There's A Makeup Sponge For Absolutely Everything

There's A Makeup Sponge For Absolutely Everything
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Perhaps you have a makeup sponge and aren't quite sure what to do with it (is it for contouring, blending, or accenting?). You hold on to it for the day that you finally understand, but until then, you'll use it to blend in some concealer or foundation down your jawline and call it a day. There are a variety of sponges that can help you achieve a variety of beauty goals, so take a look at the sponges in your makeup drawer, and get ready to learn how you can most effectively use it.

Here are the top 6 most common cosmetic sponges and how to squeeze 'em for all they're worth!

Triangle Makeup Sponge for Distribution

Triangle Makeup Sponge for Distribution

This is your most basic sponge, and has the most basic applicability (and price tag, yay!). Use this to get product distributed on your face. 

Pro tip: Make sure it's wet so you can have more say where your product goes

Curvy Makeup Sponge for Blending

Curvy Makeup Sponge for Blending
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Perhaps you have some blush or highlighter that you want to blend away- this is the tool for that!

Pro tip: Hold from the bottom for softer application, or toward the top for more precise blending or application.

Flocked Makeup Sponge for Buffing

Flocked Makeup Sponge for Buffing

When you have layered on the foundation and wish you could go back in time, no need to despair, just buff the excess away. 

Pro tip: Dab some loose powder onto areas with too much liquid product 

Egg Makeup Sponge for Detail

Egg Makeup Sponge for Detail

First, let's be clear on size: these guys are the stout size of almonds! If you'd like to add some highlight or shading, use these little nuggets to get into the nitty gritty of it all.

Pro tip: Stipple (or "dot") the product on and use your blender sponge to do the rest!

BeautyBlender for Finishing

BeautyBlender for Finishing

This is the secret weapon in every makeup artists' bag: the BeautyBlender. It's a master blender, finisher, primer... you name it, this sponge can probably do it!

Pro tip: Soak it in water and it'll double in size and give you a dewey, sheer finish. Less moisture will allow for more opaque coverage.

Miracle Complexion Makeup Sponge for Polishing

Miracle Complexion Makeup Sponge for Polishing

Are you always on the go and need something that more-or-less does your basic blending and detail work? Look no further!

Pro tip: Use the broad round portion for basic application, and the tapered end can be for contouring and detail.