The use of a brush, rather than just blending your base with fingertips can lend itself to a more even final look.
You won’t need that photo filter to even out your skin tone and make you look flawless, since your foundation brush will be doing most of that work for you.
The type of brush you use determines the type of finish you will get for your foundation. Do you prefer a more sheer look that you can tweak, by adding layers of coverage?
If so, you’ll likely enjoy applying your foundation with a stippling brush. Brushes like these tend to have two different types of fibers, one short and dense and one long and fine.
This allows you to sweep your foundation across your skin in a thin layer.
Maybe you want a full coverage look where the foundation is applied in a thicker layer. Here, you will be looking for a brush that has more densely packed bristles.
Some people prefer a thick brush with a flat top for pressing powder foundation into the skin while others like a dense, but fluffy, rounded brush for swirling on liquid or cream foundation formulations.
Whether you typically use liquid or powder foundation, we’ve made the search for the perfect brush a little easier by compiling this list of our favorite foundation brushes for women.
We’ve included plenty of solid choices for different coverage levels- from sheer to full coverage.
1. bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush
Get blurred imperfections for flawless skin with the rounded bristles on bareMinerals Seamless Buffing Brush. The soft bristles will smooth out the edges so you don’t leave the house with a mask on, but instead look naturally beautiful like you are.
2. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge
Technically this isn’t a brush, but we are believers of the Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge. Just a bit of water and the sponge doesn’t soak up your makeup like many brushes can. Make sure you get the original though, as it’s the perfect tool for getting a stunning, blended look for poreless skin with even coverage.
3. e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare 96003 Stipple Brush
Whether you prefer a shorter handle or want a travel brush, e.l.f. Cosmetics Beautifully Bare 96003 Stipple Brush is small but packs a powerful punch to your foundation. With stippling motion, you’ll get even coverage and a smooth look all over for gorgeous features.
4. e.l.f. Buffing Foundation Brush
e.l.f. Buffing Foundation Brush provides a seamless look in your makeup look. With a buffing motion, blend imperfections into oblivion to get flawless, even skin.
5. Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush 110
Complement your liquid foundation by applying it with Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush 110. Specifically for liquid foundations, you’ll get a medium-density brush that will blend your makeup flawlessly. No worries about streaks in your finished look.
6. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush
Get full coverage with a foundation brush contoured to fit your face, including around your eyes, nose and mouth. Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush is a dense brush but the bristles are so soft for a flawless finish to your makeup.
7. It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush No. 7
Explore It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush No. 7 for a two-in-one brush. Not only does it give you a smooth, streak-free finish, but the precision end gets into the creases of your nose and around your eyes for full coverage or used with your concealer for an all-over look.
8. Lamora Foundation Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Get movie star quality application with Lamora Foundation Flat Top Kabuki Brush. With soft, not scratchy, bristles you’ll get a smooth finish. If you don’t like the flat brush for foundation, it’s great for contouring too.
9. NYX Professional Makeup Cant Stop Wont Stop Foundation Brush
For a brush that works with your features, get NYX Professional Makeup Cant Stop Wont Stop Foundation Brush. The angled bristles work with the contours of your face for full, even coverage, while buffing will blend everything flawlessly.
10. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
Dense yet soft bristles will hold your liquid foundation so well you’ll be able to use less product with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It blends beautifully, plus the colors of Real Techniques brushes are always fabulous, including this one.
11. Real Techniques Makeup Blender Brush
Don’t discount brushes without long handles. Real Techniques Makeup Blender Brush will soften your foundation for a perfectly blended look.
12. Sephora PRO Foundation Brush #47
A soft, rounded top fits perfectly into the contours of your face for perfect coverage. Sephora PRO Foundation Brush #47 works wonders with your cream makeup and won’t leave ugly streaks in your makeup.
13. Shiseido Hasu Fude Foundation Brush
Apply foundation with the iconic flat, angled brush design with Shiseido Hasu Fude Foundation Brush. Using circular motions you’ll get a blended look for smooth, even skin. The short handle of this brush gives you better control and is great for travelling.
14. Tarte Cosmetics The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Discover dewy and smooth skin with Tarte Cosmetics The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush. Using a stippling motion works best with this brush for an airbrushed finish for your smoothest makeup look yet.
15. Zoeva #104 Buffer Rose Golden Vol. 2 Brush
For a soft, synthetic brush, Zoeva #104 Buffer Rose Golden Vol. 2 Brush will give you a beautiful makeup look while the brush itself is pretty in rose gold. It also works well with any type of foundation, whether you dig the creams or go for powder.