Once you’ve chosen the right makeup for your face, the next step is to determine how best to apply it. Read on to find out the best applications for common makeup products.
Primer and Liquid Foundation
The application of primer and foundation are very similar. There are essentially 3 ways you can choose to apply these products: with your fingers, a sponge, or a brush. If you choose to apply your makeup with your fingers, you’ll first want to wash your hands to remove any dirt and oil. If you choose to apply with a sponge, I recommend the angled sponges that are thinner at one end than the other, as opposed to the round ones. The angled sponge will provide a straight edge so you can easily spread the product evenly and also cover any small crevices. Foundation brushes are typically medium-sized brushes that narrow toward the end.
Cream Foundation and Mineral Powder Foundation
If you choose to use a cream foundation, you’ll achieve the best results by applying the makeup with your fingers or with a sponge. With a mineral powder foundation, you’ll want to use a plush brush with bristles that are even in length. Swirl your brush in the powder and then tap the brush to remove any excess powder. Apply a few swipes of the powder to each section of your face (forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin), then go back over each section with small swirling movements as if you’re buffing your skin with the powdered brush. Using this technique will not only help to blend the mineral powder evenly across your skin, but it will also help to set the makeup and cover pores and blemishes.
If you’re using concealer, you’ll want to apply it after your primer but before your foundation. Using a concealer will help to conceal or hide any dark areas, blemishes, or imperfections. You can apply concealer with a sponge, your fingers, or a brush. I recommend one of the latter. Using a sponge to apply concealer can be more difficult to control because typically, you’re only going to use a small amount in small areas of your face.
However, you could use a small brush that has a sponge-like tip. When applying concealer with your fingers, it’s recommended that you use your ring or pinkie finger because it will be gentler on your skin. Then gently tap the concealer on in the necessary areas. When applying with a brush, you’ll want to select a smaller brush to have more control over where the product is applied.
How you apply your powder is partially dependent upon what kind of powder you choose to use. Note: if you choose to use a mineral powder foundation, there is no need to apply any other powder over-top of your foundation. A mineral foundation can be used over a liquid or cream foundation. If you are going to be using a compact powder, you have two options for application— a sponge, or a brush. If you’ll use a loose powder, the best option is to apply with a brush. In either case, whether using compact or loose powder, the brush should be similar to the one you would use for a mineral foundation. Again, this would mean a plush brush, with even length bristles.
Powdered blush is recommended for anyone under the age of 40. Generally, cream blushes are recommended for women around the age of 40 and up, because they can give the skin a nice glow. With a powdered blush, a big plush brush is recommended for application. With cream blushes, using your fingers to apply the product is best.
Eyeliner and Eye Shadow
With most eyeliner, whether pencil or gel, using another item to apply the liner isn’t necessary. However, if you’re using a powder to line your eyes, you’ll want to use a small, flat, angled brush. Small flat rounded brushes are best for applying eye shadow.
A variety of sponge and brush options are available at most general retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target. However, you can also find a wide variety of options at beauty stores such as Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, and Sephora. Most makeup brands will also sell a variety of applicators. Most will have these items available for individual sale or in sets, so you can purchase whatever best suits your needs.