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Get the Most From Your Makeup: Your Fingers

Have you ever been on a trip and realized that all of your makeup is packed, but you've forgotten your brushes? This has happened to me one too many times, so now as a precaution, I always keep a few cream-based options on hand. But if you ever find yourself alone with a bag full of powder products, here are a few makeup application survival techniques that require nothing but your fingers and some toilet tissue.

  • If you have a red or rosy colored lipstick, use that on your cheeks as well as your lips. Dab three dots on the apples of your cheeks. Using your index and middle fingers, blend the color upwards and outwards in small circular motions.
  • Your eyes, however are a little bit trickier since they require more precise application. Place a square of toilet tissue on top of your pinky finger and secure it with a hair elastic or rubber band. Dampen your pinky and then dip it into your dark powder shadow. Next, rest the side of your hand on your cheek (for more stability) and begin to tap the shadow onto your upper and lower lashes with the side of your pinky (if you have a pinky nail that's even better). Repeat the process each time you approach a new lash line (so you will need to change the TP a total of four times).

For one more makeshift way to apply makeup without brushes,


  • Don't wet your eye shadow if you want to be able to apply it to your lids. Make sure your hands are clean, and then dip your ring finger into the powder. Tap your finger (so no excess falls into your creamy lipstick-stained cheeks) and apply it onto your lids by pressing your finger into your skin. Once you have enough shadow to cover the area, blend with the same finger using small circles.


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