It doesn’t matter if your foundation costs the earth, if you are not applying it correctly it’s going to look caked on and unnatural. Luckily some clever beauty boffin invented the beauty sponge, a product that allows you to perfect a stunning finish with no streaks or tell-tale lines.
The original beauty sponges were manufactured in a triangle, and you can still buy these, but nowadays the egg shape with curved edges is more common.
If you are wanting to try a beauty sponge for the first time, you might be confused by all the sizes, shapes and colours, but fear not, here is a rundown of the best beauty sponges and what they are good for:
The only set of beauty sponges in that old triangle shape, these are cheap and we like the wheel shape that holds the set together, but the sharp edges are not conducive to subtle contouring or blending.
- Earth Therapeutics Precisso Cosmetic Blending Sponge with Purifying Bamboo Charcoal – $3.60
If you have problem skin and use your foundation to cover imperfections then you might want to know that this beauty sponge contains charcoal, a known detoxing agent that draws out pollutants from the skin’s surface. We like the small dent in the sponge that allows more precise application.
This is a non-traditional beauty sponge made from silicon that the manufacturers say will make you want to ditch your messy sponges. The silicon is super-flexible, allowing you to get into all those nooks and cracks on your face and blend a perfect complexion.
This product is for those who are a little more used to applying make-up with a beauty sponge. It has lots of different edges and contours, including a flat bottom that allow you to create the ultimate air-brushed effect.
A synthetic, non-latex sponge that customers praise as it is much thinner than most beauty sponges and has no edges which allows for subtle blending. You can apply a range of beauty products with this sponge, including mineral powders to liquid foundations.
This product is a real contender for the Beautyblender sponges, but at a much cheaper price. It is a tri-purpose tool, with a flat edge for contouring, a precision tip for hard-to-reach areas and the rounded sides are good for larger blotting.
This beauty sponge from MAC contains no latex and is best used with liquid make-up products. The only negative with this sponge is that we’d like a sharper tip for those awkward to reach areas.
A mini version of the original Beautyblender sponge which is great for travelling or popping in your make-up bag when you go to the gym and you want to keep it lightweight. It works the same way as the larger sponge, you wet it and the amount of wetness controls the level of coverage.
The original and some say the best make-up sponge, beautyblender was the first on the market and remains a best–seller. Not only a sponge, this one has an ‘open cell structure’ inside that fills up with a little water when wetted so that any make-up sits right on the top. When wet the beautyblender is twice its normal size and much more pliable. This means you use less make-up and application is easier.
For the ultimate coverage, and the closest that you’ll get to a professional look, this kit features universal sponges that you can team up with any type of foundation from wet, dry, liquid or pressed powder.