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Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:10 pm      Reply with quote
I used to use the sponge wedges, but then a makeup artist told me that's waste of product and that I should just use my fingers.
Does anyone else do this?!
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Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:01 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Donna. It really depends on the brand/type of foundation you're using. And the effect that you want, etc. But most importantly, its how comfortable you are on using whichever tools.
For example, I use Shu Uemura foundation, and i apply it with the Shu Uemura sponges (which were designed for it), and found they applied a lot better than when i was using another brush.

You must also understand that makeup brush to apply foundation can be made of different things, such as the product/hair its made from, who made it (some brands make terrible brushes), the design of the brush, etc.

The thing i find about using your fingers when applying foundation, is more for spot on application, or..you can pour the foundation on your hand (to warm it up a bit), then use the brush.

2 brands that are very good for brushes are Rae Morris (she sells the foundation brush individually) and Hakuhodu.

I personally have these 2 brands and heaps of other brands, but loving these 2 the most.
They are very soft on the face, and amazing application.
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Fri Feb 17, 2012 11:39 pm      Reply with quote
I used my fingers FOREVER - until I discovered foundation/concealer brushes about 8 years ago - I cant even apply foundation with my fingers now! lol Laughing

I've tried a lot of different brushes but the Lancome Foundation Brush No. 2 is my fave Wink a lot of people swear by the MAC foundation brushes but they're quite expensive - personally I wouldnt try another since using the Lancome one - I tried a few others like Chanel, Bare Escentuals, Dior, some cheap ones but the Lancome one wins hands down for me...
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 6:45 am      Reply with quote
I LOVE the beauty blender sponge. I use it damp. It really makes a difference in the application of my foundation when I use liquids.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 7:47 am      Reply with quote
I use brushes to apply my foundation. Currently, I use Jane Iredale's Handi brush for applying her PurePressed Mineral Foundation, as well as other pressed powders. When I'm traveling, I use Too Faced's retractable kabuki brush and it works just as well as the Handi. When I feel like using a liquid foundation or tinted moisturizer, I use a foundation brush from Sonia Kashuk's line.

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Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:11 am      Reply with quote
Some sponges can waste product but stippling brushes are becoming more common for an airbrushed finish. Natural bristles will absorb and waste product, synthetic will not. I have the Sigma synthetic kabuki brushes, which get better reviews than the MAC foundation brushes! They are super super fine and super super soft, plus the prices are very reasonable. http://www.sigmabeauty.com/category_s/137.htm

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Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:00 pm      Reply with quote
flocked sponges and quality flocked sponges are getting harder and harder to find for some unkown reason.

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Sat Feb 18, 2012 12:32 pm      Reply with quote
Firefox7275 wrote:
Some sponges can waste product but stippling brushes are becoming more common for an airbrushed finish. Natural bristles will absorb and waste product, synthetic will not. I have the Sigma synthetic kabuki brushes, which get better reviews than the MAC foundation brushes! They are super super fine and super super soft, plus the prices are very reasonable. http://www.sigmabeauty.com/category_s/137.htm

Just so happens that I was looking at Firefox's review on the Sigma brushes this morning so here is the related link for others who may be interested: Smile

Sigma Synthetic Make-up Brushes
http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=43674


Barefootgirl wrote:
flocked sponges and quality flocked sponges are getting harder and harder to find for some unkown reason.

bfg

Not sure of your preferred brand, BFG, but I still see them offered by ones such as Jane Iredale, Illuminaire and Youngblood etc.
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Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:23 pm      Reply with quote
Ahhhh yes I forgot, a few months ago I read maybe a blog that suggested using a kabuki brush for liquid foundation application as the blog writer liked this method -- so I too gave it a whirl and it was quite good, it gave an airbrushed finish - I found I probably needed to practice it a bit more to perfect the look but never got around to it - maybe I will when I have a chance... Wink
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Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:59 am      Reply with quote
I use Jane Iredale pressed powder with either a Sigma brush or an old Aveda puff. The puff is from an old version of their blush. The new kind of puff they use feels similar to those plastic-y wedge sponges and that texture icks me out.

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:25 pm      Reply with quote
I use the sheerest bit of foundation (maybe a couple of drops). I was using my fingers for my MUFE Face & Body, since even though it's got a gel-like consistency, its very light & watery so even synthetic brushes seem to just eat it up.

For a while I tried the MUFE Hi-Def foundation, which was thicker, and found that a stippling brush was much more suited to it. I tried a couple of drugstore brands with the thicker consistency and found the stippling brush worked best for a nice, sheer, even coverage.

Now I'm back to the F&B and decided that applying with my fingers and then finishing off with the stippling brush works well. That way it isn't absorbed by the brush, but I still get a nice even application and finish.

Of course I'm the type of person who wears very little foundation and doesn't like pressing it into my skin, but lightly applying it on top. Some use those flat, densely packed brushes for really getting it in there.. to each their own!

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:58 pm      Reply with quote
havana8 wrote:

Just so happens that I was looking at Firefox's review on the Sigma brushes this morning so here is the related link for others who may be interested: Smile

Sigma Synthetic Make-up Brushes
http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=43674


Thanks! I highly recommend checking out some of the excellent make up 'guru' video reviews on YouTube. I took note of their opinions because I have never owned high end brushes before and am only average at applying cosmetics. Embarassed

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Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:11 pm      Reply with quote
I used to use my fingers when applying foundation, but then I discovered foundation blushes.... They are easier on the skin instead of using the fingers. Application is more even too.....

donna17 wrote:
I used to use the sponge wedges, but then a makeup artist told me that's waste of product and that I should just use my fingers.
Does anyone else do this?!
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