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Is it just me, or do you love the peaceful process of applying foundation to your skin? There’s something so artistic and calming about it, and it’s one of the reasons I love wearing makeup so much. A high-quality makeup brush can enhance this process and make your foundation look ten times better. But, how do you know which type of makeup brush to use for the kind of base you’re going? Read on to find out!

For Low Coverage: An Angled Foundation Brush

To achieve a low coverage "almost bare-face look," an angled foundation brush will be your best friend. The beauty of this type of brush is in its dense bristles: it’s easy to pick up product and pack on exactly as much as you need to create your ideal foundation look. The density of this brush allows you to maintain complete control, unlike a stippling brush or makeup sponge and lets you dictate how much foundation you are getting on your face. Plus, an angled foundation brush (like this one) is excellent for hitting all the lines and edges of your face, giving you the most bang for your buck.

For Medium Coverage: A Stippling Brush

With low coverage, you need more control to achieve the ideal “barely there” makeup look, and with high coverage, you need a more giving tool to allow for maximum makeup application. On the complete contrary, if you’re going for a medium coverage look, you want a tool that’ll give you a bit of control while also being loose enough to let you quickly and efficiently build your ideal coverage. In this situation, you should opt for a stippling brush. This is because the thickness towards the bottom of the brush and the light, feathered-out bristles towards the top help you pick up just enough product to keep coverage on the lower end while allowing you to apply it liberally to your face to create a fuller look.

For High Coverage: A Makeup Sponge

If high-intensity, no budge, full face foundation is what you seek, you need a makeup sponge. Foundation brushes can give you incredible, full coverage, but there’s just something a little more magical (and practical) about using a makeup sponge. For starters, makeup sponges tend to need less product to achieve a similar result as most brushes. They also evenly distribute the foundation as you tap it across your face, and are the best tool to use for super buildable coverage. For this level of makeup masterpiece, try our favorite blending sponge by Espoir.

For Adjustable Coverage: Your Fingers

Okay, okay, I know some makeup purists are giving me a dirty look, but sometimes, using your fingers to apply foundation is the perfect method. Liquid foundation warms up from the heat in your fingers which makes it easier to glide over your face. If you want super bare coverage or are using a tinted moisturizer, this method will be ideal for you. One of the benefits of using your fingers to apply your base makeup is that it is incredibly adjustable, meaning all it takes is a few extra strokes and a bit more makeup to go from bare coverage to a full face.

For Powder Foundation: A Powder Brush

If you prefer using a powder foundation instead of a liquid, you’re going to want to reach for a very different brush than any of the above. Because powder has an entirely different texture from liquid foundation, you need a brush that’ll be able to pick up and retain the product while also being able to apply it smoothly to your complexion. The best powder brushes are going to be big, bouncy, and incredibly fluffy (like this Pantone brush). Be sure to choose a creamy powder foundation over a gritty one to get the best possible look!

 

—Preeti

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