So you have spent countless hours at the makeup counter getting just the right foundation only to be foiled by the application. Standing at your vanity you ask the question. What is the best way to apply foundation, finger, sponge or brush?
Your finger seems the most natural tool for applying foundation. No other tool will give you more control, to be able to apply foundation to delicate areas around the eyes. Additionally, the warmth from your fingers will allow for a smooth application when applying liquid foundation. However, smooth doesn’t mean even. We tend to use varied pressure on different parts of our face, making for an uneven application. Natural oils in your fingers add oil to the face and unless you wash your hands before you apply your makeup it can also spread bacteria that leads to those mysterious breakouts.
Sponges allow for the even application of makeup, the edge make a great tool for blending in delicate corners. Add to that they are inexpensive, it is easy to see why they are a popular choice. However, like fingers they have a few draw backs. After the first use they, like fingers are prone to bacteria and while they can be cleaned few do so. While they make for great blending tools they absorb a significant amount of product (up to 50 %) resulting in waste and ultimately costing you money. You can reduce the amount of product absorbed by wetting the sponge.
There is a reason why makeup artists the world over use brushes. A good brush is designed to be cleaned and reused. While brushes may be more expensive than sponges, they make a good long term investment lasting for years. Brushes do not absorb the product and the variety of sizes and shapes of brushes available help to make them the perfect tool for every part of your face for every type of foundation.