There are many options for applying face makeup, from sponges to brushes, and most of them claim to give you an airbrushed finish. When it comes to brushes, there are a lot of shapes to choose from. There are flat-top kabuki brushes, angled or round brushes, even electric ones.
Which brush is best for you depends on what kind of coverage and technique you prefer. Even though the foundation is the key to perfectly smooth skin, how you apply it, and the tool you use plays a significant role in achieving that flawless finish.
Whatever your preferred method, the goal is a smooth application, a beautiful finish, and no product waste. It is better to opt for brushes that are made of synthetic bristles since they are softer and won’t harm or irritate your skin. These are the best brushes in the game to ensure all these goals are met.
TARTE Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
This foundation brush is not only supremely soft, versatile & durable for use, but also made of sustainably harvested bamboo. This brush is so gentle and perfect liquid foundation that gives a buildable coverage with an airbrushed finish. You will need to use less foundation but still achieve full coverage, leaving the result without any smears or unevenness. Even after everyday use and washing, you won’t experience any shedding.
Sigma Beauty Professional F80 Flat Kabuki Brush
This brush is packed with synthetic soft fibers. The bristles are vegan, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic to protect your skin. This might be a highlighter brush but it can be used for multiple purposes, including foundation. It beautifully blends your foundation into your skin to get an airbrushed look and feel. It also covers acne depending on the foundation you use. You only have to use half the amount of pumps of foundation using this brush. It is very soft, but also dense and firm which is what you need in a foundation brush. Incredibly well made, this brush has almost no shedding and is so easy to care for.
Real Techniques Cruelty Free Expert Face Brush
This is an all-purpose brush that can be used to contour, conceal, highlight and powder your face to a flawless finish. With this broad face brush, you can perfectly blend cream and liquid foundations, blushes, and contours. The metal handle is sturdy but not heavy so its comfortable to hold. The bristles are very soft and the shape of the bristles allows you to reach hard angles around the face, like the sides of the nose, under the eyes, or between the eyebrows. Use this tool to buff it into your skin for a natural finish.
NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Pro Buffing Brush
The NYX Professional Makeup Pro Buffing Brush is a basic brush for a flawless finish. If you use the right buffing motions, small strokes and dabs pressing into the skin, the application will be seamless resulting in a flawless airbrushed look. You can use for any type of foundation from cream or liquid foundations to powder foundations seamlessly. The thickness of the handle allows for full control while buffing. The brushes are densely packed, non-shedding with high quality for a very reasonable price. It is worth to mention that celebrity beauty influencer Jackie Aina swears by this brush and says that it is her go-to tool.
IT BRUSHES FOR ULTA Airbrush Buffing Foundation Brush #110
This brush has flat dense bristles that help you achieve an airbrushed foundation look. The flat part of the brush is soft, yet firm. It applies seamlessly with liquid foundations. It's big enough for a quicker application but not so big that it's hard to get around the nose or in between the eyebrows. You can even use it around your eyes, it's that soft. It doesn't leave brush marks as some other brushes tend to do and it makes your foundation look better all around.
MORPHE M439 DELUXE BUFFER BRUSH
This Morphe brush buffs the product over the skin and blends it over larger areas of the complexion while simultaneously providing a natural finish. The density, bristle type, shape, and size of the brush offer easy control over your application. Morphe brushes are infamous for their high-quality brushes, and this one is no exception that does an excellent job without breaking the bank!
e.l.f. Ultimate Blending Brush for Precision Application
This brush picks up the perfect amount of product to build coverage with powder, liquid, or mousse foundation, bronzer, or blush. It is big enough to cover more surface area to make foundation application faster. The brush hairs are soft and not scratchy at all. Elf brushes are known for their remarkable durability and high-quality.
EcoTools Classic Foundation Makeup Brush
With this flat foundation brush, you can evenly apply powder, liquid, or cream foundation. It makes blending and application easier. This foundation brush is perfect for applying thicker layers of foundation for a more full coverage look, it does not leave streak marks and if you mix foundations, it blends them well on the skin. After rinsing, the bristles head back into their flat original form. It is compact so you can take it with you on your travels.
bareMinerals Luxe Performance Brush
This brush was composed of dense, tapered fibers that imitate the shape of fingertips for fast and easy blending of liquid foundation makeup-even around your nose and eyes. This is the perfect foundation brush with bristles that stay together and do not split apart when applying foundation, which helps to make sure you are not wasting product. The brush is dense enough to be able to blend a wet product that goes on smoothly and evenly.