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With so many ways to apply foundation these days—we’re talking kabuki brushes, silicone sponges, airbrushes and a popular favorite: fingers—classic foundation brushes seem to be a dying breed. Whether you're a believer in brushes or not, it's hard to deny that they can do things your hands can't. Your fingertips can't compete with a 140,000-bristle brush that feels like a pillow in brush form.
At the end of the day, brushes exist to make our lives easier, and if you've already found your perfect foundation, even better. After you've applied your number one foundation with one of the brushes below, your life will forever be changed and your selfies, upgraded.
Read on for the best foundation brushes on the market for both powder and liquid foundation.
Best Overall: Artis Palm Brush
This cult-favorite foundation brush allows you to blend foundation, powder or bronzer to larger areas of the face or the body with a simple swipe. It perfectly fits in the palm of your hand so it’s easy to maneuver. It’s especially cool because the design includes a grip-pad that circles the brush, and finger-indent on top for added control when applying and blending foundation—blush, highlighter, and your favorite moisturizer.
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Best Budget: Revlon Foundation Brush
Loving this foundation brush is easy—it has everything you need for a smooth application, without all the unnecessary features and high price tag. What’s more? It's thick, domed shape allows easy application of liquid, cream and powder foundations. And the long, wooden handle means you’re sure to find a comfy spot for your fingers to rest.
Best Sponge: Real Techniques Face + Body Blender
Every beauty enthusiast can appreciate a multi-purpose beauty tool, and this brush is a total score. The cool thing about this brush is that it’s large enough to apply bronzer and even moisturizers to your body. Just be sure to wash it regularly, of course. And, if you don’t want to spend a lot on a brush, you’ll definitely see the value in keeping this brush handy.
Best Drugstore: EcoTools Classic Foundation Brush
Environmentally friendly brand EcoTools is one of our go-tos when it comes to drugstore makeup tools for two simple reasons. One, they are inexpensive and two, they easily get the job done. We’re really into this classic brush because it’s designed with flat, dense bristles to give us a smooth and flawless base. Just be sure to use long and short strokes to cover your entire face and eliminate any streaks.
Best for Liquid Foundation: Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush
There’s nothing quite like a beauty product from Fenty Beauty, and from looking at the quality of this foundation brush, it’s evident that foundation was one of Rihanna’s first makeup loves. This medium-density liquid foundation brush was designed to give a seamless, air-touched, full coverage application. It’s also worth noting the brush works best when using Rihanna’s go-to method: press brush into skin, roll off, and repeat.
Best for Hard-to-Reach Areas: bareMinerals Luxe Performance Brush
Think of this beauty tool as a foundation brush extraordinaire. It mimics the shape of fingertips (yes, this means you can keep your fingers clean for once!) for easier blending of liquid foundation makeup even around your nose and eyes.
It’s crafted to work in tandem with the Barepro liquid foundation, but it honestly works just as well with other liquid or cream foundations. It’s also hypoallergenic, which is great for sensitive skin types. One satisfied reviewer (of which there are many) even noticed that it blends beautifully and saves product. Nice!
Best Multi-Tasker: Covergirl Makeup Masters Makeup Brush
When you picture using makeup brushes, you typically imagine having a brush for each step—one for foundation and another for blush, right? Well, not anymore. Covergirl Makeup Masters Makeup Brush is designed to minimize the usage of so many makeup brushes. It’s great for the blending of your favorite powder foundation and even your blush.
Swirl the brush in the powder and apply it in a circular motion over your face. This method ensures maximum coverage of your powder foundation.
Best for Under-Eye Concealer: Artis Elite Smoke Oval 6 Brush
Artis is widely respected as a top-tier foundation brush that delivers next-level coverage. This compact brush is perfect for swirling around underneath your eyes and around your nose area. Oh, and rarely will you find a brush that feels as soft as this.
Best Eco-Friendly: Tarte Cosmetics Airbrush Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush
If you’ve ever wondered which makeup brushes you actually need, this bamboo brush will convince you that a foundation brush is a great place to start. This foundation brush flawlessly blends and buffs any type of foundation for a perfectly airbrushed effect. It’s also a great size and can perfectly fit in your makeup bag or vanity. Ethical beauty lovers will enjoy that its also vegan and made of sustainably harvested bamboo, too. Genius!
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