The way you apply foundation can change a lot about the way it looks and sets. I used to use the cheapo version of the BeautyBlender to apply my foundation– back when I mostly used BB cream, because it was thick enough. For my Marc Jacobs foundation, which is extremely liquidy, I used my RealTechniques buffer brush– literally my favourite brush that I own, and one that I would recommend for application in a heartbeat.
I’d been using the EcoTools buffing brush before getting this one in a pack, but it’s not nearly as good. RealTechniques is a lot denser and softer, and it’s also rounded, which I think makes for a better, smoother application.
But now you guys know that I’ve been using Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation– which initially I was bleh about, but I actually like it quite a bit now that I’ve started using it more often.
I used to apply this with the buffing brush too, until I realized that I was wasting product.
So now I just apply it with my hands. And I freakin’ love it.
Here’s this girl because I’ve been sick and haven’t worn any makeup except mascara in like, a week.
I LOOOOVE it. I wish I never stopped applying foundation with my fingers. When I was a makeup n00b (well, more so than now, ‘cause we’re all learning!!), I used to only use my hands to apply my $7 drugstore foundation, and even though I had terrible acne, it still applied smoothly. I mean, at least I think it did. Those days of using products bad and unmatching to my skin/skin tone are (hopefully) long behind me, and I’ve kind of blocked them out of my memory. But whatever. Let’s pretend it looked okay. Ish.
ANYWAY, now I mostly use my hands to apply everything except concealer. I use NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (although I’m running out and debating my options), and I love it because I get to easily apply it with a wand. Then I use a small brush for blending it around the sides so it’s not such a harsh colour difference, and apply my foundation on top. Well, I obviously put primer before all that– which I also apply with my fingers.
I once went to the NARS counter at Hudson’s Bay, which, for all you non-Canadians, is basically Canadian Macy’s or Saks or something. ANYWAY, lots of ~fancy makeup companies have counters there, with poor sales associates schlepping their brand at you whenever you pass by. Although, they’re pretty judgy, too: In the winter, I look really bulky and unfancy with my Big Coat and my Backpack and Boots, and I can just see the associates looking at me with disdain. Yeah? Well screw you, jerk. Charge this $65 Chanel cream to DEBIT. THAT’S RIGHT. DEBIT. I HAVE THE CA$H.
OK ANYWAY, the guy who worked there told me that since NARS is a runway brand, that when they’re doing makeovers or putting makeup on their models or even randoms, that artists always use their hands. That’s what got me thinking: Maybe I should start using mine.
So a couple of weeks ago, I ditched my trusty buffer brush and started using my hands and fingers to massage foundation onto my face, and I think it’s been going great. I need full coverage, and using my hands kind of gives me that freedom of going wherever I need to on my face and adjusting product where more is needed and all that. Getting into the small parts.
I still use my buffer brush to finish a bit, but I think I’m gonna stick with my hands. It seems to use less product, too!
Anyway, that’s my story for today.