Makeup is a form of art that takes a lot of experiments, trials, and errors to master the skill. Sometimes we invest so much on a foundation yet the result is nowhere near the expectation. Sometimes the YouTube beauty gurus swear by a product but when you apply it’s nothing like you thought it would be. Heart-wrenching, isn’t it?
Just when you realize you have found the perfect product for your base, you also discover that finding the perfect foundation is not enough. You need to find the perfect brush to apply it with too. It’s high time you invest in a good brush too for the flawless base that you want. Streaky makeup is surely one of the pet peeves for the makeup lovers. Even the best foundation can often result in a sloppy finish just because it’s applied with a wrong tool.
With so many brushes available in the market it is definitely going to be a hard find but don’t worry, we are here to help you the perfect brush for your perfect face. So let’s jump straight at the review.
Our Top Ten Best Makeup Brush for Liquid Foundation
Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush
We all had high hopes when superstar Rihanna started her makeup line Fenty. As expected, she rocked the makeup world too. For the foundation, RiRi came up with a whopping 40 shades for every complexion and undertone. She also launched the perfect tool to apply the foundation with.
The Fenty beauty full-bodied foundation brush is designed to provide a smooth flawless application of liquid foundations. This medium dense liquid foundation brush will give you seamless airbrushed look with full coverage. Even though the brush is designed to provide full coverage, it ensures that your skin looks like skin and not caked up. It will give you a quick coverage with an airbrush finish. The unique paw shape of the brush gives it just the right density and let you apply the foundation with utmost precision. There are 140,000 ultra-fine synthetic bristles that are super gentle on the skin and help to spread the foundation smoothly across the face. It leaves no streak mark or any patchiness at all and blends the foundation like a dream. The medium size of the brush lets you cover the entire face with few strokes. The sleek shape of the brush also helps you to reach every curve and corner of your face at ease.
The brush itself is a beauty to look at. The Barbie pink color will bring out the fun loving person in you. It has a pointy pink handle with a silver ferrule and baby pink bristles that are aesthetically pleasing. The synthetic bristles are extremely soft and they do not absorb much foundation as well. The brush doesn’t shed at all during the wash and it can be cleaned very using any shampoo or cleaner of your choice.
- Gives non-streaky airbrush finish quickly
- Soft synthetic bristles
- Sleek shape
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Does not shed
- Easy cleaning process
Review from the users
A reviewer said that this brush is the one she reaches for when she is in a rush and needs a quick full coverage. She mentioned that it provides a smooth flawless base makeup with zero effort with very little time.
BareMinerals Ready Precision Face Brush
The BareMinerals ready precision face brush has a unique shape that is designed to provide flawless coverage to every nooks and edge of your face. This brush provides medium to full coverage and you can build up the coverage according to your preference. If you have sensitive skin and you’re anxious that the brush bristles might be harsh on your skin then give this a try as the synthetic bristles are extremely soft and gentle on the skin.
The synthetic bristles blend liquid foundation perfectly without leaving any brush traces. This brush is also great for using cream products too. This brush is beautifully constructed that lets you work on your makeup effortlessly. The angled surface lets you cover every bit of your face seamlessly. The soft velvety bristles provide a seamless finish without any streakiness. The brush does an excellent job at blending the foundation as it doesn’t soak up much product so little goes a long way with this
The looks of BareMinerals ready precision face brush is very sturdy as well. It has a black handle with a silver ferrule that tightly holds the bristles with the handle. This brush is very durable and it will easily last you a decade if you take proper care of it. The bristles are very tightly attached hence you don’t have to worry about shedding as well. The price is a bit steeper but if you consider the years of service it will provide, it is definitely worth the splurge. The cleaning process is fairly simple. The bristles are very easy to clean with any shampoo or brush cleaner and they don’t shed at all.
- Soft and dense bristles
- Provides medium to full coverage
- Slightly pricey
Review from the users
One reviewer claimed that this brush allows her to build her foundation according to her choice. Some also mentioned that the brush is very durable and they found no signs of shedding during washes.
Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
Sigma’s brush game has always been strong and it needs no introduction. Sigma F80 kabuki is one of the most raved brush by beauty gurus all over the world. It has won the Allure magazine’s “Best of Beauty” award for best makeup brush for foundation.
This brush is made with super fine synthetic Sigmax fiber that blends the foundation flawlessly into your skin. It comes with a long black handle sturdy and flexible that lets you work in your preferred motion. The flat top shape is super fine with soft dense bristles.
Sigma F80 flat kabuki brush blends all sort of liquid foundation like a dream. The unique Sigmax fibers push the foundation in your skin in such a way that there are no visible traces of makeup or lines. It evenly distributes foundation around the face and you can get the best possible result by patting it down your face rather than wiping it around. This brush provides a heavy coverage, however, you can tone it down by buffing the foundation into the skin.
This brush does come with a hefty price tag. Then again the price to performance ratio is extremely well, therefore, considering the long run it will be a great purchase. On the plus, Sigma does give some awesome sales very often. So, if you don’t want to splurge on a single foundation brush then wait for the sale and grab yourself the brush during the sale.
Cleaning Sigma F80 is a piece of cake. Even though the bristles are dense, they are super easy to wash. All the makeup residues, dirt or oil can be washed off very easily with a shampoo or brush cleaner. With Sigma’s fine craftsmanship, shedding is not an issue that you need to worry about as well.
- Fine dense bristles
- Don’t soak up product
- Buffs all sort of liquid foundation seamlessly
- Provides full coverage
- The flat top shape makes it hard to reach corners of the face
Review from the users
Users are extremely pleased with this brush as it works amazingly well with every liquid foundation. A reviewer said that this brush not only blends the foundation beautifully, it also helps her foundation last longer.
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
The Real Techniques expert face brush is a true gem that will give you a top-notch experience without breaking the bank. This brush works exceptionally well with liquid foundations and provides a perfectly flawless base.
It comes in a white plastic box with few details about the brush. The brush is very sturdy looking and we can already tell that you would really love having this in your collection. It has a sophisticated golden ferrule with black rubber bottom. One of the interesting features of this brush is the rubber bottom lets it stay upright on any flat surface so you don’t have to worry about your brush rolling down the table when you’re doing your makeup. The golden ferrule also brings a premium look to the brush.
The bristles are very dense and super soft. They can blend liquid foundation seamlessly without leaving any brush traces. The slightly tapered rounded shape of the brush helps to buff the foundation beautifully into the skin. You can easily build up the coverage with this brush without making it look cakey or overdone. The surface area of the brush it small therefore it might take up some time to do the entire face. However, once you get used to with the brush you will be able to do it faster.
The RT expert face brush is a fantastic choice if you’re on a budget or don’t want to invest much on a foundation brush. It’s very affordable and easily available. You’ll see for yourself how well it works despite being so pocket-friendly and this will be a staple in your makeup bag in no time.
Shedding is not noticed with this brush as the ferrule strongly holds onto the bristles. Due to the dense bristles, it does take up some time to dry though. At the end of the day, we can definitely say that this is as good as it gets for the price.
- Fine dense bristles
- Doesn’t leave brush streaks
- Buildable coverage
- Small surface area
- Takes a bit time to dry completely when washed
Review from the users
Users have highly raved about this product. A user said that the RT expert face brush gives her the optimum coverage and she is highly satisfied with the performance of the brush.
Lamora Foundation Brush Flat Top Kabuki
The Lamora flat top kabuki brush is Amazon’s number one seller in the makeup brush category. This brush is another great budget buy. It provides superb performance without making a dent on your wallet.
You are probably picturing a flimsy brush as it is very affordable. The brush is very well constructed even though it doesn’t have a hefty price tag. The black handle provides great precision and the silver ferrule tightly holds onto the bristle.
The bristles are very soft, silky and applies foundation very well. This brush will go beyond your expectation with its top-notch quality and blendability. It evenly spreads the foundation across the face and you’ll notice that it requires a lot less product than your regular brush. The synthetic brush bristles are very soft on the skin. Even the people with sensitive skin can use this as the bristles are super fine and well cut. Despite the price, it has top quality bristles that buffs the foundation into the skin without any streaks or patches. There are my affordable brushes that soak up excessive foundation but you will not face any such issues with the Lamora kabuki brush. The brush fibers hold up to the pigment extremely well and make even distribution all over the face.
