OK, it may not be an age old question, but it is a question that’s been asked for about as long as these cosmetic accessories have existed. What is the best way to apply your foundation: with a brush, a sponge or your fingers?
The answer is perhaps annoyingly simple and complex: it depends. It depends on what sort of foundation you are using, and what you are trying to achieve with your foundation. Obviously, foundation is created to give our faces a flawless base, but there are thousands of foundations on the market for a reason — namely, they all tackle slightly different skin issues. From oiliness to dryness to mature skin and acne prone skin, not all skin is created equal. And not all makeup application techniques will deliver the same results across the board on different skin types and tones.
So, instead of asking what the best way is to apply foundation in general, let’s talk about what the best way is to apply foundation for you.
If you have dry skin…
Avoid sponges. It may seem odd, since the idea of a sponge saturated in moisturising foundation can make you want to use one, but sponges can actually exaggerate dry skin, since they will catch and lift it during application.
Instead apply your foundation with a brush or your fingers. This will give you beautifully lightweight coverage, and since your skin is dry as opposed to oily, you don’t have to worry as much about your fingers transferring oil to your face. (But do make sure they are clean to avoid transmission of bacteria!)
If you have oily skin/acne prone skin…
Avoid fingers. As we just discussed, fingers can transfer unwanting body oil from your fingers to your face. This will increase the oily glow, and transfer bacteria that can result in breakouts.
Instead apply your foundation with a sponge or a brush. Either of these options will give you the coverage you want, without running the risk of adding unwanted oil to your skin.
If you have mature skin…
Avoid brushes. Brushes can be used for a finishing powder, but mature skin needs foundation that is deeply moisturising. This will not only help the skin look more even and younger, but a moisturising foundation will help prevent future fine lines and wrinkles.
Instead use a sponge or your fingers. The healthy hit of hydration your skin needs is best applied through the saturation of a sponge or your fingers.
A final note on foundation application…
Be sure you are buying high-quality makeup that’s suited for your skin type and tone. Even a perfect application with the ideal applicator can’t help you if you have oily skin and are using a foundation for dry skin.