For someone who owns what I would consider a healthy amount of makeup brushes, I have definitely been neglecting them of late. Call it laziness, call it a lack of time management but I have been gravitating towards A Brush-Free Makeup Routine recently. I mean, there are so many amazing cream-based products that look incredibly natural on the skin when applied using just my fingers.
A Brush-Free Makeup Routine – The Eyeshadow
Eyeshadow sans brush might sound a little dubious, but the glorious Jillian Dempsey lid tints are not to be missed. I will say that they are not for those committed to bold eye looks, but for a subtle lid look these are my absolute favourite. This shade, Peach, is a warm-toned whisper of colour that looks un-done in the best possible way. I just take my ring finger and dab the product directly onto the lid, forgoing primer or brushes. Ridiculously easy and yet its presence is apparent. Great for low-key makeup days (me everyday right now) or for pairing with a statement lip.
A Brush-Free Makeup Routine – The Highlighter
Behold, the hardest-to-photograph but easiest-to-use highlighter around. I’d been eyeing up the RMS beauty living luminiser for ages and I finally bought it. Why did it take me so long?! This is a teeny little pot of highlighter that is big on sheen rather than glitter. I’m talking supermodel levels of glow without looking overtly like makeup. It’s also all natural, with only a handful of ingredients, and it’s organic. Made from castor and coconut oil, it just melts into the skin when applied using finger tips. Non-greasy, non-sticky and just a gorgeous glow that looks multi-dimensional and natural.
A Brush-Free Makeup Routine – The Blush
One thing I find with cream blush is that it’s often not creamy enough – cream to powder formulas are a bit of a waste of time, in my opinion. If I use a cream formula, I want it to be soft and malleable on the skin. Luckily, the Kjaer Weis formula (shown here in the shade Precious) has proven itself to be one of the creamiest cream blushes around. It’s so so beautiful in texture. It’s organic, and enriched with jojoba and castor seed oil as well as beeswax to make it nourishing for skin whilst wearing. It’s also incredibly pigmented, so one swipe is enough to give colour to both cheeks but the soft formula means it blends into skin seamlessly with minimal effort. The brand is new to me, but seriously impressive. Their packaging is also metal with refills as well, to cut down on beauty waste.
A Brush-Free Makeup Routine – The Base
Base wise, we have some old favourites. What can I say, I’m predictable. I find the finish on the it cosmetics cc cream to be great whether I use a brush, a sponge or finger tips. When I’m in a rush, blending it in sans brush is more than fine. It’s just good skin in a bottle. See also, Glossier stretch concealer. My little pot is looking particularly battered because this is the one that always comes in my bag with me for touch-ups. It definitely works best blended under the eyes with the warmth from fingers, anyway. Boy brow is an essential because it takes two seconds and leaves my brows all bushy and soft.
A Brush-Free Makeup Routine – The Lipstick
I mean, technically, lipstick very rarely requires a brush. I’ve just come across this brand from the US, Clove & Harrow, and I just had to share. This shade is Creamsicle. The brand is clean, cruelty-free and vegan and just launched onto Feel Unique. The ingredients and creamy texture reminded me of the Kjaer Weis blush, too, making it a perfect fit for this particular no-brush makeup look.