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The foundation applicators your make-up bag wants

Two things are needed to master the art of foundation application. You already have the canvas – hey, beautiful! – so all you need now is the perfect tool.
The 5 foundation applicators your make-up bag's been missing

Pictures: Miles Drury

The lowdown

Though I love applying my foundation with my fingers, I find the blending part tricky. Fingers full of foundation + my clumsiness isn’t the best combination (I have T-shirt stains to prove it), so getting an applicator involved seem like a good bet. But with so many options available – angled brushes, kabuki, stippling and so on – finding the perfect partner isn’t easy. In search of the streak-free life, I road-tested a range of make-up applicators available on ASOS to work out which worked best for me.

The 5 foundation applicators your make-up bag's been missing

The brush

The slightly tapered edges and the pointed tip on this Nude by Nature brush allow a smooth and precise coverage, letting you give a little extra attention to the corner of the nose and eyes. The bristles are soft and didn't leave streaks on my face. It gives a natural finish; you can build up the coverage – from light to medium. However, it might not be the best option if you’re going for a full coverage.


Nude by Nature Liquid Foundation Brush, £24
The 5 foundation applicators your make-up bag's been missing

The sponge

Sure, there's nothing new about the sponge but what makes this one special is its shape. There's a whole range of different sponge silhouettes out there – from diamonds to eggs –  but I found this tear-drop style blender from Lottie ideally suited to the task. Dampen before use, then dab until the colour seems even and blended for a full coverage. The pointy tip is perfect for under-eye application.


Lottie Blend & Snap Sponge, £5.50
The 5 foundation applicators your make-up bag's been missing

The hybrid

When the sponge meets the brush. The Maybelline Dream Blender sponge comes attached to a handle, for a unique hybrid effect. This makes it very easy to grip, giving you more control while applying your foundation. Soften up the sponge by dampening it a bit before application. This gem is perfect for spreading your make-up and its fine tip will allow you to reach the smaller areas, like the corner of the eyes with ease. 


Maybelline Dream Blender Foundation Sponge, £4.99 

The 5 foundation applicators your make-up bag's been missing

The future

Meet the silicone applicator, the absolute cutting edge of putting on foundation. I have to admit, I was a little sceptical about this jelly-like blender. The applicator is flat on both sides and because of its smooth surface, I thought I could simply glide the foundation on my face. Wrong! Just like the sponge you get the best result by dabbing onto the skin, and once I'd figured that out, the finish looked flawless. I'd advise using less product than usual as it doesn't absorb like a sponge.


STYLondon ASOS Exclusive Sili Sponge - Glitter, £6.99