Be very welcome! Today we are going to talk about a classic product that cannot be missing in your beauty case: the make-up sponge! In case you don't know it yet and are wondering what its purpose is, the answer is simple: it serves to apply some make-up in order to leave a more uniform aspect on the skin. In this guide we will explain which is the ideal sponge for each product, and we will also tell you why it is worth investing in its use.
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- 3 The Best Make-Up Sponges: Our Picks
- 4 Buying guide
- 5 Purchase criteria: how to compare makeup sponges
First things first
- The makeup sponge is one of those products that makes the make-up routine easier! It is used to apply foundation, concealer, powders and even blushes in a very uniform way!
- Its main advantage is the guarantee of a natural skin, and this is even more remarkable when the sponge is moistened before being used.
- It has several formats and each one is specific for one type of cosmetic.
The Best Make-Up Sponges: Our Picks
What is a makeup sponge?
What are the advantages of the make-up sponge?
In general, it is a practical, functional and reusable product, however, it is important that you know that the sponge must be cleaned frequently to avoid the proliferation of fungus and bacteria. Even though it has excellent durability and can be used many times, it is important that you know that it should be changed from time to time, according to wear and tear, as it can lose its grip. To make it easier to understand, we've put together a table showing the advantages and disadvantages of the make-up sponge:
What are the types of make-up sponges?
One of the most loved and used sponges. It is perfect for applying foundation because it has two different ends: a wide one and a thin one. The lower part, which is wider, is great for spreading the foundation on the larger areas of the face, such as cheeks and forehead. The tip, which is thinner, is ideal for reaching the most difficult places, such as the corner of the eye.
The triangular sponges are usually smaller and some are even disposable. They are indicated for the application of concealer, precisely because of the format with thinned tips.
Another great sponge for applying concealer is the mini drop sponge. They are a much reduced version of the traditional drop, but attached to a handle for easier handling. Due to their size, they can easily access the corners of the eyes.
The flat sponge has been used for many years to apply pressed powder in order not to leave a marked face. Some powders even come with a unit of this sponge.
Round and flat
Although it is not the most common, the round and flat sponge will please those who love a good contour. It is indicated exactly to make the contrast of tones on the face and mark areas such as jaw and nose, using foundations, powders and even blushes. Some can also be found attached to handles, because in this case there is a need for a firmer line.
|Drop||Triangular||Mini drop||Flat||Round and flat|
|Indication||Base||Concealer||Concealer||Compact powder||Powders, foundations and blushes for contouring|
|Size||Large||Small||Small||Medium||Medium or large|
How much does a makeup sponge cost?
Where to buy a makeup sponge?
If you are looking for an easier access place, you can go to a bigger pharmacy. There, you should find some options, but not much variety. If you prefer, you can go to a brand's unit, such as Maybelline, Contém 1g, Natura, MAC Cosmetics, Quem Disse Berenice, Dior, Chanel, O Boticário and many others. Finally, if you are on the online shopping team, in addition to the brands' own websites, you can buy lipsticks on Amazon, Beleza na Web and even on the Mercado Livre.
Purchase criteria: how to compare makeup sponges
No matter how simple a product is, it is important that you are judicious in your choice so as not to run the risk of regretting your purchase. It's no different with make-up sponges. We have selected some factors that should be observed because they can make all the difference in your sponge. Take a look:
Now we'll explain a little better what each of these points means.
We have already talked about the different formats of the makeup sponge and all that this implies, but it is interesting to reinforce that you need to know very well what product you want to apply on the skin before buying your sponge. If you intend to apply foundation and powder, for example, you should buy two different sponges, each one specific for one type of cosmetic. This is the most important factor at the time of your purchase, because the correct format makes all the difference in the final result, see?
It is very important that your sponge is firm. And here we should also point out that there is a big difference between hard and firm, since sponges that are too hard can even hurt you! The firm sponge guarantees uniform application and low absorption of the product. If you choose a very soft model, you will probably end up wasting your cosmetic, besides running the risk of not achieving the expected effect.
We are dealing with your skin, right? And you should not forget that even when buying your dream makeup sponge. The texture of your sponge should be nice and in no case rough, because this can cause irritation to the skin of sensitive people. Always make a test with the sponge on the back of your hand before buying and observe if it is comfortable. Health in first place, ok?
Although this is a 100% aesthetic question, we think it is important to mention it. Nowadays it is easy to find sponges in different colours: both in open and closed tones. The idea of make-up is to have fun, so, if possible, choose a colour you like and that you feel connected to! Nothing like a dressing table that looks just like you!
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