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It’s no surprise that makeup blenders have garnered a cult-like following in the beauty world. With the right makeup sponge, you can give your skin the airbrushed finish that you may have never dreamed possible (unless you happen to be an A-lister who has a glam squad following you around, of course). Haven’t used one before? There’s no time like the present to start—and we’re here to help. The best part about learning how to use a makeup sponge is that you’ll realize there are so many uses for them! From concealer and foundation to blush and highlighter, a makeup blender can be used to apply so many of your favorite beauty products. Not to mention some of the best makeup sponges can be used for things you wouldn’t even think of right off the bat. We’ve rounded up a few easy makeup blender tips and tricks that will totally upgrade your beauty game. So, what are you waiting for? Give these 15 makeup sponge hacks a try ASAP!
First things first, you need to pick the right makeup sponge to use. Our best makeup sponge is the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, which has rounded edges that help make face makeup application effortless. Made with a plush material and featuring an easy-to-grip shape, your foundation routine is about to get a whole lot easier. Pair it with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight for long-lasting, full coverage with a lightweight finish.
To get that natural, airbrushed finish, how you use your makeup sponge matters. You should tap the sponge onto your skin, not rub or swipe. This tapping technique is called stippling and involves blending with quick patting motions. The stippling motion helps deposit the makeup onto your face and blend it at the same time, which is key for getting that flawless finish without leaving any application lines or smudges.
Make the most of your sponge by utilizing it as much as you can. When you’re applying foundation, put the product on the pointed end of the sponge and apply directly to your skin. Then, use the rounded side to dab, roll, and stipple the foundation onto your face.
Want to learn how to use a makeup sponge to look a little more awake than you actually are? Apply concealer (try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, Full Coverage) with a makeup sponge. Dab your concealer on in a triangular shape underneath each eye and blend. Next, set the concealer with face powder so it won’t crease. And yes, you can use your blender to apply the powder too! Just press it against your skin to apply the powder and lock in your makeup.
Chiseled cheekbones, here you come! Apply a small amount of a cream contour product to your makeup sponge, then draw lines around your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. Use circular motions to blend out any harsh lines. If you’re using a contour stick, you can also apply the product directly to your skin, then blend out using your makeup sponge to avoid messy hands.
For a sculpted look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks. Use one in a shade lighter than your natural skin tone as a highlighter and one that’s a shade darker as your contour product.
Editor’s note: Still haven’t mastered the art of contouring? Check out our article, How to Contour Like a Pro Makeup Artist in 8 Easy Steps.
Just as it can be a good idea to prime your face before makeup, the same goes for your makeup sponge. Before applying product, dot some makeup primer onto your blender. Priming your blender will act as a shield to help prevent product from being absorbed by the sponge and you’ll end up needing less product in the long run!
As you now know, you can use makeup blending sponges for more than just foundation. So, invest in a few different shapes and sizes to use for different parts of your makeup routine. If you’re applying a liquid highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, with a makeup blender, you won’t want to use the same one to apply your foundation, or you could end up with your whole face looking super shiny.
Editor’s note: We also recommend having multiple sponges on hand for hygiene purposes! If you have a few sponges you can wash them all at the end of the week and not have to worry about getting them completely clean after every use.
Think you can’t use your makeup sponge in your skin care routine? Think again! Your makeup sponge can actually be used to expertly blend and buff out your self-tanner for a guaranteed seamless finish—without dreaded self-tanner-stained palms!
Do you have dry, flaking patches of skin? If so, you may be dreading applying makeup out of fear that it will cling to said patches. To avoid this, apply a bit of facial oil to your makeup sponge and press it onto your dry skin. This will provide a smoother surface for you to apply your makeup, which can make all the difference when it comes to achieving a flawless makeup look.
Eventually, you will have used your makeup sponge so much that you’ll feel the need to purchase a replacement. Not so fast! Instead, cut your makeup sponge in half for two new, clean slates to work with.
We touched on this a bit earlier but the importance of cleaning your makeup sponges cannot be stressed enough. Just like makeup brushes, dirty makeup blenders can wreak havoc on your complexion. Dirty makeup blenders will also have a negative impact on your makeup application. When your makeup blender is already full of product, it won’t pick up new pigments nearly as well. Further, cleaning your makeup sponges (and your makeup brushes while you’re at it) will help them last longer and save you some money in the long run.
Don’t you hate when you put on a shirt—especially one that’s black—only to realize you accidentally got deodorant marks on it in the process? You can easily say bye, bye, bye to those unflattering white marks with the help of a makeup sponge. Simply dampen the sponge and dab it wherever needed for a fresh start—no wardrobe change needed!
Editor’s note: Speaking of getting things off your clothes, here’s How to Get Makeup Out of Your Clothes.
Root touch-up products can be total lifesavers when you’re in a pinch, and your makeup sponge can come into play, too. Next time your roots are showing, try using a sponge to help blend the root touch-up product with your hair color.
Oily skin is no fun—especially if you have a killer makeup look in place! Wrap a blotting paper around your makeup sponge to easily blot oil from hard-to-reach places, such as the contours of your nose.
Like we touched on earlier, makeup sponges can be used in your skin care routine. Aside from self-tanner, you can use your sponge to apply moisturizer, serums, and eye cream while giving yourself a soft, relaxing massage in the process.
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