It seems as if every time you turn around there is a new advertisement for the “latest and greatest” beauty tool. Whether it is the ultimate in eyelash curlers or the newest addition to cosmetic brushes the beauty industry is doing whatever they can to get you to buy their product. I’m going to let you in on a little secret; I’m going to reveal the most affordable beauty tool which is right at your fingertips…literally.

Your hands are by far the most affordable beauty tool you will ever find; and what do you know you’re equipped with two of them!

I cannot stress this enough, if you are going to use your hands to apply your cosmetics, lotions, or favorite lip balm you must make sure you hands are clean! Your hands (especially your fingertips) have natural oils on them which can cause irritation to your face if you’re constantly touching it. Plus, your hands touch so many things throughout the day it is very easy to pick up dirt and germs and then spread them all over your face.

With that said, let me explain the different ways to use your newly discovered (and newly favorite) beauty tool.

Applying lotions and creams: This is kind of obvious, but if you think about it there really isn’t another method to apply lotion or creams because your hands work best. Quick tip: when applying lotion and/or eye creams around your eyes (especially underneath your eyes) use your ring finger. The skin in that area is really thin and you can easily bruise that area. You wouldn’t think that your ring finger would be lighter than your others, but try it and you’ll see what I mean!

Applying foundation: This is the latest technique that I’ve tried and let me tell you, I love it! I did the whole squeeze as you go application that way I wouldn’t waste any product. My foundation came out looking fantastic! The coverage was even and there were no lines or marks caused by a sponge or a brush. The foundation also warms up a bit from your fingers which makes it easier to spread and apply.

Applying eye shadow: Whether you’re in a hurry, can’t find any clean brushes, or simply don’t have any other means to apply your eye shadow your fingers will do the trick. Simply get some product on your fingertips and apply it to your eyelid as if you were using a brush. I suggest using your ring finger for this application as well since your eyelid is very thin. Granted you can’t do the same tricks with your fingers as you can with a brush, but it does get the job done if you’re doing a simple look. Your fingers can also work as erasers to get rid of any mistakes and blenders to help blend the color better.

Applying lip balm: Many cosmetic companies package their lip balms in a container without a brush/wand to apply the product. Your fingers can fit perfectly into these containers and they can apply just the right amount of lip balm onto your lips to give you that ready to be kissed look.

There are other ways in which you can take advantage of your hands as a beauty tool. Sure it is great to splurge on the hottest items, but your hands are always with you so you don’t have to worry about leaving them at home when you’re on the go.

About The Author

Tara Rufo is a longtime Blast Magazine contributor and one of the editors of Bombshell.

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