with powder foundation because it picks up the most product,” says Almodovar. Try the Mented Cosmetics Foundation Brush for an airbrushed-like finish.
Mented Cosmetics Foundation Brush
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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