Favourite Foundation Brushes

Today’s post is going to run through some of my current favourite foundation brushes. I know some people enjoy applying foundation with their fingers, that however, is not for me. I find it messy, and I find you never get the same flawless finish as you do with a foundation brush. There are so many different brushes available on the market place, that it can be overwhelming to know which brush to get. Ultimately, it is personal choice on which type of brush you find works for you, but you will notice from my selection below, that I prefer a fuller, more buffing brush style, not the more traditional flat “paint brush” style brush.

The cheapest brush from my current favourites is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. The price tag is certainly not a reflection on the quality though, it is a fantastic brush. It has the shortest bristle length of all my current favourites, meaning it has the least amount of movement on the skin. So it is a very dense buffing brush with a firm feel. It has a domed shape head, which works really well for application of foundation. This only costs £9.99 from Boots and there are often deals on like, buy one get a second half price. This brush is made of synthetic hairs which means it will absorb less product.

From the cheap to the ridiculously expensive, the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Brush comes in at a whopping £66. It is however a truly gorgeous foundation brush. The bristles are twice as long as the Real Techniques brush above, but still as densely packed, so you still get very little movement from the brush, and therefore quite a full coverage. This has a more tapered domed shape, than the Real Techniques above, which allows it to fit perfectly in to all angles within the face. The handle is in the gorgeous red colour that all of the Kevyn Aucoin packaging is and it does feel truly luxurious. If you like to splurge on your makeup, this is definitely one for the list. This is also made from synthetic hairs. You can buy Kevyn Aucoin at SpaceNK or online at somewhere like Cult Beauty.

The brush I currently reach for most often is the Sephora Pro Airbrush #55. This brush has a super long slim handle, which for me, makes it really comfortable to hold and makes it feel very elegant, but it does make it not the most convenient length for travel. However, it does come with a solid plastic case over the bristles, which I have kept and use for travel to protect the head and stop any product left on the brush making things messy in your bags. This brush also has a buffing brush style head, but it definitely not as dense as the two above, there is certainly more movement in these hairs than most of the other buffing brushes I own, which makes it easier to apply a more sheer coverage and also build up to a full coverage. I bought this brush on my honeymoon, last August, and I have used this most days since then. It gives a really flawless finish to the foundation that doesn’t leave any streaks on the skin. It has washed really well, and it hasn’t so far lost any bristles. It has synthetic hairs also, as with all of these brushes. This brush is only available from Sephora, which you will find across Europe and America but they do ship internationally. Depending on the exchange rate this brush costs around £25

The last brush in today’s round up is the Louise Young LY34. This is the most unusual looking of all these brushes, it is a sausage shaped buffing brush. It has long synthetic bristles, but they aren’t as densely packed as the top two brushes and so has a lot of movement in it. I use this regularly, but for a quite specific purpose. This is the brush I would reach for when I want a super quick day foundation. It helps foundation to go on SO quickly, a few strokes and your whole face is covered, streak free. I do think it is better for a more day make up, because it isn’t very firm, so lends itself well to a light coverage. You can obviously build up foundation easily with it, but just with a little more effort than one of the three above. This is £24 and you can now buy in Selfridges. This brush can lose the hairs slightly easier than the others, so take care when washing this to not let any water drip down into the ferrule, where the bristles are glued in.

Please leave any comments on your favourite foundation brushes, as I am always on the look out for new favourites.


  1. Lisa
    23rd April 2016 / 10:52 pm

    I love my Louise Young brush! It is the one I use the most and you seem to use less foundation with this brush too as it seems to go really far! Thanks again for the recommendation of this brush Alice, about 2-3 years ago now and it’s still as good as new despite me being lazy in regularly washing it!

    • alicelovesxo
      26th April 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Glad you are still enjoying using it. 🙂 I think the foundation definitely goes further with this brush xx

  2. Sophie
    27th April 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I second this Lisa! Alice recommended this brush to me and I’ve never looked back. It’s a beautiful brush and very sturdy. The coverage is fantastic. Thanks Alice X

    • alicelovesxo
      28th April 2016 / 6:51 am

      Glad you are still loving it Soph. Xx

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