Blend Better: What to Look for in a Great Makeup Sponge

Score an airbrushed look every makeup application.

Woman applying makeup with beauty blender.
A makeup sponge leaves your base virtually undetectable.Getty Images

The humble makeup sponge can transform cakey foundation, blend stubborn cream contour and enliven over-powdered skin. Simply get it damp, then tap, tap, tap for flawless, even coverage, no matter what type of product you’re applying. Here’s what to look for when you buy.

BEAKEY 5 Pcs Makeup Sponge Set Blender Beauty Foundation Blending Sponge, Flawless for Liquid, Cream, and Powder, Multi-colored Makeup Sponges

Comes With Extras

You’ll always have a spare—or four!—when you opt for this product.BEAKEY

Save your skin by using a clean applicator every time you wear makeup. This pack of five beauty blender sponges ensures you’ll always have one in rotation while another dries after being cleaned.

Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender - Latex Free and Vegan Makeup Sponge - For Powder, Cream or Liquid Application - One Piece

Good for Detail Work

Use the pointed tip to apply concealer in the inner corner and undereye area.Aesthetica

Once you’ve dampened your sponge, you can pounce the round side on your face for allover application, or use the tip to spot-conceal and blend out detail work.

BEAUTYBLENDER ORIGINAL PINK Makeup Sponge for Foundations, Powders & Creams. Vegan, Cruelty Free and Made in the USA

Beauty Guru Fave

The applicator expands to twice its size when wet for even application.beautyblender

This versatile applicator allows you to use it both wet and dry, and the innovative outer layer won’t let your makeup sink in, causing you to use more than you need. The oval shape ensures even coverage for all parts of your face.