Matches Made In Heaven

Matches Made In Heaven - My Favourite Foundation & Brush Combinations - NARS Tinted Moisturiser & Models Prefer Airbrush Brush, Rimmel Match Perfection & Real Techniques Buffing Brush, L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation & BeautyBlender, Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue & Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush
It’s gotten to the stage where I could use a different foundation brush each day of the week. A little excessive? Maybe. The only way that I manage to justify this is by reasoning that every base is different and, because of this, every foundation brush serves it’s own little purpose. I enjoy mixing and matching and seeing what works but lately I’ve been finding a few pairs in my collection that I just can’t split up.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser & Models Prefer Professional Airbrush Brush – 

I’ve had the Models Prefer Professional Airbrush Brush for a while now and in fact, since the very first post about it, it was already a favourite when paired up with the NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. The bristles are quite long so this brush works well with lighter bases, like the NARS TM because it doesn’t really buff it in, it just makes sure that everything gets where it needs to go without sheering out the coverage too much and maintaining the glowiness of the Tinted Moisturiser. This is my go-to combo when I’m in a rush and need a light coverage and a lot of glow without the fuss.

Rimmel Match Perfection & Real Techniques Buffing Brush

Although it’s quite thin and lightweight, I find Rimmel’s Match Perfection (you can read a full review here) works best when buffed into the skin and there’s no brush that does a better job than the RT Buffing Brush. Although it works awesomely with a lot of the bases I own, I find it does an awesome job of seamlessly blending in these foundations that aren’t quite tinted moisturisers but aren’t thick or heavy or full coverage. A pump or two of Match Perfection and a once over with the Buffing Brush makes for lovely looking skin without it feeling like a mask.


L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation & BeautyBlender – 

I was skeptical of the BeautyBlender, I’ll admit, but since giving it a go with bases that I previously found a little tricky to work with, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte is quite a thick formula and it tends to look a little streaky or noticeable (that’s not to say I don’t love the finish when I get it right, you can read my full review here) on the skin with most brushes I own but with a slightly damp BeautyBlender, I really get to work on dabbing it all over, blending it in and making sure that it looks natural. I find that the BeautyBlender really helps whenever my base is looking a little cakey.

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue & Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush – 

This combination has been an absolute revelation for quick, easy and glowy application. Complexion Rescue is an almost mousse-y texture (you can read my full review here), thicker than your average TM, but I find that the LY34 is perfect simply because it’s so big and flexible. As I mentioned in the initial write up, the long bristles of the LY34 make sure that the foundation is getting into all of the right places while almost sheering it out to the perfect consistency. A quick pat in with the fingers to finish off and my skin is looking like skin.

What are your favourite brush and base combos?

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  • All these combo sound lovely, I haven’t experiment much when it comes to foundation brushes. I got my hands on beauty blender and that’s it, it works a wonder with any base product. However those long bristled brushes you wrote about sound great, I must give those a go in the future 🙂
    xo, Jessie | Bear and Berries | my YSL giveaway

  • I love it when you find the perfect brush for your base 🙂 I love the Sephora Pro Airbrush with the Nars Tinted Moisturiser and your brush looks really similar to it xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  • I’m surprised with your choice of the Louise Young LY34 Super Foundation Brush for the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue. Right now, most people online only use beauty blenders or buffing brushes to apply their foundation. The brush you chose looks more like a ‘traditional’ foundation brush, which most people seem to avoid right now due to streakiness. Perhaps I need to play around with my different brushes and foundations more 🙂

    • Yeah I was initially concerned that it was too much like a traditional foundation brush but it’s much easier to work with I find. As I said, I find a quick pat in with my fingers after working it in with the brush makes a difference 🙂

  • Megan Biggin

    I tend to stick to the RT Buffing Brush or the Zoeva Silk Finish for all my foundations but I think I may need to start experimenting a bit more to find my perfect match! I’ve also been really liking applying foundation with my clean hands recently, it’s so much quicker haha. x

    Megan |

    • I do really love both of those brushes so I can totally understand sticking to them. I used to apply my foundation with my hands all the time but now I find it a little tricky because I have to wash them afterwards and if I’m in a rush that makes it a bit harder!

  • hahah thank you!

  • Love this post! I’ve been loving the RT expert face brush lately but I have switched it up depending on the foundations as well such as the beauty blender and the traditional paddle foundation brush.

    xo Kat @ Katness