The Makeup Brush Edit: Foundation, Concealer & Powder

It’s amazing how using the right makeup brushes makes such a difference not only in terms of how your makeup actually looks, but also how easily and quickly you can achieve flawless results.  Over the next three weeks I’m doing a makeup brush edit, each post dedicated to my favourite brushes for the different types of makeup I use.  To kick things off, today I’m talking about the brushes I turn to on a daily basis for foundation, concealer and powder.

Real Techniques definitely introduced me to a whole new way of applying foundation compared to what was previously just a haphazard approach with my fingers.  I’m sure I’ve purchased every set going but for putting on my foundation I always use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99).  Also, just to clarify, when I am talking about foundation I am referring to liquid foundation.

The Real Techniques Stippling Brush, with its flat top, helps to spread foundation evenly across the face.  The bristles, which are made up of synthetic fibres, have just the right density and softness and it has a good sturdy handle.  It washes out easily and there is no shedding of hairs – always a bonus.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush

My foundation application is never complete without the process of buffing it in and now I even make sure when I try a new foundation that I can use it with a buffing brush.  I have two favourites that I rotate between and both are equally good in my opinion.

For a more affordable option is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush.  The only thing is that it comes as part of the Real Techniques Core Collection Set for £21.99 or the Flawless Base Set  at £10.99 and is not available to buy individually.  That’s not too much of a problem since both sets contain some great brushes but annoying when you want to make a repurchase.

The other buffing brush is within the high-end category and it’s the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush at £32.  Expensive yes, but the quality is amazing.  It is denser than the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and the handle is quite short compared to what I am used to but this is a fabulous brush nonetheless.

Left to right: Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush & Real Techniques Buffing Brush

When it comes to applying concealer around the delicate under-eye area, I am loving the Real Techniques Setting Brush (£6.99).  I find this just the right size and softness to blend in my under-eye concealer and isn’t it great when you find a different use for your makeup brushes?  I recently did a post on some of my favourite concealers which you can read here.

Talking of finding a different use for makeup brushes, this Real Techniques Detailer Brush, also available in their Core Collection Set or the Flawess Base Set is ideal as a lip brush but I like to use it for pin-point concealing as it’s perfect for targeting small areas and blemishes.

As always, even concealer needs to be buffed in to make sure it blends in with your foundation.  Rather than use a regular buffing brush like the two I mentioned above, this MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush £34.50 targets the most awkward of areas without disrupting the rest of your makeup.

Left to right: MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush & Real Techniques Setting Brush

Real Techniques Detailer Brush

Lastly, when it comes to setting powder the Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush at £32 is my go-to.  I always used to use over-sized and fluffy brushes for powder in the past but this offers a lightweight but more controlled application and is ideal for both loose powder and compact versions.  The only negative is that sometimes it sheds hairs (not all the time I must add). Despite that, I do like this brush and it has done me good given that I have been using this for over two years now.

So what are your favourite makeup brushes for concealer, powder and foundation?  Also, don’t forget to stay tuned for next week’s edit where I’ll be covering my favourite brushes for blusher, contour and highlighter. x

Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush

  • Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it x

  • Lee

    I have only tried a few of the Real Technique brushes, but have heard great things about the Bobbi Brown ones!

    Lee |

  • Ha, I know what you mean, it is satisfying when you wash these out. Not tried Artis style brushes before…perhaps one to check out x

  • You can’t go wrong with these x

  • Thanks lovely x

  • Never tried it directly but I have heard it is just as good when you use it that way x

  • I think you will definitely like the Bobbi Brown one – its one to try for sure x

  • I haven’t tried the Expert Face Brush, sounds and looks good too x

  • I love real techniques but I need to get the buffing brush, it sounds really good!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • merel

    These brushes look amazing! I need to try these! <3

    X Merel

  • I have RT’s core collection set and I am loving it, will get the stippling one next! Loved reading your detailed post about brushes, love 🙂


    • Glad you found this useful. I really like the Stippling Brush x

  • Thanks for these tips! Now I really now which one to keep since I have too many of them haha



  • I own quite a few of these makeup brushes too! Great selection xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • I don’t use makeup brushes often but a friend gifted me a set of Real Techniques. Although I don’t use it much, I agree how good they are and they don’t irritate my skin! I used a makeup brush before that irritated my skin and gave me a terrible breakout that I had a hard time removing for MONTHS.

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • Katie

    I use mostly RT brushes too, I love the Stippling brush for really liquid foundations like the Pro Glow! I would love to get a good concealer brush from them x

    Beauty From Katie

  • I have far too many makeup brushes, but yet I still buy more!

    Danielle xx

  • Kate

    I can’t believe I used to slap all my makeup over my face with my fingers! The right brushes, as you say, make so much difference. Real Techniques make some great ones and I have one from Bobbi Brown – the face blender – which has been in my stash forever. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  • The Bobbi Brown brushes look gorgeous, I’ve never tried their brushes but I bet they’re amazing xx

  • Great roundup of brushes! RT really makes some great ones at affordable prices. I’ve always preferred using a beauty blender for my foundation, though since I’ve moved to using cushions lately I just use the cushion puffs. I do have the RT buffing brush, so perhaps I’ll give that a try with my foundation next time. Thanks for the reviews!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

    • Glad you found this useful. I know many people swear by beauty blenders but I just never got into it x

  • I love how many Real Technique brushes are featured here! I don’t have the Buffing brush mainly because I really don’t want to buy a set. I wish they would release it as an individual brush. 🙁

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • real techniques are such a good drugstore option and they rival many high end brands x

  • Stunning photos, as always! I absolutely adore the RT Buffing Brush but also really like the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush xx


    • Thanks lovely. I use and both buffing brushes but because the Bobbi Brown one was quite expensive I feel obliged to use it more! x