Everyone has a choice of how to apply their makeup – with a brush, a sponge, or even their own hands.
I’ve tested many different applicators over the years and keep bouncing among which ones I like best. Each applicator has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Using your hands is a hit or miss. It’s easy to do and they’re readily available for the majority of makeup-wearers. However, the cleanliness and softness varies from person to person, which inevitably affects the application process.
Using a foundation brush – while it keeps your hands clean – can cause streaking, leaving an uneven layer of makeup over your entire face.
An application sponge softens and blurs your complexion if used properly.
What many people don’t know is that you’re supposed to wet the sponge and squeeze out excess water before use for best results.
Silicone applicators are more durable, easier to clean, and don’t absorb makeup the way sponges and brushes do, allowing you to use less product for the same effect of using a brush or sponge. However, if too much product is used, you may end up with a cakey look.
While each applicator has its pros and cons, the application process requires more steps for the best look.
Your face should always be washed and moisturized before applying makeup – toner, however, is optional.
Wearing a primer under your foundation also allows for a smoother application. Primer preps your skin, filling in pores to create a more even surface for foundation.
The type of foundation also affects the outcome of the look.
Liquid foundation has the most potential for streaking – even if used with a primer – but it often has a lighter feel and can be smoothed out with the proper technique.
Cream foundation provides better coverage, but is known for clogging pores and creating a cakey look. Primer can also help solve this issue, smoothing the product for a more natural aesthetic.
More expensive products, such as airbrush foundations, are used for high-end looks. Models who are scrutinized under lights and cameras will have these products used on them, but there are some available in retail.
Luminess Air is a company that heavily advertises its airbrush products in the style of QVC-like commercials.
I have this product, and it does what it advertises. Its foundation colors are limited and the device takes some testing to get the knack of, but it is not disappointing.
It applies smoothly and lightly, leaving you with a barely-there feeling, but if you want the best coverage, you have to use a lot of the makeup that it comes with.
Although skin type and brand quality make a difference, the biggest variant in makeup application is preference, which can only be decided by you.