A flawless foundation routine can quite difficult to nail down. Finding the right tone, shade, and formula is hard enough and then you have to factor in base products, tools, powder, etc. All of the aforementioned really determine how well your foundation will perform.
I use both brushes and sponges. As a general rule of thumb, brushes provide more coverage while sponges tend to sheer it out a little because they absorb some of the product. Some people prefer a sponge because you don’t get brush lines/streaks so the foundation tends to appear more seamless. I usually apply with a brush and then go over it with a sponge to make sure there are no lines and excess product on my skin.
I have tried several different tools from various price ranges and I’ve compiled a list of my favorites below. Like all other things makeup related, you don’t have to spend a lot to get good tools. Spend what you want and/or what you can.
—Wet n Wild Sponge, $3.99
—eco tools Perfecting Blender, $4.99
—elf Total Face, $5
—elf Camo Concealer, $5
—Real Techniques Miracle Complexion, $5.99
—LOreal Infallible Foundation Blender, $7.99
—Morphe Complexion Blending, $8
—Dose of Colors Seamless, $15
—Milani Makeup Blending Sponge Duo, $9.97
—Sonia Kashuk Makeup Blender Marble, $5
—Miss A Paw Paw: Super Soft Wonder Blender, $1.55
—eco tools Wonder Cover Complexion, $8.99
—eco tools Complexion Buffer, $7.99
—eco tools Skin Perfecting, $7.99
—It Cosmetics #225, $36
—Morphe M439, $16
—Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, $9.99
—It Cosmetics Star, $30
–It Cosmetics Love Is The Foundation, $30 (available each October, not in stock right now)
—elf Angled Buffing, $4.50
—elf Medium Oval Complexion, $6