When you hear the term “makeup sponge” you’re probably thinking of the white, triangular foam kind that come in bulk bags. Or you may be thinking of the flat, spongey applicators that come in drugstore foundation compacts.
But the makeup sponge has undergone a revolution. In nearly every shape and color, blending sponges are the latest beauty tool to take the makeup world by storm. These are just some of the facts every cosmetologist should know about the multi-purpose tool.
1.) They’re ideal for blending.
Cream contouring was one of the leading makeup trends of 2015 and makeup sponges are ideal for blending out products like highlighters, concealer, and bronzer. The unique texture of beauty sponges allows for a natural, airbrushed effect that’s hard to duplicate with conventional brushes.
2.) Generally, they should be used wet.
To ensure even application of liquid foundation, you’ll want to use the makeup sponge wet. Run it under water, squeeze out the excess, and you’re good to go. If you’re concerned about thinning out your foundation too much, squeeze the sponge in a dry paper towel to eliminate even more moisture.
But, as Beauty Blender creator Rea Ann Silva explains, a dry makeup sponge is an effective way to erase any harsh lines caused by products like blush.
3.) Cleanliness is important.
Just as makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly, beauty sponges need to be maintained in order to prevent the spread of germs and reduce the risk of breakouts on your skin. As expert Meg Black tells Teen Vogue, you should massage the sponge with an antibacterial, fragrance-free soap and rinse the tool until the water runs clean and makeup free.
4.) They don’t last forever.
Even with careful cleaning, makeup sponges aren’t meant to last forever. Ripping during the cleaning process can occur and the texture of the sponge may deteriorate with daily use, making the application less smooth than before.
5.) Dab, Roll, Stipple, Stamp.
Pick any of the verbs above and that’s how to apply makeup with a beauty sponge. The key is to not “rub” the foundation or product onto the face.
6.) It’s for skincare too.
Even though these new sponges are used predominantly for applying foundation and makeup, they’re ideal for application of skincare products. Use the sponge to evenly apply moisturizer, SPF, or even serums around delicate skin such as the under eye area.
7.) Don’t Directly to Sponge
For makeup and skincare alike, you’ll want to put those products on a palette or the back of your hand rather than placing them directly on the beauty sponge. This will help cut down on wasted product and give a more even application.
From pink to black, egg-shaped to hourglass, makeup sponges are diverse not only in form, but in purpose. With careful cleaning, cosmetologists can get the most out of this trending tool to create airbrushed looks like never before. To learn more about the latest beauty trends and techniques, check out our courses.