How do you apply foundation?

Real Techniques makeup spongeI just got this Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – basically a variation of the popular Beauty Blender, which itself is a variation of the original latex sponges that people used to apply makeup with.

I use it damp to apply foundation, but my one pet peeve is that sponges just absorb so much foundation that it seems like a waste to use them. Application is easy and the resulting complexion is flawless but I truly feel that I get great results with my fingers or a traditional makeup brush.

But these sponges are now everywhere and that clearly means that people are buying them. So I have to ask: how do you apply your foundation and why do you use that technique?

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6 Responses to How do you apply foundation?

  1. M April 26, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    Henna, I agree: sponges absorb too much product and the finish, while lovely, is no better than what I get with using my fingers and/or a foundation brush. I use my fingers to apply foundation to most of my face (I love how the heat melts it into the complexion) and use a foundation brush (Smashbox or MAC–whichever one is clean) to apply it to the eye area. When I have time, I use a good primer first (usually Smashbox, but I like Laura Mercier’s, Lorac’s, and Lancome’s as well).

  2. Kathy Smith-Woodcock April 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    I use a comboination of my fingers and a sponge with a double sided layer called rubicell to perfect the finish. It works very well, obviously when using a powder foundation I like to use a brush from It cosmetics. I do have airbrush sephora #55 as I recALL you haD liked it but only use it sometimes with thicker formulas.

  3. Pauline April 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Hi, I have been looking to try this sponge. Where did you get it?

  4. Henna April 27, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    HI Pauline,

    This was sent to me by PR, but I have seen similar sponges at the drugstore. Try Target.

  5. Pauline April 29, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

    Thanks. I will look there as well as London Drugs. I checked Walmart a few days ago and did not see it.

  6. Henna May 4, 2014 at 7:43 am #

    HI Pauline,

    It should be available at the following:

    London Drugs, Familiprix, Lawtons Drugs, Pharmasave, Value Drug Mart, and Walmart.

    The brand is new to Canada, so it might be a little while before it ends up on shelves.

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