10, 03, 2016
If there’s one thing in your make up bag you should invest in it’s your foundation make up brushes. It might seem like a good idea at the time to save money by grabbing a cheap duplicate of the brush you were advised to purchase alongside your foundation, but in the long run you will more than likely regret that decision. If you are willing to spend a lot of money getting the right foundation, why then apply it with a cheap brush with less quality bristles and an inadequate finish. I would also always advise you to go into store and have your foundation colour matched and tested before trying, there’s nothing worse than spending all that money for it to just sit in a drawer unused because the colour is wrong or you’re not happy with the finish or coverage. Personally, dependant on what coverage I am after and what time of day it is, I switch between three different foundations; a liquid, a cream and a powder, and I use two different brushes for these. My favourite liquid foundation is Urban Decay’s Naked Skin which is a light to full coverage with a demi-matte finish. It is quite a thin consistency and I use the Bare Minerals Smoothing Face Brush to apply it. This dual fibre synthetic brush gives a soft, smooth application and blends like a dream, it’s such a quick application and is easy to control the coverage. I usually pop a bit of foundation on the back of my hand, dip the brush in and buff straight onto the face, you don’t need much at all. I prefer to use this foundation in the evening as I like more coverage for a night out and it is usually paired with a smoky eye and red lip, also from the Urban Decay family.
My favourite cream foundation is Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue which is more like a tinted moisturiser than a foundation. Again I apply this with the Smoothing Face Brush, but it works better for me as a day time foundation as it’s only a light to medium coverage. It’s also a great summer foundation as it’s great for enhancing a tan, and has a lovely dewy finish.
If I want a fuller day time coverage I always go for my trusty Original Powder by Bare Minerals, which also comes in a matter finish, and I apply it with the Supreme Finisher Brush. This synthetic fibre brush is perfect for applying any powder based products; bronzers, luminizers, finishing powders, etc. The powder gives a light to full coverage without feeling heavy on the skin, as it literally has only 5 ingredients in it.
With all of these foundations a little really does go a long way, even when you build up the coverage, so you should get at least 3-6 months out of them. Both of the brushes I use retail at £24 and can be bought at a range of retailers including Debenhams and John Lewis, so keep an eye out for sales if it’s a bit steep for you. With proper care you will get a good few years out of these and won’t need to replace as often as you would your cheaper option. And before you tell me you’ve had your cheaper dupe for a long time, can you honestly say it’s been cleaned properly and isn’t a breeding ground for bacteria? Your brush should be getting a deep clean at least once a fortnight if you are using them on a daily basis, and the cheaper brushes bristles wont last through the washes as well as the better quality ones.