Unless you’re a makeup artist or makeup enthusiast who comes into frequent contact with makeup brushes, chances are, you’re confused about which foundation brush to add to your stash. Sure, there are people who swear by sponges or puffs such as the Beauty Blender, and there are those who just prefer to use their fingers to apply their base makeup – so it’s more a preference than a must-have.
But what a foundation brush should do is to “work with the movement of your hand and your own strength, to allow the foundation to glide better around your facial contours,” says professional makeup artist Larry Yeo. This means if you prefer to “paint” on your foundation, you will find that a flat-top brush won’t work as well for you as a paintbrush-type brush. So you’ll need to try a few types before deciding on what shape works best for the type of finish you want.
Then there’s the question synthetic bristles versus those made with real hair. “Real hair is good for powder-based products, while synthetic bristles work better for liquid or cream-based foundation,” explains Larry.
Here are six to try: