What type of products do you prefer using brushes with?

I tend to reach for a brush for just about every part of my makeup routine! I very much prefer brushes for eyeshadow and cheek color application.

— Christine


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Erica Avatar

I’m the opposite. A brush gives me a more blended, even and precise application over a sponge. I use a dome shape brush and it’s flawless every time! I find sponge just packs the foundation on but never truly blends. It always looks so cakey and heavy imo. Idk Robert Welsh on YouTube explains it so much better?

Jen Avatar

Yes, and it also depends a lot on me, too. Some days it just feels better to use a brush (or a sponge) than others and that makes a big difference in how my foundation goes on.

Blue Avatar

3rd. Lately I’ve been experimenting with blending out cream blush with a sponge but fingers are my go-to for everything except powders. I also use my fingers for powder highlighter.

Virginie Avatar

I used brushes for everything.

I don’t like beauty sponges, I use too much product with them, and I look cakey (I’m not so young anymore…).

I have big chunky finger so brushes are more precise, I can’t used them for eyeshadows for example (I hate eyeshadows that are “only fingers application”.

I even use a fine brush for eyeliner too (either gel or water activated).

I really only use brushes and a bit of my fingers.

Well, except for lips, but I don’t wear a lot of lip products, or I use directly the bullet liptick or the applicator.

Pearl Avatar

Same – brushes for eyeshadow and cheek products.

I use Real Techniques or Sigma brushes specifically for my liquid/cream eyeshadow. Everything else it’s a combination of MAC, Wayne Goss, rephr, and Sonia G. for all powder products.

Lesley Avatar

I use brushes for all my powder products. I have some foundations that I like to apply with a brush. Those would be the more liquid ones. Creamier foundations look better on me when I use a sponge. I also use a brush for spot concealing on my face. Sometimes I use a brush to apply under eye concealer because then I can get it into my inner corners but I then use my fingers to blend it.

Ana Maria Avatar

Cheek products it’s something I always use brushes with, most likely because I prefer powders (don’t like liquid or cream formulas) and there’s no other way to do it.
I do always prefer brushes with eyeshadow, but I won’t mind using my finger for an one color all over the lid look (my go to being MAC Satin Taupe). I also prefer brushes for setting powder, but I will use a puff on the go (especially if it’s already in the compact). Face… I just like applying foundation and concealer with my fingers; I have only one brush for this, just for the sake of having it.

Eileen Avatar

I use brushes for just about everything except lip products. I use brushes for most foundations, blushers, highlighters, finishing powder, and eye makeup. Sometimes I’ll use my finger to press on a bit of ultra fine glitter on my moveable eyelid as a topper, but other than that, I’m a huge fan of top quality brushes.

Jen Avatar

I will use a brush with anything that’s a powder. With creams it varies as I’ll sometimes use a sponge for foundation or cream blush/bronzer but that depends a lot on the day and what I’m trying to achieve. I feel like I have better control and it’s easier to keep things clean if I use brushes than with other methods.

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