Ladies, we know the daily struggle of trying to perfect the look, tone and appeal of your skin. Foundation is arguably the most difficult aspect of make-up to learn, and the best look involves knowledge (and practice) around application, technique and product choice. After years of exploring this art, our advice is here- invest in a Foundation Brush!
Chances are, if you STILL haven’t found the perfect shade and product for your skin type, you’re probably facing an application challenge, that has little to do with the actual foundation. But stress not, as all can be fixed with a Foundation Brush.
When to use a Foundation Brush:
If you are looking for a sheer and refined foundation look
If you have problem skin or a problem skin area, and would like to create layers to hide imperfections, as opposed to caking on foundation across your entire face
If you are trying to achieve a matte, but slightly dewy, complexion
If you battle blending foundation along your hairline and/or jawline
If you are looking to use a lot less foundation
If you are looking to make your foundation set and last longer throughout the day
Dab a pea size amount of foundation onto the back of your hand
Starting at the centre of your face, dab a small amount onto your nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks
Working in an outward fashion, distribute your foundation from each point, making sure to blend into the hairline.
Use the remainder of the foundation on the back of your hand to dab foundation along your jawline. Make sure to blend well here. (We also recommend using a sponge or a Beauty Blender to blend your neck perfectly, every time.)
Pros and Cons of Foundation Brushes:
When applied with a practised hand, a foundation brush is one of the fastest ways to apply foundation
Foundation brushes blend foundation seamlessly, giving a far more refined and airbrushed look that still looks natural
Foundation brushes are the most hygienic of all applicators, thereby not worsening problem skin with gross hand or sponge bacteria.
Foundation brushes allow you to layer with ease, giving you the ability to control the coverage.
Noses, hairlines, eyelids and lips all provide nooks and crannies that conventional applicators may miss. A foundation brush lets you visit all the areas of your face.
Foundation Brushes use the least amount of product, allowing you to spend more on high quality foundations that will last almost 3 x longer.
Foundation brushes can be expensive, but we promise it’s an investment you’ll never regret.
Foundation Brushes require care and maintenance. Look after yours with regular cleaning and the bristles will stay firm for years to come
Foundation Brush Rules to Live by:
There is a huge variety of make-up brushes available (although we strongly recommend MAC or Bobbi Brown brushes), and you should ensure that your brush meets the below points:
Bristle Type: Natural brushes use a lot more product, and don’t last as long. When looking, make sure you go for synthetic bristles.
Shape: Go for a flat foundation brush. This shape is ideal for sweeping across the face and blending perfectly.
Care and Maintenance: Unlike sponges or the finger application, Foundation brushes need to be cleaned well, and often.
We recommend using a gentle soap, or even baby shampoo.
There you have it! The perfect way to apply foundation, so that it looks like you’re not wearing any! Try it out, and let us know if this helped at all! Are you a Foundation Brush user, or do you make use of another applicator? Let us know!