Whether you’re a liquid, cream, or powder gal, finding a great foundation isn’t the end of the equation. You need something to apply it with, and fingers aren’t always your best option. From kabuki brushes to stippling brushes to buffing bristles, the kind of foundation brush you use completely changes the finish you get—and can even make your makeup look like a completely different kind of product. We made it a bit simpler by streamlining the only brushes you need for every application desire.
Fenty’s foundation brush is shaped like a paw so that you can apply liquid foundation with the full coverage of a paddle brush and with the blending abilities of an airbrush. The 140,000 bristles are dense enough that foundation goes on your face–not caked up inside the brush.
The thick, bamboo handle of this brush provides a comfortable grip as the dense bristles buff and blur your foundation. The result? An even, non-flaky base for the rest of your makeup.
This brush’s unique shape sets it apart from the plethora of options out there. A flat surface provides even coverage on your cheeks and forehead, but it's angled enough to offer precision for those hard-to-reach spots (like the grooves of your nose). Plus, you can use it to contour afterwards. Win-win.
Though powder and cream both work with this new brush, there’s a silicon center nestled within the outer bristles designed specifically for liquid foundation. The silicon pad helps to keep product in place, while the soft hairs blend for a natural finish.
I stand behind the dream team of plastic surgeons and makeup experts that developed this brush. The larger end provides a flawless finish on your powder or liquid foundation, while the smaller end can be used to touch up nooks and crannies with concealer.
Dubbed the ol’ reliable, there’s a reason this foundation brush is the first one makeup experts reach for. Tapered, synthetic bristles ensure a streak-free application every time.
If you prefer more control over your blending, opt for the handle-less bristles of this little buffer–perfect for liquid, powder, or cream foundations.
For those midday touch-ups, this brush is as travel-friendly as it gets. The dome-shaped taklon fibers fit neatly inside the sleek cap and is practically begging to be dropped inside your purse.
It might look a little confusing at first, but the Body Shop’s new foundation brush is color-coded for good reason. Use the black bristles to sweep liquid foundation on your cheeks, and then buff using the beige bristles in the center.
This brush is way more than just Instagram hype. The round tip is designed to fit the contours of your face so that you don’t have to break a sweat when buffing.
The bristles of this dome-shaped brush are infused with activated charcoal and silver ions that repel acne-causing bacteria upon contact. Plus, the antibacterial fibers won’t wash off as you clean your brush, so you can have peace of mind even after a thorough cleaning.
If you don't know exactly what a stippling brush does, it does just that—it stipples, which is defined as dotting. It's great for people with acne because dotting on your foundation creates a more diffused, pixelated finish. To use it, tap only the very tips of the brush into your foundation and with the same light tapping motion, distribute the makeup evenly onto your face.
Okay, this isn't a brush per se, but we couldn't do a foundation brush roundup without mentioning the iconic beauty blender. These cute egg-shaped sponges blend foundation like no other. The pro version comes in black so you don't see those icky foundation stains as easily.