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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.

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

Buying guide

Now that we know the best makeup sponge options in the market, let's talk about how useful this product is. In the guide below you will find all the necessary information about its use, plus amazing tips to ensure the perfect make-up!

Foto com blur, que mostra uma mulher com blusa de gola alta vermelha se olhando em um pequeno espelho de maquiagem, enquanto segura algum objeto.

The makeup sponge is the most practical tool to spread foundation and concealer, and even out the skin tone. (Source: Pexels)

What is a makeup sponge?

The makeup sponge is a product applicator full of benefits. It is basically a small sponge designed to apply liquid and creamy foundations, concealers and even some pressed powders and blushes. They are found in different shapes, with rounded or straight tips, varying according to the product for which their use is indicated. The sponges are easy to handle and cost-effective. They can be used dry, but when moist they offer a better finishing and make it difficult for the product to be wasted and absorbed by the sponge itself.

What are the advantages of the make-up sponge?

Although the make-up brush is an old acquaintance of make-up lovers, the sponge offers a more homogeneous result and a more natural look to the skin. It is very faithful to what it accomplishes and unifies the products used for the skin preparation, ensuring that the tones are well balanced. It's also very simplistic! It is not necessary to have deep knowledge about make-up to get along with the sponge. Just use it by lightly patting your face and you'll notice the result!

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:

  • Homogeneous result and uniform skin
  • More natural looking skin
  • Easy to use
  • Good price
  • Reusable
  • Needs to be sanitised frequently
  • Should be replaced from time to time

What are the types of make-up sponges?

Versatility is everything to do with the make-up sponge! There are options in several different formats, and each one of them is indicated to be used with a specific product. So that you don't have any doubts, we will explain better when you should use each of the main types of 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.

Mini drop

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?

As you may already be imagining, the sponges offer a good cost-benefit ratio, also because, it is worth remembering that practically all of them are reusable. Although there are price variations according to the brand and the shape of the sponge, it is not an expensive product. One unit costs, on average, between R$15 and R$35. Fair enough, right?

Where to buy a makeup sponge?

Because it is a super popular product in the makeup universe, finding a good sponge option is not a difficult task. Cosmetics shops like Sephora, The Beauty Box, and Época Cosmeticos offer a huge variety of products in different shapes and sizes. There are also department stores, such as Lojas Americanas, which have a special section for beauty products and sell make-up sponges.

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.

Foto de três esponjas de maquiagem na diagonal, nas cores roxo, preto e rosa, em uma superfície com uma divisão também na diagonal, com as cores azul e coral.

If you like to leave the skin processes of makeup with a more natural and homogeneous look, the use of the sponge is a great choice. (Source: Ray Piedra/ Pexels)

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!

(Featured image source: Beata Dudová/ Pexels)

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