Before heavily getting into makeup I always used to apply my foundation with a standard flat foundation brush from MAC, but over the past year I have found myself searching for the "perfect" way to apply my foundation to get the finish I desired. I'm a medium to full coverage girl and I like it to look as natural and smooth as it can be with a natural/glowy finish. I think I have found my perfect foundation for this and that is Nars Sheer Glow, but I will keep you all updated on my quest for my perfect foundation because thats another story! Back onto the brushes... I have tried many from MAC's duo fibres 130 and 187. Don't get my wrong they are nice brushes But I found the 187 just wasn't dense enough and the 130 was too dense and small. I then ventured onto the famous Flat Top Kabuki F80 by Sigma. You have probably heard about this brush or own it as its definitely one of those cult products in the beauty market, as well with beauty lovers and bloggers. Its a great brush but I found that it was just too dense for me. I finally bought the brush that I had be lusting over for a very long time. Being one of my favourite makeup artists Tanya Burr chosen brush to apply her foundation, I could not resist any longer. And of course I am talking about the Real Techniques Stippling brush by the amazing makeup artist Samantha Chapman.
At first I didn't really like it as it left lines of foundation on my face, but after using it for a couple of days I have to say I fell in love. I think I just had to break it in, if you know what I mean? It gives such a lovely smooth finish and the reason I love it is that dense wise its in between the MAC 187 and 130, as well as being just a bit bigger than the 130. Its pretty much the perfect brush I was looking for. I really wanted to find some use for the Flat Top Kabuki by Sigma because I just hate seeing brush's sitting there not being used, after a little experimenting I found that it works really well by stippling it to create a good amount of coverage.
Going onto how I use them - With the Real Techniques brush I create buffing motions all around my face to apply the foundation until I have an even finish. Then with the kabuki I stipple some foundation over the parts where I need a little more coverage and where I want the foundation to last a little longer which is - my nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. I find this is perfect for getting amazing coverage on the parts you need. Then with no product on the Kabuki I just go around my face and press the rest of the foundation into my skin to make sure there is no product sitting, this also helps it last a bit longer I find!
So, there you have it! I have finally found the perfect way for me to apply my foundation that gives me a smooth, even medium coverage finish. I also have pores on my nose and the side of my nose and I find that the stippling with the kabuki really helps to cover them. I'm sorry for the hefty post but I hope you enjoyed it :)
Whats brushes do you use to apply your foundation?