Tuesday Brush Series... Let's talk Foundation!!


Hi Beauties,

And welcome to the start of my new weekly brush series!

The biggest learning for me since starting the blog is finding the right tools.  To be fair it is absolutely essential to have good brushes that you are comfortable with. Now before we get into the series, I want to make something really clear…. ‘Good’ brushes to not always mean ‘Expensive’ brushes. I know from experience, building a good makeup kit is expensive and we have all fallen into the trap of buying really expensive products, thinking they’ll have to be amazing and then they don’t suit us at all so this series will include all brushes I own myself and actually use.

Many of the brushes in this series I will have bought myself and on the off chance they were sent to me, they will have only made this series because I actually like them enough to use them in my daily/evening makeup routine.

So I feel it is only fitting that we start at the beginning of this series with the base brush or the ‘Foundation’ brush as you will all know it.

I don’t tend to use my fingers at all for foundation but for primer I do. I usually leave my moisturiser on my skin for a least 5-8mins before I’ll add my primer which I will put onto my face with my fingers.
So there are different types of foundation brushes and for me, it will depend on what foundation I am using on the day.

My ‘go to’ foundation brush at the minute is the Blank Canvas F20 brush which I currently have 2 of! I like this brush no.1 because it comes in pink LOL but also because it seems to work with almost every foundation I own. The F20 is part of the ‘HD’ collection from Blank Canvas and retails at €13.99. “The F20 Flat Buffer is made of short, dense synthetic fibres ideal for liquid, cream or powder products.” (www.blankcanvascosmetics.com)

Using a light hand and circular movements, you can buff on your foundation for a flawless finish. I like this brush because it is soft so your foundation moves onto your face rather than streaks on or paints on. I find with a lighter consistency makeup, place the product on your hand first, dip your brush in and then you can build up the foundation little by little to get your desired look.

The brush is also very easy to clean. I like to ‘wash and go’ with surgical spirits and then once a week do a ‘deep cleanse’ which means I use Johnsons baby shampoo to work out the left over foundation and then leave my brushes resting on the edge of a towel moulded back into their correct shape.

An old fave of mine since starting to look into makeup is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. This orange beauty retails on Cloud10 Beauty for €11.99 and if you don’t like online shopping you can also purchase it from Boots.

This brush is slightly thicker and stiffer than the BCC F20 brush so sometimes I like to use this for my thicker foundations such as the MAC Studio Fix foundation which I find needs to be worked into the skin more.
This is a great starter brush and is good for most foundations although I do find it harder for the lighter consistency foundations as it has a rounded head, sometimes the product can run off if you try apply it directly onto the brush. (Using your hand or a palette is always a great habit to get into)

For a lighter/day look makeup I sometimes like to buff my Glo Minerals Tinted Moisturiser onto my skin using another brush from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. This brush is called the F26 which is the Mini Flat Buffer Brush which is also from the HD Collection. This brush will set you back €10.99 on the website. “This brush is made of short, dense synthetic fibres ideal for liquid, cream or powder products. Stipple or buff your foundation onto your face with this super soft brush and notice the difference to your application.” (www.blankcanvascosmetics.com)

I really like this brush for my foundation as I said when I want it lighter. I used to be  big user of the flat foundation brush and trying to buff it out then using a Duo Fibre brush but now I feel my technique of buffing is improving so I tend to keep my flatter brushes for more intimate work like applying concealer which we will look at next week.

The final foundation brush I want to talk to you about is a brush I received to review a few months back, tried it out, put it back in the holder and didn’t touch it for weeks on end but then one day decided to test it out and now it is in my makeup bag I bring with me to work for touch ups during the day if I need them… this brush is the Nima Brush Flat Head Kabuki Brush. This brush is actually quite similar to the F20 and retails online at €18.00. You can buy them online HERE. Nima Brush is another Irish company (so is Blank Canvas Cosmetics) and I am all in favour of supporting quality home  brands so if you haven’t checked out either company please do.

I like the buffing technique as I said above so again this Kabuki brush is perfect for working in product into the skin and I find with applying makeup this way, I use less foundation as a good Kabuki brush really helps spread the foundation so you get more value out of the bottle.   

I don’t want to bombard you all with a load of brushes and I wanted this series to be about what I actually use at the moment. Like many MUA’s (Woohoo now I’m qualified I can say that) we tend to find new brushes, test out brands and get comfortable so for me at the moment, these 4 brushes are what I use on my face.

If you have any questions on these brushes or any foundation brushes in general then please feel free to contact me on my Facebook blog page, I really want this series to be as informative and as interactive as possible so even if you have a ‘go to’ foundation brush I should try, let me know and of course I will try and buy it :) 

Emma x

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