Foundation Application: Brush, Sponge, or Fingertips?

It’s easy to get confused on which way is the best way to apply foundation…brush, sponge or fingertips. While there are pros and cons to each application method, it all comes down to personal preference. To find out which method will work for you, I recommend experimenting with each method to see which you feel most comfortable using. While trial and error is always a good way to determine what will work best for you, I have broken down each application method below. So if you are still deciding between a brush, sponge or fingertips, keep reading…

Brush – Using a brush to apply your foundation is a great way to give your skin an airbrushed, flawless finish. Brushes are known for their precision and also for their blendability. Whether you are using powder, liquid or cream foundation, brushes are versatile enough to get the job done. It’s important to start with a small amount of foundation and build up to your desired look, just remember to blend completely before applying additional foundation and remember to wash your brushes one a week.

Sponge – Just like a brush, sponges gives the skin an airbrushed, flawless finish too. For even coverage, dampen the sponge before using then dot foundation onto your face and bounce the foundation into your skin with the sponge, don’t rub. By doing this you will get a sheer, lightweight look that is easily buildable and remember to wash your sponges frequently and replace every 3-4 months.

Fingertips – Last but not least, using your fingertips to apply foundation is just as effective as using a brush or sponge. The warmth of your fingertips provides great blendability, but be careful because you will get a more concentrated application so less is more. If you are going to use your fingertips, be gentle. Don’t use too much pressure when applying foundation to your face and always use a light tapping motion with your ring fingers around your delicate eye area.

While there isn’t a dramatic difference between each method, the end results should be similar as long as your foundation is blended into your skin, it just comes down to practice and preference. I find using a brush to apply foundation on most days works best for me because it’s quick and easy, but when I have a little more time to spend on applying my foundation, I will use a sponge and when I apply a BB cream I will use my fingertips.

So, which method do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below and until next time, stay happy, healthy and beautiful!

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