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Foundation brush

Indeed, few people pay attention to the method of applying foundation. Most girls manage with their own fingers, not even knowing how some tools can make their lives easier and reduce makeup time. One such tool is a brush for tonalki.


The main feature of the makeup brush is its versatility - it can be used with foundation creams of any texture and density. Also, it is able to apply the cream evenly and shade it in a quality manner. A quality brush does not leave streaks or streaks, like a sponge or fingers, and also contributes to the smoothest and smoother application of any product to the skin of the face.

What should be like?

The brush should not be strewed - this usually happens with natural pile, but improperly packaged or made synthetic can sprinkle. Therefore, if you see that the brush is shabby in the package, then you should not buy it. Pile should be safe and sound. The same applies to the pen - in cuts or scratches, with the paint coming off the pen does not inspire confidence, and, most likely, is not made in the highest quality way. The handle must be solid.

Of course, the length of the pile and its shape depends on which textures you use in makeup - bold, liquid or powdery. For greasy foundation creams, a flat synthetic brush ten centimeters long with a long handle is ideal (a brush brush is also suitable). For liquid - short kabuki with the same short pile (sponge-like brushes similar in their oval shape to sponge are also used). Rounded has an arched shape and a long pile. Remember that not always the hairs should have the same length - the so-called duofiber has different lengths of hair, which allows you to apply the tone as naturally as possible.

What does it look like?

The foundation brush is a medium-sized wooden handle stuffed with pile on top - artificial or natural.


Materials for the manufacture of pile can be divided into two categories: artificial and natural. Despite the fact that the former are favorites because of the ease of applying them and because of their easy care, natural ones also have a number of advantages.

Natural materials for making brushes - animal hair: raccoons, wild boars, squirrels or coh. It is best to use these brushes for blending and for applying powder products - blush, eye shadow, powder, highlighter. But for the tone, a natural brush is not the best option. Moreover, in care they require scrupulousness - after all, the remedy remains on them, they absorb it and therefore wash worse. Chemical formulas destroy villi of poorly washed products, which helps to reduce its performance. They are also expensive.

Artificial brushes are made of nylon or polyester. They are less demanding in care and do not crumble, unlike natural ones. Synthetic brushes do not absorb the product, they can be applied as evenly as possible, however, in shading, they are not as good as natural ones. Therefore, the ideal option is a synthetic brush for applying and a natural brush for blending.

Special mention is worth the duofiber brush. Firstly, it can be made from artificial or natural material, or from a mixture of synthetics and natural fibers. Secondly, it has hairs of different lengths, which allows you to apply the cream most naturally, the mask effect in this case is excluded. Since the brush is made of different materials, it is also displayed in its appearance - the villi are often two-tone.


Recently, the manufacture of tools for applying makeup has become a very profitable business, so a huge number of companies began to produce whole lines of brushes, sponges or makeup brushes. For example, a brush is very popular. MAC 187. She serves much longer than others, made in Japan. The handle of the brush is wooden with a metal transition, the pile is very soft, double, that is, two types of hairs are used.

Also note the brush from Divage. It is also a duofiber, a brush with a straight cut and a flat base. It is more budgetary and suitable for beginners - it costs between 200-300 rubles. its length is 18 centimeters, 3 of which are pile, with a very comfortable handle and soft bristles. It is very pleasant to use, has a soft double pile and does not prick at all. Made of synthetic material - nylon.

Avon presents at once several brushes for foundation. One of them is called "Luxe"and can also be used for blush. The first thing that immediately attracts the eye is its appearance. It is made in silver colors, the pile is duofiber, the fibers are dark and light brown in color. The handle is made of light metal, 17.5 cm long. The brush perfectly extinguishes cream and distributes it well, it is also suitable for mousse textures. The second brush from the company is used directly for foundation. It is very slightly smaller than the first brush - 17 cm, - made of the same nylon and does not fade.

How to choose?

In order to choose the right brush, you need to pay attention to some criteria.

