You probably know that choosing the right brush to apply mineral foundation is very important and affects the quality of your makeup. The only way of picking the best brush for a mineral powder foundation that would fit your style and needs, is sadly, trial and error. There’s no one universal brush that everyone would love. This is why I’ve decided to share with you my personal best powder foundation brushes so you can try them out yourself!
Those of us who are already quite skilled in the art of perfect makeup know that it is worth it investing in good brushes and enjoying the ease of applying perfect makeup every day. Let’s take a closer look at brushes, and try and find the best brush for mineral powder foundation!
How To Choose Best Brush for Mineral Powder Foundation?
A mineral foundation brush is a basis for good makeup. Applying mineral makeup is not difficult at all, as long as you have a suitable brush for mineral foundation. This way you’ll be sure that the product spreads evenly and blends well with your skin.
When looking for the best brush for mineral powder foundation, keep in mind that you’ll need to find a brush that’s tailored to your individual needs. For instance, a brush that’s too big will not work too well for a small face. Also, a foundation brush designed for circular movements requires experience when it comes to applying correct pressure.
Types of mineral foundation brushes
- Flat top brushes. As the name suggests, they’re cut flat. A flat top brush is a good choice for the application of mineral foundation. It can quickly achieve a perfect coverage effect, from natural to stronger. The brush adapts perfectly to the shape of the face. When using cream products it gives a very nice finish. The flat top brush has a short handle, soft and supple bristles. It takes up the foundation very well and spreads on the face. It does not make streaks and does not leave stains. This type of brush allows you to apply a thicker layer of the foundation while providing good coverage. Thanks to the stamping technique, it blends perfectly with the skin.
Best Flat Top Brush For Mineral Powder Foundation – My Pick
- Creative Foundation Brush - Use this makeup brush, you will not need to applying liquid foundation to your face with your fingers. Use the reverse side of this spoon to apply foundation to your face....
- The Kabuki brush – has short, rounded dense bristles and is flexible. Its shape makes it much easier to apply a product in a circular motion. Nowadays, that kind of brushes are mainly using synthetic fiber, but in the past, you could come across goat’s hair kabuki brushes. Thanks to a super profiled handle and its size, this brush lies perfectly in your hand. A good kabuki brush is made from the best quality synthetic bristle, so applying a product on the skin is a really smooth process. It copes with loose and wet cosmetics perfectly. Its bristle is incredibly soft, which is especially appreciated by people with sensitive skin. It does not irritate the skin on the face even in the smallest degree. It evenly distributes the cosmetic on the face, as it can easily reach every spot.
Best Kabuki Brush For Powder Foundation – My Pick
Both types of brushes are really easy to clean. They are quick to wash and dry. Honestly, I can’t imagine applying a mineral foundation without using one of them. Having a good brush to apply powder foundation is incredibly helpful, even if you are an amateur make-up artist. A proper brush will help you quickly achieve your dream effect with it.
Applying Mineral Foundation: wet or dry?
There are two methods of mineral foundation application – wet or dry. The “wet” method is basically spraying the brush with water (preferably thermal, or mineral) or hydrolyte before the foundation is applied. This significantly reduces the dropping of the primer (so you won’t leave your bathroom super dirty), increases its creaminess and coverage. It is very important to spray with a tiny amount of water – i.e. if you pour the hydrolat into a bottle with an atomizer, it will be one (max. 2!) sprays from a distance. If the brush is too wet, the primer will make dough on your face, it will be more difficult to spread it and may smudge over your face.
The “dry” method does not require water – you just take the foundation on the brush and apply it to your face. In my opinion, the foundation looks much more natural and spreads better – i.e. more evenly, without spots. The coverage is not as high, but still satisfactory for me. With the dry method you can (and it’s worth it!) can spray the face with thermal water/hydrolat in the end. The primer will blend better on the face, the effect of exaggerated powderiness will disappear, it will look simply mega natural, with the effect of healthy skin – a light “glow”, but not a lantern 🙂
Personally, I use the dry method, but I splash my face with rose water after application – it works best for me. The foundation is evenly distributed, the coverage is very good, and finally, the water consolidates it on the face and eliminates the powder effect, so the makeup looks natural 🙂
How To Get Minerals on Your Brush?
