There are various tools that we need to be able to apply makeup products effectively and beautifully. These may include numerous makeup brushes that are available in various sizes and are used for various purposes. But in addition to beauty brushes, makeup sponges are another practical tool you can use to apply makeup.
If you’ve never used a makeup sponge, you can’t claim to be an expert on beauty tools. This porous tool can be used in a variety of ways just like a brush, if not more so. While used properly, it blends over dry areas of your face when damp, absorbs excess product to prevent a cakey appearance, and leaves a skin-like finish.
The challenge is that makeup sponges come in a variety of sizes and shapes that could be confusing to a beginner. But don’t worry, we’re here to make it easy for you to know and understand the different types of makeup sponges.
What is a makeup Sponge?
A makeup sponge is a soft tool you can use to apply liquid and cream makeup products. Makeup sponges come in a wide variety of materials, so it’s crucial to make sure the one you select is free of common skin irritants like latex. The best sponges for sensitive skin are those made from skin-safe foam.
Why Use a Makeup Sponge
Using a makeup sponge when applying makeup gives the most skin-like finish, and a makeup sponge penetrates the product into the skin for a more smooth, natural-looking makeup. When you apply foundation, the product doesn’t simply sit on top of your face, but it appears to be part of your complexion. Products can really be beautifully built-up and blended from sheer to full-coverage.
Different Types of Makeup Sponges
Even if you use the finest foundation in the world, it could still look overly cakey, streaky, or unappealing if you don’t use the proper application tools. Makeup sponges are useful in this situation. What started out as triangles has evolved into rounded, curving new shapes and colors. But how do they differ from one another? Here is a quick guide for when and how to use certain sponges.
1. Teardrop/Original Beauty Blender
The classic oval or teardrop-shaped makeup sponge is still the most dependable product used by makeup enthusiasts, bloggers, and professionals alike. And for all the right reasons, as it leaves skin flawlessly smooth after applying a seamless coat of liquid, gel, and cream formulas. This sponge’s form makes it versatile. While the rounded bottom easily blends product in larger parts of the face like the cheeks, the pointed tip works well for blending product in areas like the sides of the nose, under the eyes, and on cheekbones. In a nutshell, it’s a fantastic multi-purpose sponge for any makeup look!
2. Pear-Shaped Sponge
Although very similar to the classic teardrop sponge, the soft curve in the middle of a pear-shaped sponge provides you a firmer grip than a teardrop sponge. Since this design seldom allows your hands to touch the sides of the sponge that touch your face, germaphobes will greatly appreciate this type of sponge. The tapered tip of this sponge enables for precise and targeted coverage. The tip can be utilized to reach difficult-to-reach places, like the corners of your nose. While the rounded base of this tool enables a sheerer application, employing its curves to apply the product results in an opaque finish. By rolling it on the apples of your cheekbones, you can simply mix your highlighter thanks to the slightly contoured form of this sponge.
3. Flat-Edge Sponge
This sponge is ideal for you if you want your makeup to be applied fast but with a thicker layer of coverage. The multi-tasker sponge is another name that is appropriately used for the flat-ended makeup sponge. With three distinct sides: the flat side can pick up and apply a uniform layer of product on the face and is great for contouring; the rounded side is perfect for basic foundation and bronzer application; and the tapered tip is great for detailing. For full coverage, apply it dry; for a controlled, buildable effect, apply it moist. Additionally, applying a patting motion while blending foundation with the flat edge will increase coverage.
4. Triangle/Wedge Sponge
Wedge sponges are triangular sponges with square and rectangle facets. They function similarly to flat-edge sponges, but because of the smaller cut, they are more precise. Because they are usually sold in bulk and can be disposed after use, this type of makeup sponge is preferred by many makeup artists worldwide to use on clients. Additionally, they are less expensive compared to other makeup sponges. However, because of the difficulty in distributing the product evenly due to the rigid lines, they may not be the best option for beginners.
5. Air Puff
Its key advantage over other sponges is that it doesn’t absorb a lot of product. They are therefore less likely to contain the same amount of germs as regular sponges. With the band, it makes a handy touch-up tool and is incredibly convenient when stored within a cushion compact. A pressing and patting motion should be applied to achieve more coverage.
6. Traditional Makeup Sponges
Typically, powder compacts come with these types of sponges. They all have a flat base that can apply product to all parts of the face and come in various shapes. Despite not being the most accurate tool, they are more durable and will fit in your powder compacts.
7. Powder Puff
You shouldn’t use this sponge for liquids or creams, in contrast to the other sponges on this list. It is a useful tool for setting loose-formula makeup and works well with powder. For a solid matte effect, simply dust it and press the puff against your skin!
How to Choose a Makeup Sponge
Depending on its intended purpose, makeup sponges come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You will be needing a larger, rounder sponge for applying foundation and other base cosmetics. For precise application of makeup products like the under-eye area, smaller sponges are the perfect tools. They’re also excellent at concealing blemishes. While angled sponges are fantastic for contouring and setting your face with powder.
How to Use a Makeup Sponge
Step 1: Wet the Sponge
Wet your sponge and squeeze out any excess water before commencing to apply your makeup. This procedure will enable your products to blend naturally into your skin and give you a smooth finish that looks natural.
Step 2: Apply the Product
Apply a small quantity of liquid foundation to the back of your hand, then dip the rounded end of your makeup sponge into it and begin applying it on your face. Avoid dragging or rubbing the sponge against your skin. Instead, lightly dab or blot the area to fully blend your foundation. Apply cream blush to your cheeks and concealer under your eyes using the same dabbing motion. You may also use your sponge to blend liquid highlighter and cream contour products.
How to Clean Your Makeup Sponge
While mild soap will work just as well, there are certain cleansers designed specifically for makeup sponges. Massage the stains out of your makeup sponge with warm water and a few drops of soap (or even baby shampoo) until the water is clear. To get rid of any moisture, roll it onto a fresh towel and lay it flat to dry. Depending on how often you use it, do this once a week, and make sure to replace your sponge every few months.
How to Store Your Makeup Sponge
The plastic container your beauty sponge comes in is one that you shouldn’t discard. These are an eco-friendly way to reuse the packaging and make the ideal holders for your sponge. Looking for something cuter? There are plenty of affordable makeup sponge holders that are available both online and in the malls.