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Our tips on Choosing a Foundation for any skin type

When it comes to choosing a foundation, there are different factors which are useful to consider.  The first thing is to be aware of your skin type.Beautiful Woman  Skin types include normal, dry, oily and combination skins.  As foundations come in a variety of consistencies, some of them are more suitable for certain skin types compared to others.  The second thing to consider is what look you are going for as the foundation type will vary depending upon the overall look you want to achieve.


Cream foundations are the thickest consistency of all the foundations.  Their consistency arises from its oil based formulation.  As the texture of these foundations is thicker, they also offer the highest coverage.  This means they are great if you want to achieve a heavy look, or if you want to use foundations which offer the highest coverage to help even out your skin tone, these are for you.  As cream foundations are oilier, they are great for those with drier skins.

To use cream foundations you can apply with a sponge, brush or with your fingers.  Brushes especially designed for foundation, such as the Nanshy kabuki foundation brushes range are great at achieving that airbrushed look with your cream foundations.  Simply apply to the face starting with the nose, then over the cheeks, forehead and jaw line. The bristles on these brushes are dense, soft and also have sculpted ends to take care of the application.  The dense bristles means that you will be avoiding those streaky finishes as you would with a paddle brush.  The soft bristles also means you will be producing streak free results and will be soft on the skin.  The sculpted end of the brushes can also help with the application of your foundation.  The flat angled buffer brush is great for the application of your foundation as the angle of the brush allows for the foundation to be spread across the face easily.


Liquid foundations are thinner than your cream based foundations as they are water based. As they are a thinner consistency, this also means in this case that they give less coverage than your cream foundations.  Liquid foundation also dries quickly once they are applied to the skin. This means that they should also be applied quickly.  Similarly you can use the Nanshy kabuki brushes to apply a liquid foundation.  These will allow for a quick and even coverage for your liquid foundations. These water based foundations are good for oily skins as they do not add oil to the skin.  Some liquid foundations however do contain some oils so always read the labels if you are looking for an oil free product.


Powdered foundation provides the lightest coverage of all of the foundations.  It is particularly good if you have sensitive or oily skin as the foundation provides a minimal coverage and tends to help control any oiliness of the skin. Powdered foundations need to be applied with a foundation brush.  If you are using powdered foundations, it is therefore really important to find good brushes to use.  The range of Nanshy brushes is also perfect for the foundation of powders.

Finding a foundation to suit you may depend on your skin type, but also remember that your skin type may change overtime.  Therefore, it may be a good idea to keep an eye on your skin type so that your foundations will always provide the best coverage for you.

Coverage and skin type are two of the factors which you should consider when choosing a foundation, however there is also a third.  The range of looks you can achieve with different foundations is restricted, so the type of look you are trying to achieve, will determine the foundation you will use.

For example if you are looking for a natural day look, you may not want to use a high coverage foundation such as a cream foundation.  Instead you may want to use a liquid or a powdered foundation for a lighter coverage.  For an evening look where you really want to make the eyes and the lips heavier for example, you may want to use a cream foundation as it will give you a heavier and more flawless look.

Don’t forget there are no strict rules when it comes to experimenting with make-up.  As well as gaining ideas from articles such as this, the best way of discovering what is most suitable for you is trying out different foundations yourself, and seeing what works best.

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How to use Flat Top Foundation Brush? [Tutorial]

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For perfect makeup coverage, a flat top foundation brush is essential. (Scroll down for video)

A flat top foundation brush for applying liquid makeup will make application quicker, easier, and give you airbrushed-look, flawless, results. The flat top makeup brush can (and should) also be used when applying sheer powders and blushes too.

This How-to will begin with applying liquid makeups with a flat top foundation brush, followed by how-to-apply blushes, highlights and concealers. Finishing with how and why it’s best to use, a flat top foundation brush for a powder to lock the foundation and concealer for a long-lasting look.

If you’re reading this article to decide if you should get and use a flat top foundation brush for the first time, makeup professionals believe that, “It’s not an indulgence, it’s a necessity.”

