Friday 27 September 2013

My Favourite Brushes for... Foundation

I’m a little bit obsessed with make-up brushes and my collection is forever expanding. I find that make-up application is much easier and looks flawless when you use a good quality brush so it’s definitely a worthwhile investment. There’s no point in buying all this beautiful make-up if it’s not going to be applied properly… so I’m going to share with you my favourite brushes for each of the make-up jobs starting today with Liquid Foundation.

A quick peek at my brush collection :)

Now I have a few different brushes I like to use for applying liquid foundation and will often choose depending on the type of coverage I want and the actual foundation I am using. I also like to have a variety to choose from as I means I have the freedom to wash my brushes regularly without having to worry about waiting for them to try as I always have a back-up brush available.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush
The first brush I’m going to mention will come as no surprise and it is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This brush has been raved about all over the blogosphere and for good reason! I find it’s best used when you want a lighter coverage and it creates an illusion of air-brushed skin which honestly amazes me every time I use it. It is super soft, excellent quality and really affordable. It also washes well so it’s obviously going to have a long lifespan which makes this a very worthwhile investment. The only downside is the fact that you can’t actually buy this brush individually as it is part of the core collection which retails at £20.99 and contains four brushes. This works out at £5.25 per brush which is incredibly good value! (If I’m honest I think this brush is worth £20.99 alone so I wouldn’t hesitate for a moment about buying the core collection)

Real Techniqes Expert Face Brush
Next is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and this one is actually sold individually which is a bonus if it is just a foundation brush you’re looking for. This is a bargain price of £8.99 and is slightly smaller than the buffing brush allowing for more precise application. It also provides higher coverage than the buffing brush whilst also making it super easy to blend the foundation into the skin creating a lovely even base. However,  I do find that with this brush, more so than with other brushes, it’s really important to keep it clean as if there is too much product build-up (after around 2-3 uses) application can look a little streaky. This personally doesn’t bother me as I always like to keep my brushes clean, but it is something to bear in mind.

Some of my other favourite make-up brushes come from a brand called Zoeva which is becoming increasingly popular in the blogger/youtube world. I first heard Tanya Burr mention them in some of her make-up tutorials and they instantly went on my shopping list. While Zoeva brushes are amazing quality and super affordable they are actually quite difficult to get hold of, and I had to have mine shipped from Germany. I purchased the complete set for €88 which contained 15 brushes (expect to see more of these popping up!) working out at a bargain price of €5.86 per brush which converts to around £4.93 each (WOW!) but they can all be purchased individually too which is good for those who only want to buy one or two specific brushes. 
Zoeva 102/Silk Finish Brush

The brush that I use for my liquid foundation is the Zoeva 102/silk finish brush. If the RT buffing brush and expert face brush got together and had a baby it would be this silk finish brush. It is somehow soft and firm at the same time allowing you to build up coverage where necessary while still keeping a smooth natural finish. This is such a good quality brush, and again it washes really well. I’ve had mine for a few months now and it’s been used and washed loads and still looks brand new! It’s lovely and soft on the skin and creates a lovely even base. Definitely a worthy investment!

Real Techniques brushes are available at superdrug and boots and at several online retailers so they are super easy to get hold of.

Zoeva brushes are only available online (as far as I'm aware) and you can view the full collection here.

Left-Right: RT Expert Face, RT Buffing, & Zoeva Silk Finish

Top-Bottom: RT Expert Face, RT Buffing & Zoeva Silk Finish brush
So there you have my favourite brushes for applying liquid foundation! I hope you enjoyed it and keep an eye out for more of my favourite brushes coming soon!

What is your favourite foundation brush? Let me know in the comments below…

Linda x


  1. So jealous of your brush collection!! I only use the buffing brush to apply my foundation but I've been looking at the zoeva brushes too!! They look amazing :)

    Meimei xx

    1. They really are amazing! They are such good quality and really well priced! Just wish they were easier to get hold of in the UK x

  2. You have a lot of brushes! *o*
    I only have 5 and I don't own a foundation brush just yet, I'm kinda new to this. :P I might get one the Real Technique brush.

    1. Haha! You definitely don't need as many brushes as I have but I'm a little bit addicted... I would definitely recommend Real Techniques brushes to absolutely everyone! x

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    1. I honestly believe they are the best brushes available on the high street x

  4. great collection! I dont even have a foundation brush at the moment! may need to invest in one

    anna (intheplayroom)

    1. It really makes such a difference and all the brushes featured are really affordable! :)

  5. I need some new brushes, might have to get some of these, thanks for posting ;-)

    1. No problem. Glad you enjoyed reading :) x