Beauty Sponges 101: Best Practices

Beauty sponges. They’re everywhere! Sure, those little triangle sponges have been around forever, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about these beautiful pieces of cosmetic artistry!

colored beauty sponges

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Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but you get my point.

Beauty sponges are one of the most adored makeup tools right now and for good reason. They’re basically extra soft sponges that are used with cream and liquid based makeup products to blend them out into airbrushed perfection. But, maybe you haven’t had the chance to use one yet and don’t really know what they’re about, so I’m here to answer some questions!
In this post I’m going to go over how to use them, why you should use them, my favorites, and how to care for them so they keep treating you right.


blending sponges 101: types, use, and care

How To Use

​Beauty sponges come dry and compact in the package. You’ll want to wet it thoroughly with water by either putting it under running water or in a bowl of clean water.  Make sure you squeeze it a few times while it’s in the water to make sure it’s fully saturated.

You’ll know it’s ready because it will double in size and become suuuuuuuper soft. Make sure you squeeze out all the water so it’s just barely damp!

From here, just add your makeup and blend it evenly using a bouncing or stippling motion.

Benefits of Using Beauty Sponges

“I’ve always just used my fingers, they’re free!”

Well, yeah. But have you ever wondered how some people’s makeup just looks so lightweight and flawlessly airbrushed?

Most likely they’re just using beauty sponges.

Some key benefits to using a blender over your fingers include:

  • A soft airbrushed finish
  • No patchy spots or streaks
  • Less product used

Yep, you even get to use less product, which could potentially save you a ton of money on foundation. This is for two reasons. One being that your makeup can be blended out super thin, so you get the same coverage with less product. Also, your finger prints tend to hold on to a bit of product which you just end up washing down the drain, but when you use a blender damp it prevents the sponge from soaking up any excess product which means you won’t be wasting any! How great is that?!

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Favorite Brands

Well, I have a few. Of course, the Original Beauty Blender is amazing. They did it first, and they did it right! But, they only make them in one shape, and they are a bit pricey. Especially since you should be replacing them every 30 to 60 days depending on how often you use them.

​My favorite, less expensive, alternative beauty sponges I have found that are pretty on par with the softness of the original blender was actually a brand I found in a bin at Target! I found them during the holidays last year in the stocking stuffer section! I grabbed one for 5 bucks just to see and immediately went back to stock up after I tried it for the first time. They offer it in 4 colors and at only a quarter of the cost, WIN-WIN-WIN situation right here.

You can snag one of the Target ones right here!

Beauty Sponges and Maintenance

They do require a bit of upkeep to prevent bacteria growth, and you should stay on top of that because bacteria = breakouts and breakouts = ew! It’s best practice to thoroughly rinse it after each use by squeezing it under running water, and then leaving it out to completely air dry before your next use.

It’s also a good idea to wash it with a cleanser at least twice per week. You can use any brush cleaner, I prefer to use this one, and the hottest water you can tolerate.

I have also heard of some people putting them in a laundry bag like this one and washing them on a delicate cycle in the washing machine, but I haven’t tried that method, and I probably won’t. It seems a little harsh in my opinion. 😂

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Final Notes

You can use them dry, but they really work and feel better damp!
You can also find them in a ton of different shapes, sizes, and price points. I definitely recommend trying out a few and seeing what you like best.

Do you have any questions about this post or any of these products? I’d love to answer them.


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