Applicators vs. Tools

It has been awhile since I have been on here! I blame this on two things, the first, I have been busier than ever with work (no complaints there). The second, I got married! So both good reasons to have been away from the blog but I’d like to get back to sharing my take on beauty. So let’s get to it, starting with the difference between using the applicators that your product comes with vs using a brush or sponge to apply your makeup.  

The Built-In Applicator

This is definitely your most cost effective option and time efficient. For personal use this is a great option. The biggest tip I have is to always erre on the side of less is more when using a built in applicator since often I find controlling the application is harder. For example, use your concealer stick to dot on concealer and then rather then blending out with the applicator I would use my finger to pat it out on the skin. 

Tools (Brushes & Sponges)

For precision this is always the best option. My go-to for foundation is ALWAYS the beauty blender. I prefer the blender to a brush since it gives a lighter more blended application. Use it wet and press the foundation into the skin then softly buff it out. The pointed tip is great for getting around the nose and under the eye. Or you can get the tiny eye blender that specificity is used around the eye area for concealer. 

For eyeshadow, bronzer and blush I prefer to use brushes. This gives you much more control with the product. Typically for eyes you can get away with three brushes, one for placement, another for blending and then lastly a smaller brush for anything that involves more precision around the lash line.

Lips I would say is 50/50. If you are doing a lighter shade or gloss then using it straight from the applicator is always fine. For a red lip or anything with more pigment, I always use a lip brush to help achieve a precise edge. 

Do you have a favourite brush or applicator that you can't live without? Comment in the section below!

xx Katie.

Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.