Should You Apply Foundation With a Brush or Your Fingers?

Fingers or brush? We'll help you choose. Learn whether you should apply foundation with a brush or your fingers

Learn whether applying foundation is better with your fingers or a brush

It is really hard to keep up with new trends in the beauty industry. Almost every other day, there is something new being launched claiming they are more efficient than their predecessors.

Then, of course, there’s this age-old question as to which is the most efficient technique to apply the foundation on the face. Should you apply foundation with a brush or your fingers?

Sadly, the answer is not that simple.

There are so many beautiful women of different skin types, needs, and preferences that it is next to impossible for a single tool to satisfy them all. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which makeup tool you are most comfortable with. In this article, we will give you some tips to apply the foundation using your fingers and a brush.

Applying Foundation Using Your Fingers

Considering the number of application tools available in the market, using your fingers for applying foundation sounds weird, right? Well, not for a lot of people. And why not? You save money as you don’t need any other tools to get the job done.

1. Always wash your fingers before applying

Never forget to wash your fingers before applying the foundation to your face. If your fingers are dirty then the bacteria from it can cause breakouts which I’m sure you don’t want.

2. Warm your fingers by rubbing them together

When you warm your fingers, the heat from it will help break down the foundation pigment. This, in turn, will help the foundation to blend easily on your skin surface.

3. Use a dime-sized amount of foundation

This is important. When you apply foundation using your finger, you do not need a lot of product. Carefully spread the foundation using your fingers and then press it into your skin.

Also, squeeze out the foundation onto the back of your hand. This is because the back of the hand is always much cleaner and convenient for you to do your makeup. Again, warm the back of your hand by rubbing it.

4. ‘Gentle’ is the keyword here

After you have spread your foundation, you need to gently use your fingers to blend it. If you use a heavy hand then you may end with an uneven application or building up too much product, which will give it a cakey finish.

5. Blend and then blend some more

The entire point of getting a natural and flawless foundation application is to blend it properly. When you use fingers to apply foundation, you need to exercise extra care to get the precision you want.

Applying Foundation Using A Brush

Perhaps the most common technique of applying foundation, you can get great coverage and product layering. There also help to reach the corners of the face. In terms of application, they are quicker and less messy.

1. Opt for makeup brushes with synthetic bristles

A lot of people assume that natural brushes are better than synthetic brushes. Well, that certainly isn’t the case.

Synthetic brushes give you precision as their bristles drift together in a particular direction. Also, they do not have any cuticles restricting their tendency to accumulate product.

2. Pour out an even smaller amount of foundation

When you apply foundation using a brush, you only need a pea-sized amount. This may sound odd, but it is true. The bristles of the brush are designed to spread the product. This will give you a lighter coverage and a natural finish.

3. Invest in good quality brushes

Yes, branded brushes can be expensive but then many drugstore makeup brushes are of good quality and easy on the pocket. Avoid lower-quality brushes as they can result in a streaky foundation application. Also, buy brushes with soft bristles. You don’t want to end up with irritated skin.

4. Wash your brush every week or two

A cleaner brush will give you a more precise application without causing any breakouts. Dirty brushes may have product buildup, dead cells, and oil which can clog your pores causing acne as well as an uneven application. But don’t you worry, cleaning your foundation brush will hardly take you five minutes. So, hello flawless skin!

5. Blend and then blend some more

Yes, this tip is being repeated. But that’s just how important blending is! No matter the application tool you use, to blend that foundation well is what you need to assure. For brushes, blending is more convenient due to an even application, giving you an airbrushed look.

So, the answer to whether you should apply foundation with your fingers or a brush is easy: You can do either or both, depending on your preference!

Resources—Brit + CoSlice