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Question: What’s the best way to apply makeup without a brush?

Answer: Brushes give a flawless application for foundation and eye shadow and can be quite a luxury to own. However, they can be pricey and can easily add another 10 minutes to your beauty routine. Brushes are lovely, but it’s possible to achieve an equally flawless look in less time simply by using the tools we were born with—our hands!

Unlike a typical foundation brush, your fingers can produce a perfectly sheer look. This method is perfect if you’re having a top-notch skin day and just want a little coverage. On days when your skin needs an extra boost, blend out that foundation with your hands and pat some concealer over the trouble areas (assuming your hands are clean!). The patting motion is key here, as you don’t want to totally blend away the coverage. Your skin will be left looking natural and flawless—no brushes necessary! With certain varieties of foundation, you may find you get better coverage when applying with fingers as opposed to a brush. The thicker the foundation is, the better it looks when you use your fingers. Jouer Matte Moisture Tint has a slightly thicker consistency; even when a small amount is used, it gives great coverage. A fantastic drugstore alternative is the Maybelline Fit Me Stick foundation, which applies beautifully with fingers.

I prefer to stick with cream products for the rest of my makeup routine. In my experience, cream blush is easy to apply using just fingertips and gives a more radiant and natural look compared to a typical powder brush. You can even use a lipstick as a cream blush to add some healthy color to your cheeks. Eye shadow is also a breeze when all you have to do is swipe on a cream shadow. Even powder eye shadow can be easily applied in a simple patting motion in many cases. If you’re at the drugstore, Wet n’ Wild have some great eye shadows with a great color range and impressive pigmentation. Once you’ve applied some eyeliner and mascara, you’ve got a natural makeup look without having used any tools at all. Of course, if you’re very oily, sweep some powder over your face to ensure that makeup stays put!