5 Makeup Brushes for Cream and Liquid Foundations
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aDesign Powder Finishing Brush ($28) This large dome-shaped duo fiber brush might have been crafted for the use of powder but it makes a perfect foundation brush for cream and liquids. This brush is pretty dense so it lessens the amount of micro lines you would typically get with traditional duo fiber brushes. This brush is no longer sold under aDesign since they’ve recently relaunch the company and now operate under the Anisa brand. They’re still crafting some of the best makeup brushes for brands we all know and love (Lancome, Sephora, BareMinerals, and even MAC Cosmetics). The closest brush they make to this brush would be the bareMinerals Smoothing Face Brush.
Real Techniques Buffing Brush ($18 only available in the 4-piece core collection set) A medium dome-shaped duo fiber but this is is completely crafted with high quality synthetic fibers with an equal amount of both fibers. Instead of stippling motions you can use circular motion small sections at a time for an full coverage buffed look.
Ulta Exclusive It Cosmetics Velvet Luxe Buffing Foundation Brush #301 ($38) Medium flat top ultra dense micro brush great for medium coverage foundations. I love this brush because it gives me a blurred look but it’s super dense so sometimes I find that even with full coverage foundations it pulls the product away (this is neither good or bad and gives for a more natural look but isn’t for everyone). If you need a flat top brush similar to this but less dense (and don’t mind that the cut isn’t as perfect try the e.l.f Studio Powder Brush or Bdellium Tools Green Bambu #957 Precision Kabuki Brush.
Make Up For Ever #148 Blending Blush Brush ($37) This small lightweight duo fiber brush is perfect for liquid foundations. Use stippling motions in small sections for detailed looks. I love using this brush when I’m using multiple formulas or shades and layering foundations because it gives me more control of the overall look. It’s super soft and great for for those with sensitive skin.
Original Beautyblender Pro ($18) Okay so it isn’t a brush but nothing beats it, not even those fakes. This sponge has lots of bounce and mimics smooth textured skin. My Beautyblender sponges last 6 to 9 months because I apply my foundation with a brush before blending it with the sponge. This tends to eliminate rips and tears in the sponge. The sponge photograhed was purchased 1 year ago at The Makeup Show.