In your cosmetic bag, your favorite foundation may be in the exclusive position, however you need the essential tools to ensure you apply it correctly. One such tool is a makeup sponge, an old tool with a new twist due to modern advancement in design and technology.

Today, you will find these sponges available in a myriad of sizes, shapes, and textures. The tool is beloved for its ability to dab on foundation seamlessly, but makeup artists praise it for its versatility on eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Read on to find out how you can maximize your makeup sponge!

Why use a Makeup Sponge over a Makeup Brush?
There has been a tough competition between makeup sponges and makeup brushes of late, with Makeup Sponge popularity increasing –  perhaps because of their ability to remove all the guesswork during the daily beauty routine.

A makeup sponge is more of a multi-purpose tool and can be used for far more product applications than one kind of makeup brush. It can be used not only for foundation, but to conceal your imperfections, or step it up a level – to contour and highlight.

Sponges have the benefit of seamlessly blending out foundation, which is always a plus if you’re not a fan of “cakey” makeup. This is due to the application method of pressing (stippling) the foundation onto the skin, versus swiping it onto your skin like a traditional makeup brush would do. Additionally if makeup brushes aren’t cleaned properly, they can cause a streaky application – resulting in uneven skin tone.

Which shape do I use?
The size and shape of your sponge depends on where you’re putting makeup;

  • The teardrop; is ideal for applying almost anything, with the tapered point for blending concealer across the face and large end for smoothing over foundation
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  • The mini: is specifically designed to easily reach the smaller corners of your face (like your under eyes) or on targeted areas where you’re trying to conceal blemishes.
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  • The flat edge: is the ultimate tool for contouring and highlighting! The flat side is best for contouring the hollows of your cheeks, temples and jawline and the pointed tip provides accurate application of highlight products to the cheekbones, nose and cupids bow.
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For best results;

  • Dampen the sponge with water and squeeze out any excess.
  • Apply a small amount of makeup to the sponge, and gently stipple (bounce) against your skin, to blend and create a seamless finish.
  • Use the rounded sides to blend large areas of your face, such as the forehead and cheeks.
  • Use the smaller pointed end for more precise application in the hard to reach areas, such as around the nose, eyes and lips.
  • Continue adding foundation a little bit at a time (you can always add more, but go slowly so you don’t waste your makeup) until your face is covered.
  • Without any product on the sponge, go back over your face with the stippling motion to blend in anything you may have missed.

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