It’s actually really simple!
1. Prepare a deep plate/bowl/ lid (clean and disinfected!). It may also be a cover lid of your foundation, but some of them are very shallow and you have to focus not to spill the foundation.
2. Put a bit of foundation inside
2a. Point “optional” – at this stage we spray the brush with water if we want to apply minerals the “wet” method. – I don’t do that.
3. Roll the brush around, as if we wanted to thoroughly “massage” the primer into the brush
4. Tap the brush on the edge of the lid to shake off the excess primer – if there is too much foundation in one place, it’ll stain your face. Even distribution of the foundation on the brush = even distribution on the face
Tip: To prevent the mineral powder foundation from dropping around, you can tap the brush handle against the desk/table to make the primer fall deeper into the brush.
How do you apply mineral powder foundation?
There are various techniques for applying minerals:
1. circular movements – the most popular and probably my favorite. They allow for quick, accurate and even application of minerals on the face, and the effect is natural.
2) Stamping – allow for more coverage, because we “stick” the foundation into the pores of the skin, instead of rubbing it on the face. The method is a bit more time-consuming because you have to tap the skin evenly and in such a way that there are no spots that are not covered.
3) Short, delicate movements – good for irritated skin, it’s the most delicate method for your skin.
It is a good idea to combine these methods – for example, if you need a full coverage on your chin and light coverage on your cheeks, you can stamp your chin and apply a foundation with circular movements on your cheeks. If you want to learn more how to properly store your makeup, read our guide here.
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You might also need a product to help you keep your makeup intact – if you’ve got oily skin, check out my guide on choosing a setting spray for oily skin.
Best Brush for Mineral Powder Foundation – Bottom Line
To sum up, how the minerals will look on your face depends on several factors, most importantly:
- skin condition – when my skin was very dry, a mineral foundation emphasized dry skin very strongly, and the skin, demanding to be moisturized, got greasy much faster. My face shone faster and the minerals were less durable. All I had to do was to bring the skin back to order and these problems disappeared – the skin is matte for a long time, and the foundation holds all day.
- Cream used – this is also very important, e.g. on a cream that is too greasy can make a “cake” on your face and the minerals will be less durable. In the morning I apply the cream with Vichy Capital Soleil matting SPF50 and it harmonizes brilliantly with mineral makeup.
brush selection – flat top provides more coverage, but less natural effect, the most comfortable movements are stamping, ball/balls easily reach all corners of the face, the effect is more natural, the most comfortable movements are circular
- method: dry/wet – the wet method will provide better coverage, but be careful because a brush that is too wet will stain the face, the foundation may be brewing. Dry primer will settle more, but it is easier to spread it evenly and looks more natural.
- Spraying the face after application – if you apply the foundation dry, it is worthwhile to spray (in moderation!!) the face with hydrolate/thermal water to combine the makeup, make it look more natural, less powdery. It works perfectly for me.
- Application method – circular movements giving a natural, even effect, stamping for greater coverage, light movements delicate for irritated skin or mix.
- and of course… foundation selection. Do not be discouraged if the foundation you’re trying looks bad on you. Each foundation behaves a bit differently – some are more creamy, others are drier, some quickly cause a shine, others provide a mat for a long time, some cover better and others worse. By trial and error method you will surely find the perfect foundation. It is always worth ordering samples before buying! If you want try a different kind of foundation rather than mineral, see my article on younique foundations.
In this guide we’ve gone through all the information you need on choosing Best Brush for Mineral Powder Foundation and how to apply mineral powder foundation too. What is your favourite brush? Do you use minerals in your makeup routine? Share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to know!
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