Here is a brief education on foundations.
1. You need to first determine what type of coverage you would like ie full (creme), medium (liquid) or light (tinted moisturizer). Don't forget you can also wear a powder foundation which can go from light to medium coverage.
2. Determine what type of "finish" you would like your skin to have ie satin, matte or dewy.
*I will not be discussing any M.A.C products today in an effort to educate you about other companies that are also good.
(pictured is the Covergirl Queen Collection natural hue compact creme foundation) This product is lightweight and completely buildable for coverage. Great product at an affordable price. The range in colors are perfect for women of color.
Bombshell Tip: For lasting effects set your makeup with a translucent loose powder.
*Note: you should only be using your foundation to even out your skin's appearance. If you look like you are wearing a mask after application you either have on way to much makeup or the wrong color was used.
*Note: Some might require more than one product. I suggest for my ladies with hyper-pigmentation ,like myself, to always have at least 2 foundations on hand. This way you can avoid applying the correct foundation for the darker areas of your face to the lighter areas leaving your face looking unnatural.For makeup brushes you must remember one important thing.
Your brushes should never be abrasive to the skin. If it hurts when used get rid of them.
Here are a couple brush basics. The stiffer the brush the more concentrated the color application will be. The lighter or flufflier the brush the more diffused the color application will be. With that being said you can find makeup brushes ranging in price. Sonia Kushuk has travel sized brushes for a range of affordable prices. Sigma makeup brushes is a professional brand for brushes but their prices are also affordable. It truly is your preference.
I hope this helps with your makeup shopping! Happy Shopping!