#AskHauterfly: 8 Best Makeup Sponges Worth Spending On!
You do know that the best makeup in the world is useless if you don’t have the right tools to apply it, don’t you? Any makeup artist worth his or her salt will tell you that the one thing they guard with their lives are their tools.
Now makeup brushes are a pricey investment and take some getting used to. For everyone else, there’s the humble cosmetic sponge or makeup sponge; literally one of the easiest, most foolproof ways to put your game face on (provided you adhere to these rules).
There are quite a few makeup sponges available in the market, but which one is right for you? Allow us to give you the lowdown on some of the best sponges money can buy:
Making it right to the top of our list, we can’t start a story like this without the iconic BeautyBlender. Obviously, you can recognise the iconic egg-shaped sponge from a mile away. It is THE best latex-free foam ball for seamless application of liquid, cream, and gel formulas. Quite a few dupes have hit the market since, however, BB loyalists maintain they are nothing like the original.
The Miracle Complexion Sponge from Real Techniques is the closest thing to the BeautyBlender. Its USP lies in the fact that it isn’t a cheap imitation but has a distinct shape of its own. A lot of users favour Real Techniques over BB citing that it is firmer and offers better control. The rounded side is great for applying foundation, and the tapered end for detailing. The flat side works in contouring with creamy products.
While there’s no denying that the BeautyBlender is worth the hype, let’s admit that at 2 grand a pop it is hardly an affordable option (especially considering you’re supposed to replace it every few months). The PAC Beauty Blender Sponge does a decent job at a fraction of the price.
There’s something about mini sizes that make stuff look abso-fucking-lutely cute. Besides being a looker, this mini sponge is super helpful when you’re working in smaller areas like around the eyes and nose. Do not undermine its role in blending in concealer and baking under the eyes.
These are as effective as the next makeup sponge, but the ridged design offers better grip for all the Miss Butterfingers out there. Hold the rounded edge for a softer, precise application, and the ridged end for a heavier, denser application.
Makeup wedges are the most basic make-up sponges and have been around since forever! They are cheap AF, and do a darn good job (but not as good as the BB, of course), and are perfect for the lazy girl who hates washing brushes.
Although touted as foundation sponges, I would advise you to steer clear of these for foundation application. I find these things work best for a light application of pressed powder. These sponges are really dense and soft while being very durable, and can survive quite a few washes.
This sponge comes in the form of a brush. The bevelled, curved and pointed sponge brush makes applying foundation and contouring a dream. It is washable and can be used both wet or dry. The sponge has been built to provide great control. The bevelled or flattened part helps in contouring while the curved part is for flawlessly applying foundation. The tip lets you cover each and every nook and contour of your face.