Liquid foundation is one of the trickiest and fussiest products to apply. It’s why we’re beginning with it. It’s almost unfair that it can make or break your entire look and be so unpredictable. Applying liquid foundation with a flat top brush, using these techniques, eliminates the guesswork and issues.

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How To Use Flat Top Foundation Brush

Flat Top Foundation Brush for Liquid Foundation

Flat Top Foundation Brush LiquidTake your favourite foundation and dab a small amount the size of a small coin on the back of your non-dominant hand. You can also use a palette for this, but using your hand is recommended because it warms the foundation, blends in with your skins natural oils, gives the bristles resistance, and doesn’t push the product up into the bristles the way a palette can.

Dip your brush into the foundation. A perfect flat top foundation brush is soft bristled, densely packed, synthetic, and antibacterial. (While that sounds like a tall order, we recommend Nanshy because their brushes are all that, plus cruelty-free!) Dip your brush a few times with a quick, yet soft, dabbing like motion.

Using the same quick dabbing motion, like a sewing machine needle moves (stippling), begin at the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows and go down the centre towards your nose tip. Then stipple from the outside in along each cheekbone from by your ear towards the side of your nose. Now do the same outside-in on your chin from the outer sides meeting in the middle. Without adding any more foundation, get the area above your upper lip and below your nose and finally the area above your chin just below your lower lip.

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If you use foundation instead of, or in conjunction with concealer around the eye area, now is the time to tap the edge of your flat top brush into the foundation. At an angle as if the brush was laying on its side, with the edge of the bristles touching the edge of the foundation on your hand. Now with the brush at that same angle in relation to your face, dab along the under eye from the outside in towards your nose, your hand below the bristles. For application above the eye, bring your elbow up, so your hand is above the bristles (almost as if you were writing, but elbow way up) and stipple from the outside toward your nose bridge.
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For your forehead, the very upper outside of your cheekbones and jawline (the remaining areas), dab the top of the brush into the foundation on your hand to get more product, then starting with the lower outside areas of your forehead, dab up and toward the centre all the way to your hairline.

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Get more foundation onto the flat area of the brush by dabbing your hand. Then apply by stippling the side areas of your face, between the eye and ear on each side. And then downward under your jaw to fade it into your neck.

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Now is when you apply blush, highlighter, contour, and all your cream based products.

A quick over-all buff with your flat top brush for blending and you’re done!

Flat Top Foundation Brush for Powders and Blushes

Flat Top Foundation Brush PowdersThe best way to make foundation and makeup last is setting it with powder. While one way to do it is with a puff, rolling or pushing it into the skin, this is likely to cause uneven results and can be a bit messy. Putting the powder onto your skin using a flat top brush sets it perfectly and is easy to clean afterwards.

Powder application should be light to lock the foundation and concealer but not disturb your underlying makeup. Stipple the powder, (dabbing lightly and quickly) no swirling or buffing, it can cause streaks and uneven application – And possibly wipe off everything you’ve already done.

Tap powder into the lid and use as a dabber (The way you used the back of your hand for foundation). This way any powder not used by the flat top brush can be thrown away if it got mixed with makeup. Or, put back in with the rest of your powder if you think it is ok. This helps your powder last longer by not tamping down the whole thing every time you use it.

Patting the powder on with the brush really ensures that the powder sinks in and really helps to set both the foundation and the concealer. Blend out contour powder or cheek stain (with a flat brush) in an upward motion, giving a real airbrush effect. There won’t be harsh lines or abrupt colour changes on your face.
Use a flat top foundation brush that’s soft bristled, densely packed, synthetic, and antibacterial. (Nanshy Kabuki Brushes are perfect for this.) Contour brushes and natural bristled brushes will take away the foundation when swiping powder on to set your makeup. A soft bristled, densely packed, synthetic flat top brush, as you set your look by tapping with powder, will press the foundation making your set even firmer.


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