Does the makeup sponge deserve so much popularity?
We are makeup brush fans because, for us, each brush has a different purpose and facilitates different stages of the makeup game…but sometimes a beauty sponge comes in handy; and for certain techniques, it makes all the difference.
The advantages of using a sponge
A beauty sponge’s main function is to help you apply the makeup product evenly and to get a thin layer of the product on the skin.
Some people defend that by using a makeup sponge for liquid or cream products, it will penetrate the products into the pores better, guaranteeing a beautiful polished finish and a longer-lasting effect. Your pores and fine lines are filled and covered with the help of the sponge because you're melting the product into your skin and setting it by pushing the product into your pores, and not just putting the product on top.
The makeup sponge is useful for building layers, for example, it allows you to layer one foundation over the other, achieving the coverage you desire and never leaving lines, streaks or traces from each layer.
The beauty sponge also allows you to blend the different products seamlessly when doing face contouring. Its rounded side is ideal for blending and smoothing the transition between one product to another in such a natural way, evening out the boundaries between one tone and the other.
A beauty sponge is also useful when it comes to correcting: If you ever go a little overboard on the blush – it happens to the best of us – use the clean part of a damp makeup sponge to blot it out. Simply push the sponge gently into your skin so that it will pick up the excess powder. If this is not enough, dip your sponge into a little translucent setting powder and lightly bounce it over the area you want to blur out.
The biggest advantage of the beauty sponge is that it comes in various sizes and shapes which makes it possible to reach every corner of the face. It is very versatile and that is why it is so popular!
The bottom and its sides are larger, and ideal for the larger areas of the face, such as the forehead and cheeks; and the top, the thinnest part, is great for the hardest to reach areas, such as around the nose and the most delicate corners of the face.
At Faces with Stories, you will find three different sponges, each equally effective in ensuring a smooth finish to your liquid or cream makeup. These sponges also work well when applying powders.
They come in the following shapes:
- Water-Drop Shape: the drop-shaped sponge is the "mother" of the next two. Its rounded sides are designed to apply makeup to the larger areas of your face. Its tip will help you to precisely apply any product, around the eyes, lips and nose.
The sensitive area of your skin will appreciate the soft and velvety touch of the sponge when applying concealer under your eyes to cover the dark circles.
- Coin Shape Cut: this sponge has a coin-shaped cut at the bottom; adding a smooth and flat side to the sponge will make it easier for you to apply makeup to large areas of your face such as cheeks and forehead.
- Top Cut: this sponge is shaped like a drop of water, but with a cut edge at the top, it is easier to reach and blend cream or liquid makeup on the areas around the nose, lips and under the eyes.
To apply concealer under the eyes, this sponge is also the best choice.
How to use
We recommend using the sponge moist to obtain a light and natural finish. The wet sponge also has the advantage of not absorbing so much product.
Wet the sponge under the tap, let it absorb the water well and then squeeze it to remove out the excess water, leaving the surface of the sponge all moist - we want it to stay moist and not wet. A good makeup sponge, once wet, increases in size almost twice as much.
Spot on your foundation all over your face or place some foundation on the back of your hand, this way you can better control the amount of product and avoid excesses. Dip the sponge into the product and pat it on your face lightly, always blending the product, you should tap your skin quickly and lightly, without rubbing or smudging the product. Don’t forget to go into the hair root line, the eye contour, neck and ear area.
Do not rub your sponge across your skin; instead, gently dab or blot the area until the product is completely blended. Dragging the sponge over the skin will instead remove some of the product and can lead to a streaky, uneven application.
Now that you already know how to apply the foundation and other liquid and cream products with the sponge, make use of your sponge to apply powder products too, because it is also great for powders.
Dip the damp sponge in the powder and apply to the face with some pressure. Then remove the excess powder with a powder brush.
Attention, you really need to read this!
Makeup sponges should be washed at the end of each use with an effective cleaning product.
By not washing your sponge, or by not washing it well, you end up subjecting your skin to the following situations: acne, infections, conjunctivitis (eyes), skin rashes, bacterial infections, fungal infections, herpes, among other examples.
By layering product over product, day after day, without washing your sponge, will cause it to accumulate bacteria and dirt that promote the growth of even more bacteria. It is important not to neglect cleaning your beauty accessories! We advise you to disinfect your sponges with our clean and care product. Read this article "How to clean liquid and cream makeup from your brushes hassle-free!" and get to know all its benefits.
When should you replace your sponge
You should replace your makeup sponge every 2 to 3 months of use. Don't let it get to the point where it smells bad or tears start to show because if it doesn't have that smooth surface, then it can no longer help you reach that natural and smooth finish.
If your sponge has harder spots it is a sign that it has accumulated product, which means that your sponge is no longer clean. The sponge is supposed to be soft and bouncy - once it gets too hard, using it is no longer a pleasant experience.
Which is better, the makeup sponge or the brush?
Better is what makes you feel confident when creating your makeup. We use different tools at Faces with Stories - makeup brushes for applying, fingers to touch up, makeup sponge to finish. Try out the different tools and find out for yourself the various advantages of each accessory.
We finish by inviting you to take a look at our professional makeup brush collection.