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Applying make-up: why hands make me gag and beauty sponges should never be dry

Natalie Hemengül
Natalie Hemengül
Zurich, on 19.05.2022
Video: Valentina Sproge
Translation: Eva Francis

When it comes to applying foundation, you're spoiled for choice. Some use their hands, others a damp sponge or a classic brush. So when to use which tool?

How nicely the foundation sits on your skin depends, among other things, on whether you’ve chosen the right applicator. Brush, beauty sponge or your hands – not every tool is suitable for every liquid foundation. Check out the video above to find out how to choose and why I’m not a fan of manual labour in my face. For English subtitles, click the gear icon, «Subtitles/CC» and «Auto-translate».

*In the «Make-up Tricks» video series, I share my make-up tips, see if hyped products are all they’re cracked up to be and put questionable products to the test.»

What's your favourite way to apply foundation?

  • Manual labour all the way
    33%
  • My beauty sponge is my best friend
    0%
  • I use a brush – I'm an artist at heart
    66%

The competition has ended.

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As a massive Disney fan, I see the world through rose-tinted glasses. I worship series from the 90s and consider mermaids a religion. When I’m not dancing in glitter rain, I’m either hanging out at pyjama parties or sitting at my make-up table. P.S. I love you, bacon, garlic and onions. 


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