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Foundation Brushes That Make the Job Easy
You don’t have to be a makeup artist to properly apply your foundation. If you struggle to get your makeup to blend properly (or even stay in place) you could probably use a little help from the beauty insiders to understand what’s going wrong.
Foundation is classically easy to mess up, and even seasoned professionals can sometimes get it woefully wrong simply by choosing an incorrect shade or using the wrong foundation brush for application.
The beauty ambassadors at RMS Beauty learned from the master. Rose-Marie Swift brings her extensive experience as a professional makeup artist directly to you. No more weird lines, creases, or wrong colors.
We’ll cover everything you need to know about foundation application, including which brushes work best with which products.
Foundation helps even out skin tone, cover areas of imperfection, and color-correct splotchy areas of skin to enhance and bring balance to your complexion. The perfect face makeup sets the stage for the rest of your cosmetics, so it’s important to get this part right.
Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as just smearing some flesh-colored cream on your face. The wrong shades, the wrong application techniques, and the wrong tools can result in foundation mayhem.
Finding the perfect shade of foundation isn’t rocket science, but you do need to know a little about your skin’s undertone. Your skin tone and undertone will help you select the perfect shade that is dark enough to conceal imperfections but light enough to remain natural and blend perfectly with your natural skin color.
If your skin isn’t properly cleansed, hydrated, and prepared before you apply foundation, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Put liquid or cream foundation on dehydrated skin and it will absorb it almost instantaneously. Apply powdered foundation on dry skin, and you’ll end up with cracks and creases everywhere.
Once you’ve cleansed and hydrated, use a moisture-locking primer, like RMS Beauty’s “Re” Evolve Radiance Locking Primer. This will help seal moisture inside your skin and provide an occlusive barrier that allows the foundation to rest on the surface of your skin, instead of being absorbed. It also helps “grab” foundation and keep it in place once it has been applied.
One of the biggest problems people experience with foundation application is too much product. Although Instagram influencers may (literally) drip foundation onto their skin before blending, this simply isn’t practical (or attractive) in real life.
Use a small amount of product and remember that most formulas, like RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-Up Cream Foundation, are buildable. That means you can add another layer of foundation atop the first to get the level of coverage you want, without it looking thick or artificial.
Most of us suffered through the early 90’s with thick, noticeable foundation marks along our jaws and hairline. The tiny, wedge-like sponges we used for application weren’t practical and didn’t create skin that looked natural.
Today, we’ve got options. Foundation brushes make it easy to apply your makeup quickly and effortlessly with results that are perfectly blended and natural. For tips on how to apply foundation properly, our beauty ambassadors have you covered with easy to follow how-to videos.
Use the Right Tools
Using the right shade and the right amount of product is important, but ensuring you are using the proper tools to apply your foundation is key to having the most success. If you’re a makeup sponge purist, but aren’t getting the results you want, it might be time to switch to a foundation brush.
Which Tool for Which Product
Although we love using our fingertips for applying makeup, brushes and sponges help with blending and precision in small, delicate areas. They’re also great for applying concealer. The type of foundation you are applying makes a difference, too. Depending on the formula, you’ll need the right tool.
- For powder foundations. A large brush is ideal for powdered foundations. These brushes allow you to evenly distribute the foundation and, unlike your fingers or a cotton pad, won’t cause streaking. Brushes also prevent absorption of the product into the applicator.
- For liquid foundation and cream foundations. A brush or a sponge both work wonderfully. Use a sponge if you want to add hydration, thin out the product, and use a damp application technique. Sponges also allow you to apply foundation with precision to small areas, like the inside corners under your eyes.
Brushes help you blend your foundation as you apply it, creating smooth, even strokes and helping press the product into your skin so it holds and sets.
If you’re using a stick foundation, blending with your fingertips or a sponge will help you erase noticeable application lines.
Foundation Tools To Try Right Now
All foundation brushes and sponges are not created equally. Some may be made of cheap material that doesn’t hold up or worse, collects bacteria. It’s best to shop with a brand you trust for quality and cruelty-free products, like RMS Beauty.
- Skin2Skin Beauty Sponge. Our unique design of makeup sponge is ringed toward the top of the tool to mimic skin to skin application, like the fingerprint on your fingertips. This allows for natural application and a flawless finish. The latex-free, antimicrobial foam resists harboring bacteria that could cause breakouts.
- Skin2Skin Foundation Brush. Luxe synthetic fibers especially crafted to mimic skin to skin application keep this brush at the head of the class. Our foundation brush helps cover pores, press makeup into the skin and create a sweeping, flawless finish. The unique design makes it easy for you to get an even application every time.
Living Glow Face and Body Powder Brush. For powdered foundations (or loose or pressed setting powder) our face and body powder brush is a must have. Plush, dome shaped bristles are dense and grab powder particles to evenly distribute them on your skin.
This face brush works well with any loose or pressed powder for creating smooth, even application that never looks cakey or creasy.
Once you’ve got the method and the tools, it’s time to take a look at your foundation’s ingredients. Proper application may help your foundation look natural, but the best ingredients will help keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.
Check Your Ingredients
Our focus at RMS Beauty has always been to deliver the highest quality, cleanest, greenest cosmetics available on the market. As such, we are obsessive about what goes into our products, as well as what gets kept out.
Nature makes ingredients that are simply amazing for your skin. That’s why you’ll find three of the most skin-nourishing oils in our “Un” Cover-Up Cream Foundation.
- Jojoba oil. The closest in chemical structure to skin’s sebum, jojoba oil is incredibly bioavailable to your skin and easily absorbs for added hydration. Perfect for every skin type, it is packed with antioxidants and skin loving nutrients, it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your skin healthy and radiant.
- Coconut oil. Raw, unrefined, organic coconut oil has numerous skin benefits, including hydration, antioxidant protection, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial properties. RMS Beauty uses a cold-centrifuge process to extract the coconut oil found in our products to ensure the nutrients and vitamins contained in the coconut oil are retained before being added to our products.
- Buriti oil. Buriti oil contains antioxidants, fatty acids, and is a rich source of beta carotene (vitamin A). This oil penetrates skin deeply, helping support skin cell regeneration, collagen and elastin production. The result is smoother, better hydrated, and youthful looking skin.
Foundation can be a hideout for toxic ingredients that aren’t good for your skin or the environment.
- Artificial fragrance. Synthetic fragrances can contain anything a company wants to use to create their signature scent. This can include toxins and skin irritants. The big problem is, you’ll never know. Fragrance doesn’t have to be disclosed on the package.
- Sulfates. Sulfates are often added to foundation to help them absorb into the skin. They are a known skin irritant and are usually added to products along with other toxic ingredients.
- Retinol. Foundations formulated with retinol are extremely popular, and really dangerous. Retinol causes your skin to become more sensitive in the sun, which is why it’s an ingredient that should only be included in products meant for evening application.
Avoiding bad ingredients is easy when you shop with a brand you trust. RMS Beauty has some of the highest standards for purity of ingredients industry-wide.
Take It Easy, With a Great Foundation Brush
Foundation makeup can be tricky, but the right brush can help you ace the application and create a radiant, flawless finish. At RMS Beauty, you’ll find all of our makeup brushes are created for professional use, and are always cruelty free. We use high end synthetic bristles that are built to last and easy to clean.
Take the hassle out of the foundation application. RMS Beauty’s foundation brushes and sponges make it easy for you to get a great application every time.