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Only the Essentials: Guide to Makeup Sponges and Beauty Blenders

Still applying makeup with your fingers? It’s time to move into the 21st century! Makeup sponges upgrade your look whilst saving you time and cash.

It's a sponge revolution! All of a sudden, there are makeup sponges in every shape, size, and colour. Feeling overwhelmed by choice? Here’s everything you need to know about the essentials.


Only the Essentials: Guide to Makeup Sponges and Beauty Blenders


Why You Need a Flocked Sponge


Love powders? There’s a sponge for that! While a good bristle brush can give you a nice finish, a flocked sponge buffs your skin to an impeccable finish. Use a sponge as a quick second step after applying any powder.

We love the Jane Iredale Flocked Sponge. Non-latex and washable, this a great sponge that was designed with mineral makeup powders in mind.


Why You Need a Wedge Sponge


Now that so many new sponge options are available, wedge sponges have gotten a bad rap. While it’s true that they do soak up a lot of product, wedges are priceless for getting into nooks and crannies. Working around your nose or hairline? Grab a wedge sponge! It’ll dab product wherever you need it.

If you're allergic to latex, steer clear! Almost all wedge sponges are made from latex, so they can irritate ultra-sensitive skin. Latex is, however, suitable for most people.

We love Ella Baché Foundation Sponges. With a handy storage case, they're makeup-bag essentials.


Only the Essentials: Guide to Makeup Sponges and Beauty Blenders

 

Why You Need a Slant Sponge


Want a sheer finish? You need a slant sponge! Designed to be used with creamy and oil-based foundations, all you need to do is wet a slant sponge and use it to create a flawless texture.

We love the Kryolan Aust Pink Slant Sponge for a picture-perfect finish.


Why You Need a Blending Sponge


You’ve probably seen these (mostly pink) egg sponges all over the place. They're a pro fave and are ideal for gel, liquid, and cream formulas of all kind. This versatile tool can be used for wet applications too. In fact, these sponges double in size when they're full of water.

Many brands have their own take on a blending sponge -ModelCo Magic Blender Sponge is one of Adore Beauty's best-sellers, while professional brands Napoleon Perdis and Kryolan both have unique shapes.

If you want a dewy finish, soak the blending sponge then squeeze out the excess water before using. For a subtle sheen, add just a few drops of water. Into the matte look? Use your beauty blender dry, it will absorb moisture from the foundation you're using.

 

Only the Essentials: Guide to Makeup Sponges and Beauty Blenders