A beauty blender or makeup sponge is a must-have in every beauty kit. Whether you are a makeup junkie, occasional makeup wearer, makeup artist or a novice, if you’ve ever used a makeup sponge, you will agree to this.
This beauty tool has been around for quite some time now, but has only risen to fame in the past few years, because it works like magic in giving your makeup that flawless finish. So, if you’ve never used one before, try our these tips to get the most out of your makeup sponge.
Dampen the sponge before use
While a makeup sponge can be used wet and dry, it is best to dampen it before use, especially if you are using liquid foundation. Hold under running water, then squeeze out excess water using a dry paper towel. This prevents the sponge from absorbing too much product and gives your skin that dewy look.
Don’t rub your makeup sponge
Gently dap or stipple your makeup sponge on the skin to get the best results. Dragging or rubbing the sponge against the skin will not give you that desired finish and will also shorten the life of your makeup sponge or beauty blender.
Clean after every use
Just like any other makeup tool, cleaning your makeup sponge is important. Sponge absorbs everything it comes in contact with, including dead skin particles, dirt and bacteria, increasing the risk of skin breakouts and infections. Therefore, cleaning the sponge once a week is not enough. Regular users should wash it after every use to get rid of product build up and dirt.
Can be used for skincare too
Some make up sponges are designed for multiple uses, so if you are only using it to ace that base, it’s time for your makeup sponge to pull up its socks. Makeup sponges have soft edges, which make them ideal for application of skincare products such as moisturisers, sunscreen and serums, especially around the delicate areas of your face.
Store in ambient conditions
Cleansing your makeup sponge after every use isn’t enough, you also need to be careful about where you’re storing it. Avoid keeping them in ziplock bags or in the shower area where the chances of germs breeding on them are higher. Allow them to air dry and get enough sunlight.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Sep 23, 2019
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.