Looking for the best way to apply your makeup?
While our fingers may be our best tools, when it comes to applying makeup, and especially on the go, sometimes our fingers aren’t the best choice. I mean, foundation stained pinkies are not a good look…
Unless you wash your hands beforehand and lets be honest, if on a train or at your desk that ain’t gonna happen! Using your fingers to apply your foundation or concealer is literally like asking for spots to appear on your face. Think about all those germs!
This is where sponge blenders come in. The official BeautyBlender by Ren Ann Silva may have been the first to break the fourth wall of liquid makeup application but since its launch in 2003 (yes, really!) it’s developed a mass following. Now it seems a sponge blender is the necessity of many big makeup brands in the game.
Not only are sponge blenders ah-mazing for giving you complete, weightless coverage, they also act as oil blotters and are perfect for in-between touch ups. Goodbye oil stained tissues, we can now perspire in style.
Make sure you clean your blenders with a gentle cleanser and water every two to four weeks and if you’re using it daily, replace after three months.
From bright and bold to nude and minimal, there is a makeup blender for everyone…
By Sophia Pathak @sophia_pathak
Apply your makeup with a flawless finish and zero streaks. There’s a reason why this is a cult favourite. The unique super soft blender expands twice its size when you thoroughly soak it with water and gently squeeze it out. Ensure that your makeup sits on top of sponge rather than absorbed into it, and enjoy the feeling of a perfect application every time. And if pink isn’t your colour, it also comes in nude, black, red and white.
This is *officially* the coolest beauty blender we have ever had the pleasure of setting our eyes on. Not only does it look amazing, but the flat surfaces and sharp edges make for the most precise blend yet- yay!
Yes, we can’t believe it either. This violet delight is only £3.40! Kiko have done it again with their ultra soft sponge with special porous texture that absorbs the ideal amount of product to ensure an even application. It’s slightly hourglass shape allows for easy grip and each end works together for flawless skin. One side is pointed for targeted application and definition, while the other is rounded for the forehead, cheeks and jaw.
This has to be the chicest looking makeup blender we have ever seen! What we have here is Maybelline’s first foundation blending sponge and we love that it has a handle for a mess free application. If you don’t want to let go of your foundation brush but are curious about using a sponge, this is your best in-between. It’s edge free shape and pointed tip is perfect to reach the tiniest corners of your face and you can use the sides for larger areas. Dreamy!
Stand out from the crowd with Mac’s bright coral sponge with a shape we think has changed the game. It’s designed to be easily grasped and enable precise application and blending of liquid or cream formulas. Great for hard to reach areas of the face and a professional finish.
It’s Beautyblender’s strongest contender. This 3 in 1 multifunctional genius of a sponge, will give you the perfect base in three easy steps. Use the rounded sides to blend large areas of the face with a ‘dabbing’ motion, use the precision tip to cover targeted blemishes and the flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose.
The cute and compact sister to our original favourite, this egg shaped flat version of the beauty blender is made of the same squishy pink material and comes in a set of two with a compact mirror. Perfect for slipping into your handbag. We love how the pointed tip makes it easier to blend your foundation into the small spaces between the brows and around the eyes and nose. Plus, it does an amazing job at absorbing excess oil on your face, without budging your makeup.
We love the glam simplicity of this blender! It’s high density and soft touch for perfectly even coverage. The flat side is to smooth and blend the foundation, whereas the rounded side is designed to build coverage and dab specific areas.
The long handle on this blender makes for great precision and control. The applicator itself is firm rather than spongy, making it perfect for applying liquid foundation around the contours of the face such as eyes and nose.