Whether you're blending liquids, creams or powders, finding the best foundation brush isn't always easy. Do you opt for a full coverage kabuki brush, like the ZOEVA Rose Gold Vol.2 104 Buffer Brush, to buff in foundation and give a flawless finish? Or perhaps you prefer something a little more lightweight? Then it's worth picking up a duo-fibre brush, like the e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Stipple Brush, to give a sheer (but totally buildable) finish. When it comes to powder foundations, we love a flat-top brush, packed with bristles, just like Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation Brush. It picks up plenty of product and distributes it evenly across the complexion.
Moral of the story? Different brushes = different finishes. So we're making things a whole lot simpler by rounding up the best applicators for every look, whether you prefer creams, liquids, powders or sticks, now you can find your foundation's perfect partner in just a few clicks. Simples...
Best foundation brush for fast application: ZOEVA - Rose Gold Vol.2 104 Buffer Brush
This vegan foundation brush has a big, flat top that makes it quicker and easier-than-ever to apply foundation. The dense bristles ensure that it remains 100% streak-free and leaves creams and liquids perfectly blended into the skin.
Dhs95, shop now
Best foundation brush for full coverage: Real Techniques - Expert Face Brush
The firmly packed, duo-fibre bristles make it easy to buff cream and liquid foundations into the skin. The domed head allows you to get into all the nooks and crannies of your face, and diffuse the foundation perfectly. We recommend dotting foundation wherever you need, then using the brush in small, circular motions to blend out.
Dhs56, shop now
Best for airbrushed finish: BeautyBlender - Electric Violet Swirl Sponge
There's a reason half of Youtube are using these little pink sponges, and that's because the egg-shaped applicator blends foundation like nothing else. Created by makeup artist, Rea Ann Silva, the BeautyBlender was designed in order to deliver a high coverage finish, that still looks natural on the skin. It works best when dampened down, then patted over the face to diffuse foundation. If you struggle with dryness or a patchy finish, this will be your new go-to.
Dhs140, shop now
Best foundation brush for powder foundation: BARE MINERALS - Original Powder Foundation Brush
The short, tightly-packed bristles in this little kabuki brush work perfectly for buffing powder foundations into the skin. The textured bristles pick up powder evenly and can either be pressed into the skin or swept over in small, circular motions. It's not just a winner for foundation, the brush can also be used for bronzer and blusher. Win, win.
Dhs130, shop now
Best foundation brush for a natural finish: e.l.f. - Beautifully Bare Stipple Brush
The soft, silky bristles of this duo-fibre brush work a treat for giving skin a light 'wash' of foundation, rather than a full coverage finish. The flexible bristles can be used to blend, buff or stipple, either liquid or cream foundations and tinted moisturisers for a natural, sheer coverage.
Dhs49, shop now
Best foundation brush for precise application: ZOEVA - 117 Petit Defined Buffer Brush
The tapered tip of this foundation brush allows for you to deliver precise coverage to specific areas that may need a little extra attention - think, around the nose and eyes. The synthetic bristles work well with both thicker creams and liquids to help deliver a smooth finish.
Dhs97, shop now