If you know anything about makeup application then you will have heard about makeup blending sponges, and you will have also heard about how great they are, and how easy they are to use. Both professionals and home users have got on the band wagon with this product, so that really tells you a lot about how advantageous this can be for your overall makeup application.
If you’re aiming for a flawless, airbrushed look, this is the one to go for!
You might have used brushes in the past and not found them to be as precise as you’d like, or you may have resorted to simply using your fingertips, which let’s face it, is a rather messy affair. Basically, once you discover the makeup blender sponge, you won’t go back!
What Are Makeup Blender Sponges?
You will no doubt have seen the flat or triangular shaped foam sponges of old, which soak up a lot of cosmetic as you try and apply it to your skin, this overall makes the whole process harder, and you use more product as a result. Cost effective it is not!
On the other hand, a makeup blender sponge doesn’t soak up the cosmetic, so you know that what you apply to the sponge actually is applied to your face. You have much more control over your application as a result, and we will talk about how to use a makeup sponge in a bit more detail later in this chat.
You can purchase these blender sponges everywhere these days, such is their popularity, and that includes online or in store. They are now part of everyday, normal makeup application. There are several different shapes on offer, so let’s look at them in a bit more detail:
A teardrop makeup sponge – This is the regular type which you will see all over the market and the internet. A teardrop makeup sponge is used for application of makeup all over the face, and the tip is used for the more precise areas, such as the side of your nose or when you are trying to cover up a blemish. The larger part of the teardrop, e.g., the sides, are for the larger part of the face, e.g. the cheeks or forehead.
A pear-shaped makeup sponge – This type of sponge is a good one for beginners, because it gives you more control and is easier to grip as a result. The shape is almost teardrop, but there is an indentation in the middle, which is what gives you the ease of use.
A sculptor makeup sponge – When learning how to use a blender sponge you will quickly see that there are different areas of the sponge for different parts of your face. This is exactly the same with a sculptor sponge, but this particular type is better for applying heavy makeup, e.g. thick foundation. The shape can best be described as an ‘egg cup’ shape.
A spade makeup sponge – This is a very multi-functional makeup blending sponge, which has a pointed end which is smaller on one side, and then a larger version on the other side. You can use this type of sponge for concealer and application that needs to be precise using the smaller area, whilst using the other side for the larger parts of your face. Again, this is an easier sponge to hold and use.
There are countless brands of makeup sponge on the market, but the most popular is without a doubt the Beauty Blender Original. This is a little more expensive, but it is constantly receiving top quality reviews, so that should really speak for itself. If you want to save some cash, the Sunfei Pro Flawless Makeup Sponge is a good one to go for, and again, this is a classic teardrop shape.
Some makeup sponges aren’t made of foam, some are actually made of silicone. These are great for anyone who has a sensitivity to foam or latex, and will show you exactly where the product is placed on the ‘sponge’, so you use it all and don’t waste any. Check out the ESARORA Clear Silicone Foundation Beauty Blender, to find out more.
How to Use a Makeup Blending Sponge
How to use a makeup blending sponge is really quite easy, but it’s important to find a sponge which suits your needs in term of how easy it is to hold – for that reason, experiment a little first with the shapes we described above.
If you are applying foundation or any liquid foundations, you can wet the sponge and wring it out before using it, as this will help the sponge apply the makeup much more effectively. If you’re using a powder cosmetic, keep the sponge dry.
Once you’ve decided whether to set or dry your sponge, the process is the same from that point on-wards:
- Apply the foundation to your face in dots, or apply the foundation straight onto the sponge itself.
- Using a dotting motion, called stippling, bounce the sponge across your skin, blending the cosmetic as you go. This motion should be a small movement, taking care to make sure you don’t get a line at the sides of your face. Avoid dragging the sponge across your face, otherwise you’ll end up with over-application or a ‘caked on’ look.
- Once your application is finished, wet your sponge and clean it of any cosmetic. You should then leave the sponge on the windowsill, on a piece of paper towel, to air dry.