Makeup Brushes Series! Foundation Makeup Brushes.

By Sarah - Saturday, March 15, 2014

As foundation is the base of your makeup, I really do recommend getting a good foundation brush to help apply your foundation. Some people claim that using your fingers is the best due to the warmth from your fingertips helping the blend the foundation onto your skin. Now, I do not personally recommend this as firstly, your hands have germs and touching your face will increase the changes of pimples. Next, using your fingers creates uneven pressure and this will result in your foundation application becoming splotchy.

There are many different kinds of foundation brushes out there so it really depends on what kind of finish you would like as well as the type of foundation you are using.  There is the traditional paddle foundation brush, buffing brushes, stippling brushes as well as foundation sponges (I know, they are technically not brushes but I'm just gonna include them here). 

Paddle Foundation Brush

Above : Sigma F60 Foundation Brush (USD $18)
Below: Primark Beauty Foundation Brush (1.50 Euros)

Ok the paddle brush. This is probably the most common brush which everyone have seen in shops before. It is flat, with bristles shaped like a paddle and you use this like a "paint brush" and you basically "paint your face" with downward strokes (I hope you understand what I am trying to explain here!). Personally, the paddle foundation brush isn't my favourite as it can leave streaks on your face if not used properly or if you don't have the patience (like me). For paddle foundation brushes, I do find that you can get some at cheaper prices as compared to the other types of foundation brushes as they are more commonly found (like that pink foundation brush in the above picture? From Primark at 1.50 Euros. 1.50. )

Buffing Brush

Left to Right: Sigma F88, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Sigma F84
Next, there are the buffing brushes. These are brushes with densely packed bristles which helps in the blending of your foundation onto your skin by using circular buffing motions. This is the fastest and easiest way of applying foundation and it rarely leaves any streaks behind. The only downside of such a brush is that cleaning it may take more work due to product getting trapped in the densely packed bristles. But, if you are a beginner and you are lost on which brush you should get, I highly recommend getting a buffing brush! These brushes are slightly more pricey, but they are worth the investment. Yes, they are an investment. Besides, if you treat your brushes well, they will return the love and last a long time. 

My recommendations according to price range (and where I got them from): 
High-end: Sigma Sigmax brushes (Click here!)
Middle: Real Techniques brushes ( - Click here!) 
Affordable: Elf Powder Brush ( - Click here!) 
*For those purchasing from iHerb for the first time, you can use the code QFR109 for $10 off your first purchase if you would like. :)

Stippling Brush

Top : Sigma F50
Bottom: MAC 187SH

There are also the stippling brushes. These are a duo-fibre bristled (the black & white) brushes which will result in the most natural looking and airbrushed foundation application. This is great for those who want a natural looking, "no makeup" makeup. However, it takes slightly longer to apply your foundation. Now, some people use these brushes in circular buffing motions and then they realised that they aren't getting the results that they want. This is because you do not use circular buffing motions with a stippling brush. You stipple. Stippling means you take the brush and you press it repeatedly onto your face to apply and blend the foundation. I didn't know this either, until I watched EnKore makeup on youtube and got my mind blown. Stipping brushes tend to be more expensive as it is more difficult to make them due to the incorporation of the duo-fibres. But it is a must have for those who want to achieve a flawless yet natural looking face. 

Makeup/Foundation Sponges

 Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Last but not least, there is the makeup sponge. This got famous in the recent years due to the famous beauty blender (which sadly, I do not own due to my lack of funds). Using a sponge helps to give this super natural look with your foundation and it helps to prevent the application of too much foundation on you face. This is great for those people who tend to go a lil too heavy handed in their application!

I would recommend using this if you don't mind damping the sponge before every application and washing it (preferably) after every application (or maximum 2 or 3 applications). Firstly, damping the sponge prevents the sponge from soaking up all your foundation and it also helps in the blending. Why do you need to wash it so often? It's because sponges tend to harbor bacteria waaaay faster than brushes do. So, if you do not wash it often enough, just imagine bouncing this gross ball of bacteria onto your face everytime when you apply foundation. Yes, i hope I got that image in your minds cus ladies, if this is the case then maybe using your fingers would be slightly better. Hygiene, ladies and gentlemen, hygiene. 

Click here for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge!

Hope the information here would be useful for you guys, especially those of you just starting out in makeup. I cannot stress how important it is for investing in a foundation brush as it really helps make the job easier and gives you better results. You don't have to buy expensive foundations to have that flawless looking skin! It mostly depends on the tools that you use to apply them. 

Alright, that is all for me today loves. Have a great makeup day! XO. 

Disclaimer: I purchased all these brushes (and that sponge) with my own money and this is why I am so poor all the time. Not a sponsored post. 

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