The Best Makeup Tools to Apply Different Types of Foundation

December 10, 2020
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | by L'Oréal
The Best Makeup Tools to Apply Different Types of Foundation
Selecting a makeup tool to apply your foundation is a matter of personal preference. Some can do wonders with clean fingers, while others work magic with a makeup brush. When making your choice, we also recommend considering what type of foundation you’re using. We spoke to makeup artist Rudy Miles to find out the best way to apply different foundation formulas, from liquids to pressed powders.

The Best Makeup Tools for Applying Powder Foundation 

Powder foundations lend themselves to a lot of versatility when it comes to application technique. “Powder foundation can be applied with a brush, dry sponge or a damp sponge,” says Miles. “The tool you use will determine the desired result or effect.” For powder, a dense, fluffy synthetic fiber brush like the IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush #6 will give you a blended, buildable finish, while a damp sponge will provide you with a sheer layer of coverage. “A dry sponge can be effective for medium to full coverage but be careful, if you pick up too much product, the complexion can look cakey,” he says. Try using the L'Oréal Paris Makeup Infallible Blend Artist Makeup Blender Sponge.

The Best Makeup Tool for Applying Liquid Foundation 

“Because liquid foundation needs to be applied seamlessly without leaving streaks, using a synthetic fiber foundation brush to blend works every time,” says Miles. Look for a brush with a flat, tapered tip like the NYX Professional Makeup Total Control Drop Foundation Brush to allow for more precise application. “Stipple brushes or using the stippling technique with a damp sponge also blends liquid foundation seamlessly.”

The Best Makeup Tool for Applying Stick Foundation 

Stick foundations typically have a thicker consistency, so flat, densely packed soft bristle makeup brushes are perfect for blending them. “The dense and soft hair construction of the Nanacoco Flat Contour Brush smooths out the texture of stick foundations so full coverage looks airbrushed,” says Miles.

The Best Makeup Tool for Applying Whipped Foundation 

 Whipped foundations are easy to apply, thanks to their lightweight texture. “They can be effectively applied using a foundation brush or simply massaged into the skin using your fingertips,” advises Miles. If you opt to use your fingers, just make sure your hands are clean first. If you do choose to use a brush, try the Lancôme Foundation Brush #2.
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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