You may own a zillion makeup brushes, but a sponge blender will always hold a special place in every makeup maven’s vanity kit. The benefits of this little sponge are more than you can imagine! From helping you apply foundation and concealer flawlessly to giving the smoothest finish, mastering the art of using a sponge blender can take your makeup game a few notches higher. Unlike makeup brushes, a sponge makeup blender has a soft, smooth surface and is much gentler on the skin. It won’t leave you with a cakey finish!

To help you make the most of this little makeup tool, here’s a low-down on how to use this blending sponge the right way...

Dampen your sponge blender before every use
 

Dampen your sponge blender before every use

The first rule of using a sponge blender is to always dampen it before going over with it to blend your foundation and concealer. A damp sponge will give you a dewy, streak-free finish and at the same time prevent wastage of your foundation.

Put that egg shape to good use
 

Put that egg shape to good use

Did you know? The egg shape of a sponge blender is there for a reason. While you can use the rounded edges to apply makeup on larger areas of your face such as cheeks, forehead and neck; you can use the pointed edge to reach areas that need precision such as under eyes, along the lips and the sides of your nose.

Dab with a gentle hand
 

Dab with a gentle hand

Dragging or wiping the sponge blender across your face with a heavy hand is a strict no-no! You need to be gentle and just dab the products into your skin lightly. Use a stippling motion to deposit the makeup onto your skin and blend it out at the same time. What stippling does is that it gives a softer, natural finish and helps you achieve more coverage with lesser product.

Use a dry sponge blender to correct makeup mishaps
 

Use a dry sponge blender to correct makeup mishaps

You’ll be surprised to know that your sponge blender can also help you correct makeup mistakes. Yes, you read that right! If you think you’ve gone a little extra with your blush, then simply grab your dry sponge blender and go over with it to soften the colour. Similarly, clean up any eyeshadow fallout using a dry sponge blender.

Wash your sponge blender regularly
 

Wash your sponge blender regularly

To prevent germs and bacteria from accumulating on your sponge blender and then transferring onto your skin, it’s best to clean your blending sponge regularly. After every use, clean it with a pea-sized amount of baby shampoo and rinse it off with warm water. Ensure that you store the blender in its container only after it’s completely dry because damp sponges can develop mold and bacteria.  

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