5 Types of Makeup Sponges
Beauty blender makeup sponge
beauty blender was designed to apply and blend any cream or liquid makeup product onto the skin for a smooth, pore less finish. It’s known for its ‘exclusive aqua-activated foam’ and its sphere shape that can reach almost every contour on your face.
How to use this makeup sponge: Get the sponge wet, squeeze excess water and then blend. It’s that easy!
When to use this makeup sponge: Use to apply foundation, concealer, beauty balms (more commonly known as bb creams), serums and moisturizers.
The good: The beauty blender is known for the flawless, pore less finish it can provide. If you hate the tacky feeling of foundation all of your fingers, the beauty blender is a great applicator.
The bad: It can absorb a lot of your precious makeup when used dry. While touted as being able to, the sphere shape actually doesn’t reach every facial contour.
Pretty Pro tip: The beauty blender can be used wet or dry, but the Pretty Pros prefer dry for initial application and wet to bounce and blend makeup into the skin.
Wedge-shaped makeup sponge
While the beauty blender works well, some pretty smart people saw ways to take its success and improve upon it. That’s where the wedge sponge comes in. Ever heard the song Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better? That pretty much sums up the story between the wedge makeup sponge and beauty blender.
A wedge makeup sponge can do the same things as a beauty blender in terms of liquid and cream makeup applications and blending. The key difference comes from the difference in design. Wedge makeup sponges have flat edges and bottoms which allow you to truly reach every edge of your facial contour.
How to use this makeup sponge: The wedge sponge can be used wet or dry. Simply make small tapping motions in application areas to work the product into the skin.
When to use this makeup sponge: The sharp (not literally) or “skinny” edge of the wedge can be used for contouring small areas like the nose. Wedge sponges also work pretty darn well for hard to reach and smaller places like under the eye or around eyebrows.
The good: The wedge-shaped beauty sponges are slightly more versatile than the beauty blender. They can cover lots of ground, but they really shine when it comes to precise applications.
The bad: These sponges are intended for one-time use. If using them for cream and powder application, you need to use one for each. It can become pretty easy to go through these rather quickly.
Also, since makeup wedges are typically smaller than something like the beauty blender, you will need a few spare minutes to cover the same amount of ground with a full face application.
Pretty Pro tip: When using a wedge makeup sponge for quick all-over foundation application, get more mileage out of your foundation by diluting it. Wedge sponges are usually made of a material called hydrophilic foam - essentially a fancy word that means “designed to absorb water”. Simply get your makeup sponge wet before applying your foundation and achieve a more sheer application.
Pretty Puff makeup sponge
Here at Pretty Lane on any given day, we’re 1 part caffeine, 1 part beauty pros, and 1 part rocket scientists. For those reasons, we couldn’t help but put our pretty heads together and come up with a hybrid makeup sponge. Thus the Pretty Puff was born!
The Pretty Puff is the best of both the beauty blender makeup sponge and wedge-shaped makeup sponge concepts. It has a unique rounded teardrop design like the beauty blender for hard-to-reach areas, but it also has a flat edge for pressing, patting and pushing makeup into the skin. These features will give you an airbrush-sequel finish. Not to mention it has that fancy pancy hydrophilic foam, as well so that your makeup goes on your face and not into your sponge.