If we were to name the most popular beauty tool of this decade, we’d have to say that the makeup sponge takes the cake. It’s a game changer for makeup application and makes blending a breeze. It’s likely you already have a few hanging out on your vanity, but you might still be a little unclear on how to use one. That’s where we come in. Ahead we’ve given you a crash course in all things makeup sponge — from which size you should be using to how to use it and achieve that dewy dumpling glow.
First things first, the size and shape matter. The size and shape of a makeup sponge varies depending on what they're being used for. Larger, rounded sponges like the NYX Professional Makeup Flawless Finish Blending Sponge are used for the application of tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream, foundation and even cream blush. Smaller, more precise designs are typically used for the under eye area and to conceal blemishes.
How to Use a Makeup Sponge
STEP 1: Before you begin your makeup application, wet the sponge until it’s completely saturated and squeeze out any excess water.
STEP 2: Pour a small amount of liquid foundation onto the back of your hand, dip the rounded end of your sponge into the makeup and begin applying to your face. Do not rub or drag the sponge across your skin. Instead, gently dab or blot the area until your foundation is completely blended. Use the same dabbing technique when applying concealer underneath your eyes and cream blush to your cheeks. You can also use your sponge for blending cream contouring products and liquid highlighter.
How to Keep Your Makeup Sponge Clean
There are special cleansers created for makeup sponges but mild soap will also do the trick. Run your makeup sponge under warm water while adding a few drops of soap (or even baby shampoo), and massage out the stains until your water runs clear. Roll it onto a clean towel to remove any moisture and lay it flat on a towel to dry. Do this once a week and be sure to replace your sponge every couple of months, depending on frequency of use.
How to Store Your Makeup Sponge
If there’s one package you shouldn’t throw out, it’s the plastic your beauty sponge comes in. These make the perfect holders for your sponge and are an eco-friendly way to upcycle the packaging. Want something cuter? There are lots of affordable makeup sponge holders that are vanity and Instagram-friendly.
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