  1. Pile. In most cases, synthetic pile is more convenient to use than natural. An exception is raccoon pile, but brushes from this are very difficult to find.
  2. Rigidity. A medium hard brush will be ideal, since a soft one is not able to evenly tone, and a hard one can damage the skin and leave streaks on it.
  3. Pen and appearance. Of course, the brush should not have any external defects, the handle should tightly clasp the pile so that it does not crumble.

Which is better?

It should also be understood that different brushes need different brushes - this is due to the consistency of the cream. For example, a brush called kabuki is best used with a powder or liquid light foundation, primer, moisturizer. Pile she can be natural or artificial. The handle is short, fluffy pile, elastic and soft, with a length of 3 to 5 centimeters, conical shape.

A straight-brushed brush, like kabuki, can be used to apply liquid textures, but it copes well with thick ones. It can be wide or narrow, natural or artificial. A brush with a rounded pile is wide, arched in shape, with a flat base. The pile is long - about 10-12 centimeters, universal - suitable for applying any texture, as well as powder, highlighter, bronzer or primer.

Subtleties of application

The method of applying the foundation also depends on the type of brush.

  1. Kabuki Used with liquid textures. The necessary amount of funds needs to be squeezed onto the back of the left palm, scooped up a little with a brush - the tone should completely cover the tip. It is applied in a circular motion from the center of the face to the periphery, pay special attention to the borders of the face (especially with the neck) and the T-zone. In the same way, you can use this powder brush.
  2. Straight brush. Take a little cream on the brush, arrange the points on the face in accordance with the zones - cheeks, chin, nose, forehead - and begin to stretch them all over the face, while blending from the center to the borders. This must be done by driving in for uniformity of tone. If your tonal base quickly hardens, it is possible to apply from the back of your hand.
  3. With a rounded pile. With such a brush, the foundation should be distributed with patting movements, as if driving it into the skin until the difference between the shades is visible.

How to care?

It is advisable to wash the brush after each use - with a dishwashing detergent, liquid soap or an unloved face foam, it does not matter. There are also special solutions for washing brushes, and you can also use micellar water. The main thing here is regularity. And, of course, caution - it is undesirable to pull the hairs. The washing procedure should take place in the most comfortable conditions. After washing, gently pat the brush with a cloth in order to simply remove excess moisture. Leave it in the fresh air, but in no case near a battery or other source of light / heat - the fibers tend to dry.

If you cannot afford to brush your brushes every day (for example, rush to work in the morning), then after each use you can wipe them with a damp cloth, and thoroughly wash them two to three times a week. For a pleasant aroma and additional disinfection, you can add a couple of drops of orange, rosemary or lemon oil to the soap foam. You may also need a special device - an egg for washing brushes. This is a small silicone sponge with several notches.

Remember forever when a brush needs to be replaced:

  1. If the foundation is no longer applied as easily as before - stains remain unstained, or the product differs in color on the face.
  2. If the pile is no longer as elastic as before, or pretty dressed, and the hairs have lost their color.


Buyers really really love MAC brushes. First of all, they celebrate a long service life - about five years. It also dries quickly, which is good news. This is a duofiber with a very comfortable handle, so you can apply a tone in just a couple of minutes. It leaves no streaks, perfectly shades the tone and allows you to vary its coverage - from light veil to dense. Can be used for powder or blush. It costs about 500 rubles (very budget, taking into account use for five years), and the rating on sites with reviews is 4.7 out of 5.

Another convenient and budget option is Divage. It applies the tone evenly and without spaces, due to its shape it is not quite suitable for shading, varying the density can be difficult, but this is not what you should expect from a straight brush. It is soft, does not scratch. It serves for a long time (at such a price), the hairs do not climb, and the engraving on the handle does not peel off. Suitable for applying liquid creams and thick greasy. The average rating is 4.5.

For a video tutorial on how to apply foundation with a brush, see the next video.

A video tutorial on how to apply foundation with a brush.



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