How to apply foundation: brushes and tools

How to apply foundation: brushes and tools

Today’s post is about how to apply foundation. I’ll show you my favourite tools and foundation brushes.

You know, there are a lot of foundations, with different textures and finishes. I experienced that there is no ‘perfect’ for *all* kind of foundations. Since every foundation is different, you’ll need a specific tool to achieve better performance with each foundation.

I’m a little obsessed with foundations so I’ve tried a lot of them and I’m always looking for the best way to apply them. In this post I’ll show how I apply foundation.

So, these are my top tools to apply foundation.




  • : this is a blending sponge, which provides a flawless coverage. You can use it dry for a lighter coverage or wet for an opaque coverage. You’ll need more product than with a foundation brush but it is perfect in order to avoid any streak or cakey effect. It also useful if you applied a bit too much foundation since it blends well into skin. It’s not so great with any water based or really liquid foundation since it absorbs too much product. It works best with high coverage or streak-prone foundations. I like it with , Laura Mercier Silk Crème, Bourjois Healthy Mix. You can buy it here.


  • : it provides high coverage thanks to its dense, flat, synthetic bristles even to super light foundations. You’ll need a little amount of product to work it all over your face just like a paint. Since it already gives an almost full coverage you won’t need to build up. It can leave some streaks with some foundations (Bourjois Healthy Mix, YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat, Laura Mercier Silk Crème), so you’ll need to blend or buff foundation with another brush. I think that it works best with gel textures such as , but I really like even with liquid, lightweight foundations: , , L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint. You can buy it here.


  • : this is my favourite brush for an absolute flawless look. It is a dual fibres brush: a mix of goat hair and synthetic bristles. You can use it for stippling, blending and buffing: three motions in one single brush. Thanks to this multi-purpose effect it doesn’t leave any streaks and it conceals enlarged pores’ appearance. With this brush you have to work your foundations into skin for maximum results so it is not completely foolproof or you can’t use it on a rush. You have to take your time to apply foundation with this brush. Then you’ll have a flawless, full coverage and completely natural finish. It gives it best with Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, , Bourjois Healthy Mix and Healthy Mix Serum. You can buy it here.


  • Real Techniques Buffing Brush (Core set): this is brush is sold with Core set but it is worth the entire set. It doesn’t increase coverage but it’s the best tool if you don’t want a cakey effect since it buffs foundation into skin just like a kabuki brush. It provides the most natural and streak-free result without effort. The best choice if you’re in a hurry. I like with all creamy – liquid foundations (YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat, Bourjois Healthy Mix, , BB creams and tinted moisturizers, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk) and also with powders. You can buy it here.


  • Louise Young Super Foundation Brush LY34: it has long and dense synthetic bristles. With thick or liquid foundations it can leave some streaks but it is absolutely stunning with all gel based foundations. It gives great coverage and flawless finish. You can use it as a paint brush and then you can buff foundation with circular motions. I love it with Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, Nars Sheer Glow, and also with Giorgio Armani Maestro. You can buy it here


  • Fingers! Your fingers are maybe the most underrated tool to apply foundation. I tend to prefer using a foundation brush with most foundations but there are some cases where fingers give really the best result. They work well with all liquid, water based foundations, such as MAC Cosmetics Face and Body and L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint. They warm up foundation in order to obtain a more blended and natural result.



4 Responses to “How to apply foundation: brushes and tools”

  1. Chiara scrive:

    Io adoro la Miracle sponge ma ho un problema: pochi mesi dopo averla aperta (2-3 al massimo) ha cominciato a formarsi la muffa ç_ç tu hai notato niente del genere? Magari è colpa mia, non so T_T.

    • Kenderasia scrive:

      Argh ç_ç alla mia non è successo, ormai ce l’ho da una fraccata di tempo ma pare nuova. Delle spugnette ho sempre il terrore che si formino germi/muffa/schifi vari :S l’unica precauzione che si può prendere è strizzarla mooolto bene dopo averla lavata e lasciata asciugare all’aria, di modo che non ci resti acqua stagnante…

  2. claudiaserpe scrive:

    what a nice post! I love brushes (you know) and I’m dying for the wayne goss’ one! I own a beauty blender but I prefer to use One of my real techniques brushes because I ate to clean it.

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