FQ’s complete guide to foundation brushes

Article by Fashion Quarterly

Foundation brushes

Having trouble distinguishing between a kabuki, flat top and beauty blender? You’re not alone! Our guide to foundation brushes has you covered

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush

Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, $60.

For full coverage, use the flat surface of the brush to press foundation into the skin, brush in a half-circle for medium coverage or in long sweeps for a sheer finish.
Fibre type: synthetic.

Cailyn O! Wow Brush

Cailyn O! Wow Brush, $59.95.

Blend foundation, powder, cream and primer with this contoured brush, designed to fit underneath the hollows of the eyes and sit perfectly in your hand.
Fibre type: synthetic.


Mecca Cosmetica Complexion Brush, $43.

Apply foundation, tinted moisturiser, BB Cream and even liquid bronzers and illuminators with this complexion-perfecting, no-streaks brush.
Fibre type: synthetic.


Simply Essential F2 Round Kabuki Brush, $26.99.

The dome-shaped brush allows for expert application of powder or mineral makeup, with minimal product absorption.
Fibre type: synthetic.


Nude By Nature Pointed Precision Brush, $29.95.

The sharp point has been designed for application of liquid and powder foundation in smaller areas, such as smile lines and the under-eye area.
Fibre type: synthetic.


Smashbox Telephoto 3-in-1 Face Brush, $89.

This brush works for both powder and liquid foundations. Twist once for full-coverage liquid application, twice for a lighter touch and three times for the kabuki brush – great for loose powder.
Fibre type: synthetic.


YSL Perfecting Polisher Brush, $100.

Use this multi-purpose brush to polish and blend after applying foundation, or use for application to achieve a smooth, sheer finish.
Fibre type: synthetic and natural.