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Different Techniques for Foundation Application (and what works best)

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Everyone has a different method of applying foundation that they prefer. Today, I'm going to break down a few different techniques and weigh the pros and cons of each, as well as offer some tips for application!

Foundation Brush

Some prefer to use a regular foundation brush, such as this one from EcoTools. This is my favorite type of foundation brush - I find that EcoTools has really quality makeup brushes that don't shed and are reasonably priced. I've recently started using mine again and forgot how much I loved using it. It's great for anyone who likes a medium amount of coverage, and it also doesn't take too much time of your beauty regime to use.


  • Cleaner application (no mess on palms or fingertips)
  • No risk of rubbing off foundation while applying
  • Offers nice coverage
  • Blending can be a challenge with this type of brush.
  • With all foundation brushes, needs to be cleaned regularly

Stippling Brush

A stippling brush is a staple among most professional makeup artists. They create a great, flawless finish for the skin. I've used the Real Techniques one and really liked it myself. You have to take good care of these brushes, however, or else they may shed little hairs all over your skin (which is never cute!).

  • Flawless coverage
  • Usually lessens need for concealer
  • Can make even a less than stellar foundation work well


  • Can give a cakey look if too much foundation is used
  • Takes more time to apply


Ah, the classic application - fingers. It's probably the most used technique, honestly. I love applying foundation with my fingers because it gives a nice control and more importantly - it's fast! It's great for anyone who's in a hurry. No one wants to use a brush when they have about five minutes to achieve a full face!

  • Warmth of fingers makes blending easier
  • Gives more natural appearance
  • Faster application


  • Coverage isn't great
  • Messier application
  • Can potentially transfer bacteria from hands to face


Sponges really do vary - some are wonderful, while others are the bane of any makeup fiend's existence. There's the beauty blender, which I think everyone universally loves. (I haven't tried one yet, but I'm dying to!) But the sponges I'm talking about specifically are like the ones pictured below, the small triangular ones you can buy in bulk at most drugstores.


  • Better for light application


  • Absorbs majority of product; wasteful
  • Not great blending


Each technique has its own positives and negatives, but they all suit people's needs differently. 

I personally love applying foundation either with my fingers or with a regular foundation brush the best. Which do you like?

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  1. I end up preferring my fingers every single time, I think that way the product adheres more to the skin ;)

    1. Agreed! It's nice to actually feel the product being applied.

  2. personally i love the stippling brush for more fancy looks but for everyday make up i love using my fingers! Good post :)


    1. Stippling brushes are great for fancy looks! Thanks for reading!