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As someone learning how to apply makeup  professionally, you’ll know just how important it is to have the right tools for the job. Take the application of foundation - as you see being used first on pretty much every makeup demo  online - which can’t be applied evenly with the wrong kind of brush.

What is the purpose of using a brush to apply face foundation? 

It’s used at the start of every makeup video, as it’s an essential step during which the foundation applied covers up blemishes and spots for an even skin tone. This base provides the ‘foundation’ onto which you’ll be layering the makeup over - so it’s very much a crucial step in proceedings.

What is most important when buying makeup brushes? 

When working as a makeup artist, getting the right brushes is essential, whether talking about a kabuki brush, foundation brush or contour brush. That’s because each one is designed for a very specific job, so you can't expect the results you want when you use it for something it’s not intended for.

As beauty courses online show us, there are a number of different types of foundations out there, and the one you get will determine the best kind of foundation for your needs. Let’s take a look at them now. 

  • Stick Foundation - when your client has oily skin, stick foundation is often the best choice, as they’ve got a thicker consistency. This can make them a little harder to apply; however, if you use an angled foundation brush, you get an edge with which to easily warm the product up on the back of your hand. Without this feature, an even application is possible but more complex.
  • Mineral/Powder Foundation - as you can learn about in free online courses, one of the most common types you find being used is mineral or powder foundation. Purchased either as a ‘loose form’ or ‘pressed’ brand, it’s a product that calls for a flat-top brush that can be used to create even downward strokes and a lovely, even finish. Kabuki brushes that have a dome top can also be suitable for the task.
  • Liquid Foundation - in an instance where one of your makeup artist clients has redness or needs extra coverage, liquid foundation can be the most suitable choice. For this, you’re best using a flat brush, as it allows for streak-free coverage when applying foundation in small, circular motions. If less coverage is needed, then a stippling brush will likely suffice instead. 
  • Cream to Powder Foundation - take a few short makeup courses online, and it won’t be long until you, and it won’t be long until you come across hybrid products like cream-to-powder foundation. This kind of product offers buildable, sheer-to-high coverage and is best for clients that have combination skin. 

The best tool for this particular application job is a buffing brush when talking about medium/full coverage and a stippling brush if you’re after a sheer finish.

  • Beauty Balms (BB) & Colour Creams (CC)

Lastly, we look at BB and CC creams that a professional makeup artist  might need for a client who has skin discolouration that needs an evening out. This might be because of minor blemishes that need to be matched to the skin tone for an even application of makeup.

Interestingly, with these products, they’re best just applied with the fingers, as the warmth this provides is sufficient to melt it and blend easily for a natural-looking finish. 

Ignite Your Makeup Passion And Skills With OCA Online Learning! 

During your training to join the makeup artist  industry, you’ll learn lots of helpful information like this that will stand you in good stead during your career. The great news is that learning new professional skills has never been easier, thanks to CPD-accredited video-based short courses online  from OCA.

Our training offers an engaging and stimulating learning experience, as it presents information in a way that easily beats what text-based learning offers. To understand fully, we encourage you to watch our Student Study Demo, as it shows you exactly why enrolling with us makes sense.

Alternatively, to see the full course library that covers 20+ industries and is packed with industry-lead learning visits us today at www.onlinecoursesaustralia.edu.au. There you’ll see details of our flexible payment options and the fact that all training comes with 1-to-1 support every day of the week!

However, if it’s advice or guidance you’re after, we’re more than happy to provide that too. Just give us a call on 1300 611 404, and we’ll do our utmost to give you the answers you need. 


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