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The Best Foundation Brushes For A Flawless Finish

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The foundation of any look is, well, your foundation so getting a base that’s perfectly smooth, believable (no tide mark) and makes your skin look incredible is key. Once you’ve found the texture, finish and ergo the best foundation that gets you closest to this it’s important to find the right tool, and a good foundation brush is the cornerstone of any makeup kit.

Whether you're after one for seamless blending, an airbrushed finish or a buffed-base, these are the brushes that can help you achieve an utterly flawless finish...

Like an artist’s paintbrush this shape allows you to paint-on your base and get it into those tight spots like around the nose, the inner eyes and chin. Blend out for a super polished, smoothed finish. Bobbi Brown Foundation Brush, £32

Innovation isn’t just for skincare and make-up, these oval shaped brushes are dominating right now because they allow you to work at a completely different angle from traditional brushes. Plus, because they contain so many more fibres the look is more buffed than blended. If you’re looking for a super natural finish this is worth the investment. MAC Oval 6 Brush, £34.50

Talk about taking the mess out of make-up application… Thanks to a carefully created fluid reservoir you can pour your foundation into the middle of the brush and apply straight to your face. None of this swatching on the back of your hand business - and because the outer ring of brush-hairs are dense they polish in your base. Bare Minerals Perfecting Face Brush, £24

A precision-cut foundation brush made with synthetic fibres so there’s minimal waste and your base goes into skin, not your brush. The carefully pointed shape gives you control over your makeup and blendability for a smooth, fresh-looking finish. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Complexion Brush, £45

The brush that buffs - these short, dense hairs give you superior control thanks to their firm, but not hard, feel. Plus the brush is wide enough to apply your foundation straight onto the hairs, so there’s no mess and fuss. Ideal if you like a buffed, airbrushed finish. Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, £9.99

Such an ingenious shape that allows you to get into difficult to reach places to apply concealer and sweep on a smooth base along the contours of the face. With this brush you’ll never have a harsh line on your jawline as you can blend in one smooth stroke. Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush, £38

What’s not to love about a multi-purpose brush that you can stipple, buff and blend with. One click: great for blending with a full coverage base. Two clicks: ideal for smoothing in medium coverage textures. Three clicks: dusts on powder and achieves an airbrushed finish. Smashbox Telephoto 3-in-1 Face Brush, £39


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