These are the best foundation brushes for a totally flawless base, according to our beauty editors


Finding the right foundation is the first task. There is tonnes to consider, like whether you need a foundation for dry skin, foundation for oily skin, foundation for combination skin or full coverage foundation. Then, whether you prefer powder foundations, liquids or creams.

The next (and possibly most important)? Finding the best foundation brush. It’s all well and good owning the latest and best makeup, but the makeup brushes you’ll use to apply it will ultimately determine how your finished result will look.

As the saying goes: an artist is only as good as his tools. As good as your fingers and beauty blenders may be, foundation brushes are where it’s at. The perfect addition to your makeup bag and something to proudly display in your makeup storage, a foundation brush will quickly become your go-to for quick application and a flawless finish. Despite their name, they’re not just for foundation either – they’re super versatile and can be used to apply primers, face masks, colour correctors, concealers, moisturisers, cream contour and even highlighters. Sounds like a good investment to me.

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The best foundation of all time, for every skin type, according to our beauty editors

Is it better to use a brush for foundation?

Arguably yes it is better to use a brush for foundation, the reason being that they absorb less makeup on their bristles than a sponge does. Using a brush will save you money in the long run as you’ll be using less product, plus it allows you to apply your foundation more precisely and achieve a more full coverage finish. That’s not to say that you should only use a brush – consider going over your face with a clean, damp beauty sponge afterwards to ensure there are no brush strokes.

What type of brush is best for liquid foundation?

You’ll find it easier to apply your liquid foundations with a flat, paint-like brush like Urban Decay’s UD Pro Flat Optical Blurring Brush. This is because it’ll give you more control over where you place the product, and it’ll provide a more full-coverage finish too. If you prefer a more natural look, go for something with domed but dense bristles – like the Morphe M439 Deluxe Buffer Brush – and you’ll find you get a sheerer result.

What type of brush is best for powder foundation?

If powder foundations are more your vibe, consider kabuki brushes or ones with fluffier bristles. You’ll find these styles pick up the product easier and help to pack the powder onto your face and press it into your skin for a flawless result. The last thing you want is a brush that’s going to disperse all the pigment.

What’s the best foundation brush UK?

These are the brands with the best foundation brushes.

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