Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Temptalia Asks You


What tools do you use to apply your foundation? Share!
Temptalia's AnswerSince I wear liquid foundation most of the time, I use a brush, like Tom Ford’s Cream Foundation or Real Techniques Expert Face!

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81 thoughts on “What tools do you use to apply your foundation?

  1. Sigma F80… 82… whatever the rounded kabuki is, RT expert face brush, buffing brush… I think that’s it. Well, my fingers too!
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  2. I now own the Hourglass Foundation Brush #2 (purchased at VIB) because of a lady named Christine. I would have purchased the Tom Ford one, but it is not available in Canada yet.

  3. tapaswini

    I use real techniques stippling brush, or its expert brush, some times everyday minerals buffing brush too :)

  4. Nazurah

    I use both the beauty blender and a face brush (current fave: Bobbi Browns Full Coverage Brush) in tandem!

  5. I use tinted moisturizer most of the time, which I prefer to apply with my fingers. On the rare occasion that I wear foundation, I like to use a somewhat dense round brush with synthetic bristles to apply it. I’m interested in trying a stippling brush, though, since I don’t like a lot of coverage on me most of the time.

  6. I like using these to apply my liquid foundation: Chanel Blending Foundation Brush #7, MAC 187, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush. :)

  7. I also wear liquid, and I just switched over to the beauty blender! It does a great job. :>

  8. I use the sigma F80 flat top kabuki all the time… and I mostly use a liquid foundation ;)
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  9. Lately I’ve been using my fingers! Other than that I use ant of the Sigma Sigmax Kabuki brushes or the Real Techniques buffing, stippling, or expert face. I just use whatever brush is nearest. I wish I could use a beautyblender but with oily skin I find it always makes me look oily in 2-3 hours.

  10. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Julie Julie

    Ecotools big fluffy brush, so my foundation doesn’t look mask like when I am wearing long wearing foundation. I don’t like the painter type brushes for foundation. I like to use my fingers when I have a foundation that is dewy. To blend it all together, I like using a sponge to finish up blending when/where needed!

  11. bdellium tools Maestro 957 Precision Kabuki is my favorite!! :)

  12. loverenny

    I use a ecotools flat foundation brush to apply liquid foundation onto face, then use real techniques expert/buffing brush to blend. If somehow the foundation turn out looking too made up, I use damp beautyblender to pad it down a bit.

  13. amanda

    beauty blender, stippling brush, and my bare minerals precision face brush.

  14. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Catherine CatherineM

    Depending on what foundation i use i mostly reach for my Chanel Foundation brush, my Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Sometimes I just use my fingers to blend, if I want a very natural look.

  15. FKS

    My fingers. Nothing else works quite as well.

  16. Melanie

    I use the buffing brush from Real techniques

  17. Astrild

    I apply liquid or powder foundation with my sigma F80 most of the time. If it’s dirty I use Real Techniques buffing brush or sigma F84. Bb Creams only with my fingers.

  18. Esmeralda L

    I mostly use the Real Techniques expert face brush or the RT buffing brush.
    These brushes are just awesome!

    And for mineral foundation just a random Kabuki that I have had for ages.

  19. My fingers!
    They are free, warm and clean ^_^

  20. Tori

    Fingers. :) I only wear liquid/cream foundation so I’ll apply a thin layer of foundation to the areas that I need coverage in using fingers then blend everything out using a dense, fluffy brush like the Real Techniques buffing brush or the Tom Ford cheek brush.

  21. I use the Beautyblender, tried so many brushes – high end & high street but it seems I can’t work with them :/
    So, sponge it is…

  22. For me, it’s a toss up between the Shiseido foundation brush or the RT Expert Face Brush for liquid foundations and either the RT buffing brush or IT Cosmetics Flat Topped Foundation Brush for mineral/powder foundations, unless I’m using my new Tarte powder foundation and then I use the brush that was designed for use with that specific powder. I’ve got a Beauty Blender and an Avon imitation (which is just as good and costs 1/3 the price) but lately I haven’t used either one at all. I do sometimes use my fingers too.

  23. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jenny Jenny

    BeautyBlender sponge or Real Techniques Expert Face Brush

  24. Melissa

    My HANDS! I put it on like lotion and I find it looks most natural that way.

  25. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Abbey Abbey W.

    In the winter I usually use cream foundations, so I use a Beauty Blender. In the spring and summer I use liquids and I usually use one of the Real Techniques brushes.

  26. It’s more of a question of what -don’t- I use, lol. I mostly use liquid foundation, but even from brand to brand find that some apply better with a flat foundation brush, some with a duo-fiber brush, some with a sponge (like Beauty Blender) and some with my trusty hands. If I am using a powder foundation, though, I tend to stick with the duo-fiber and BB Creams are always with my hands.

  27. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Nicole Nicole

    I use the Real Techniques buffing brush to apply my Kett fixx creme foundation. I also love this brush for liquid foundations. If you use wax-based foundation, I’d love to know if you have better suggestions for application tools or brushes.

