Foundation Tools & Application

by Sarah


There are many different factors when it comes to achieving a flawless natural looking base – aka foundation. Quality of the products and of course how the texture and the formula compliments our skin type are very important but the tools we use play a major role in not only cutting down on application time but also the end results.

With so many different brands and style of brushes and sponges, it can get quite overwhelming to know what each foundation tool does and how they differ from one another. On this post, I will be covering the three traditional foundation tools, which are an integral part of my foundation application for that flawless look. Lets go through the details:


For demonstration purposes, and to better highlight how each style of brush applies and distributes the product, I applied the foundation on a piece of paper with each brush/sponge.



The flat foundation brush is a classic. In fact, before all the new foundation tools came along, this type of brush was the only known and widely used style.


As the name suggests, this brush is flat and very precise. The bristles are usually quite dense and long and typically taper into a point helping get into the corners and smaller areas of the face.


Because of the shape and bristles, flat foundation brushes don’t offer the same blending properties as a buffing brush or sponge, but instead provide a more concentrated application of the product.


The Pros: Precise application – especially around the nose and inner corners of the eyes. The flat bristles also help settle any fine hairs or peach fuzz on the skin when used in long downward strokes.


The Cons:  It takes time and patience to blend the product in, especially that the bristles can leave brush marks on the skin.


Tip: Use light, short strokes in a downward motion to help melt the foundation and really work it into the skin.


My Favorite Flat Foundation Brush:
Sigma F60 – $18.00 GET IT HERE  – or as part of a set HERE
Use Code Nov2013 to get 10% off your order



FlatKabukiThe very first time I used a buffing foundation brush, I was in awe of how quick and effortlessly it blended my foundation. The product was there one minute, and after a few swirls, it had completely melted into my skin.


There are many different styles of buffing brushes – some are slightly tapered across the top, some have a pointy tip. How dense and tightly packed the bristles are have a major impact on achieving a flawless finish.


I have tried many buffing brushes and still have other favorites, however I find the flat top ones to be the best in working the product into the skin as evenly as possible.


The Pros: Application is very quick and easy. No lines or streaks from the bristles. Even application.


The Cons: I’m still thinking….seriously, I can’t think of any.


Tip: Use small circular motions both clockwise and anti-clockwise; don’t press the brush too hard on the skin to work the foundation in, but rather use a light touch and go over any areas that may need further blending. This will give the application that almost ‘airbrushed’ look.


My Favorite Flat Top Buffing Brush:
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki – $21.00 GET IT HERE – or as part of a set HERE
Use Code Nov2013 to get 10% off your order



BeautyBlenderI’m assuming, if you have even the slightest bit of interest in makeup, you would have seen this infamous hot pink egg shaped sponge already. The million dollar question is: Is it really worth all the hype? The short and sweet answer to that is: YES!


What sets this sponge apart from the traditional foundation sponges – other than its shape of course, is that it is designed to be used damp for maximum effect. In other words, you run it under a tap or immerse it in a bowl of water until it soaks all the water up. You then squeeze all the excess water out, squeeze it again inside a towel until it’s no longer wet, but damp to the touch. This will make the Beauty Blender expand and double its size, and also soften the sponge further.


The Beauty Blender is very soft already, its egg shape helps blend the foundation with the wider bottom end, and the pointy tip is used to get into the smaller areas of the face such as inner corners of the eyes and also around the nose.
The Pros: Completely airbrushed, flawless finish. It can be used with liquid, cream and also powder products…and it does look adorable :))


The Cons: No cons regarding Beauty Blender’s performance. The only negative is that sponges soak in product and hence bacteria can breed if not cleaned regularly. Using the Beauty Blender damp ensures you get to wash it before you use it so I guess that takes care of any hygiene issues.


Tip: Unlike traditional sponges, where the foundation is typically swiped over the face, the trick to getting that ‘airbrushed finish’ the Beauty Blender is famous for, is to use quick tapping / dabbing motions whilst moving the sponge around the face. Coupled with the dampness of the sponge, this helps eliminate any marks or uneven distribution of the product.
GET IT HERE or for international delivery HERE


Of the three main foundation tools, I find myself reaching for the buffing brush and the Beauty Blender more often than the flat foundation brush and the brands I’ve recommended here are the best I’ve tried so far – in regards to quality and application.
And of course we must remember; our fingers can also easily take a spot in the “best tools” list for applying foundation ;) xx


What’s your favorite way of applying foundation?

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