I use my fingers to apply this cream eyeshadow. I also have tough as taupe and I really like it! This eyeshadow is amazing and I wear Barely Branded to school everyday to give my eyelids a little pop! since I have oily eyelids it does crease after a few hours which is sad. :( I would recommend applying an eyelid primer to prevent creasing from oily eyelids! It also helps my other eyeshadows that I apply on top from creasing! I am probably going to buy some more soon since I really like this product and only had one issue with it! The price is pretty good for this product because I feel the quality is splendid. I would recommend this to anyone!