Here’s When You Should Be Using Your Fingers to Apply Your Makeup

Open your makeup bag and you probably have almost as many applicators (brushes, sponges, etc.) as you do products. But when you do need those extras and when will the applicators on your hands (you know, your fingers) do the trick?

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Us Weekly’s latest beauty video helps answer that question. In a Facebook live with the mag’s On-Air Correspondent Christina Garibaldi, makeup artist Karla Duarte shares the secrets of when to use your fingers to apply makeup.

Even when you’re going for a no-makeup makeup look, like Christina is in this video, there are plenty of opportunities to use your digits to apply your makeup.


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Concealer is a great product to use your fingers to apply. You don’t want to overdo it and you want to target it to the areas where it’s needed and do seamless blending — all good reasons to use your fingers for application.

Highlighter stick

When it comes to highlighter, you really don’t want to use too much (then your whole face will be one big shining spot). That’s why using your fingers for precision application is so key. Use a highlighter stick instead of a cream or powder if you want to use your fingers to apply.

Eye base

If you want your eye shadow to last all day, the key is a good eye base, which you’ll want to coat over your eyelids lightly using your fingers.

Watch the whole video below for all the tips on getting a perfect no-makeup look.


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Kayleigh Roberts
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