How to use your makeup sponges like a pro

Makeup sponges come in a variety of sizes, shapes and price brackets. Whichever you choose, here are our tips for getting the most out of them.

Makeup sponges can offer a versatile solution for creating a beautifully, flawless foundation base. But that isn't all they're known for. There are a few other ways that you can use makeup sponges too.

If makeup brushes are your tried and true method for applying a perfect base, then sponges might seem a little bit pointless. But the new generation of makeup sponges are more useful than ever. So before you write them off completely, here are my favourite alternative uses for them.

From application to finishing touches, here are so new ways to get the most out of your sponges.



Nothing says 'healthy complexion' quite the same way as a soft blush across cheeks, and sponges are one of the best ways to achieve that. Simply use them to dab and blend creamy or liquid blusher for a dewy, fresh finish. And if you accidentally apply too much? Use the clean side of the sponge and a touch of concealer to buff it away.

Highlighting and contouring

Makeup sponges are ideal for contouring and highlighting with liquid and cream products. The traditional eggs shaped sponges can be used by lightly dabbing into the higher points of the face. Whereas special curved makeup sponges such as the ones by Barely Cosmetics are designed to sit in the contours of cheekbones and jawline.

Flawless Finish


Makeup sponges are great for giving your complexion those final, red carpet worthy finishing touches. One of our favourite tips is to spray the sponge with a setting spray. Then pat and roll the sponge across skin to help set the powder and foundation to give your base an airbrushed finish that lasts for hours on end.

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