How To Use A Makeup Sponge

A makeup sponge or “beauty blender” as it’s most widely recognised is a multi-purpose product and in my eyes a must have in your makeup bag. It gives a beautiful finish whether you’re applying foundation, tinted moisturiser, cream blush, cream highlighter or powder and the list goes on. They come in various shapes and sizes but the most popular one is the tear drop shaped sponge. They can be used wet or dry! I really like the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and particularly love the smaller purple sponge for applying concealer under my eyes.

How to use the sponge:

Step 1 – Soak it in a glass of water. This will prevent the sponge from soaking up too much product.

Step 2 – Wring out the sponge until it just feels damp.

Step 3 – Apply a small amount of product to the back of your hand or palette

Step 4 – Bounce it on the skin lightly


By using a damp makeup sponge you can achieve a soft, streak free, beautiful skin-like finish. This is particularly good for foundations with a higher coverage as it makes your base look flawless without looking cakey.


I like to apply a small amount of concealer under the eyes with a brush and then use a small damp sponge to blend it all in. You can also use the sponge to set the concealer with powder. Perfect!

Contour and highlight

The smaller sponges can work really well to contour and highlight. Again I like to apply to the highlight or bronzers with a brush first and then dab dab dab away. A top tip is to make sure your sponge isn’t too wet as it will just remove all the product you have on already. If you feel it is you could wrap it in a paper towel to take out the excess water.

Blend cream blusher

Cream blusher can be really tricky to apply and blend into your foundation. You don’t want to end up looking like a doll or with streaky, obvious lines. Using a damp beauty sponge, bounce the cream blush on apples of the cheeks and cheek bones.

How to wash it:

A beauty sponge will harbour lots of bacteria and excess product so it’s really important to clean it properly after every time you use it. Massage some anti-bacterial soap/washing up liquid or baby shampoo into the sponge and then rinse it under running water until all the soap has come out. Leave it to dry.

Apparently it’s also good for applying hair dye as you can make shapes which is meant to leave a soft finish…sounds interesting but I’m not sure I’ll ask for it next time I’m at the hairdressers!