Friday, 17 July 2009

Foundation...How do you apply yours?

Today, out of interest, I just wanted to take a poll on how all you lovely ladies apply your liquid foundation:

1) Foundation Brush...oooh er, very professional!

2) Your fingers...mind they ain't grubby now!

3) A sponge...preferable not the one in the kitchen sink!

4) A mixture of all the above...how indecisive of you!

I personally apply mine with my fingers as I've always found that the warmth of my hands helps the foundation to blend into the skin really well. I notice that MUA's always apply foundation with a brush or a sponge on clients but I've always assumed (perhaps incorrectly) that that's more to do with hygiene than achieving the best finish.

I think one of the reasons I use my hands as well is because I get paranoid that I would be spreading germs on my face and risk an outbreak of spots if I used a brush/sponge to apply it! Plus you would end up having to clean it all the time or I would imagine it would get all gunky with dried up foundation...yuck! So my inner OCD fairy says no to the brush and sponge but I'm still curious as to why so many people DO use them...

I've never had a problem with blending my foundation when using my hands and I always get a good finish. I don't think there's a WRONG way of doing it, it's all down to preference and how much coverage you want. I have read that when you use a damp sponge, you get lighter coverage, using your fingers produces the second lightest effect and then using a brush gives the maximum cover you can get. I've never tried a foundation brush but have read that this produces the coverage required on photoshoots...which is alot!
So have you brush happy ladies noticed a difference in coverage when using it? It's like a game of beauty truth/myth!

I know they buff foundation on with brushes for photoshoots and it creates an airbrushed look but to be honest, nowadays, chances are the image HAS been airbrushed, only with computer software NOT makeup techniques. So I'm turning to a reliable source to find out the ins and outs of foundation brushes and sponges...you guys! Do you buff it in with a kabuki brush? Do you use a brush then a sponge to finish? Share the knowledge! Is it worth me investing in a foundation brush? If so, which ones are the top of your lists?

As a totally random section of the post and probably contradicting what I said about magazines airbrushing stuff...how amazing does Charlize look on this Elle cover!?...Gawjus!!!

18 comments:

  1. I use a MAC 187 to apply mine.

    I always used a brush then went to using my fingers for four weeks, last week I used my brush again and fell back in love with it. For me, it looks like a more flawless finish and I use much less foundation while getting a better coverage :) x

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  2. what a great question! I use my fingers mainly now as I like the look it gives. I have tried many types of brushes but I never liked the finish.

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  3. I use my fingers to get it all over (as i don't feel that a brush or sponge gets everywhere), and then blend with a sponge, especially around the hairline, eyebrows and jawbone. It gives a smoother finish as fingers can leave marks from where the foundation goes in between the gaps (if that makes sense?!) xx

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  4. I use my fingers to apply the foundation then I buff it in using a 190/187 styled brush. I find it gives a really nice flawless finish and lasts all day/night. xx

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  5. i am so glad that you found my blog!! i absolutely LOVE yours! i will def. be following you!

    as for your question....i use a sponge! i just feel that i get better blending that way!

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  6. I used to use my fingers but then i invested in a MAC 187 and i honestly don't know how i ever lived without it! x

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  7. I use a brush since I use mineral foundation. It's kind of a pain since I have to wash it all the time.

    When I do makeup professionally, I always use disposable sponges. I think (not sure about this) that its a state board thing. Cosmetology is *all* about being sanitary! If I'm only doing makeup for one person though (like a bride), I will bring my freshly clean brushes and wash them right after.

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  8. I use my MAC 190 brush! I sometimes use my fingers in hard to blend places.

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  9. I guess I am an indecisive number 4! When I first bought my MAC 190 brush I used it religiously. Now not so much... I'd squirt one pump full on to a small glass dish I use specifically for foundation, then dip in a little at a time applying it to different sections of my face. I never really thought about it before but you're right it is heavier coverage with a brush. In summer, I'm more likely to use my fingers, and recently I've been mixing half a pump full of foundation with my moisturiser and actually like this light finish. I wouldn't say a foundation brush is necessary, but worth trying out create a different finish. xxx

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  11. I use a mixture of the MAC 187 brush and my fingers. I think overall I prefer my fingers. I hate the 190 brush for foundation, i can never get it to work for me.

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  12. I used to a sponge when I was younger, which just wasted product, then bought a foundation brush then went through a phase of using my fingers. I always go back to the brush. I use either MAC foundation brush or the 187. I'm not that keen on my MAC foundation brush anymore though.

    My next purchase will be the Sephora professional #55 brush which is meant to be great for foundation. My boyf's been instructed to make this purchase for me already - lol

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  13. I love her hair! Perfect.

    I mainly use fingers but I do quite like the effect of using a sponge but I feel like it sucks up my foundation and wastes some of it. xx

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  14. Most days I use my fingers because it's quick, and I find it blends a lot better this way. However I tend to use more product as I start on one cheek then go all around the face as opposed to dotting it all over then rubbing it in. If I have a lot of time I use my MAC 190 but end up using my fingers at the end to smooth out any lines. xox

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  15. What a great post! Love your blog, darling :)

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  16. I usually use my fingers. I think it blends into the skin better. When i use a brush i kind of feel like it just sits on top of my skin! xXx

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  17. I used to use my fingers, but now I use those throw away sponges! I still use my fingers for concealer though!

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  18. I use a 109 brush but then usually use a cosmetic sponge to blend it. I always use a damp sponge and have recently discovered spraying Fix+ on it rather than just water. It has exactly the same effect but makes it last much longer.
    xx

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