Friday, September 19, 2014

So MANY Foundation Applicators - Oh, My!

Let's face it Makeup Maniacs...there are so many different tools that you can use to apply foundation.  And the only way to choose the right applicator is by testing some out.  Since I think all makeup maniacs would appreciate this one, here we go!
When I was younger, all I had were my fingers or a latex wedge sponge to apply my liquid foundation.  These days, the latex wedge seems like the "old school" way to do things.  Using this applicator gives you the ability to start out with a little bit of liquid and "build up" by adding more in small increments.   You can use the latex wedge dry or a little damp to smooth the product unto the skin.
Studio 35 Makeup Sponge
There is also a latex blender sponge on the market.  This can help with application of foundation in tight spaces like around the nose and eyes.  It is also helpful for contouring and blending.  A damp sponge gives you a sheer foundation look, but a dry sponge gives full coverage.
Up & Up Latex Super Blender
"The ORIGINAL Beauty Blender" takes it to a whole new level. This is a non-latex foam sponge that is shaped like an egg.  Apparently, it is best used damp, but because of the small amounts of water it absorbs, the foundation does not soak into the sponge and you end up using less foundation to achieve your desired look.  It is also marketed to be used with primers, cream blushes, and any other face product.
The Original Beauty Blender
And then there is a stippling brush which is supposed to give you an airbrushed look when you apply your foundation with it.
Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Right now I go back and forth between the latex blender sponge and the stippling brush.  I like the sponge for liquid foundation, but if I wear a BB Cream, for some reason, I feel the stippling brush works better.
So, which one do you prefer? Let me know by commenting.
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