There is more than one right way to do something, and how to apply foundation is no exception. The “right” application depends on the level of coverage and type of finish you desire. To obtain a natural coverage or not-a-spot-in-sight full coverage, there’s a method. Finding out the combination is all about experimentation, but here’s a quick guide to five time-tested foundation application tools.
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It is the best makeup tool for applying powder foundation. Powder foundations offer versatility when it comes to their application. Powder foundation can be applied with a brush, dry or damp sponge. The tool will determine the desired result or effect. A dense, fluffy synthetic fiber brush gives blended, buildable complexion. A damp sponge will provide a sheer layer of coverage. A dry sponge is useful for medium to full coverage. Avoid too much product the complexion can look cakey.
Sponge creates a highly natural and flawless finish. It blends out foundation. Wash the sponge after each use and dry it in the open air. An egg-shaped sponge is used for the application of liquid, cream and powder products making it a multi-purpose beauty product. Use it damp to get the best result. Squeeze out the excess water by wrapping it inside a cloth. Don’t dry it completely. It will soak up less foundation (liquid), and gives flawless coverage. Dunk the bottom end of the beauty blender into your foundation and dab the blender or just dot the foundation all over the face and then push the sponge into your skin like dabbing it in and out.
A sponge comes in various shapes and sizes and can be used by every skin type except acne prone skin. It provides sheer coverage and won’t be able to hide acne or acne scars. Sponges are used for the application of thicker liquid foundation like mousse foundation. The sponge soaks up lots of foundation. It doesn’t provide heavy coverage.
The stippling brush is the best makeup tool for applying liquid foundation. Stipple brushes seamlessly blend liquid foundation without leaving streaks. A dual-fiber stippling brush is useful for a medium-coverage foundation. The stippling brush is a dense foundation brush with two-toned bristles, white and black. It is made with two types of fibers. Use it in circular motions by lightly buffing the foundation. A stippling brush is great to cover acne marks and visible pores. It fills in the pores when you use it in buffing motion and gives a perfect airbrushed skin. Don’t use it on dry skin since it can aggravate the dry areas.
Long Bristle Synthetic Brush
A synthetic brush with longer bristles that flex on the skin will give your foundation longevity. It gives an airbrushed-like finish with light to medium coverage.
Contour brush is the best makeup tool for applying stick foundation. Stick foundation has a thicker consistency. Hence, flat, densely packed soft hair contour brushes are perfect for blending. The dense and soft hair smoothes out the texture of stick foundations.
Foundation brush is the best makeup tool for applying a whipped foundation that is easy to apply due to lightweight texture. It can be applied smoothly with a foundation brush.
The fluffy brush is the best makeup tool to use for natural finish. Large fluffy brushes gives a beautiful natural finish. Choose powder product and blend as much of the product to create a sheer natural finish.
For a full-coverage face makeup look, Miles recommends using densely packed makeup brushes to pack on the product. A dense brush with compact head gives the full-coverage because the concentrated bristles can blend and apply the product with the maximum coverage.
The oldest and most commonly used foundation tool is the flat foundation brush. A flat foundation brush is pointed so that it can reach out to the corner and small areas of the face such as around the nose and inner corner of eyes. A flat foundation brush is appropriate for applying liquid foundation. Use it in downward strokes to help settle facial hair and for good coverage. You can build the foundation with a flat foundation brush. It is good for dry, flaky skin.
Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Flattop kabuki gives the best coverage. A large-sized flat top kabuki brush with densely packed flat bristles has to be used in circular motions. A flat top kabuki brush gives good coverage somewhat medium to full without leaving any streaks or lines. For sheer coverage, swirl the kabuki brush in a circular motion and get light coverage. The flat top kabuki brush is not suitable for dry skin. A kabuki brush has a round dome-shape with dense bristles. It is used for the seamless application of mineral foundation or powder foundation. A kabuki brush is made of either synthetic or real fibers.
If you find yourself brush-less, have no fear. The fingers warm up the liquid as well as cream foundation products and melt it seamlessly into your skin. Dot on the foundation and blend it out with your fingertips.