Foundation tools 101

Whether you’re working with cream, powder or liquids, finding the best suited blending tool can be a little tricky since different tools serve different purposes and different finishes. But don’t fret; at SHE we’ve narrowed down the best ones for you!

Beauty Sponge

Beauty Blender became the cult blending tool in no time, thanks to its streak free and airbrushed finish that it provides. If you love a sheer, natural and almost skin-like finish to your base, BB is going to be your best friend! Not only can it be used to apply foundation but also moisturizers, serums, primers, concealer, cream products and even powder! To use a BB, dampen it and squeeze out the excess water to start blending the foundation in a p-ouncing motion (pressing and bouncing) until you’re happy with the coverage and finish.


We love the Original Beauty Blender, Real Techniques Miracle Sponge and Loreal Blender.

Flat foundation Brush

Moving onto the brushes, firstly, there’s the classic flat foundation brush. These tend to be flat with a tapered head allowing you to deliver precise coverage to specific areas of the face. They’ll definitely give you a more even finish and retain coverage but can sometimes feel a bit like you’re painting walls and may leave a streaky finish. They might also make the foundation look like it’s just sitting on your skin, rather than being blended to perfection.

2-flat-1024x693We personally love using MUFE’s Large Foundation Brush.

Buffing Brush

The densely packed bristles pick up and distribute product evenly. The round, domed shape allows the bristles to blend as they brush over the skin. It buffs the foundation into your skin making it look more skin-like and smooth while retaining as much coverage as possible. The result is a streak-free, flawless finish for any liquid, cream or powder foundation. .

3-buffing-brushesWe cannot get enough of Morphe M439, Sigma F80 and Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Collection.

Stippling Brush

Alternatively, a stippling brush offers a more lightweight, even finish. This is because they’re crafted using fine, feathery fibres, usually with a lighter colour towards the top, with thicker, darker fibres at the base. They are great when you’re trying to achieve a natural, no makeup look by sheering out the formula that you’re working with. It is ideal for women who suffer from acne scars because instead of forcing foundation into the scars, it brushes over them for a smooth finish.

4-stippling-brushesWe absolutely love MAC 187 Duo Fiber Brush, ELF Stipple Brush and Real Techniques Stippling Brush.

Artis Brush

If you don’t like the basic foundation brushes and are looking for something fancier and quick, artis brush is your friend. The dense bristles spread the foundation evenly onto the skin without compromising on the coverage. You don’t need to keep picking up and applying more and more product, and you don’t need to keep bouncing the brush up and down onto the skin in short strokes.

For us, nothing can beat the Original Artis No.77 Brush.

Kabuki Brush

Finally, there are Kabuki brushes. You’ll recognize these by their short, chunky handle and dense bristles and, while they’re best suited for buffing loose powders or blending harsh contour lines, they’re easily the most multi-functional of all the brushes.

6-kabuki-brushesWe love Tarte’s Airbuki Brush, Eco Tool’s Finishing Kabuki and ELF Kabuki Face Brush.

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