Should you use your fingers or brushes when applying makeup? It’s really a matter of preference, says Galit Strugano, creator of Girlactik Beauty makeup and celeb makeup artist. Both methods can be equally effective depending on what you are most comfortable with (or depending on whether or not you have brushes on hand.)
Each of your fingers has a different pressure point affecting the pressure of touch. Knowing them can be useful in applying makeup. A bonus with finger application is the oils and heat from your skin melts the product better when it transfers to your skin and provides the coverage you want.
Ring Finger for Concealer: Applying concealer with your ring finger gives a soft touch around the eye area with no pulling of the skin. The ringer finger pats product perfectly.
Index Finger for Shadow Application: This finger possesses a little more pressure making shadow spread evenly but still has that soft touch.
Middle Finger for Eye Crease: The middle finger has the most pressure so it is perfect to use to frame your eye, creating definition as you move your finger back and forth.
Pinkie for Inner Eye: Your smallest digit is perfect to apply makeup to those hard to reach parts. Great when applying an eye brightener or when you want to highlight. Your pinkie has a light touch so you won’t accidentally glob on makeup when you’re trying to be precise.
When it comes to brushes, it isn’t about synthetic versus natural, but rather the firmness of the brush that affects your makeup look. A rule of thumb: The firmer the brush, the more color transfer you’ll have. The lighter the brush, the lighter the color transfer will be. Think about it this way, you can be using the same exact blush and end up with two different colors depending on whether you are using a firmer or lighter brush. Switching up brushes is a great way to use your makeup in fun, different ways.