(I have posted a video at the end of this post with a video demo/tutorial using this product and technique!)
I have been a mineral foundation convert for over 8 years now. I love the finish it gives my skin–glowing, soft, natural. Despite trying many different brands and finishes of liquid makeup, I never quite got the same results, and it always felt heavier on my skin. I still used full coverage liquid foundation for performances, and occasionally for a night out when I wanted a more dramatic look, but not for daytime looks. Not since I found my true love in MMU.
I recently bought some Revlon Colorstay Foundation in order to test it out for a makeup workshop I was giving my students. I wanted to be able to offer a budget alternative, full-covergage foundation for performance. I was duly impressed with the quality of this foundation and can easily see why it tops the budget/drug store lists for foundations. But even with my beauty blender, it felt like it was going on a little heavier than I wanted and not as smooth as I wished. I chalked it up to my not being used to wearing liquid foundations much any more.
That is until today…
…when I read THIS when researching flat top stippling brushes. Seems everyone is all about them, but I don’t own one and was looking into buying one until the link referenced said:
“….the reason why it took so long for me to apply foundation was that (a flat foundation brush) could only blend a small area of the face at a time. This is where the big kabuki comes in. Actually, I saw Erin from Scandalous Beauty first do this in one of her YouTube tutorials and decided to try it myself. My foundation application went from 20 minutes, down to 3. I was sold.”
So I head over to the referenced video to see what the fuss was about. (Edited to add: a student and friend mentioned that she had told me about this technique a little while back at a makeup workshop I was teaching. I honestly didn’t remember that at all, but apparently I have known about this for weeks longer than I thought I did. LOL! Well, that’s my sieve of a brain, apparently!) The woman there had a slightly different technique, which was intriguing; and she happened to be using one of the exact same kabuki brushes I already own, my Smashbox 19 (pictured). Now, I don’t have a lot of brushes, to be honest; and I don’t use this brush very often because the bristles are more dense than I prefer, so it has been largely unused over the years. To find a use for this brush AND possibly get better results from my liquid foundation? This was fate. So I decided to give it a try immediately with the Revlon Colorstay, just to see how it worked. And man was I thrilled.
As I mentioned above, I used the technique from the referenced video, not the description in the blog. I put some foundation on the back of my hand, then using my fingertips I distributed the foundation in key places over my face with little dots and smudges. Then I took my neglected Smashbox kabuki and buffed the foundation in circles over my face, working from the center outward. The result? Extremely smooth, bright, seamless finish with better coverage than I had ever gotten, and all without feeling heavy or looking cakey in any way. I was stunned!
And the brush? Took it in stride. I had imagined this wet, gunked-up brush I would need to shampoo. But no…it looked as if I hadn’t done anything with it, really. Just a few spritzes of brush cleaner and a light scrub against a towel…clean.
So today was a triumph: I found a use for my old kabuki, achieved a satisfying result from a bargain foundation (and it has lasted all day beautifully, I might add), and am enjoying a flawless, almost airbrush-like finish to celebrate. *cheers*
Check out my video review of Revlon ColorStay 24 Hour Liquid Foundation, and my use of a kabuki brush for an airbrushed-like finish!