Considering the price you might be skeptical about whether it will deliver your desired result or not. Once you get your hands on this brush, it will surely elevate your foundation game to the next level. The Lamora flat top brush can be cleaned quite easily with any sort of brush cleaner. However, some shedding of the bristles noticed during washes.
- Soft synthetic bristles
- Sturdy looks
- Doesn’t soak up the foundation
- Sheds during wash
Review from the users
A user exclaimed that this is truly a God sent for people in a budget. The price can’t get any better than this. Though some of the users complained about the bristles shedding during the wash.
Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush
If you’re a firm believer of the saying “buy once, cry once” then do give this brush a try. This brush was launched along with the Hourglass stick foundation. This brush does an impeccable job at blending your foundation smoothly and flawlessly. The slightly slanted surface makes it so much easier to reach all the tough angles of your face.
The brush is very soft and compact. You can easily carry it around in your makeup bag. It has medium length handle in dark auburn color with cream colored bristles. This brush has a very premium look to it.
It has dense bristles that seamlessly blend any liquid foundation with ease. The high tech Taklon bristles are incredibly gentle on the skin. It evenly blends the foundation without leaving any streaks. The uniquely crimped bristles provide utmost precision in every swipe. You can obtain the best result by swiping it down in little strokes or circular motion rather than dragging it down the face. The synthetic bristles are dermatologically tested and this brush in an excellent choice for the people who are allergic to animal hair brushes. The supremely soft bristles give a microfiber feel to the skin which is a major plus for the people with sensitive skin. The ideal angled shape will let you reach all the nooks and edges of your face. It covers every blemish and imperfection perfectly.
However, all these goodness does come with a heavy price tag. This brush is quite expensive but we recommend it to be worth the splurge. With proper care, this will give you years of service without any wear and tear. Since it’s very expensive, you should wash it with care. Use mild shampoo or cleaner and lay it flat to dry.
- Very dense and soft Taklon bristles
- Provides great coverage
- Dermatologically tested
- Very expensive
Review from users
This is an awesome brush with superb quality, said a user. Even though the price is steep, it does an outstanding job at blending your foundation seamlessly into the skin. Hence, it’s absolutely worth the splurge.
Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush
Kat Von D is the goddess of makeup and full coverage. Her lock it foundation has been a top favorite by many beauty gurus and the lock it edge brush is no different. The uniquely sculpted shape of the brush conforms to the contours of your face effortlessly. The tapered head is dense and thick which allows you to easily cover the face in little time.
The brush is specifically designed to work with any sort of liquid foundation. The bristles are super soft and they blend the foundation like a charm. It provides full coverage without making your skin look cakey or streaky. The unique shape of the brush also great to work with any angle or motion. Even though it’s a foundation brush, it works equally well for applying concealers too. Kat Von D needs no introduction when it comes about designs. The tattoo queen is outstanding in this aspect. The sleek stiletto handle provides ultimate precision and control. Even if you’re new to the makeup world, you’ll be able to create a flawless makeup base with this brush. The signature gothic KVD logo on the handle is just the cherry on top. The KVD lock it edge brush will not only do wonders blending your foundation, but it will also give you an aristocratic feeling.
Kat Von D’s entire makeup line is vegan and cruelty-free. You’ll have an inner peace knowing that no animal was harmed or killed to make this product.
The price is on the steeper side but considering the premium construction and durability, it’s a good investment. This brush will last you for years without any shedding of the bristles. The handle is also tightly attached to the ferrule so there isn’t any risk of it falling apart during the wash.
- Fine, well-cut bristles
- Premium construction
- Cruelty-free and vegan
Review from the users
Users are overwhelmed with the performance of this brush. A user claimed that this brush does everything that it promises and more.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Studio Small Stipple Brush
Not everyone prefers full coverage and heavy makeup. This brush is the perfect one that will give you a mild coverage with a smooth flawless application. It’s going to be your skin but better. Unlike the other brushes that we have reviewed this is not very dense. Stipple brushes have two different lengths for the bristles so that they pick up the product in a different amount.
