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I use my fingertips for a lot: Applying primers/moisturizers, some foundations, blending out concealer and cream blush/highlight, and applying shimmery/metallic eyeshadow to my lids. My fingertips are my best and favorite tools!

Primers, tinted moisturizers, patting medium to dark lipsticks on to give them a soft blurred effect, any metallic eye shadows, some of my Super Shock highlighters, and under eye color corrector and concealer. I am not one to get grossed out by my own hands. I wash them and have never had issues with applying products by hand/fingertip and feel that many products perform so much better when you use the warmth of fingertips (especially concealers).

Pretty much all my skincare and foundational items. I will apply serums, moisturizers, primer, and foundation with my fingertips and may buff out the foundation. Eyeshadows only if a cream or gel formula, or a liquid blush.

I really really don’t like makeup sponges and the beauty blender makes my foundation look terrible. So mostly light taps with the fingers and maybe a quick buff out with a foundation brush.

Skincare/sunscreen
Wand concealers (I use a brush for pot concealers)
Eyeshadow primer
Lip Balm
Oh, and I do not use a guard to do eyeshadow outside edges and I use the side of my finger to swipe upwards. Itโ€™s difficult to explain. I prep the area with a tiny bit of creamy concealer before I put on e/s. I donโ€™t use a tissue because it feels too scratchy, so I have devised the side of my finger as the tool ?

In the last two years or so I much preferred applying my foundation and concealer with my fingers, I feel that the products mesh better with my skin, my concealer creases less.

I use my fingers with pretty much ALL of my Colour Pop Super Shock Eyeshadows and Blushes. They have great pigment, but it’s hard to capture it on a brush. My finger keeps it concentrated so it shows up better on my skin. Otherwise, it’s just a lot of sparkles. LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

BB Cream, cream blush or highlight, some concealers, and certain eyeshadows that just apply better with my fingertips, especially cream-to-powder or glittery formulas.

Skincare, certainly.
Primer and color corrector
Concealer on my eyelids and under my eyes
Cream blush
After I have applied everything and spray on setting spray, I use my hands to press everything in.

I swatch colors with my fingers all the time. Beyond that I use my fingers mostly for skincare application like moisturizers, serums, as well as concealer and primer. With cosmetics I might use them to smooth out a liquid or gel eye shadow if I’m using just the one color or to tap on some lip color for a more diffused stain otherwise I prefer brushes. I don’t care for using my fingers for a lot of cosmetics because I feel like I’d have to be washing my hands constantly so I don’t muddy shades as I work, or (let’s be real) get the colors all over the rest of me because I’m that kind of klutz lol.

I really don’t mind using my fingers and hands to apply product, if I get a better finished look doing it that way. I routinely use fingers for skincare, primer, spreading foundation (although I blend it in with a sponge), for concealer, and for shimmer/ metallic eyeshadows, as well as most cream blushes and cream eyeshadows. Sometimes I will place a cream with my fingers and then blend out the edges with a brush or sponge. I also use my fingers to get clumps of mascara off my eyelashes and to “untangle” my upper and lower eyelashes after mascara at the outer edge of my eye… (am I the only one this happens to!?)

I think I may be behind the curve with finger application. I use my fingers for foundation, creme blush and hi-lighter, lip products. That’s all. I have made it my mission to learn to apply eyeshadow.

My skincare products, eye primer, concealer, foundation, and some metallic shadows when I want to increase the intensity and coverage a bit. I’ve horrified some people when I told them this, but your (clean) fingers are free beauty tools that are always there!

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