August 19, 2016

Concealer Brush Craze!

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Kat Von D and urban decay concealer brush

If anyone ever asked how I apply my foundation I’d instantly say, “Fingers!” but in recent years that’s not the case! I’m actually an avid concealer brush user lately. One of my favorite concealer brushes cost all over $3 bucks! It’s the E.L.F. Studio Concealer Brush. You can’t blend with it but it is an excellent flat head brush that works a treat to “paint” concealer into place and also acts to sheer out thicker, creamer formulas.

Another great one? The Sephora #57 as well as the Marc Jacobs The Conceal Full Cover Correcting Brush. I use one of these two to blend my concealer and truly they do an excellent job perfectly and smoothly out concealer to an airbrushed finish.

Two new concealer brushes popping on the scene this month are the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush and the Urban Decay Finger Brush both of which caught my eye recently.

Here’s a look!

Having recently purchased Kat Von D’s new Lock-It Creme Concealer I was tempted to also indulge in her Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush ($24). This has an interesting sculpted brush head that delivers a 360 degree, precise blending technique. It was created to fit right under your eyes but can also be used to blend areas on your face as well! I haven’t tried it yet because when I saw it in person it looked a little big for my eye area but I’m hearing such good things I think it’ll come home with me soon!

Now the Urban Decay The Finger Brush ($26) is actually the brush I’m most interested in. This one has a way smaller head than Kat’s version and apparently it gives you the same technique and blending abilities that your finger would but with a way better airbrushed finish. The smaller head allows for a strippling blending technique that gets concealer smooth and flawless!

Do you typically use your fingers to apply foundation?

Or is there some special tool or brush you prefer using?

I’m a combination of both myself! Fingers and brush are used to get the job done here!

Both the Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush and Urban Decay Finger Brush are available now at

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  • Adrienne

    Hmmm. I guess it depends on who you ask and the texture of the foundation. I like you, mainly use my fingers and occasionally a beauty blender. However, I was in Nordstrom yesterday at the YSL counter and he said to use my fingers and he did both foundation and concealer with fingers and had me to the other side myself. Last week I was at the Laura Mercier counter and that rep told me that I MUST rigorously shake that foundation because it separates (it was to be oil free-so I was confused) and to apply it using a brush. I still prefer my fingers to control the application and I don’t have to worry about cleaning and disinfecting a brush every day. I just wash my hands, make sure its not under my nails and call it a day. Curious to know what everyone else does.

  • Victoria A.

    My go-to is a Crown brush I got in an ipsy bag a couple years ago. Does everything I need it to do.

  • Moda31

    Sigma does a really great angled one that doubles as a great contouring brush for your nose.

      • Moda31

        It’s the F66. I bought it on a whim, and now it’s the only concealer brush I use. Small enough to be precise, soft but not flimsy. It’s like an itsy bitsy angled kabuki.

  • Jen R

    Yessss, that ELF concealer brush is awesome! I use a stick concealer daily for my acne/spots so a brush is a must-have for me. I’m also pretty hard on them and usually need a new one every 6-12 months, so I tried the ELF one on a whim and loved it! And now I can replace by brush twice a year for less than the cost of one of the Kat Von D flat concealer brushes I was using before (different from the one here).

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! I love it too! It’s great for thicker concealers in my experience 😀 Works great to sweep on concealer and you can blend with another brush ;-D glad you like it too!

  • Courtney Bandish

    I just want you to know how much your reviews have helped me! I’m a 31 year old mother of 2 and had my daughter a year ago. Since then I have oddly developed a passion for makeup I never had before! I purchased my first designer palette yesterday, Lorac Unzipped which I LOVE LOVE LOVE! I finally discovered why I could never quite do a good Smoky eye: I was using the wrong products and brushes. Si today I created my first GREAT Smoky eye using Lorac and Wet & Wild cruelty free vegan brushes which are AMAZING! I was wondering if you have used them yet and done a first impression/review of them because I can’t stop raving about them! I was curious about your opinion on them 🙂

  • Silvia

    I use a sponge always for wearing my foundation. One of those square shaped nothing fancy mostly to even my skin tone all over. Then to blend rest of neck area I set it lightly with last drop of water hanging from the sink pout to blend it further. I have a pretty clear face on the normal/dry side so I covered lightly. Am liking lots the Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow and the Lumi True Match does not leave tons of shine just a nice fresh skin on me. Very natural. I use 211 & 202 depending how ghostly I wake up on certain days.

  • DiEtta

    “A girl/guy /can never have enough BRUSHES! Make-up, hair, shower oh my, gosh what to do?”…………(A question: “Where does one buy E.L.F? And what does it stand for? (Please excuse me, I’m a 67 year old make-up junkie! ) Have a beautiful day….Don’t forget to “SMILE )

  • ame

    So I got the KVD brush, and I am still trying to figure it out. I actually normally am a beautyblender kind of person for concealer. I tend to have issues with brushes for foundation and concealer pulling product back off my face. But I am trying to give this one a real try before I give up on it (both with her concealer and others.)