Use a tapered foundation brush to paint the foundation onto your skin, starting from the center of your face and working outwards. Stipple and pat in the foundation afterwards to blend in any streaks. Beauty sponge: For a sheerer finish, use a beauty sponge with your cream foundation.
If you haven’t used a foundation brush before, it’s important to know the basics so that your makeup can be applied easily and flawlessly.
Flat foundation brushes: Require a skilled hand to “paint” on product, otherwise you’ll be left with streaks or lines. My abilities with a flat brush extend only to using it to apply liquid foundation before then working it in with a buffing brush. However, I’ve seen pros wield this brush alone to apply and buff in foundation—practice (and great lighting) makes perfect.
Buffing brushes: Have densely-packed bristles cut at an even length, which enables you to buff the product into your skin. Buffing brushes can work powders, liquids, creams and gels into the skin for an airbrushed effect. They do all the hard work for you—just gently swirl the brush over your face and watch your makeup blend beautifully. For extra coverage, try tapping the brush on your skin to add more product—you may not even need concealer!
Fingers: Great for cream products, since your body heat warms the product to help it blend easily into your skin. Your fingers are also good for hard-to-reach spaces, such as around your nose. Dab the product in a diamond shape on your face (forehead, cheeks, chin) and then use your index, middle and ring fingers to blend it into your skin, making small, circular motions.
Cream blushes: Lashundra has some tips for this click blog http://www.leastonmua.blogspot.com… my brush of choice is a stippling brush. Stippling brushes give a super-light application, so you end up with a translucent glow rather than a blocky slick of colour on top of your foundation. My favourite type of stippling brush is duo-fibre (also called the ‘skunk brush’ due to its black and white appearance). Duo-fibre brushes are amazing at delivering sheer application, because they pick up a minimal amount of product.
Preparing the Face
Before you begin the foundation application process, prep your skin so the foundation has a smooth and healthy canvas to adhere to.
- Wash the face and gently pat dry with a towel until completely dry.
- Rub a lightweight moisturizer on to the skin (this is important even if you have oily skin) and let dry for several minutes.
- Apply a foundation primer to your skin. This can be done with your hands or with a small foundation brush. Apply an even coat to the entire face and let dry completely.
- If you need to add concealer to any problem areas or under the eyes, do so now. A small foundation brush, concealer brush or even an eye shadow brush make the ideal brushes for applying concealer. When applying concealer, always dab on and then blend.
Once your face has been prepped, it’s time to apply the foundation. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll be able to follow these simple tips and create a smooth and even application.
- Pour a small amount of foundation (assuming you are using a liquid) onto the back of your hand.
- Pick up some foundation with the brush. If you prefer light coverage, dip only one side of the brush in the makeup. If you want fuller coverage, use both sides of the brush to pick up the makeup.
- Start applying the makeup in the center of the face so that you can blend outwards and avoid noticeable makeup lines.
- Use broad, downward strokes to sweep and blend the makeup onto the nose, forehead, cheeks and chin.
- Use the tapered edges of the brush to blend the makeup into those hard-to-reach areas, like the corners of the nose, hairline and around the eyes and mouth.
- Check for tiny makeup lines that are left behind after the foundation has set. If you see any of these lines, use a clean end of the foundation brush and lightly blend these areas with small, circular motions.
If you’re using a cream or powder foundation, simply run the brush over the product in its container and follow the above steps. Several companies now offer brushes designed specifically for use with cream foundation, such as the CoverFXversion available at Sephora. Its soft texture and short bristles allow for perfect application without streaking.
Caring for Your Foundation Brush
Once you know how to use a foundation brush, you’ll also want to take note of how to keep it clean. Cleaning all of your makeup brushes is imperative in order to keep them bacteria-free. Lingering bacteria not only poses the risk of causing acne breakouts, it also generally suggests that there is excess makeup building up on the brush.
Most high-end lines offer their own foundation brush cleaners, such as Clinique’s Brush Cleanser or the one from MAC Cosmetics. If you’re a frequent traveler, consider a handy spray, like the Japonesque Brush Cleaner found on Ulta. A great low-cost alternative to these products is plain and simple baby shampoo. Simply swirl the brush’s head through the shampoo and rinse. Pat dry.
knowing how to properly apply foundation with a makeup brush, you can get the amount of coverage you want and flawless-looking skin. Practice the application steps until you’re comfortable, and your makeup will look professionally and beautifully applied every time.