What do you usually use to apply foundation? Sometimes I get the best results when I use my fingers, but I go through phases. One week I’ll use fingers, the next week a skunk brush, and then maybe even a kabuki brush the week after that.
I guess I’m a bit of a wild child when it comes to tools. It really just depends.
Lately I have been rather enamored with fan brushes, though, like the lovely Trish McEvoy 62 ($36), which I’ve been using to apply MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation.
That’s right — a fan brush to apply a liquid foundation.
Weird, I know, but hear me out. I actually got the idea from MAC Senior Artist Keri Blair, who uses it in this video to apply MAC Mineralize Foundation. Her results just looked so flawless and natural that I figured, heck, why not give it a try?
With Studio Sculpt, I thought it was just a’ight. I liked the thin, light level of coverage, but I also got some streaks.
Not yet ready to give up on the idea, I tried a few other fan brushes, all of them with mediocre results until I came to Trish’s 62.
It was love!
The 62 was designed to deliver thin layers of powder products for faces and cheeks, but I think it does a bang up job with liquid foundations, too. The dense, wide brush head lays down just the right amount of product to cover what I’m trying to cover without leaving a bunch of annoying streaks behind.
To use it, first, I load a bit of Studio Sculpt on the back of a hand (I’m right handed, so I used the back of my left for this), and then pick up a small amount of it with the 62. To apply, I start from the center of the face and work my way out.
It’s amazing how much a brush can help or hurt when it comes to application, and I love the results I get with the 62. I think the coverage looks natural and flawless, and it doesn’t look or feel heavy at all — the coveted “my skin but better” effect.
This has been my first experience with a Trish McEvoy brush, and what an experience it’s been. Too bad it’s such a expensive brush, but at least it looks and feels worthy of the price. It’s sturdy, and over the three weeks I’ve been using it, I haven’t seen it drop a single bristle.
I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for a drugstore equivalent and will let you know if one turns up.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,