By Dianna Mazzone
Updated Dec 23, 2015 @ 2:00 pm
Credit: Trinette Reed

I've always been into face masks, but over the course of the last month or so, my fondness has grown into a full-blown obsession—as in, I apply one at least three times a week, if not more often.

Though my skin has been loving it, I can't say the same for my bathroom sink. (The gunk that ends up on my hands post-application goes right down the drain.) So in an effort to minimize the mess, a few weeks ago I decided to take a cue from the pros and start using a brush to apply my masks.

A handful of skincare brands make brushes specifically for this purpose, but a wide, flat foundation brush will do the job just fine. I dipped Make Up For Ever 108 Large Foundation Brush ($36; into my mask of choice and, lo and behold, the benefits included more than just saving money on Drano.

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Most shockingly, I found I used far less product than I did when applying with my hands, since the brush distributed the formula in a thin, even layer. (Not to mention the brush is a far more hygenic option than sticking my fingers in the jar.) Plus, the whole process just felt good—there's something totally zen about taking the time to brush on a mask. And, best of all, the only clean up involved is rinsing off the bristles. Looks like my mask habit is here to stay.