The E.L.F small stippling brush is another Allure Magazine award winner. It has white tipped long and short bristles packed in two different layers. It provides a seamless airbrushed finish and it doesn’t make the skin look like covered in makeup. This brush is a great choice for the people who opt for natural looks more. The feathery tips pick up just the right amount of product that results in a smooth flawless finish. It is a multipurpose brush that works great with other products such as blush, bronzer really well. It evenly distributes the liquid foundation and you need to do stippling motion to blend out the foundation.
The structure of the brush is quite simple yet elegant. It has a long black handle with black ferrule and white tipped black bristles. The synthetic bristles are unbelievably soft and gentle on the skin. The bristles seem to soak up the product so you have to be cautious not to use a heavy hand with this product. You need to swirl it around your face and the size is small enough to reach all the curves and contours of your face. This brush is very easy to clean. As the bristles are not very dense it also dries up pretty quickly too. It is definitely a steal considering the price. Do give it a try if you don’t want to invest a lot on brushes and a natural makeup lover.
- Natural finish
- Easy to clean and dry
- Soaks up product
Review from the users
A user reviewed it to be a fantastic product for the price. It delivers what it promises and it’s a perfect product for daily go-to looks.
Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush
Sigma’s brush game getting stronger day by day and with this 3DHD brush, they went one step ahead of the game. This versatile brush has a unique upright V shape to it and each side has a different purpose. It’s unlike any brush that’s available in the market. The bristles are super soft and the angle makes it a perfect fit for every nooks and contour of your face.
The dense bristles make your foundation application effortless and super fun. It blends the foundation seamlessly even in the nose corners or under eye areas that are tough to reach with a regular flat top brush. The ridge of the brush has a perfect angular shape that blends the liquid foundation flawlessly into the skin. The double wedge flat surface blends every liquid foundation giving an airbrushed look. This brush no streak marks at all. The thick bristles help to buff the foundation into the skin without wasting any product. Due to the thick dense bristles, it doesn’t soak up much product. This a great multipurpose brush too. You can blend concealer with it too. The curved point can be used to contour the face as well. The quality of Sigma brushes is always top notch. This brush has a really sturdy finish. The 3DHD brush is dermatologically tested so it’s a blessing for the sensitive skinned beauties.
It has a black handle and silver ferrule. The materials used are high quality which makes it looks really sturdy and classy. The synthetic bristles are tightly attached to the ferrule. Even though the shape is different and unique, you can clean it like all your other brushes. Due to the dense bristles, it takes up a while to dry down.
- Unique 3D shape
- Soft dense bristles
- Provides full coverage
Review from users
Many users said that the 3D shape of the brush let them do their makeup quickly and efficiently than the regular flat top brushes.
Tarte- The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
Tarte’s The Buffer Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush is a fantastic brush that doesn’t only do a splendid job at blending the foundation, it’s also made with harvested bamboo. You can look pretty at the same time help nature. Isn’t that the best of both world?
It has a bamboo handle with a golden colored ferrule that will win your heart at the very first look.
This brush is fantastic for go to use. The large surface area makes it a very convenient option to use when you’re in a rush and you need quick coverage. Due to the massive size, it can cover the entire face in a very little time. This brush buffs the foundation beautifully without leaving any streaks or brush traces. It spread the foundation evenly all over the face without any patchiness. It surely does justice to the name as it provides an airbrushed finish. Liquid foundation glides effortlessly and the long synthetic bristles are extremely gentle on the skin as well. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
The price might leave a dent on your wallet but the durability of the brush will make up for it. You’ll notice no significant shedding while washing it and the bristles will stay intact at their place. You can easily clean the brush using any shampoo or cleaner of your choice. However, due to the enormous size and dense bristles it takes a while to dry completely.
