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Youtube gurus and makeup artists are always seen with a professional makeup brush – heck, even a few brushes – blending out eyeshadows into a beautiful gradient.

And then there’s us – whose favourite application tool is our fingers.

But here’s the good news that will stop us from feeling ashamed about our dirty fingers: beauty brands are hearing our preference and are creating eyeshadows that are actually designed for finger application! Oh, yes.

At a recent meet-up to learn more about Marc Jacob’s Holiday collection, the brand’s Southeast Asia Regional Artistry Ambassador Michael Brown told Daily Vanity that the best way to use its See-Quins Glam Glitter Single Eyeshadow is with fingers instead of brushes.

“If you use a brush, the pigments loosen and you create a mess,” he explains. On the other hand, using your finger allows the pigments to pack together into a bold and vibrant look.

And the best finger application method for these gorgeous eyeshadows? Brown says you simply “press and massage”.

‘Press and Massage’

Eyeshadow Finger Application

Demonstrating the technique to the media, Brown showed that we just had to load up our finger (any one you prefer) with the eyeshadow, press it onto the eyelids, and then massage it out.

The best part about using our fingers is that you can easily control the payoff – for a light wash of colour, apply a thin layer on your lid. For a more saturated pigment, pack on the colour a few more times. The warmth from your finger also helps with melting the product onto your lids so it looks more skin-like and not like the colour is just sitting on top.

We tried it for ourselves and are simply in love with eyeshadows that are created for finger application. It makes it easier for everyone – newbies included – to feel less intimidated about using eyeshadows since it’s easier to reach the curves and nooks of the eyelids more easily with a more familiar tool (your fingers). And if you make a mistake, simply use a clean finger or a soft tissue to wipe off the shadow!

And if you’re in need of a mid-day makeup pick-me-up at work, applying a fresh coat of eyeshadow using your fingers is both cute and convenient. Forget lugging along the different brushes in your makeup kit, all you’ll need to bring is your pot of eyeshadow!

Here are more tips to using your fingers to apply eyeshadow

Hand Hygiene


When using your digits to apply eyeshadow, make sure your hands are freshly washed to prevent any eye infection or germs entering your sensitive eyes. Also make sure your nails are groomed to avoid poking yourself in the eye.

Use Tape for a crisp look

Who says it’s impossible to achieve a sharp eyeshadow look with finger application? Here’s a nifty hack to give you a crisp eye look each time – simply stick some tape at the corner of your eye and work on your eyeshadow using your fingers as usual. Once you’re done, remove the tape and you have a clean line where your eyeshadow ends!

Your hand is basically a brush set

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Always start with your dexterous index finger as it’ll give you optimal control for the base layer. For the smokey effect, use your middle finger to work the product from the centre to the outer corner of your eye. Your pinky is the perfect size for an inner eye highlight! If fingers are enough for Hailey Bieber to apply her eyeshadow, it’s gotta be good enough for us too!

If you’re now raring to use your fingers on your lids for your next eye look, but are not sure on which particular eyeshadow to choose – like a true beauty BFF – we’ve got that covered for you too! Don’t be surprised to know that some eyeshadows were created specifically to be applied with fingers! We’ve got a whole list ahead for you to choose from.

The best eyeshadows for finger application

Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Single Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Marc Jacobs

This glitter-packed eyeshadow will leave you with a saturated pigment and maximum sparkle that adds super-shimmering dimension to any look. Created with an innovative, demi-pressed process, these eyeshadows, when applied with your fingers, will appear vivid and glittery.

As part of its Holiday Collection 2019, this is available in four limited edition shades – all of which will give you that high-impact dazzle while gliding onto your lids smoothly.

The Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Single Eyeshadow retails at SGD38 and is available at Sephora and Sephora online.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Hourglass

If you’ve steered away from glitter eyeshadows for fear that it might be too heavy on the lids, this is for you. A weightless glitter eyeshadow infused with light-reflecting pearls, this unique cream creates reflective, buildable dimensions with multifaceted pearls that capture and reflect light.

Brilliant, multidimensional eyes await when you use this weightless formula with your fingers as it glides across the lids and dries down for smooth comfortable wear.

The Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow retails at SGD49 and is available at Sephora and Sephora online.

Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot

Eyeshadow Tarte

No brushes necessary for this product designed to use the warmth in your fingers to melt the formula into skin without a need for primer. With the high sheen of a cream or gloss, but the easy wear and application of a powder, this shadow pot dazzles with a spectacular mirrored metallic effect using over 80% of pure pearl pigments.

Oh and did we mention it’s waterproof and has a 12-hour lasting power? Irresistible indeed!

The Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot retails at SGD32 and is available at Sephora and Sephora online.

Kat Von D Beauty Crush Creamfoil Long-Wear Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Kat Von D

With a unique plush texture, this cream-powder eyeshadow is long-lasting and comes in two brilliant metallic shades. This unique formula combines a smooth, creamy texture and opaque payoff, perfect for finger application.

The Kat Von D Beauty Crush Creamfoil Long-Wear Eyeshadow retails at SGD27 and is available at Sephora and Sephora online.

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow Chalrtone

This clever cream-to-sheen eyeshadow formula is the total epitome of maximum impact with minimum effort. A revolutionary water-infused eyeshadow, it has a cooling effect on hard-working eyes and its easy glide-on formula won’t drag on your delicate eye area. The Vitamin E it contains, hydrates and provides antioxidant protection from free radicals as the soft-focus illuminating pigments smooth over lines and imperfections for a visibly more youthful finish.

Pretty and good for your eyes? Sign us up!

The Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise Eyeshadow retails at SGD48 and is available at Sephora and Sephora online.

Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Eyeshadow Palette

Eyeshadow Bare Minerals

This fingertip-friendly eyeshadow palette contains creamy eyeshadows in satin and shimmer finishes, that are designed with Bouncy Technology, which makes them easy to build and blend. It applies seamlessly without creasing, and you needn’t worry about fallout either; the no brush, fingertip-friendly formula adheres to your skin instantly.

Its silky, blend-able texture is all thanks to a hydrating botanical blend, derived from moss, which works with the reflective colour smart pearls to deliver multi-dimensional colour, that’s suitable for all skin tones. It’s also cruelty-free – good to skin and kind to animals, a total winner! If you’re still unsure of how to apply it, here’s an easy to follow tutorial by the face of Bare Minerals, Hailey Bieber herself!


The Bare Minerals Bounce and Blur Eyeshadow Palette retails at SGD41.74 and is available on Amazon.