Reader Q: "Do I need a tool to apply my foundation?"

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Reader Question: “Do I really need a tool to apply my foundation or can I just use my fingers?” — Leslie

The Answer: In a pinch, your fingers are just fine for applying makeup. The best way? Hardly. Good enough? Definitely. But there is a tool most makeup artists swear up and down gives your skin the most flawless finish — the Beauty Blender, $20. This hot pink, pointy-tipped, egg-shaped sponge allows you to stipple or roll on your foundation, eliminating streaks while also getting into tricky-to-reach spots like the corners of your eyes and around your nose. The key with this sponge is to always use it damp so it doesn’t soak up all your foundation, and wash it after you use it. If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself obsessed with this little egg just like the pros.

Do you use your fingers, a sponge or foundation brush?

– Carrie Stern Kleiner

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