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How to Use a Makeup Sponge

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You can actually apply all of your makeup with a makeup sponge if you so choose, using either the wet or dry method. Below, we discuss how to use a makeup sponge properly to apply your makeup, as well as tips and tricks to perfect your skills.

Wet Method Makeup Application

  • In order to achieve the best results with your makeup sponge, wet the sponge first, as water will help create a smooth and flawless application.
  • First, squeeze a small amount of your foundation, primer, moisturizer or any other product onto the back of your non-dominant hand.
  • Using your makeup sponge, dab up the makeup onto the sponge and apply to your face with a tap and roll motion for a seamless, ideal finish.
  • Build up your foundation as needed.
  • For the final step, use your sponge without adding any more makeup to it and dab all over your face to create a smooth look you really want and blend any portion you may have overlooked.

Dry Method Makeup Application

Using a makeup sponge like BeautyBlender dry isn’t recommended for liquid foundation, as you won’t get the sought-after natural look. Other makeup sponges, like those made from latex or silicone work beautifully dry.

  • Just add the foundation onto the sponge or silicone pad and then roll the sponge /pad from side to side to apply the product to the face.
  • If you want to apply a dry powder foundation, consider using a powder puff or a brush applicator.

Makeup Sponge Hacks & Tips to Know

So, now that you have much more information that you likely intended, you may be wondering if there is anything else that was left out. We do have a few makeup sponge tips and tricks for you to consider as well.

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  • Don’t be afraid to test out different makeup application methods, trial and error is the best way to find out what works best for you.
  • Use your fingers when applying pressed eyeshadow – this provides the greatest color payoff.
  • If you’re using your fingers, make sure to tap and not rub with your ring finger. Your ring finger uses the least amount of pressure and there is no need to ground the makeup in.
  • Always wet your makeup sponge before use to get the most even distribution of makeup on and keep it from sucking up and absorbing a lot of your product.
  • Build up your coverage no matter what tool you use. Don’t apply it all at once.
  • A “wet sponge” never means a dripping wet sponge. It means damp, so squeeze out the excess water before use. A damp makeup sponge is also better for your skin than a dry one, as there is less pulling.
  • Even if you applied your foundation with a damp makeup sponge, you can clean it up or provide extra spot coverage by dabbing with a small amount of foundation on a dry sponge.
  • There are plenty of tools to make cleaning your makeup sponges and blenders quickly and easily, some even dry your sponges, which is what takes the longest amount of time.
  • A dry makeup sponge works like magic eraser when you have applied too much product like bronzer or blush. Just drag the dry makeup blender over the area to pull up some of the product.
  • Keep your makeup sponge moist while you use it, it will dry out as you apply makeup to your face. Spritz it or soak and squeeze out the excess if you feel it begins to dry.
  • Remember that makeup sponges are delicate, so never wring them or they will rip and tear.
  • Wash your makeup sponges after every use to prevent bacteria build-up. At the very least, keep rinsing and squeezing the sponge until the water runs clear.
  • If your makeup sponge comes with a case, keep it and use it to store your sponge after it’s dried. That will prolong the life and keep it from being moldy.
  • Remember that your makeup sponge can be used to apply all sorts of products ideally, so make certain to check that you are utilizing yours as beneficially as you can.
Makeup Sponge Hacks & Tips to Know
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