A guide to every kind of weird new makeup sponge

From diamond to double cone.

These days, nary a makeup bag exists without a sponge in some way, shape, or form. These porous tools have revolutionised the way we tap on concealer and foundation for a flawless, yet natural-looking complexion. While it all began with the Beautyblender 15 years ago, there are now a slew of different types for the most bespoke application possible. Here, find a quick-and-dirty guide to the most popular shapes and textures on the market.

Shape: Egg-like

Speciality: Versatile, all-over application thanks to its wide base and tapered tip. Bonus: The cell structure of the sponge fills with water to ensure that the product sits on top of it, rather than being absorbed/wasted.

Beautyblender Original, £16; cultbeauty.co.uk.

2The Makeup Bullet

Shape: Finger

Speciality: Drop-free, precise application for the nooks and crannies of the face such as the sides of the nose and inner corners of the eyes.

The Finger Sponge, £12; the-makeup-bullet.com.

3The Makeup Drop

Shape: Tear Drop

Speciality: It’s 100% non-porous, which means it won’t waste any product as it fits the contours of the face during application. And since it’s made of silicone, it’s also very easy to clean.


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