THE BUFFER BRUSH:
This brush is perfect for when you want a heavier foundation application. Buffer brushes are typically made with synthetic bristles, ensuring that they do not soak up as much product and are often very soft. Using circle motions to buff the foundation into the skin this will help achieve a fuller coverage and flawless application.
I recommend: Morphe M439 or Tarte the Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
THE STIPPLING BRUSH
Made with both natural and synthetic bristles, the stippling brush is perfect for applying a light and soft layer of even the fullest coverage foundation. The synthetic brushes found at the top of the brush are less dense which is what helps to apply the product lightly. This is great for someone who prefers a light layer of foundation that doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin
I recommend: Mac #187 or Morphe M457
SMALL ROUNDED BUFFING BRUSH
Similar to the buffer brush, this brush is just its mini-me. It’s perfect for full-coverage makeup looks and allows you to reach into smaller crevasses of the face such as around the eyes and nose. If you have acne or blemishes, the brush is great to use to cover those areas that need more coverage
I recommend: Morphe E8 or BH cosmetics 128
FLAT FOUNDATION BRUSH
The brush that resembles a paintbrush. I rarely use a brush like this anymore because it can leave small streaks on the face. However, I will say this brush is great for applying the foundation to your face (I will usually apply a stroke to my forehead, each cheek, and a dab on my nose and chin) then go back with another brush to blend it out. This may seem like an unnecessary step, however, is great when mixing foundation shades as it will not soak up any product while mixing shades like a stippling or buffer brush would.
I recommend: Morphe E9 or Mac #190
THE BEAUTY BLENDER
The beauty blender has taken over the foundation application world these last few years. When dampened this sponge works wonders to create a seamless application. The rounded end is great for larger surface areas while the pointed end is great for applying product around the nose or under the eyes. I don’t think that I have ever not used it in an application. Even if I use one of the other brushes, I always seem to pick this up after just to smooth everything out.
If you are only using the beauty blender, it will give you less coverage than a buffing brush because the product will soak into the sponge.
I recommend: the original beauty blender
DENSE TULIP BRUSH
I haven’t seen many of these types of brushes. It wasn’t until I was looking at Rodial cosmetics that I came across this brush. With a tulip shape (like I have seen many times before) but with densely packed synthetic bristles like a buffer brush. When I inquired about the brush, the representative explained that it will apply foundation in a similar fashion as the beauty blender (use in a tapping motion) without soaking up as much product, allowing for a fuller coverage application. It was ingenious! I have yet to find a similar brush to this one, so if you are in search of this hybrid definitely check out the one from Rodial
I recommend: Rodial The Airbrush Foundation Brush