The day that I started applying my base with a brush instead of fingers was revolutionary. Gone are the days of just being stuck with the old fashioned paint style brush, now there is a plethora of designs to choose from. When it comes to my foundation routine I have a few different options for whatever product I am using and here are what I think are the best brushes for applying base products.
UNDER EYE CONCEALING
I prefer to apply my concealer before my foundation, it tends to stay in place better when doing it in this order. I want something that is dense enough to buff the product in with ease but small enough to fit into the contours of the under eye area. I flit between the Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush and the Zoeva 142 Concealer Brush. They both fit the bill perfectly and are incredibly soft under the eye as you don't want something that is scratchy and irritating in such a delicate area.
BLEMISH & SCAR CONCEALING
Something that I've always found quite difficult to do is cover up blemishes and scarring without it looking unnatural. For pin-point concealing, I've found that something that is small and flat works well so that you can pat the product into the place rather than using a buffing motion. The Real Techniques Detailer Brush and The Zoeva 234 Smoky Shader are a dream for patting in products. For covering up general scarring and discolouration, the Zoeva 110 Face Shape Brush is the best I've ever found. It's like a mini buffing brush so you can get a really flawless finish in combination with your concealer of choice.
FOUNDATION, BB CREAM AND TINTED MOISTURISER APPLICATION
After a lot of trial and error over the years, I've finally found the perfect selection of brushes for applying the following. Some brushes are a match made in heaven with certain bases but, in general, the following 3 are my favourite when it comes to a flawless base application. The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush and Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Like I said each of them shine with a certain type of base but each one could be used for anything you might think of. Some brushes can really struggle with frequent washing. All of these surpass an every 3-day cycle and you're left with a brush that feels as good as new.
POWDERS & MINERAL FOUNDATION
I always presumed a typical fluffy brush was the way to go with powder and whilst they do work well I prefer to use something a little more dense. Something like the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Zoeva 104 Buffer are absolutely perfect for powder application. As I like to pat my powder in for a more flawless finish these are both ideal density for picking up product. As they pick up the product so well it makes applying loose and mineral powders a little more fuss free. No one wants to be left with more powder on their clothes than brush.