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How to use and take care of your makeup sponge
"The right beauty tools" are essential for everyone’s makeup routine not just makeup brushes but. sponges, blenders, and applicators as well.! We approached our makeup sponges and applicator collection with the same commitment to quality at an affordable price that we bring to all we do.
Long gone are the days of getting by on just a makeup brush or two. Today, we have seemingly endless makeup tool options, each bringing its own strengths to the makeup table. The hardworking makeup sponge is available in many shapes and textures, with angles that help you get laser precise results for a look you'll love whether it be a natural finish or full coverage.
Below we address some of our most asked questions regarding the use and the care for your makeup sponges.
How do you apply a foundation with a sponge?
A streak-free, stunning face makeup application all starts with a beauty sponge—and using the right technique. Here’s your fool-proof quick step by step guide to applying and blending foundation with a makeup sponge for beginners:
- Prep your face by freshly cleansing and moisturizing your skin.
- Dampen your sponge and gently wring out excess water (you can also use a dry sponge, but bear in mind it can absorb more product).
- Apply makeup directly to the sponge (same as you would a brush).
- Gently dab sponge across your face to evenly distribute makeup–don’t drag, which can cause streaking.
- Blend your makeup into an airbrushed finish by playing around with your sponge’s different points and edges. The flat sides are great for applying foundation over large areas of the face for a flawless finish, while the pointed edges are ideal for precise spot coverage and hard to reach areas.
How should I clean my beauty blenders and makeup sponges?
Face makeup sponges are a must-have tool for applying and blending your favorite liquid and cream makeup products. But with a job like that, these tools need to be cleaned thoroughly and frequently.
The good news is, cleaning a beauty blender is very simple: Thoroughly wet the sponge with water and massage it across a solid sponge cleaner to create a lather; rub it along a silicone makeup brush cleaning glove until the sponge is free of makeup stains, then rinse until the water runs clear. Set it on a paper towel and let it dry.
How often should you replace makeup sponge?
Even with regular cleanings, blending sponges should be replaced far more often than brushes—about every one-to-three months. With daily use, face sponges pick up and hold on to bacteria and old liquid makeup, so it's important to part ways and replace your sponges frequently in order to protect your skin from breakouts and irritation.
How do I choose a makeup sponge?
Sponges also come in a few different forms including latex free or silicone depending on your preference. Just like you use certain shaped makeup brushes to create particular looks and finishes, there are also a variety of beauty sponge shapes in existence for the same reason. Here’s how to choose the right makeup sponge for your application needs:
Blending sponge: Ideal for creating an even, full-face application using foundation, CC cream, or tinted moisturizer. Look for one with curved sides for an easy, comfortable grip.
Wedge sponge: The classic wedge shape gives you that desirable “bounce” as you blend out liquid, powder, or cream face products into a smooth finish.
Highlighting & blending sponge: For that contoured finish, choose a dual-ended and slightly firmer sponge. Look for one that features an angled side to seamlessly apply product for an illuminating effect, plus a soft, flocked side to blend and diffuse makeup for a flowing finish.