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Foundation Tools Debunked

Foundation Application Tools Debunked

You’ve found the foundation equivalent of your soul mate. Hooray! But in order to get the maximum benefit from your base perfect match, you need to pair it with the right application tool. To guide your selection, take a look at the main foundation applicator options currently available…



Open up any professional make-up artist’s kit and you’ll find it stocked to the brim with foundation brushes. These brushes are beloved by everyone from experts through to rookies because they offer a precise method of application and a controlled product distribution. (Meaning you’re unlikely to go overboard!)

There are a number of different brush types suitable for applying foundation. A classic flat brush like the TBX Foundation Brush is a great all-rounder for cream, liquid or spray foundations and is wielded just like a paint brush. In a similar vein, there’s also the option of an angled flat foundation brush like the Models Prefer Professional Angled Foundation Brush, which is designed to sweep around the contours of the face.

Alternatively, if you’ve selected a powder-formula foundation, then your go-to is a soft, fluffy brush with densely packed bristles – like the Manicare Artiste Airbrush Blurring Foundation Brush. This style of brush is ideal because it buffs and blends the foundation onto the skin.


Sponges don’t just have a home in the kitchen! Within your beauty kit, sponges are a staple for applying liquid or cream-based foundation. So what’s the advantage of a sponge over a brush? While a brush offers more control, it does need to be applied stroke by stroke, whereas a sponge has a greater surface area, meaning you can cover more ground and achieve a denser product application in far less time. (Pro tip! To spread your foundation even quicker, try lightly moistening the sponge first.)


The stock standard sponges tend to be a rectangle or round shape, like the ones from the Beauty Essentials range. Then, just like with angled brushes, you can also get angled sponges such as the Manicare Wedge Cosmetic Sponges, which are useful for intricate blending.

If you want to step up your sponge game, there’s also a popular sponge sub-category known as ‘beauty blenders’. There’s a plethora of them on the market, such as the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. These unique egg-shaped blenders are pretty much a hybrid of all the blending benefits of a variety of different sponge types. The rounded side of the blender is designed to disperse product over large areas, the tip is for more precise product application, and the flat edge helps you work the foundation around the contours. Now that’s multi-tasking!


Powder Puffs
Powder puffs may seem old school – but they can still serve a useful purpose when applying a powder foundation on the run. Think about it; when you dip a brush into a foundation powder, it tends to create a cloud of product (which isn’t very considerate if you’re in a public area!) On the other hand, a powder puff contains the powder, without the messy fall out. Ditch the flimsy freebie puff that comes with your powder and instead opt for one with good density, like the Manicare Puff Compact Velour.


Silicone Blenders 

The next generation of foundation application tool is the silicone blender. Resembling a cross between an in-sole gel and a silicone implant, these ultra-new make-up applicators are currently taking off overseas. What sets them apart is undoubtedly the silicone material. Unlike a brush or sponge, it’s a non-porous surface, meaning there’s zero product absorbed by the applicator. In addition, the silicone purportedly offers a smoother application of the product along the surface of the skin. Keep your eyes peeled – the silicone blender is one to watch!


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Written by guest blogger Sharon Goldstein Hunt, image used under license of