I'm Kayla. A millennial obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time. #catlady

Foundation Application: 3 Ways

I've found that there are three good ways to apply foundations. All three ways definitely have their pros, but each come with a series of cons that have me weighing my options each morning on the best way to apply...

With fingers. This is probably my favorite way to apply foundation as it gives the nicest finish and a light coverage that I usually gravitate towards. It's really easy to get into all the nooks and crannies around the nose and eyes to blend everything out nicely. The biggest downfall, my hands are a mess as soon as I'm finished. I don't have ample time in the morning to run to the bathroom, clean my hands off, and continue on with the next step to my routine. Although I love the coverage using my fingers gives, I sometimes have to forego it for a cleaner option.

With brushes. The most obvious way to apply foundation, but I just can't seem to get a very good finish when I use brushes without spending days blending away at my skin. I love how clean my hands stay though. I tend to use a combination between the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to get product exactly where and how I want it. Yet I just am not crazy about brush foundation application.

With sponges. In order to combat the messiness of foundation application with my fingers, I've really grown to appreciate makeup sponges and wedges. They still provide a blended finish to the skin and a sheer to light coverage. Sponges also really help to apply more difficult foundations like the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation that I usually have a lot of trouble with getting to sit well. Biggest drawback is the amount of product I feel like I lose in the sponge. The same can be said about brushes, but I feel like a lot of product gets sucked down into the sponge and is ultimately wasted.

There is no clear way to apply foundation in my book. I'm curious to hear how all of you guys prefer to apply your bases as I'm always on the fence about it.

xoxo Kayla


  1. My favourite way has to be wish a brush, always! I never find that using my fingers work well!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  2. I'm a total sponge girl, but I think it's because I haven't found the perfect brush for me yet!

  3. I go between using a sponge and a brush depending on the foundation:)

  4. I like all those ways hun but my favorite is the sponge but I totally agree with how much the sponge soaks up foundation x

  5. I tend to use my fingers to dab it all over my face like war paint, than I blend out and buff with a flat top kabuki. Try wetting your wedge sponge first the dampness should fill the air pockets in the sponge, that the foundation won't get soaked up to much.

    1. I used this wet sponge trick when I first started wearing foundation and had forgotten about it since then! What a throwback!

  6. I use brushes and my fingers if I really have to I have never tried with a sponge yet but I want to get a beauty blender.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  7. I think it's all about preference too. I hate using my fingers unless it's a BB cream because I feel like I just never get an even look, plus I hate the mess haha. A makeup sponge or my flat top kabuki are my favs, depending on the kind of foundation.

  8. I love using a brush, I use Real Technique brushes as they are reasonably prices and work really well with my foundation. (Wake Me Up)


  9. I always use brushes, I love Real Techniques xo

    Jenny | That Northern Gal

  10. I haven't used my sponges for ages, but I've noticed my normal Vichy foundation hasn't been sitting on my skin well recently, so think I need to make the switch. Interesting what you said about NARS Sheer Glow doing this, my wedding MUA said the same about it xx

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