The best foundation brush for every finish
Whether your desired coverage is full or natural, foundation of choice liquid or powder, arming yourself with the right tool is a sure way to achieve your perfect base. If you’ve nailed your foundation choice, now all that’s left to do is find your favourite brush. To make the search easier, here’s our guide to the best foundation brushes for every type of finish.
Best for full coverage
Firmly packed bristles make it super easy to blend cream and liquid foundations into the skin and give a flawless finish. The denser bristles make this a pretty fool-proof option for beginners, offering a natural but perfect result.
bh loves: Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, $29.99
Best for sheer coverage
A stippling brush usually features flexible bristles and two different hair lengths for a more sheer effect. It will result in a lighter layer of foundation rather than a full coverage finish, ideal for use with liquid and cream foundations as well as tinted moisturisers.
bh loves: INIKA Organic Vegan Stippling Brush, $44
Best for buildable finish
Makeup sponges are one of the most versatile tools for achieving a sheer or full coverage, the difference from a brush being you get a more even, skin-like finish. Best used damp, the beautyblender is especially useful for avoiding streaks and patchiness.
bh loves: beautyblender® Original, $34
Best for precise application
Pointed flat foundation brush
Featuring a tapered brush head perfect for more precise application, this brush is your go-to for adding extra coverage to certain areas. For use with cream, liquid and solid stick foundations, they have great layering ability too.
bh loves: Manicare Foundation Brush, $14.99
Best for powder foundation
This multitasking tool applies brush and bronzer beautifully but is also a winner when it comes to powder foundation. The short and tightly-packed bristles of a kabuki brush will perfectly buff powder formulas into the skin and should be swept over in small, circular motions.
bh loves: Nude by Nature Kabuki Brush, $29.95
What's your favourite brush to apply foundation? Tell us in the comments below.