Liquid and thinner textured foundation formulas, like MAC Face and Body respond best to buffing brushes in my experience. Something like the Real Techniques Buffing Brush is ideal – it’s not too dense that it just moves the product around, and it is synthetic so it doesn’t absorb the product.
If you are the type that likes to add a mattifying powder, I prefer spot powdering with a smaller tapered brush like the Real Techniques Setting Brush or Contour Brush. Paired with a product like Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, they get under the eyes, and apply just the right amount to forehead, around the nose and chin.
When it comes to powder blush like MAC Immortal Flower shown here, I really prefer a small flat natural bristled brush like Tarte’s Blush Brush. It’s blends colour on to the cheeks without getting it everywhere. The small shape means you get precise application and the softness of the bristles means you never have racing stripes!
Finally but not to be forgotten is highlighting powder, like theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. I prefer a super soft, sparsely bristled brush like this Coastal Scents Fan Brush. A quick swipe over the product doesn’t pick up too much product and the shape fits the top of your cheekbones without even trying. Dust a little along the bridge of the nose and cupids bow and call it a day!
There you have it, a pretty in depth lengthy post about why I reach for what face brush. Of course it isn’t to say you can’t mix and match brushes for your own purpose, but over time I have just found these are the best tools for the job. I rarely reach for any other brushes in my collection.
What is your favourite face brush that you wouldn’t want to be without? Have you tried any of the brushes mentioned?
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