Applying Foundation: Fingers or Brushes?

When applying foundation, what do you usually do? Do you blend directly with your fingers or do you use tools, like brushes or sponges? MuT members disagree about which method is best, but is there a right answer? Let’s take an in-depth look at these two different techniques for applying your face makeup. 








Why it works:

  • The natural heat of your body allows the makeup to melt in your hands.
  • Many members agree that using your fingers is more precise.
  • Brushes cost money, but your fingers are free! No splurging on expensive tools.


Why you should avoid it:

  • If you don’t wash your hands, using your fingers can spread bacteria to the face.
  • Even if you do wash your hands, fingers still spread oils around that lead to acne.
  • Finger application can be messy – watch out for stained hands!



Why it works:

  • With so many brush types, you can experiment for the perfect finish.
  • Having a brush set allows you to apply makeup on friends without the germs.
  • Brushes (and sponges) usually give a lighter, less caked-on finish.


Why you should avoid it:

  • Brushes and sponges are absorbent, so you might waste more product.
  • Without proper cleaning, these tools will be full of bacteria and dead skin cells.
  • Makeup brushes and sponges can be expensive if you’re a newbie. 




Final verdict:  Both techniques have the same number of pros and cons, so there’s no clear answer as to which is the best. Experiment and find what works best for you. You might find, for example, that brushes are better for powders while fingers are better for liquids.


No matter which technique you use, though, make sure you keep your tools (whether they’re attached to your body or not!) clean before makeup application. Brushes should be washed at least once a week with brush cleanser, and your make sure you wash your hands before rubbing on product.



Recommended Products:

  • MAC #190 Foundation Brush
  • BH Cosmetics 24 piece Synthetic Brush Set
  • Beauty Blender, The Ultimate Makeup Applicator
  • e.l.f. Studio Brush Cleaner


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