How to Choose the Right Foundation Brush for Flawless Foundation Application


You put on your foundation just like any other morning. But when you look in the mirror, you are horrified.

Your face looks greasy, your foundation is uneven and it looks caked on. You regretfully reach for your makeup remover to rid your face of foundation and start fresh.

If this sounds like you every morning, you probably aren’t using the right foundation brush. Different foundation brushes have different effects on your face. You just have to pick the one that’ll give you the finish you desire.

More and more women are adding foundation to their makeup routine. With 106 million Americans using foundation in 2018, foundation and its brushes have been designed to accommodate all types of skin.

Don’t know what to look for in a foundation brush? It’s simple once you get the hang of it. Here’s how to pick your next brush:

Natural vs. Synthetic Brushes

Before we go into the best foundation brush types, it’s important to distinguish between natural and synthetic brush bristles. It’s always good to try out both types of brushes before determining which one you really like.


Synthetic brushes have bristles that are made from manmade materials such as nylon or polyester. They come pretty cheap but will be less soft than natural brushes. It’s also quite simple to wash synthetic brushes, and you won’t have to worry about any of the bristles falling out.

Synthetic brushes are really good for any liquid or cream foundation. Better yet, they won’t make a mess by absorbing too much of the foundation. Let’s not forget that most synthetic brushes are made cruelty-free.


On the other hand, natural brushes usually have bristles that are comprised of the fur from squirrels, goats, and boars. They’re quite soft, but expect some of the bristles to fall out at times. You’ll also find that they’re harder to clean, as they retain a lot of product in their bristles.

It’s better to use natural brushes with powder foundation. This is because the hairs that are used are porous, and will absorb liquid product, making it harder to spread evenly.

Get Complete Coverage With a Flat Brush

Use a flat liquid foundation brush for full face coverage. When you see flat foundation brushes, they might remind you of art class, as they’re pretty much used in the same way.

Flat foundation brushes are perfect for the liquid foundation lover. Simply dip your cosmetic brush in some of your foundation and let it glide onto your face. However, they’re not only limited to liquid foundation–use it with foundation sticks, blush, and even contouring product.

You might notice your brush leaving streaks as you put on your foundation. This is because your brush has very condensed bristles. Don’t worry, you can blend out any harsh lines with a sponge blender.

When you use your flat brush, apply it first in the places that need extra coverage. Brush down from there and you’ll quickly notice how smoothly your foundation goes on.

Use a Sponge Applicator To Achieve a Glowy Sheen

You’ve probably always wondered how some women are able to maintain such a flawless dewy look. Their secret is that they don’t use a foundation brush. Instead, they use a sponge.

Sponge applicators allow your foundation to be applied in light, even coats. You can’t brush on your foundation with a sponge–you have to pat it onto your face.

It’s suggested that you put your essential oils or moisturizer on before you apply your foundation. This will give your face the perfect amount of shine after you apply your foundation.

You can also try to moisten the sponge a little. This way, your foundation can be easily blended into your primer and moisturizer. It’s especially helpful in removing makeup product in case you make a mistake.

Don’t forget that you have to wash out your sponge after every time you use it. If that’s a deal-breaker, consider a regular brush instead.

Multitask with a Kabuki Brush

Right now, you probably have ten different brushes that all have different purposes. Maybe you have one makeup brush for foundation, one for concealer, another for blush, and seven more for reasons you don’t even remember. If you get a kabuki brush, you’ll only need one brush.

Is your mind blown yet? That’s right, kabuki brushes can be used for almost all of your skin care needs. It can even be dipped in liquid or powder products.

Kabuki brushes usually have a very short handle with a thick group of bristles that fan out at the end. That’s what makes it so perfect to use for blush, tinted moisturizer, bronzer, contouring, and foundation. You can choose to brush your makeup on in circular strokes, or you can dab it onto your face.

Whether you want light or complete coverage from your foundation, using a kabuki brush definitely comes in handy. For a more natural look, you’ll only need to apply a little bit of foundation with your kabuki brush. If you’re not happy with this look, you can easily add more coverage by applying more foundation.

Try an Oval Brush For a Matte Finish

There are so many new trends in cosmetic brushes. One of the latest trends being the oval brush. It may look unconventional, but it does its job well.

Oval brushes typically have a long handle with a one-sided set of fine bristles that are in the shape of an oval. It actually looks sorta like a hairbrush. The handle makes it a lot easier to apply your foundation.

If you religiously use powder foundation, you may have just found your true love. Oval brushes are great for powder foundation application and will leave your face beautiful and shine-free. Not only can you use oval brushes to spread powder evenly across your face, but you can also use it for blending.

It’s really hard to get a matte look without ending up looking like a zombie, but oval brushes are really good at keeping a little life in your face.

Choosing a Foundation Brush That’s Right for You

Hopefully, the next time you go to the makeup aisle, you won’t be intimidated by the dozens of brushes hanging up on the wall. There will be no more confusedly sifting through all of the brushes, or having your foundation turn out looking like a mask. The right foundation brush made of the right materials can make you confident the next time you apply your makeup.

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