Tool Time: Pro Tip on the Best Makeup Brushes for Cream (BB too) or Pressed Cream Foundation

Put away that flat foundation brush -- it's not the best tool for creamy foundation and concealer textures.
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Put away that flat foundation brush -- it's not the best tool for creamy foundation and concealer textures.
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Got streaks? When you apply your cream-textured foundation, that is? Have you been painting it on with a flat foundation brush? And blending it out forever to get a smooth, natural-looking finish?

Put that flat foundation brush away -- it's great for liquid foundation (and thin BB creams that are like tinted moisturiser), but if you're working with cream consistencies, including creamier BB creams and pressed creams such as concealer, or MAC Prep + Prime Skin Smoother (above), you need a different kind of makeup brush, says Vancouver-based pro Caitlin Callahan, a MAC Senior Artist.

cream foundation and cream concealer brushes

You need a brush like one or both of these: the MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush ($41) and the MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush ($36.50). Their soft, rounded bristles deposit a smaller amount of product and let you blend effortlessly as you apply. The smaller brush, which you'd ordinarily use to blend shadow into the crease of your lids, is genius for cream concealer.

Caitlin's tip explains why my favourite brush for MAC Studio Tech cream foundation, my go-to for makeup clients, is this Cover FX 160 Cream Foundation Brush.

What's your favourite foundation brush? What have you been using with your creamier textures?