Your Ultimate Guide To Different Makeup Sponge Shapes And How To Use Them

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
Your ultimate guide to different makeup sponge shapes and how to use them

Makeup tools have evolved drastically in the last few years. Initially, fingers were considered to be the best tool for applying foundation, then came makeup brushes which were a better and more hygienic alternative. But makeup sponge beats them all with its efficiency to apply flawless makeup using the most minimal amount of product.

However, makeup sponges have evolved too. Nowadays, beauty sponges come in so many different shapes and size making it difficult to pick the right one. Each shape is designed for a specific purpose and we will guide you through the uses of each one of them.

Let’s get started.


Triangle sponge

Multi-tasker sponge

The triangle sponge has been around for a while now and is largely used by professional makeup artists worldwide. Compared to other makeup sponges, they don’t burn a hole in your pocket. They get the job done but may not be the most ideal choice for beginners as the rigid lines make it hard to distribute the product evenly.


Pear shaped

Multi-tasker sponge

This sponge has a tapered tip that allows precision and targeted coverage. The tip can be used to get in areas that are hard to reach such as the corners of your nose. Applying the product using the curves of this tool gives an opaque finish whereas the rounded base offers a sheerer application. The slightly contoured shape makes blending your highlighter easily by rolling it on the apples of your cheeks.


Oval shaped

Multi-tasker sponge

The classic teardrop or oval-shaped makeup sponge is still the most reliable tool used by makeup artists, bloggers and makeup enthusiasts in general. And for all the right reasons, it applies a seamless coat of liquid, gel, and cream formulas leaving skin perfectly flawless. The large end is used to apply your foundation whereas the tapered point is perfect for blending concealer over more targeted areas of your face.


Multi-tasker sponge

Multi-tasker sponge

The flat-ended makeup sponge is also rightly called the multi-tasker sponge. Boasting three different sides, the rounded side is great for basic application of foundation and bronzer, the tapered tip for detailing and flat side for contouring. Use it dry for full coverage or damp for a controlled and buildable look.

Sanya Hamdani

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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.


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