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Finger or Sponge for Foundatin Application


I keep going back and forth with this one because I am told different things
all the time.

Is it best to use a sponge for application of liquid foundation or is it
better to use your fingers?

I was told by make up artists that it is best to use your finger (as long as
you wash your hands) because it applies better and that you don’t waste the
product on the sponge absorption.

On the other hand, I was just told by another artist that the sponge is defiantly
better because it applies more evenly and gives the skin a more even tone.

Does anyone have advice on this? Or does it really just come down to
personal preference?

Apr 22, 2012 @ 02:06 pm

8 Replies


Best make up tool ever = your fingers

I always use my fingers to apply makeup because I feel I get more control. I can put it where I want to and the pressure I apply with is just right, also, I can pat or rub or dab.

The one downside comes from bacteria and oil on your hands so I think as long as you wash your hands, you're ok.

I do always use brushes for my eyeshadow, blush and setting powder but I'll be totally honest- I am soooo cheap when it comes to brushes. I've heard art brushes are good for makeup, I have used ones from Sally Beauty Outlet (not bad) and also WalMart (not too shabby either).
Apr 23, 2012 @ 01:01 pm

I agree

As long as you wash your hands before and after you apply your foundation you should be fine. I've tried sponges and brushes to apply my foundation and I've always go back to my finger's. I find it much easier to get it on evenly. I use brushes for pretty much everything else, like blush and eyeshadow. So I'd say what ever you're more comfortable with is fine, but always keep your hands and any thing your using to apply your makeup on with clean. You can even buy products that you can clean your makeup with now. I haven't tried it, but I'll post the name of the products for you in a minute.
Apr 23, 2012 @ 01:13 pm

Here ya go

One is call Beauty So Clean-cosmetic sanitizer mist and the other is Beauty So Clean-sanitizer wipes. You can always add one or both of these to your beauty products if your concerned about bacteria.
Apr 23, 2012 @ 01:25 pm


If you have oily or acne-prone skin, stick with sponges!
If not than it's really your call.
I used to use my fingers but now I swear by sponges! Quo makes really soft ones and they are great from makeup application! I find that I get less streaks and a more even look with sponges. I also don't have to worry about bacteria.
I put my foundation on before my eye makeup, so I use the sponge to fix any mascara or eyeshadow mishaps as well :)
Apr 26, 2012 @ 09:38 am


I don't like using sponges for foundation 'cuz I find it wastes a lot of product. For every squirt of foundation you take on your sponge, only half gets rubbed onto your face, and the other half is rubbed into the sponge.

I think fingers work great especially certain foundations spread better with warm fingers to help them along. Better than sponges.

If you want to invest in a foundation brush, the best one imo is a flat topped brush. You can pick them up from anywhere. If you want, stop by Sephora and try their brushes to see which type of flat topped one works best for you.
Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:18 am


I also use my fingers for foundation when I do wear it. I just feel I have better control of where it's going and how much. Same with concealer. I do like to use sponges as a blending tool though! Sometimes I further blend out blush/bronzed that way, I find it's a good finish!

I'm with AlexJC - I'm also very cheap when it comes to brushes! Mine are from Walmart because I just can't justify spending like over $20 for one single brush at Sephora or something.
Apr 26, 2012 @ 05:04 pm


I always use my fingers after iv washed them of course because i feel i have more control over where im putting the product and how much im using and i feel I can blend it better into my skin with my fingers rather then a sponge.
Apr 26, 2012 @ 06:04 pm

Brushes/Sponges for me!

I usually use a foundation brush for my liquid foundations. I have the standard foundation brushes and also stipple brushes, duo fibre brushes.

I recently purchased a beauty blender and those are a fancy type of sponge that you dampen and then use to blend foundation. The cosmetic sponges sold in drugstores will do in a pinch but I prefer the texture of the beauty blender.

When all else fails, I use my fingers but not often. I find that I miss spots and things don't look "right."
May 05, 2012 @ 06:15 pm

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