Brushes, Sponges Or Fingers: Which One Works The Best For A Seamless Makeup Application?

Eden NoronhaEden Noronha  |  Sep 29, 2021
Brushes, Sponges Or Fingers: Which One Works The Best For A Seamless Makeup Application?


If you’ve ever been torn between which tool to use to get that perfect base, we understand your frustration. Your entire makeup look depends on how well you set your base and how seamless and skin-like it appears. For that reason, choosing the right tools to apply foundation is of high importance. We’ve had our share of experimentation with brushes, beauty blender sponges, and even our bare fingers, but the question remains the same — which of these application tools work best?

It is also important to consider the fact that different skin types can benefit better from one tool more than the other. You can also use all three of these foundation application methods to get the best results. But, we get how confusing this may all sound. That’s why we help decode which of these tools work best for your base- this includes application on acne-prone and eczema-prone skin.

Brushes, Sponges Or Fingers: Which One Wins?


The Classic Choice: Makeup Brushes 

Brushes have always been used by professional makeup artists and soon became the go-to tool for foundation application. It avoids cakey makeup and enables you to apply your foundation in thin layers. This feature is especially important for those with acne-prone skin as there is often a tendency to apply extra product on problem areas with pimples. 

Brushes also allow you to blur out pitted skin with its soft blending nature. Brushes are a good tool for blending makeup and therefore even work well to blend harsh lines between the hairline and jawline. Unlike sponges, brushes also absorb far less of the product, which means less wastage. 

The Beginners Prerogative: Bare Fingers

Brushes are often used for hygiene purposes, but if given a choice, many makeup artists prefer to use their bare fingers for applying foundation; they say it achieves the most natural finish. It goes without saying that you should sanitise your hands before applying foundation with your fingers alone. Using your hands makes it easier to control how much product you apply on your skin and is even better than using brushes in this department.

Finger application allows you to warm the products before using them, which means the makeup will blend into the skin more easily. Your fingers will also allow you to reach the nooks and crannies of your face much more easily rather than brushes or sponges. You can also control how much pressure you use to apply foundation, which is great when it comes to dealing with problematic skin types with acne or eczema. 

The Popular Pick: Beauty Blenders

Beauty blender sponges have been the tool of choice in recent times partly because of the cute packaging and mostly because they offer an almost air-brushed effect. Although, beauty blender sponges are better used for specific areas instead of the whole face and neck, here’s why. While it may be okay to be used all over for those with normal to oily skin types, people with eczema-prone skin should be wary about sponges as they can cause irritation and too much friction.

Sponges on the other hand do work well for problem areas as they will take off excess product. The thing to remember while using sponges is to always dampen them before applying foundation with them. Just lightly bounce it on your skin and you will get a well-blended base.

For a lightweight foundation that sits comfortably on your skin, we recommend:

Seeing that you’ve read through all the details, you are now set to figure out which of these tools will best work for your unique skin needs.

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