The Foundation Brushes The Experts Swear By

With so many foundation brushes on the market these days, how do you know which one is right for you? To help narrow the search, we asked eight beauty insiders to share the one face tool they wouldn’t be without.
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Adeola Gboyega, Make-Up Artist & SheerLuxe Contributor 

The Brush: Bobbi Brown Precise Buffing Brush

Why She Loves It: “Bobbi Brown’s iconic Buffing Brush gives a flawless foundation application while creating a soft-focus finish. The angular, densely-packed brush is great at hugging all the contours of your face, delivering the most precise, second-skin look – plus, it can be used for both foundation and concealer, so it works double-time.”

Available at LookFantastic.com


Lisa Potter-Dixon, Make-Up Artist & Author

The Brush: Shiseido DAIYA Fude Face Duo Brush

Why She Loves It: “Fingers are my preference for applying foundation but when I do use a brush, it’s always this one from Shiseido. It’s compatible with so many different textures and it buffs in any product to perfection. It’s double-ended, too, with a gel tip that mimics your fingertips. You can use it for concealer, too.” 

Available at Boots.com

Mira Parmar, Make-Up Artist & Hairstylist

The Brush: Real Techniques Multitask Brush

Why She Loves It: “It’s hard to choose just one as there are so many worthy winners, but Real Techniques Multitask Brush stands out for me. It stipples, blends and evens out foundation like no other. It also washes so well, and you can use it for everything – from foundation to highlighter and contour – which is really saying something.” 

Available at Boots.com

Kenneth Soh, Make-Up Artist

The Brush: Suqqu Foundation Brush

Why He Loves It: “Brilliant for liquids and creams, this has short, stubby bristles for a firm application that’s even and smooth. The handle is also easy to manoeuvre, and it allows you to really buff the product into your skin – be it highlighters, blushers and of course, foundation. In my opinion, it offers the best results in the shortest amount of time.” 

Available at CultBeauty.co.uk


Caroline Barnes, Make-Up Artist

The Brush: Clé de Peau Beauté High Coverage Foundation Brush

Why She Loves It: “Professional-grade make-up brushes don’t get much better than this – plus, you can use it with liquids or cream foundations for a smooth, seamless blend. It has an angled head too, as well as dense fibres that work to push foundation down into your skin. The chunky handle is so easy to hold, too. It’s expensive, but a worthy investment if you’re serious about the results.”

Availble at Harrods.com

Cher Webb, Make-Up Artist & Beauty Influencer

The Brush: Clinique Foundation Buffing Brush

Why She Loves It: “The Clinique Buffer Brush is one of the most versatile and handy tools out there. It’s sturdy and effective, while the densely packed brush hairs create the perfect canvas. It works amazingly well with liquid textures, gel formulas – and also powder.”

Available at LookFantastic.com

Zoe Taylor, Make-Up Artist & SheerLuxe Contributor

The Brush: MyKitCo 0.7 Foundation Brush

Why She Loves It: “This is always in my kit. It’s brilliant for buffing in foundation and in return, giving that flawless ‘skin-like’ finish we all crave. Plus, it’s affordable – unlike some with similar quality bristles, and it really goes the distance. You’ll find zero fibres fall out prematurely.” 

Available at LookFantastic.com

Nikki Wolff, Dior Beauty’s Celebrity Make-Up Artist 

The Brush: Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Brush 

Why She Loves It: “Hourglass’ Foundation Brush is a staple for applying base make-up. It offers seamless application and uses synthetic bristles for an even finish. If you want to use a buffing brush to go back over everything, then Dior’s Kabuki Brush comes highly recommended. Using two like this allows you to get a much creamier, more flawless result.” 

Available at CultBeauty.com

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