  28. Jane Iredale Handi Brush for pressed mineral foundation :)

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ekaterina Kathrine

    I love beauty blender or duofiber brush!

  30. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Em Em

    For daily use, I use powder foundation and use Sephora’s Classic Mineral Powder brush.

    On the rare occasions that I wear liquid foundation, I use some Sonia Kashuk brush, and buff with Tarte’s Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation brush. For BB cream, fingers and then the Tarte finishing brush.

  31. TrippyPixie

    I like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush also, but I’m not a fan of how it’s applying my current tinted moisturizer. Instead, I’ve been using the Essence of Beauty Precision Blender Sponge, which is basically CVS’ version of the Beauty Blender.

  32. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Alicja Alicja

    For powder/mineral foundation I use RT expert face brush (used Sigma F80 earlier, but it started to stink awfully, and it landed in trash bin), and for liquid foundation or BB cream which is what I prefer, I use RT stippling brush, and Sigma F50 :)

  33. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Tiffanie Tiffanie

    I just purchased the Real Techniques Expert Face brush and I’m loving it! My HG has to be the Sigma flathead kabuki brush. I use it to apply mineral, liquid and cream foundation. It’s so versitile and gives full coverage!

  34. Laura P

    It depends on my mood. Sometimes I use my fingers to apply it and the Real Techniques Expert Face brush to buff it in, or I’ll just put it on with the Real Techniques stippling brush, or I’ll use Japonesque’s HD dual foundation brush.

  35. Emy

    I alternate between my fingers and a stippling brush. However, recently, I have been loving the beauty blender for my liquid foundation. The only problem is that it absorbs so much product.

  36. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cat Cat

    Liquid foundation – Prescriptives foundation brush or the Estee Lauder Foundation Brush 1. And the Beauty Blender / my fingers.
    Powder foundation – Bare Minerals Flawless Face Brush or Eco Tools Large Powder brush (I asked for the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for Christmas too). There’s also a smaller brush that I use, but don’t know what brand it’s from (I got it in some mineral makeup kit a long time ago).

  37. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Barbie Barbie

    beautyblender!

  38. LMM

    The Urban Decay Good Karma optical blending brush. I’ve also used the ELF Studio flat-top brush (I think they call it a powder brush) and that works well too. The UD one is a little more rounded and I find the coverage is a little heavier with it. I’ve also used a beauty blender in the past, but not with my current foundation (also UD) – would like to give it another shot for a lighter look.

  39. In the last few months I have only been using my fingers. I just find it gives me a more natural finish.

  40. Usually very clean fingers, although a foundation brush does seem to do a more even, smoother job. I have Ecotools and Sonia Kashuk flat foundation brushes. I have a Beauty Blender too, but I haven’t quite figured out how to use it.

  41. I have Estee Lauder and MAC brushes that I sometimes use, but my fingers seem to do the best job! I feel like it goes on too thick with the brushes I have. I had a Beauty Blender briefly but left it in a hotel…I need to grab a new one! :)
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  42. Depends on the texture; liquid – sponge (beauty blender), cream – fingers, powder – RT brush or a kabuki

  43. J

    I use the beauty blender , real techniques expert brush or my new favorite the sonia kashuk buffing brush..seriously it’s amazing

  44. Usually my fingers and the Shiseido Perfect Foundation brush for liquid foundation, and the brush alone for powder foundation. Sometimes I’ll use a stippling brush, (Sonia Kashuk Duo Fibre Multipurpose Brush) for the powder if I want less coverage.

  45. Sigma F80 flat top kabuki. I had to buy another because every time I’ve done freelance I’ve reached for it and had to use something else (since I use it for myself and can’t wash and dry it by the time I leave)

  46. I buy brushes all the time and wind up using my fingers more often than not. I just seem to get the best finish that way. I have just started (as in tried once) using the RT buffing brush and I liked that, but I need to get my skin in better shape before I try it again – going through a dry spell.

  47. For liquid or cream type products I really love the beauty blender type sponges used wet, the Sigma f88, or the Goss 01.
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  48. Tam

    Depending on the finish I want, I use the Sonia Kashuk multipurpose brush for fuller coverage, Coastal Scents synthetic buffer brush for medium coverage, and Beautyblender for light coverage and if I have time to clean it right afterwards.

  49. wakinroundtown

    I normally use a pretty thin foundation or tinted moisture so for me, I apply with my fingers but will buff / blend with a brush like the Real Technique’s Expert Face Brush. If I use a thicker foundation, definitely some kind of dense flat-top kabuki.

  50. Alia

    Love the black (not pink) Beauty Blender sponge dampened to apply foundation. My 2nd choice would be Tarte’s Airbrush Foundation Brush of which I own several!

