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How to Properly Use a Makeup Sponge

How to Properly Use a Makeup Sponge

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We all know makeup sponges are not “just" sponges. They’re crucial beauty tools for every foundation owner, and yet even such a simple tool is easy to misuse. Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your miracle sponge.

Use pointed edges for hard to reach places.

Dab the pointed edge of your makeup sponge on the inside corner of your eye to blend in a highlight shape and around the nose to blend any creases.

Don’t use a wet sponge when optimizing your coverage.

Although wet sponges do a great job of creating light coverage, it’s best to blend with a dry sponge. There’s a smaller risk of splotching and streaking, and the pigment will not be compromised. Those seeking full coverage should use a completely dry sponge.

Use mini sponges to create clean lines.

There is one major exception to using a wet sponge. Small or mini sponges act as “erasers” when wet to create fine lines. When blending gets messy, let the little guys come to rescue!

Try: Real Techniques Miracle Sponges ($5.99)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Make sure it’s clean!

A dirty sponge will saturate with product. You’ll lose the ability to blend smoothly and avoid blotches. To avoid this problem, just be sure to wash your sponge after every use.


Try ULTA Professional Brush & Sponge Cleaner ($10) or Beautyblender Blendercleanser ($18)

ULTA Professional Brush & Sponge Cleaner

Beautyblender Blendercleanser

Don’t mix foundation colors in one application.

Sponges help blend your foundation on your face, but products with different formulas are unpredictable on a sponge. For the airbrush finish you strive for with a sponge, be sure to stick to one product at a time.

Pat, don’t swipe.

Makeup sponges are meant to be used for a smooth air brush finish of your face makeup. Swiping your sponge across your face will use more product and prevent you from creating the airbrush look you bought the sponge for in the first place.

Do you have any other makeup sponge tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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