It all started over 10yrs ago. I’d either had a payrise or was feeling rich for some reason or another, and decided to treat myself to a high end foundation. I went to DJs in Elizabeth street and headed straight to the counter of a brand well known for their excellent foundations. The MUA put me off straight away with her snooty lecturing attitude - “WHAT? You’re currently using a MAYBELLINE foundation? With your FINGERS? Oh you deserve to be jailed for such atrocities towards woman-kind” (Ok, maybe that last sentence didn’t really happen but the rest of it did).
Anyway after giving me a lecture about why I should ALWAYS use a foundation brush to apply my base, blah blah blah, she wiped off the makeup I was wearing at the time and started applying their brand’s foundation using a brush. And during that process I felt like retching big time. Why?
Her fingers smelled really badly of ONIONS. Like she had been peeling 50 onions that morning and never washed her hands. It was disgusting. If you don’t believe me, next time you cut up onions try not washing your hands for 30minutes and then sniff your fingers. It will make you throw up.
After somehow putting up with the application process and making fake noises of appreciation I promptly made my way to the in store bathroom to check out my skin properly. And what did I see?
Stripe central! My face was streaky, the foundation was not blended at all and I could see patches of my skin from where the foundation hadn’t covered it. And worst of all I could still smell the ONIONS.
Needless to say I did not buy the foundation. Nor did I use foundation brushes.
From that day onwards I’ve resisted using a brush to apply my foundation because I associate it with A. that bad onion smell, B. that streaky application.
Until recently, when I joined the Sigma program and was sent their F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush ($16US). My first thoughts were “oh, what do I do with this?” but then I thought I’d give it a try on a weekend when I had all the time in the world in case it was bad and I had to redo my base.
I applied my MAC Studio Sculpt foundation (review HERE) using the brush, and not only were there no streaks but the whole process was quicker than normal and I managed to get into the hard to reach areas like around my nose. The coverage was more even using the brush, and the foundation lasted longer on my skin I suppose because I had buffed it in well.
I haven’t completely converted to a brush and still use my fingers most of the time, but it’s good to have one handy for those days when I want a super even and smooth coverage.
So back to my original question. Do you need a foundation brush? I would say no, you don’t need it. But you should still have one in your stash, as a good brush will allow you to blend your foundation beautifully, especially on tricky areas like around the nose.
Do you use a foundation brush?