- Huge dense size
- Vegan and cruelty-free
- Provides airbrushed full coverage
- Very convenient for go to use
- Take a while to dry completely
Review From Users
According to the users, this brush does an excellent job at blending the liquid foundation. A reviewer said that the large surface area has helped her reduce the foundation application time to a great extent.
A Guide For The Flawless Finish
Do you use your hand to apply the foundation? It’s time to rethink the whole process because your fingers not only make you foundation uneven and streaky, they also contain a lot of germs that would get transferred to your face. (Hello Pimples)
Using the right tool and the right foundation isn’t enough. Several other factors play a vital role in how flawless your foundation would look. Let’s take a look at them.
Prepare The Skin
Before you put on foundation, it is a must that you moisturize your skin. Knowing your skin is very important so put on a moisturizer that suits your skin type. No matter what brush you use, it will always end up being patchy and flaky on an unmoisturized skin. If you have sensitive skin then avoid the brushes with harsh bristles. Also, if you’re allergic to animal hair then there are many fantastic synthetic hair brushes available in the market so go for them.
Shape And Construction Of The Brush
Not all brushes work the same for everyone. We all have different facial structure so figure out what works the best for your face. It might take time to find the right one but once you find the brush that’s meant for you, your life will get a lot easier. If you have a hard time reaching the curves and corners of your face then you may go for Sigma 3DHD or KVD lock it brush. If you want to apply the foundation quickly then you may try the Tarte buffer brush that we have reviewed.
Not everyone is comfortable with a full face of makeup. Choose a brush according to your preferred finish. The E.L.F small stippling brush will give you a perfectly natural look whereas the Fenty Beauty Full bodied brush is designed to deliver a full coverage foundation application. Therefore, choose a brush that meets your desired requirements.
Budget is one of the most crucial factors as it is the ultimate determinant of what brush you will be actually getting for yourself. If you don’t want to invest a lot in just one brush it’s absolutely alright. We reviewed some budget-friendly products too, so you may give them a try.
If you want to pamper yourself and get a luxurious experience with the high-end brushes then you’re more than welcome. These brushes are going to last for years and they are worth every penny.
A Quick Cleanup Guide
Makeup is all fun until it’s time to clean the brushes. Unclean brushes are the breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Sometimes you’re doing everything right, you have a superb skincare regime yet you’re having breakouts. Most of the time it is because the tool that you’re using is unclean.
Clean your foundation brush at least once a week with lukewarm water and a brush cleaner. If you don’t have any brush cleaner handy then any mild shampoo or soap will do the trick. Don’t rub the bristles vigorously as it might result in shedding. Try to not put any water on the handle as it might get separated from the ferrule.
What are the best materials for a brush?
Ans: Soft and dense bristles provide the smoothest finish and best coverage. Whereas the harsh bristles will make your foundation look patchy and cakey. Also, get a brush with strong handle and ferrule. These will make your brush more durable.
Are natural bristles better or synthetic?
Ans: Synthetic bristles are the ideal choice for applying liquid foundations.
How to clean the brushes?
Ans: Wet the brushes first in lukewarm water then put shampoo or brush cleaner on the brush and gently rub it against your palm. Nowadays many electric brush cleaners available that will clean and dry the brushes making your life a lot easier.
Are expensive brushes better than the inexpensive ones?
Ans: Expensive brushes are made with high-quality durable materials. The substances used to make the brushes are not harmful to your skin. However, there are also some inexpensive brushes that work equally well and made with quality materials.
How long does a brush last?
Ans: With proper care, a brush can last up to 8 to 10 years easily.
Which brush shape is the best?
Ans: As the face shape varies from person to person it depends on your preference. If you prefer a full coverage then opt for a flat or angled top kabuki. If you prefer natural finish then go for a stippling brush.
Skin is a very sensitive organ so anything that we put on our skin should be dealt with caution. We have come up with quite a few options for you considering all sorts of finish and coverage. We have also listed the pros and cons along with the review from the users to help you find the best possible brush according to your preference. Don’t hesitate to ask questions or seek help from the professionals if you’re new to the makeup world.
Do let us know about your experience. Go grab the best brush and have a spectacular makeup journey.