Sponges, Fingers, and Makeup Brushes: What's the real difference?

Over the years, we have repeatedly heard that one celebrity prefers a makeup brush while another beauty artist prefers to use her fingers. Even some people apply moisturizer with makeup brushes. Despite being helpful, the advice frequently causes more questions than it answers. Which approach is best? What equipment is needed for what products? Some artists have started applying foundation using makeup sponges, blending eye makeup with their fingers, and applying eyeshadow and concealer with makeup brushes. However, we continue to be concerned about being totally wrong and regularly inquire: Exists a "proper" way to apply makeup? Why not simply let everyone pursue their desires?

If you want to know for sure whether to use a makeup brush, makeup sponge, or finger, keep reading.

Fingers: The ring finger works well

Although your personal preferences surely affect the makeup application equipment you choose, you should also consider your technique. Depending on the product you're applying, you may want to use makeup brushes, beauty blender sponges, or your fingers. For instance, fingertips are ideal for mixing ingredients that need a little warming up. (Take, for instance, items like concealer, makeup primer, and crème eye shadows.)

If you choose to use your fingers to apply the product, the ring finger works best because it exerts the least pressure. Additionally, always tap as opposed to rub.

It is recommended to apply pressed eye makeup with your fingers because it offers the best colour kickback and most accurate application. Just keep in mind to wash your hands first before applying any makeup with your fingers. The last thing you need is a breakout that appears out of nowhere caused by dirty, oily, and bacteria-filled hands.

Makeup Brushes are ideal for applying Shadow and Powder

Applying makeup with a makeup brushes allows for a more precise application than with your fingers. For applying powder and shadows, they are ideal. Apply  makeup lightly with a professional makeup brush because it helps to harmonize. Makeup brush on a small amount of product at a time, adding more until you achieve the desired coverage. The face tapered brush on the Proarte creates the perfect contour.

And you're not the only one who is unsure of how to use each type of makeup brush. Because there are so many options, it might be challenging to find the perfect professional makeup brushes. Powder, blush, foundation, flat blending eye brushes, and eyeshadow crease brushes are the only five essentials that Proarte have narrowed down from the top choices. In our extensive makeup brush guide, you can learn when or how to use each one.

Many of us like dense coverings because we don't want the skin underneath to be exposed. If you want to completely cover your skin, use a makeup brush to achieve that. This is due to the fact that if you're attempting to cover up a zit or other form of discoloration, you need the greatest covering possible. In this situation, using a beauty blender sponge to cover your foundation-covered pimple will just cause the foundation to become more and more sheer, leaving you unhappy practically every time. 

This can be avoided by using the standard foundation brush, a firmly packed, fluffy synthetic stippling brush. Professional synthetic makeup brushes merely lay the makeup they have previously collected because they don't absorb anything. This provides substantially amazing coverage and blending doesn't remove any product from the skin. However, it's important to use a fluffy and soft makeup brush because spiky-tipped professional makeup brushes leave streaks.

Best for buildable coverage are Makeup Sponges.

A makeup sponge is the only tool you need if a flawless finish is what you're after. The best makeup tool for flawlessly applying natural foundation—and possibly for anything else—is a sponge. The makeup has an absolutely flawless finish, is buildable, and will last you all day.

To get the most usage out of your beauty sponge, always wet it before using. This will offer even application and distribution of the product.

Even if we can't help but love what we like, it might occasionally be useful to try out several tool-product pairings to see which one is ideal for you. Utilizing various application methods and products is a great way to experiment with and customize your routine.

Makeup sponges are useful for following the use of a makeup brush to apply a product to the skin. This is because using a makeup sponge to pick up and apply a product to the skin results in substantial product waste because cosmetic sponges absorb the material and only leave behind very little of it.

To put it another way, use a stippling brush to apply foundation and concealer where necessary, and then delicately dab a blender sponge around the face to blend everything together. In the same way, blush and highlighter work.