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How To Use A Makeup Sponge And Clean It Properly

How To Use A Makeup Sponge And Clean It Properly
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We couldn’t celebrate our birthday without giving you the tools to achieve the ultimate party look! That’s why you’ll all receive a Brushworks makeup sponge that allows you to flawlessly apply and blend your base makeup.  

Not sure how to use a makeup sponge? Here’s everything you need to know:   

How To Use Your Makeup Sponge 

The great thing about the Brushworks HD Wonder Complexion Sponge (on top of the fact that it is latex-free, cruelty-free and vegan) is that it can be used in so many different ways. Boasting a rounded side, flat side and pointed tip, you can use it to apply all your base makeup. 

Applying Liquid Foundation 
beauty sponge

If you’re using a liquid foundation (which, let’s face it, most of us are), you first need to wet your sponge, then squeeze out any excess water. This will plump the sponge, prevent it from absorbing your makeup and help to create a smoother finish 

  • Apply two squirts of foundation onto the back of your hand, then dip the sponge into the product.  
  • Use the flat side to cover wide areas like your cheeks and forehead, then blend the foundation in using the rounded side 
  • To reach smaller areas (say under your eyes or around your nose), you should use the pointed tip to apply it more precisely.  

Don’t forget to take your time and carefully blend everything in to create that seamless, glowing finish. 

Blending Concealer 

how to apply concealer

Makeup sponges are great for applying concealer too. Again, you’ll need to start with a dampened sponge, then: 

  • Use the applicator wand to apply your concealer onto the areas you want to cover or brighten (over dark circles, acne scars, redness or blemishes). 
  • Use the pointed tip to pat and blend it in.  

Contouring And Highlighting 

how to contour

Did you know that you can also use a makeup sponge to apply powders? In this case, you’ll need to keep your sponge dry 

  • Use the pointed tip to sweep your bronzer onto the areas of your face you want to accentuate (think cheekbones, hairline, jawline and the sides of your nose). Then, use the rounded side to pat and blend the powder into your skin. Remember, you want to create a soft contour.  
  • You can then repeat the process with your highlighter, applying your powder to the highpoints of your face (think cheekbones, brow bone, Cupid’s bow and the tip of your nose) and gently blend them in.  

Insider Tip: For a rosy finish, you can also use the rounded side of your makeup sponge to gently pat and blend blush onto your cheeks. Whilst a cream blush or lip tint would work best, powders do the trick too. 

How To Clean Your Makeup Sponge 

If you treat your Brushworks HD Wonder Complexion Sponge right, it can last you from 3 to 6 monthsSo, here are a few best-practice cleaning tips to make yours last: 

  • Hold the makeup sponge under warm running water and continuously squeeze it so that it absorbs the water.  
  • Then, squeeze soap into the palm of your hands and rub your palms together to create a lather.  
  • Place the sponge into the palms of your hands, then roll it between them. Make sure that you don’t use your fingers or nails as this can cause tears in the sponge.  
  • After a few minutes, or when the sponge starts to look clean, place it under warm running water again. Fill up the sponge, then squeeze out the soap and excess water.  
  • You can then dry it with a towel before leaving it to fully air dry on a clean surface.  
Trust us, you’re going to love this makeup sponge!Related: Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like A Pro

About Brushworks

Founded in 2015, Brushworks is an all‐encompassing beauty brand. We love them because their products are not only high quality and affordable, but vegan, cruelty-free and PETA accredited too. You can explore their full range of makeup, brushes and hair products on the Brushworks website.

You might also be interested to learn that Brushworks is currently in the first phase of its plastic reduction initiative. Since January 2020, they have reduced their plastic usage across 45 different products, swapping out plastic outer packaging for a carton board. This change alone has saved 15.8 tonnes of plastic. Next, they plan on replacing all recycled plastic Vac trays and instead hold the products with cardboard. It's such an incredible achievement and we can't wait to see their plastic-free gift sets come Christmas!

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