Our 6 Favorite Foundation Brushes for Everyday Makeup

Sponges, brushes, and paddles, oh my! Here’s your guide to all of the latest foundation brushes, and which one is right for your makeup routine.
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Feb. 7
Photo by Oli Dale on Unsplash
Photo by Oli Dale on Unsplash
Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Whether you opt for a “fresh face” look and very light coverage using drugstore makeup, or you’re the contour queen of your friend group and have memorized and perfected all the looks you’ve learned from watching beauty bloggers on YouTube and Instagram, using the right beauty tools is essential to making your makeup routine run smoothly every day. Gone are the days of using a simple sponge in place of a foundation brush or taking a guess at what each makeup brush is supposed to be used for in a set. In 2020, beauty influencers and makeup novices alike are opting for a few basic-yet-dynamic makeup tools to achieve their signature styles. But where to begin when looking for the best foundation brush to add to your everyday makeup routine? Many of the makeup tools on the market look comparable to each other yet achieve very different results, while others are much less complicated than they appear at first glance. We’ve rounded up 6 of our favorite foundation brushes that can be used to achieve many different makeup looks and are exploring how each of these unique tools work. The Original Beauty BlenderIf you’ve looked around Instagram, Pinterest, or YouTube for makeup tips over the last few years, chances are you’ve come across this adorable little pink sponge known as the Beauty Blender. But what sets this beauty tool apart from the bulk pack of makeup sponges that you can pick up at a drugstore for the fraction of the cost? The answer is...pretty much everything! While traditional makeup sponges can be super absorbent (aka, wasting your foundation) and oddly shaped (your face isn’t square, so why are makeup sponges?), the Beauty Blender barely absorbs any makeup and is shaped to help you reach your face’s natural crevices around your eyes and nose. It can also be used with liquid or powder foundation, so it is a great makeup tool whether you are looking to achieve light coverage or heavy coverage. Clarisonic Sonic Foundation Makeup BrushIf you struggle with acne-prone skin or simply have a love for trying new products, you may already be familiar with the Clarisonic line of cleansing tools. When we heard that the brand was releasing a foundation brush, we were eager to see how it worked in comparison to the cleansing line—and we were not disappointed! The idea of using a vibrating brush to blend in foundation can be daunting at first, but this device is incredibly gentle and blends makeup flawlessly for a streak-free and natural finish. What we love most about this product is its versatility. It’s advertised as a foundation brush, but can be used with BB/CC cream, concealer, color correcting primer, liquid highlighter and contour product. This replacement head is compatible with all Clarisonic face brushes, including Mia 1, Mia 2, Mia FIT, and Smart Profile. PUR 4 Piece Pillow Blend Applicator SetWhy rely on just one brush for your everyday makeup routine, when you can have 4 tools in one that are designed to meet specific needs? These oil-resistant foundation brushes are perfect for anyone with acne-prone skin because they don’t harbor bacteria like many other materials. This set is designed to smoothly blend in foundation and concealers, and can also help massage in moisturizers and other face creams. Each brush serves a unique purpose: The large applicator evenly applies foundation, while the medium brushes help contour and the smaller brush applies concealer. Tarte Double Duty Paddle to Perfection Foundation BrushThis cruelty-free and vegan paddle foundation brush features super soft and tightly packed bristles that smooth out foundation without leaving streaks or wasting product. This brush lays down, blends, & buffs foundation, and can be used with all foundation types and can help you achieve any type of look, from natural light coverage to heavy coverage for a night out. Dior Backstage Buffing BrushCan’t decide whether or a brush or a sponge is your makeup tool of choice? Our favorite part of the Dior Backstage Buffing Brush is that it combines the best elements of both. This unique brush smooths foundation while blending product like a makeup sponge. It is designed with an ergonomic shape for maximum control, with lush and dense bristles that achieve an airbrushed finish with minimal effort. Apply makeup directly to the foundation brush and move in smooth circular motions from the inside of the face outwards. For extra coverage, gently dab the brush over problem areas. e.l.f. Kabuki Face Brush“Kabuki” foundation brushes, also known as “mushroom” brushes, are a classic type of makeup brush that is uses a short stem and dense bristles to evenly apply loose powder foundation. We love this particular Kabuki brush by e.l.f. Cosmetics due to its versatility (can be used to apply liquid or powder foundation, as well as bronzers and highlighters with ease) and its compact size that makes it the perfect brush to throw in your makeup bag when you’re on-the-go. e.l.f is one of our favorite makeup brands right now due to their commitment to selling vegan, cruelty-free products at budget-friendly costs. We all know that everyday makeup is available in a wide range of price points and functionality, and the same goes for the brushes and other tools that we use to apply it during our morning routine. If you’re a makeup junkie looking for a new brush, or are just getting into the makeup game and are looking for a place to start, there are a few important things to consider, such as how much money you’d like to invest in your makeup products, what type of foundation you plan to apply (and which type of brush works best with it), as well as the brush’s overall functionality and whether it was ethically manufactured. No matter what your priority, there are many great tools on the market today that can help you meet your needs. Keep following up with Cherie Trending to get more beauty tools reviews!
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