How to Use a Makeup Sponge for a Flawless Look in Two Easy Steps

July 30, 2020
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How to Use a Makeup Sponge to Get a Flawless, Dewy Makeup Look

If we were to name our favorite beauty tool of all time, 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 one (or a few!) hanging out on your vanity, but you might still be a little unclear about how best to use a makeup sponge — that’s where we come in. Ahead, we’re giving you a crash course.

How to Use a Makeup Sponge

STEP 1: Wet the Sponge

Before you begin your makeup application, wet the sponge until it’s completely saturated and squeeze out any excess water. This step will allow the product to seamlessly melt into your skin for a natural-looking finish with a subtle sheen.  

STEP 2: Apply Product

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 it on 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 contour products and liquid highlighter. 

How to Choose a Makeup Sponge

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 your base makeup such as foundation. Angled sponges, like the Sephora Angled Sponge or L’Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Sponge,  are good for contouring your face and smaller sponges, like the Real Techniques Mini Complexion Sponges, offer a more precise application for the under-eye area. They’re also great for concealing blemishes. 

How to Keep Your Makeup Sponge Clean 

There are special cleansers created just 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 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 (like these here) that are vanity- and Instagram-friendly.

Design: Hannah Packer

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