Your fingers are a great tool. Not only are they always at your disposal, but the heat generated by your skin also helps to warm up the product prior to application, making it easier to blend your makeup.
But all fingers aren't created equal. In fact, each is best suited for a particular job.
The index and middle fingers are great for applying makeup, while the thumb is better for warming up product. For example, with a cream blush, place some product onto your index and middle finger, then gently rub them against your thumb to warm up the cream. Apply in a circular motion, starting at the apples of the cheeks and working back towards the hairline; keep going until well blended.
Blending is the ring finger's domain. It has a very soft touch, which helps you get a flawless finish without removing too much of the product.
Finally, the pinky finger loves lipstick. After all, it's the only one small enough to fit into the peaks of your lips.
Many of you are probably throwing out one of the handiest makeup tools around: those little sponge applicators that come free with eyeshadow. Stop it! They're great for applying loose eyeshadow pigments—without all the mess. Simply spray the round end of the applicator with a light mist of water, then dip it into the eyeshadow and press onto the lid.
The pointed side has its purpose, too: highlighting the inside corner of the eye. It's the perfect size for the job. You can also use the pointed side to remove any smudges. Gently dip the tip into a bit of eye-makeup remover and lightly dust it over the smudge to clean and remove.
The same goes for blush brushes. Though you're right to rid your makeup bag of them, don't throw them out just yet. Take them to the office instead and use them to clean in between the keys on your keyboard!
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