Makeup Brush 101: Foundation

Friday, October 19, 2012

Hey everyone! I hope everyone is coping with the chilly weather that's creeping up on us! Today I am writing the first post in my "Brush 101" series. Basically I will be doing several posts on different brushes for different makeup. So today, I'm doing foundation. So without anymore of me rambling, let's get to the post!

Everyone has different methods of applying their foundation. Whether it is applying with your fingers, a sponge such as a beauty blender, or a brush. The list is endless as it is variable. In this post I am going to focus on what I think are the most popular brushes used to apply foundation. I talk about 3 brushes, that are not only universal, but inexpensive! Link will be below to all well as the ever-present video of me blabbing!

The first brush I will be talking about is the Stipple Brush. This brush is known to give you that "airbrushed" finish to your foundation. This brush is sometimes called a number of things...such as a Duo-Fiber Brush, a 'Skunk' brush (you can see why if you look at the bristles.) This brush has 2 kinds of bristles; black ones which are less dense and then there are white bristles. The white ones make up the foundation (no-pun intended) of the bristles.

Many different makeup brands have attempted to create their own Stippling Brush. Probably, the most coveted brush out their (and also the most expensive), is the MAC 187 Duo-Fiber Brush. Now if you know me, you would know that I would NEVER, EVER; purchase a makeup brush for $50! So I got my way around that, and bought the E.l.f Stipple Brush. I don't use this to apply foundation, as I use a different brush to apply it. I use this to apply powder because it dusts the perfect amount of powder to my face. At the same time leaving it looking much more natural.

Up next is the Flat-top Kabuki Brush. This brush would have to be the most popular right now. This brush has a dense, flat top that is perfect for blending in foundation. Many people are turning to to this type of brush because of its natural, looking application. These brushes are usually made of synthetic hairs, so they would be great for animal lovers and/or vegans. These brushes are also great for both powder, liquid, or cream formulas.

As with the stipple brush, I've seen many different brands create their own brush of this type. A lot of people seem to like the Flat-Top Kabuki '180' Brush by Sigma. They have took this classical design, and designed different types of brushes based on this design. I have the E.l.f Powder Brush. I love this brush for applying foundation. It buffs in foundation like a dream! I also love how dense the brush is!

Last but not least is the trusty Flat Foundation Brush. This brush is most likely used to apply foundation in more of a full coverage. When using this brush, it's almost like painting on your face. I like to use it when my other brushes are tired LOL, or when they are dirty. It is always trusty to have, and can be used for a number of things.

If you would like to purchase any of these brushes all info will be below :)

E.l.f Stipple Brush - HERE
Sigma Flat-Top Kabuki - HERE
E.l.f Powder Brush - HERE
E.l.f Foundation Brush - HERE

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