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The Best Foundation Brush for Any Makeup Look

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Finding the right foundation brushes might seem complicated: after all, the brush you might use to apply your fave liquid formula isn't necessarily going to work with your powder foundation. And which foundation brush you use will depend on the look you want, too: after all, the brush you use for a sheer, natural look might be totally different from the one you'll want to use for an airbrush-worthy matte look.

If all the foundation brush options have your head spinning, don't worry. We've broken them down for you to find the best in every category, from makeup sponges to brushes with synthetic bristles for cruelty-free application. Whether you're on the hunt for a full-coverage flat kabuki brush or a subtle stippling brush, we have all your makeup application needs covered. 

Continue reading below for our picks for the best foundation brushes for streak-free application and a flawless finish for hours.

COMPLEX CULTURE Angled Foundation Brush

1. Our Pick for Most Luxurious Foundation Brush:

COMPLEX CULTURE Angled Foundation Brush

This foundation brush features an angled brush head that’s shaped like a pyramid, so it reaches into every corner of your face–even those hard-to-reach spots like under your eyes and around your nostrils–without streakiness or struggle. And the velvet matte handle is ergonomically designed, so it fits in your hand easily and naturally. But besides cutting down on how long you spend buffing and blending, what really makes this brush special is how eco-friendly it is. That brush handle we mentioned is the first biodegradable brush handle, ever, and the almost impossibly-soft bristles are vegan and cruelty-free Syn-Tech™ synthetic bristles. Oh, and the handle also features a clear, no-nonsense label, too, so you never have to guess what you should use it for. That’s what we call a win-win-win.

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Full Coverage Foundation Brush

2. The Best Foundation Brush for Full Coverage:

SMASHBOX COSMETICS Full Coverage Foundation Brush

Want flawless full coverage? Look no further. The angular brush head traces the contours of your face and seamlessly blends liquid foundation into your skin, eliminating streaks and blotches. It’s your go-to face brush for those days when you want the maximum amount of coverage with the least amount of effort. The handle of the brush even has indents to show you where to hold it for lighter or full coverage, and the synthetic bristles are cruelty-free and super durable. Use it with a full coverage foundation for a streak-free finish, or use it to dab on BB cream for a naturally flawless makeup look.

SIGMA BEAUTY Angled Foundation Brush

3. The Best Foundation Brush for Precise Coverage & Blending:

SIGMA BEAUTY Angled Foundation Brush

There's a reason SIGMA BEAUTY is a makeup artist and cult fave, and this brush might be the reason why. The angled dense bristles make this brush the best foundation brush for buffing and blending foundation in the most precise way imaginable. The curved design fits every part of your face, even those hard-to-smooth places like under your jaw and around your nostrils. You can use the brush with liquid, cream, and powder foundations, and even concealer, too. No matter what you use it with, this brush makes it easy to get an airbrushed look in no time.

PIXI BY PETRA Full Cover Foundation Brush

4. The Best Foundation Brush for Powder or Liquid Foundation:

PIXI BY PETRA Full Cover Foundation Brush

This versatile makeup brush seamlessly blends pretty much any product you can use on your face. The ultra-soft bristles allow you to build up powder foundation to maximum coverage, and make applying liquid foundation a breeze. No matter which product you use it with, you'll be able to airbrush your face in moments. What's more, you can even use this brush for both face makeup and blending out other makeup products, like eyeshadows and bronzer.

LUXIE BEAUTY LUXIE 510 Foundation Brush in Dreamcatcher

5. The Best Foundation Brush for Liquid or Cream Foundation:

LUXIE BEAUTY LUXIE 510 Foundation Brush in Dreamcatcher 

This high-quality synthetic brush is almost too pretty to use. Super soft bristles are enclosed in a rose gold ferrule, with a frosty periwinkle handle. Use it with a cream or liquid foundation for a streak-free, flawless finish and an endlessly buildable look. The brush is also hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free, so you can get buffing and blending without worrying about your furry friends.

F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES Powder Brush 150F

6. The Best Foundation Brush for Powder Foundation:

F.A.R.A.H BRUSHES Powder Brush 150F 

Finding the right brush for powder foundation can be tough, and precise application isn’t always easy. This vegan and cruelty-free brush is made with extra-dense bristles and a slightly tapered brush head, giving you more control and maximum blending. Just use a patting or soft tapping motion to blend in your powder foundation with ease.

MAKEUP GEEK Diamond Blending Sponge

7. The Best for an Airbrushed Finish:

MAKEUP GEEK Diamond Blending Sponge

Using a makeup sponge is key when it comes to getting a flawless airbrushed look. Not to mention, makeup sponges are the best for covering even the most hard-to-reach places. And, they couldn't be easier to use. Simply fill your makeup sponge with clean water, squeeze it out, and use the damp sponge in a soft dabbing motion to apply your liquid or cream makeup products.

PÜR COSMETICS Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush

8. The Best Easy-to-Use Foundation Brush:

PÜR COSMETICS Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush

Applying makeup just got a whole lot easier. The unique oval shape of this makeup brush makes your foundation application seamless, while the dense synthetic bristles and the large grip handle give you maximum control and no wasted product. The result is a full-coverage look that’s just like a second skin.

BLENDSMART Rose Gold Foundation Brush

9. The Best Foundation Brush for On-the-Go Application:

BLENDSMART Rose Gold Foundation Brush

Tired of using regular brushes, sponges, or even your fingers? We’ve got you covered. This luxurious makeup brush features an antimicrobial brush head and a motorized handle that gently and evenly sweeps over your skin and gives you full coverage with the minimum amount of product. It’s perfect for liquid, powder, and cream foundations alike, and it won’t leave behind any cakey makeup deposits.

INIKA ORGANIC Vegan Stippling Brush

10. The Best Foundation Brush for Redness and Uneven Skin Tone:

INIKA ORGANIC Vegan Stippling Brush

This vegan stippling brush is the best when it comes to evening out your complexion and airbrushing away blemishes and uneven skin texture. The white fibers work to deposit your foundation, while the black fibers buff and polish it into your skin. It’s great for both liquids and powders, and can also be used to apply bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

BAREMINERALS Seamless Buffing Brush with Antibacterial Charcoal

11. The Best Foundation Brush for Acne-Prone Skin:

BAREMINERALS Seamless Buffing Brush with Antibacterial Charcoal

The charcoal-infused antibacterial fibers of this foundation brush repel bacteria and prevent contamination—making it perfect for acne-prone skin. The rounded shape of the brush enables smooth makeup application, and the elongated kabuki handle gives you plenty of control for carefully building up coverage. Just buff your foundation into your skin using circular motions, moving inward from the outside of your face.

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Nirmala Nataraj
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Article Last Updated December 3, 2019 12:00 AM