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Beauty Blender, Stippling Brush vs Foundation Brush

Beauty Blender, Stippling Brush or Flat Foundation Brush?

When I first forayed into the world of foundations I like any novice used my fingers... I still sometimes use my fingers to apply base makeup especially concealer as they provide a great way to warm up a product and spread it evenly. However, soon I discovered the Foundation Brush which seemed like a God sent! I was content with it for a while and then I found the Stippling Brush... Life seemed perfect and then into my life sauntered in the Beauty Blender...

The question is, if they all work well then how does one decide what tool to use and when...

When and How to Use a Flat Foundation Brush?

I use a flat foundation brush when I need a heavy coverage from my foundation. A flat foundation brush lays on foundation thickly and hence achieves a heavier coverage. This sort of a brush works best with both thick as well as water based foundations. One however needs to be careful while using this type of a brush as it can lead to a streaky application if not careful.

Recommended Flat Foundation Brush: Colorbar Picture Perfect Foundation Brush

When and How to Use a Stippling Brush?

A stippling brush is perfect for when you need an airbrushed finish. A stippling action basically blends out foundation really well and makes your application look more natural and air-brushed. Stippling brushes do not cause streaking and the application is seamless. It gives you a medium coverage.
Stippling brushes have finer fibre near the top of the brush and that is what creates the flawless finish. Stippling brushes are perfect for water based foundations like the MAC Face and Body Foundation.
They are great for applying blushes as well.

Recommended Stippling Brush: Real Techniques Stippling Brush

When and How to use a Beauty Blender/Sponge

A beauty blender or a sponge will essentially give you similar results as that of a stippling brush because the action is the same, stippling. However, the difference lies in the fact that a beauty sponge will give you a sheerer coverage than a stippling brush.
To use a beauty sponge/blender, you need to fully soak it in water then squeeze out the excess. The apply the foundation by bouncing off the sponge on your face. It however, is the most time consuming!

Beauty blenders/sponges should not be used with water based foundations as they would lead to wastage due to absorption of product. They however are perfect for thick, creamy or silicone based foundations.
Like Stippling Brushes, sponges can be used to apply cream blushes as well.

Recommended Beauty Blender/Sponge: Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Forever 21 Makeup Sponge

Which is your preferred method of applying foundation?


  1. very well written post.. thanx for the segregated pointers!

    1. I am so glad you liked the post Ritu :) I hope it was helpful...

  2. Very informative post...thank you so much...

  3. Very informative post...thank you so much...

  4. My favorite tool to apply foundation is Real Techniques Expert Face Brush! Recently I got my hands on the RT sponge and am excited to see if it makes any difference :)

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  5. I use any of them according to the mood 😛


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