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Foundation Brush Or Beauty Blender?

Sunday, April 08, 2018

When it comes to applying foundation, there’s one question that’s got our brushes in a twist and that’s… to blend or to brush? Make up artists are forever advising on different tools to achieve the most flawless looks; from flat, angled and domed head brushes to curvy, tapered and egg shaped blenders, but what method is truly the best?

It’s time to crack the beauty code and uncover what seems to be the best of both worlds.

Team Brush
As one of the fastest ways to apply foundation, a foundation brush allows you to paint the liquid or cream based product onto the skin, delivering a smooth finish.  One of the most common foundation brushes found in many a beauty bag, is the taped tip, which allows for precise coverage in specific areas.

Real Techniques Foundation Brush - £8.99

But with any evolutionary process, there are now different shape and size brush heads, which allow for different coverage, products or areas of the face. Different bristles can also absorb smaller amounts of foundation into the skin depending on the coverage required.

Although brush strokes are easy for application, these can leave streaky lines or patches, meaning foundation may need to be applied a fair few times to really get that even base. Needing more than one brush can also be quite a pricey investment, if you can’t rely on one tool, to produce the flawless face.

Team Blender
As a multi-purpose tool the blender is great for primer, concealer and foundation usage, and as its name suggests, it’s great for blending not only onto but also into the skin. For truly flawless coverage, without streaky brush marks or multiple applications, you can get an evenly finished look that’s buffed into the skin.
Beauty Blender - £17.00
A lightweight tool, the blenders are handbag friendly and great for quick touch ups on the go. The best thing about a beauty blender is its multi shape that accommodates for different uses, rather than using more than one brush for different areas of the face, the blender can get into all the nooks and crannies.

With a blender it might feel as if theres little control over precision and accuracy. It’s also a slower tool, taking a bit more time to buff and blend the base.

What We Found

Despite a good foundation brush, and a beauty blender working just as well  it all really boils down to the formula of your foundation. Whilst some foundations look better finished with a brush, others look better applied with a beauty blender. For example NARS' All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation doesn't look so great when applied with a brush, but when using a beauty blender the finish looks flawless. I'd say when you buy a new foundation, apply it with a beauty blender on one side of your face, and then use a brush on the other side to see what looks best. 

So, what do you think? It seems there’s nothing wrong with a brush and blend mix, why not use each applicator for different make up needs.

Here’s to brushing and blending faces beautiful!

Words By: Aleya Parris

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