One of the questions clients ask me most frequently, is whether they should use their fingers, a brush, or a sponge to apply foundation. My answer? All three methods work, as long as you know how and when to use each technique. Here are some guidelines to get you started.


A foundation brush should be used when applying liquid foundation to the face. A brush will give you a flawless finish without wasting a lot of your product, and it also blends much more evenly than your fingers will. While you can apply liquid foundation with your fingers, you’ll end up spending more time blending, and usually the results won’t match up to a brush’s ability to smooth and perfect. Invest in a quality foundation brush and wash it regularly. This will increase the longevity of the brush and make the most of your money! MDC Tip: Not sure how to clean your brush? Check out our guide to cleaning all of your makeup tools.


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed, the Beauty Blender Sponge is one of my favorite tools for blending foundation and concealer on the skin. This is a great tool to use after you have applied foundation to your face, but want to make sure all areas are buffed to perfection. It also has a tip point that makes blending around the nose and eyes extremely easy if your brush didn't quite get to those areas. The sponges that you want to avoid using for application are the white triangular shaped ones. These actually absorb the foundation immediately, causing you to use more. Utilizing a sponge to help blend instead of applying the product will give you much better results.


The best time to use your fingers is when applying light tinted moisturizers or BB creams. Since this texture is almost like a moisturizer, the finish is extremely natural, making it easy to achieve an even skin tone by hand. The most important thing to remember when using your fingers is to make sure they are clean! Wash your hands before every application to avoid spreading oil, dirt, and germs to your face. How do you like to apply your foundation? Let me know in the comments below! Photo: Courtesy of @ashleyrebeccanyc

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