Here They Are—the Best Brushes for Every Type of Foundation


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There's no right or wrong way to apply makeup. It's all about what works best for you. With that being said, though, the right tools can make a world of difference, helping to ensure a smooth and flawless finish. Every. Single. Time. 

When it comes to choosing the right tool, makeup sponges are a viable option. (I, for one, always keep a Beautyblender, $20, on hand.) However, foundation brushes deserve credit, too… a lot of credit actually. And even though it can seem intimidating to shop for one, seeing as there are literally hundreds of options out there, they really can step up your makeup game.

To remove the intimidation factor from it all, I reached out to three professional makeup artists and asked them to share their all-time favorite foundation brushes for every type and texture. My hope is that this serves as a shopping guide of sorts, narrowing down your options and providing you with the best product picks to choose from. So without further ado, keep scrolling to see the 15 best foundation brushes to shop now as well as the top makeup artist–approved foundations to use them with.

The Best Brushes for Liquid Foundation

The Best Brushes for Powder Foundation

The Best Brushes for Cream Foundation

Makeup Artist–Approved Foundations

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Kaitlyn McLintock
Associate Beauty Editor

Kaitlyn McLintock is an Associate Beauty Editor at Who What Wear. Although she covers a wide range of topics across a variety of categories, she specializes in celebrity interviews and skincare and wellness content. Having lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas, she recently relocated back to her home state of Michigan where she works remotely. Prior to Who What Wear, she freelanced for a variety of industry-leading digital publications, including InStyle, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Hello Giggles, and Coveteur. Before that, she held a long-term internship and subsequent contributor position at Byrdie. When she's not writing, researching, or testing the latest and greatest beauty products, she's working her way through an ever-growing book collection, swimming in the Great Lakes, or spending time with family.