Brush tutorial #1: Foundation Brushes
Below are the two most common foundation brush types. Which type you use depends on the type of foundation i.e. liquid/ stick. If using a creme to powder foundation or powder compact, such as MAC Studio Fix Powder +, it is best to use a foundation sponge.
A flat foundation brush (e.g. MAC 190 brush, left) is used for applying stick foundations (e.g. Bobbi Brown stick foundation, below left) or compact foundations (e.g. MAC Studio Tech, below right).
If using a stick foundation, apply product directly to skin and then use the brush in backwards and forwards motions to blend the foundation into your skin.
If using a foundation compact, apply the product onto the brush and then brush backwards and forwards onto the skin to blend it in.
Flat foundation brushes can also be used for applying liquid foundations, but the stipple brushes provide more even coverage when using liquid foundation.
If using flat foundation brushes for liquid foundation, put a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand (or a clean palette) and then use the brush to pick up foundation from the back of your hand. Then apply to the face in backwards/ forwards motions to blend into the skin. The reason you apply to the back of the hand/ palette is to avoid putting more foundation onto the brush than you need.
A stipple brush (left) is used for applying liquid foundation to give a flawless finish.
Put a small amount of foundation on the back of your hand (or a clean palette) and then use the brush to pick up foundation from the back of your hand. Then apply to the face in swift circular motions to blend into the skin.
There are many different foundation brushes on the market but most fall into one of the 2 groups above. Some brushes are real hair/ animal hair, others are synthetic. The natural vs synthetic decision is really down to your own personal preference.
Remember quality is the key deciding factor. A good quality synthetic brush will work as well as a good quality natural hair brush.
Make-up is about experimenting with your look, so have a play around and see what works for you. Most of all, remember to have fun!
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