How To Apply Liquid Foundation With A Brush
There are at least five different types of brushes just for applying foundation, all of different shapes and sizes that are meant to be used depending on the type of foundation and finish you are looking for.
Because owning five different brushes just for applying foundation can be a little overwhelming we have broken down each one of them, explaining what they are for, when to use them, and most importantly, how to use them.
If you are one of the many people who doesn’t have windows in their bathrooms; always remember to check your foundation in natural light to make sure you are walking out of the house with the correct shade and that your foundation is blended correctly!
Named after traditional Japanese theaters where the actors wore heavy makeup applied with special brushes, a kabuki brush is a rounded brush used for applying foundation and setting powder. These brushes tend to be very short and chunky with a full set of soft bristles that helps you apply a smooth and even foundation layer. Kabuki brushes are sold almost everywhere cosmetics are sold, and it is very likely that you already own one even if you didn’t know it by name.
To apply liquid foundation with a kabuki brush, squeeze one or two pumps of your favorite liquid foundation on the back of your non-dominant hand (makeup experts claim that your body heat helps liquid foundation spread easier). Gently dab the brush in a little foundation and begin buffing the brush with circular motions. While some like to use sweeping motions, using a circular motion is better for avoiding visible brush strokes. Continue dabbing the brush in the foundation and applying it to your face until you reach your desired coverage.
Duo Fiber Brush
A duo fiber brush, also called a stippling brush, is a long, slightly narrow brush with two sets of bristles; natural black fibers near the bottom of the brush, and fine white synthetic fibers at the top. The purpose of a stippling brush is to give you a soft, “airbrushed” look by creating tiny dots of foundation on your face similarly to what happens when you spray airbrush foundation (this is called stippling).
Stippling is a great technique for covering up imperfections such as discolorations, marks, and blemishes, and it is actually a technique painters use to add texture and hide imperfections. To get started with your stippling brush, squirt a little foundation on the back of your hand and lightly dip the brush making sure only the top fibers are being lightly coated with foundation. Gently dot the brush on your face (don’t apply any pressure) until you have achieved your desired level of coverage.
Stippling is not meant to be blended; if you swipe your face with the brush you will be undoing all the tiny dots you created, and the effect will be lost.
Flat Top Brush
If you want maximum coverage in a pinch, a flat top brush may be for you. Flat top brushes, as the name suggest, have a flat or squared top made from dense bristles and help you achieve high coverage very fast.
Contrary to stippling brushes, blending is essential when it comes to a flat top brush; because the bristles are so densely packed, these brushes tend to hold in much more product than other brushes, and your finished look can end up looking cakey and streaky if you don’t blend it.
To apply foundation with a flat top brush place a few drops directly on top of the brush; this will ensure that the liquid foundation is staying on the top part of the brush and not seeping deep down into the bristles. Work your brush in a downwards, circular motion to avoid creating an uneven and texturized look. When you are done applying foundation, don’t forget to blend with a sponge.
Angled brushes are one of the most sought-after brushes for applying foundation because they allow you to do your face with more precision, particularly on hard to reach places such as the creases on the nose and under your eyes.
Apply your foundation from your nose outwards (the T zone is the area on your face that tends to need a little more coverage than the rest), using soft sweeping movements and continue blending as you go. Since the bristles on angled brushes tend to be a little stiffer than other brushes such as the kabuki, circular motions will not work.
Some angled brushes can also look like a triangle (angled on both sides and pointy on the top), these are also great for getting into all those hard to reach nooks and crannies that otherwise would end up without coverage.
While not technically a foundation brush, a concealer brush is an important part of the foundation routine. Sometimes, applying just foundation is not enough; there is always that annoying blemish that decides to show up the day of an important event, or perhaps you tossed and turned all night and woke up with bags under your eyes that make you look tired.
That is when concealer comes to play; a concealer is a makeup product that is designed for covering specific undesired features such as spots, pimples, or dark circles under your eyes. A concealer tends to be thicker and more pigmented than regular foundation, which is why you never wear concealer all over your face.
Concealer is applied before foundation so the foundation can act as a color and texture corrector. To apply concealer use a brush with soft but tight bristles that don’t move around too much. Dab a small amount of product and lightly dot on the problem area until covered. Choosing a concealer brush with a pointy or raised tip will help you cover small and hard to reach places.
Other Benefits Of Applying Foundation With A Brush
Regardless of the type of brush you choose, applying foundation with a brush instead of your fingers allows you to have much more control of the look and finish you will achieve. Brushes are also more hygienic than using your finger; assuming that your brushes are clean, you will not be transferring any of the dirt or oils that are always on our fingers from being in contact with everything we touch all day.
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