  51. MAC 190 or the No7 foundation brush and the concealer brush for smaller areas. Buff if needed with Real Techniques buffing brush
    Sometimes the MAC 187 duo fiber stippling brush if using a sheerer liquid. I think properly stippled foundation is really pretty.
    I don’t like makeup sponges at all and use a brush for even cream-to-powder products.
    I don’t like to touch makeup with my fingers.
    Odd and picky, I know…but there it is! ;)

  52. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Veronica Veronica

    Liquid foundations – I use the Real Techniques Expert Face brush or my fingers. Very occasionally, I’ll use a paddle brush and then buff over it, but lately I’ve been preferring the finish my own hands give me best.

    Powder foundations – e.l.f. face powder brush or my Sonia Kashuk kabuki brush.

    Cream foundations – damp sponge all the way. I quite like Sonia Kashuk’s version, though I’d like to try the Beauty Blender at some point.

  53. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Meiya Meiya

    It totally depends on the foundation. For Revlon Whipped Creme, I’ll use my hands. For Estee Lauder Double Wear, I’ll use a dampened flat foundation brush. For your standard liquid foundation, I’ll either use a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or a dampened flat foundation brush. For MAC Face & Body, I’ll either use a kabuki/flat powder brush or my hands. For gel foundations like MAC Studio Sculpt, I’ll use a dampened sponge.

  54. Armani foundation brush, or MAC stippling brush, or beauty blender.. depends on the foundation formula. Sometimes I use my fingers, but typically just for tinted moisturizer. I’m lemming a couple of other foundation brushes right now, but I can’t seem to choose between Hakuhodo or Wayne Goss.

  55. Nikki

    I recently rediscovered my love of powder foundation, and I use two brushes for different looks. When I want a natural, light dusting of coverage, I use the EcoTools Bronzer Brush. When I want fuller coverage, I use the Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush. I would love to buy the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to try out with my liquid foundation, but my Ulta is ALWAYS sold out so it must be as great as the reviews I’ve read.

  56. I mostly use my fingers, I find I get the most natural finish. I hate when it looks like I’m wearing a layer of foundation.

    But I’m curious to check out the Real Techniques brushes and I noticed that they are super cheap. Does anyone know where they are available in Canada?

  57. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Rachel rachel

    i was a flat top kabuki person until i tried the beauty blender a few months ago. i don’t think i’ll ever use a brush again.

  58. Liz

    Beauty blender for liquid foundation, MAC 182 for powder foundation.

  59. PianoGirl1985

    Well, for the longest time I’ve preferred to use flat foundation brushes and then going over the face with a damp sponge afterward to even everything out. Then I cashed out on a beautyblender. That darn thing makes the application so effortless and smooth. I buy it discounted through Amazon.

  60. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Ana Ana

    I use the RT expert face brush, beauty blender or a flat top brush by coastal scents to apply liquid foundation.

  61. Beauty Blender for light/medium coverage.
    A $5 beauty blender dupe that is more dense for when I need heavier coverage.
    I have a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and use it on occasion.

  62. Dua

    Sigma F80 or Beauty Blender.

    • Dua

      But I must admit that the finish of the beauty blender is way better than the Sigma F80 brush .. If I had to choose between the two, I’d grab the beauty blender.

  63. I love using my beauty blender most of the time, but when I don’t use that, either the Real Techniques expert face brush or the elf powder brush!

  64. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Dorottya doroffee

    I think every person have different preferences when it comes to foundation tools. For me, a flat top, denser kabuki brush works the best, and I have literally tried everything except for the beauty blender (like different types of sponges, a flat long brush, duo fibre brushes, big fluffy powder brushes), but I’m so content with my flat top kabuki that I don’t wanna change it.

  65. Susan M

    The BeautyBlender! Hands down my favorite way to apply my foundation!

  66. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Patricia patsyann

    i use a non latex little sponge to apply my Ben Nye cake foundation and then blend it out with a damp Beauty Blender. For liquid foundation, I usually just use clean fingers. For mineral foundation, I like the EcoTools big rounded top Kabuki. My skin is too fragile and sensitive to use a brush to buff out the foundation. It is a pretty look but too ouchie on my skin.

  67. Sephora Professionnel Brush #43 for foundation, a beauty blender for BB,

  68. Beauty Blender. I didn’t believe the hype until I got one.

  69. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Belinda Belinda

    My fingers! I usually only use a tiny amount of foundation so if I use a brush, it will just absorb everything.

  70. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jerrilyn Jan

    Usually the Shisheido Foundation brush, MAC duo fiber foundation brush or my fingers. Depends on how my skin at the time AA well as the foundation being used (I usually stick to tinted moisturizers).

  71. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sabitha roselyn

    my fingers to blend the product into my skin; then I use a wet sponge to remove any excess and make sure it looks natural.

  72. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Plurabelle Astrogherkin

    I don’t wear foundation. But if there is some special occasion where I might need to wear it, I’d use my fingers.

  73. Ashley

    The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It’s amazing!