Flawless beauty: Which tools work the best?

It seems I can never escape the ever-burning beauty question, “Which is better to apply makeup: a sponge or a brush?” The problem is there is not one tool that will do everything. The key to applying flawless makeup is using different tools for the look that you’re trying to achieve.

When applying eye makeup, I suggest using a brush. To highlight and contour your eye shape, use soft, fluffy brushes to blend colors together. Sponges can be great to pack an eye shadow color onto the lid, but I suggest staying away from the sponge applicators unless you are looking for a dramatic look. For bottom and top eyeliner, use a small angled brush with a short handle since larger handle brushes can be difficult to navigate around your eye. For beginners it is best to start with a dark eye shadow, which is easier to work with than a gel or liquid.

Blush and bronzer is best applied with a curved fluffy brush. This allows you to carve out the apples of your cheeks and cheekbones. Sponges can cause the product to skip on the skin and do not blend as easily.

The most common mistake people make when applying liquid or cream foundation is using their fingertips. This can leave streaks and create unstable texture on the skin. I am also not a fan of drugstore sponges, which soak up makeup and make it difficult to blend the product into the skin. I am, however, a huge fan of the Beautyblender. Designed by longtime Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva as an alternative to using sponges, its unique design and texture allow you to blend the foundation by stippling it across the skin. A foundation brush is similar to a painting brush. Yet because it creates strokes, I suggest polishing the texture with a buffing brush afterward.

Flawless beauty is easily achieved when using the right tools, but the best advice I can give is blend, blend, blend.