I love using sponges to apply my makeup; you literally dab the sponge on your face and it pushes the makeup into your skin, leaving an airbrushed finished that is almost impossible to recreate with a brush. So if you are completely new to using a makeup sponge, or it hasn’t really been working for you, the following video is a basic how to; how to use, how to clean and how to know when it’s time to replace… so have a watch:
The purpose of making the sponge wet before use is firstly because it makes the sponge less dense and more ‘bouncy’ and light to tap onto your skin, but secondly so that it is less absorbent and will push your makeup into your skin rather than soak it up.
When I put my old and new sponge next to each other, you can really see here the difference in colour and surface texture (the one on the right is already cut in half which is why it looks so tiny!). I didn’t show a side by side in the video, but you could tell my old sponge was in really bad shape. The life span of a sponge really depends on how often you use it and how well you look after it, but on average I’d say around 3 months. When you clean your sponge, it can be almost impossible to make sure there is no build up in the middle. While it would eventually breed bacteria and start to mould, in the lifetime of a sponge, you should be safe from this, providing you clean it regularly. The staining around the edges you can see below is from some concealer I had recently used. Because I had decided it was time it needed to be replaced, I didn’t bother clean it after use, I only gave it a quick rinse before filming.
The sponge I’m using in the video is a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, I actually bought a 2 set from iHerb.com for $16.98 NZD, which is cheaper then you’ll pay for a single one at Farmers (thank you iHerb!). These are often described as dupes to the famous Beauty Blender, so definitely worth trying out. If you want something a little more affordable, I can also recommend the Chi Chi sponges which sell at Farmers for $8.99 (currently on sale for $6.74!) which are, as usual for Chi Chi, excellent quality for the price!
If you have any other questions, or tips you want to give me, leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!
Thank you for watching & reading,