Different Types of Foundation Brushes

Even though we only have one face, and foundation is just … well foundation, I find it necessary to have more than one foundation brushes (as usual I’m seeking for justification for owning more than one myself!). Different shape of foundation brush delivers different finish, sometimes different foundation type also best applied with specific kind of brush.

From left to right: Buffer brush, Flat top brush, Duo Fibre brush and Flat Foundation Brush

1. Flat Foundation Brush

Synthetic flat brush is one type of foundation brush that is commonly found in the market. The shape of this brush is usually flat and have a rounded head, for instance MAC 190. Although you may found a square top one as well like MAC 191.

Use it in stippling motion, or in another word bounce the brush onto your face to apply the the product. This type of brush is perfect for liquid foundation. When applying the product to your face, don’t put the foundation directly into the brush. Put a small amount of product at the back of your hand and tap your foundation brush it to get the product. Just pick up small amount of product with your brush and repeat when you need more product to be applied on your face.

Result are most likely medium to full coverage. It’s very hard to get light coverage, unless you stipple it very light-handedly and the foundation is very sheer.

2. Duo Fibre Brush

It’s a rounded shaped brush with a synthetic brush at the top and natural fibre brush at the bottom. The idea is that the natural fibre at the bottom will hold the fiber brush at the top when you’re applying your foundation in stippling or circular motion. Thus allowing, flawless result.

Result can vary from sheer to full coverage. For sheerer result, spray your brush first, read more on how here. I’ve also previously written a full review and how to use this brush for foundation and other products here.

Nowadays you can easily found this type of brush from almost every brand! Etude, MAC, Make Up For Ever, Make Up Show, you name it … they got it.

3. Buffer Brush

This brush is usually dense, round and small in diameter. I’ve only seen two so far, one from MAC Pro and the other is from Make Up Show.

What I like about this brush is that the result is so flawless! It gives you a real smooth result! With this brush, you need to apply product in buffing motion. Read more about this brush here. Although you can use all kind of foundations type using this brush, but I like to use this brush for a thicker consistency foundation. It seems to be a good match! For a thinner consistency foundation I still prefer using duo fibre brush.

MAC had also recently created a new duo fibre buffing brush, which really intrigued me since I love both buffer and duo fibre brush. Combining the two together just seemed like a genius move! The brush that I’m talking about is MAC Short Duo Fibre Brush 130. Although it looks very similar to MAC Small Duo Fibre Brush 188 but they’re very different in result. Where MAC 188 is much fluffier and have longer hair, MAC 130 have shorter hair and more dense therefore allowing you to buff foundation because it’s not too soft.

4. Flat top Brush

If all three brushes I mentioned above I used them for liquid and cream foundation, I used the flat top brush for foundation that is in thick cream form or powder (compact & mineral make up foundation).

The flat surface of the brush make it easy to buff these types of foundation right into the skin. Especially with really thick cream foundation, if you apply it the wrong way, it tends to get really streaky. Buffing the product right onto the skin will solve the problem right away. Remember, apply product in circular motion!

My favourite flat top brush is the Everyday Mineral Flat Top Kabuki because the brush is synthetic so it’s perfect to apply foundation with. Make Up Show also have a flat top brush called HS03 although it’s much more dense compared to the the Everyday Mineral one, so it delivers fuller coverage.