Forget using your fingers (which I did for 25 years). Forget spending money on a special foundation brush (my $68 brush from Trish McEvoy has sat in my makeup drawer for 8 years, unused). I have decided the very best way to apply foundation, tinted moisturizer or my beloved tinted sunscreen flawlessly is to use a foam sponge. Specifically, Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer foam sponge, pictured here.
I was skeptical when the saleswoman in the Union Square Sephora swore it was "the best thing ever," because I am always skeptical of salespeople, but I was stocking up on makeup for my wedding day and I thought, "whatever. I'll try it out." And I'm glad I did because now I use it to apply anything tinted to my face. It's made to be used with Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer (which I use religiously), but it can be used for any creme or liquid product. You could use it to apply primer, sunscreen or anything you don't want to get on your fingers.
The sponge allows me to get in close to my eyes to cover up any blue spots, it blends seamlessly along the jawline and it's much less messy than using my fingers. Before, I almost always ended up getting tint all over my plush white hand towels even after I washed my hands. NO MORE.
Makeup artists including Bobbi Brown recommend using your fingers to apply foundation. Others swear by foundation brushes. I now know I'm a foam sponge kinda girl. I think you have to do what works best for you. There are pros and cons to all forms of makeup application. Foam sponges, for example, aren't perfect. You lose some product with every application because the sponge sucks it up and you end up washing some product down the drain (you should rinse your foam sponge after every use).
These sponges come in packs of 4 for $15, which is a great deal, but you can get cheaper foam sponges from the drugstore. Years ago, I used the triangle ones that look like pyramids and they work well at getting into spots your fingers can't.
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