Brushes vs. Sponges vs. Your Fingers: This Is the Real Difference

Hallie Gould


Over the years, I’ve heard it all—this makeup artist loves to use her fingers while that celebrity prefers a brush. Another expert will swear by Beautyblenders ($30). Kylie Jenner even applies her moisturiser with a brush. The advice is helpful, but often it leaves me with even more questions. What is the best way? And which products call for what tools? I’ve been applying my foundation with a sponge, my eyeshadow with a brush, and blending on my concealer with my fingers. But I’m curious if I’ve got it all wrong—if, dare I say, I could look far more flawless during a night out if I swap out the tools I use for each step.

I decided it was time to find definitive answers. I sent a (fairly frantic) email over to a few of my most trusted makeup artists. They calmed my fears, explained each step and the reasoning behind it, and even recommended a few favourite products to keep me (and now, you!) covered. Keep reading to get all the answers.

For more helpful expert advice, make sure you've read through these 10 secret makeup rules Charlotte Tilbury wants you to follow.

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