For years, beauty experts have extolled brushes as the best way to achieve a flawless finish. But with fresh, dewy skin and a more undone look a contender on this season’s catwalks, not to mention our eternal desire to save time every morning, we’re looking to a fingers-only approach to make-up. Ready to forgo your brushes? Read on for our top tips...
Warm Your Foundation
While we love our Beautyblender as much as the next person, there’s something to be said for applying foundation and concealer with your fingers. Make-up artist Tom Pecheux explains, “By warming foundation between your hands and pressing it over serum with your fingertips, it becomes part of the skin; you feel the glow, you don’t see it.” For skin that oozes health, stick to cream or liquid formulas that can be blended easily for an overall softness.
Down Your Lip Brush
Forget liquid lipsticks that require precise application and constantly smudge, and seek out a tinted balm instead. Offering hydrating benefits and a sheer wash of colour, tinted balms are the ideal middle-ground if you’re tired of an overdone look. Without the drying effect of lipstick, a barely-there tint will enhance your natural beauty for an easy, polished look – no mirror required.
Make Your Base Bespoke
Loathe to forgo your liquid foundation? Try mixing it with moisturiser in the palm of your hand before applying with your fingertips as you would a cream. Finish by tapping a little more moisturiser on the cheekbones for a lit-from-within glow.
If, like us, you still struggle to blend your way to the perfect smoky eye, it could be time to forget about brushes and palettes and look to creamier formulas instead. If using a cream shadow (try Tom Ford’s Cream Colour for Eyes, £30, an intense pigmented formula available in eight metallic shades), start with your index finger as it’ll give optimal control for the base layer. Then, for a smoky effect, using your middle finger, opt for a darker shade and beginning from the centre of the lid, work your way out. Similarly, cream sticks forgo the need for fiddly brushes – simply swipe and blend with your finger for a lived-in look.
Highlight Like a Pro
Your fingers, namely your pinky finger, are perfect for highlighting delicate areas – opt for a liquid formula and using your pinky finger, dab colour into the inner corners of the eyes, on the Cupid’s bow, cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose.
The fleshy part of the thumb is ideal for applying blusher as it’s the same size as the cheek area you want to cover with blush. After applying your foundation, press the pad of your thumb into a cream blush and gently pat onto the cheekbone for a rosy glow.
Fake Wide-Awake Eyes
Beauty experts agree that the ring finger has the softest touch, making it ideal for eye cream as well as under-eye concealers. Try tapping product around the eyes and temples to stimulate blood flow, plumping it up for an airbrushed finish.
Get The Glow
For a lit-from-within finish, try mixing a liquid highlighter into your foundation before applying with your fingers for a healthy glow. We’re coveting Victoria Beckham X Estée Lauder’s cult Morning Aura Crème, £72, a skincare-infused treatment that will transform even the most lacklustre of complexions – no brushes required.