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If you saw me in high school, here’s what it would look like: A girl with a very tight skirt, whose face is noticeably more orange than her neck, wearing foundation that is mostly streaky tiger-stripes. It was a rough time, beauty-wise. These days, we’re all more cued into how to make our foundation look beautiful: A glowing primer, a tiny hint of a contour, blended to perfection. But back then, all we had to blend these things out were brushes. And don’t get me wrong, I still love a foundation brush. But there’s really nothing that compares to the flawless finish you get when you use a sponge.
Not only are sponges ideal for streak-free blending, but they also don’t soak up as much product as a brush, so your favorite concealer will last for months, instead of weeks. Plus, they can be used in so many different ways. You can choose to use a damp beauty sponge to stipple in foundation and concealer, or you use it dry to expertly bake in your loose powder—and there are so many sponges to choose from now. For every nook and cranny of your face, there is a sponge specifically designed for your go-to look. Whether you want something teeny for your under-eyes, or a sharp edge for a contour, here are the 13 best beauty sponges for a perfectly blended, streak-free base.
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Best For Every Occasion
Original Makeup Sponge
The sponge that started it all, the original Beautyblender is a must-have for an expertly blended base. Just dampen the sponge, squeeze out the excess, and tap it over your makeup until it looks flawless.
Best For The Planet
BioBlender Makeup Sponge Duo
Not only does this makeup sponge come make it easy to blend out hard to reach places like under your eyes or the side of your nose, but it’s also biodegradable. When you’re ready for a new one, just toss it in your compost bin.
Best For A Budget
Makeup Sponge Set
Just like makeup brushes, sponges can end up costing a lot. If you’re trying to save your bucks, this set comes with five sponges for less than nine dollars. You can now blend out your foundation without worrying about your wallet.
Best For Counter Space
Total Coverage Blending Sponge Set
Like the little sponges that used to come in compacts, this set contains four flat-faced sponges for all your blending needs. They’re easy to travel with and don’t take up a ton of space, but still let you blend to your heart’s content.
Best Three-Sided Sponge
Precision Makeup Sponge 100
While a traditional beauty sponge is egg-shaped, this one has three distinct sides for different areas of your face. With this sponge, you can use the smallest side for specific areas of coverage, the long flat side for applying blush or contour, and the widest, curved side to blend it all together.
Best For Concealer
Mini Miracle Complexion Sponge Makeup Blender
These little buddies are so cute, you’ll want to toss them in every purse you have. They’re ideal for blending out your concealer, without dragging product any place you don’t want it to go. My personal preference is to use them under the eyes, and to clean up a contour.
Best For A Gift
Love Beat Makeup Sponge
We all need a little cute accessory to make life more fun. But not only is this sponge the best thing to give a friend as a gift, but the shape is also very conducive to blending out areas that are hard to reach.
Best For Brush Lovers
Microfiber Velvet Sponge
If you’re new to the sponge game, this product is a great first foray when you’re used to using brushes. It works great at blending out liquid products, but due to the microfiber texture, you can also use it for your favorite powder products, too.
Best For Contouring
Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge
This sponge has a specific purpose: To blend out your cream contour and highlighter. The shape of the sponge is ideal for this task, since it has sharp edges that will leave you chiseled, without moving your products away from their designated spots.
Best For Precise Blending
Foundcealer Multi-Tasking Sponge
Best For No Product Waste
The material of this sponge makes it so that it doesn’t absorb any of your makeup, so you don’t end up wasting a single drop of product. Instead, with a few taps, you’ll see your favorite foundation exactly where you want it: On your face.
Best For Quick Blending
Marshmellow Blender Sponge
When you’re on the go, odds are that spending 20 minutes blending can’t be a part of your morning routine. This sponge has a wide coverage area, so with just a few taps, you’re ready to go.
Best Drugstore Pick
Sculpting and Blending Sponge
If you want blending options without breaking the bank, this product can help you achieve nearly all your beauty goals in a simple product. It’s perfect for the beauty lover who wants quick but effective results.
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