How to Apply Foundation with a Sponge

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We all believe that every one of you understands that foundation plays a very crucial role in your makeup. It helps to get a flawless skin tone on your face. You can apply foundation using your fingers, brush as well as a sponge.

However, many people don’t know how to apply their foundation with a sponge properly. This post will teach you how to use a makeup sponge and what mistakes to avoid when doing so.

Whether you’re new to makeup sponges or just want a refresher, you might be a makeup sponge newcomer, a fan of brushes, or somewhere in between the two. But if you’re not sure what you want to use to apply your foundation, using a sponge is an excellent idea.

In this guide, I’ll take you through everything you need to know before applying foundation with a sponge. Once you get it, you can then learn how to apply foundation with a sponge following the step-by-step guide down below. So, with that said, let’s dive in!

how to apply foundation with a sponge

Why Sponges?

Before we jump into how to apply your makeup foundation with a sponge, let’s first understand why sponges are great tools. 

The primary reason why you should use a sponge is that they’re non-abrasive. The brushes on the market today have fine bristles which can clog pores and remove your skin’s natural oils.

Sponges are also ideal for application because they pick up just the right amount of product and distribute it in an even layer across your face. That way, you never waste foundation or apply too much on any part of your face.[1]

And what’s more, sponges help blend out concealer under the eyes so you don’t end up with smudged edges. For this reason, many people prefer using sponges to apply their foundation.

Sponges can be made from a variety of materials, including latex foam, suede, and more. But if you want to use a sponge that’s gentle on your skin, you should go for latex foam or non-latex foam. They’re the best material for applying foundation because they’re softer and less abrasive than other types of sponges.

1. Sponges Leave A Flawless Finish With Less Effort

When you use a sponge to apply your foundation, it doesn’t matter how much pressure you apply because the makeup is going on evenly and smoothly which means less time applying.

2. Sponges Are Great For Dry Skin

The use of a dry tool will increase friction and can lead to increased chances of flaking due to either insufficient repair or as a one-time reaction. And here, sponges play a vital role in avoiding this situation.

Wet a sponge before use, and apply foundation with a stippling motion. This will reduce the chance of irritating skin flakiness.

Another benefit is that the moisture in the sponge will help your skin stay hydrated and have a more dewy appearance while applying it.

How to Pick the Right Foundation Sponge

Although sponges come in different shapes, the type of sponge you use for foundation application will depend on your needs.

Different types of makeup sponges have different shapes as well as materials and there are a variety of techniques in how to apply foundation.

Let’s dive into the different types of makeup sponge shapes.

Types of Shapes

1. Teardrop

The Teardrop shape is great for precision application, perfect for hard-to-reach areas.

This type of sponge should be used with light foundation coverage and the results are a natural look since it leaves some room to breathe in between the face and makeup applicator.

2. Wedge

A more concentrated application can be achieved with the help of a long triangle-shaped sponge. The Wedge shape is great for targeting blemishes or smaller areas of the face; heavier coverage.

3. Beveled

The Wedge shape is great for applying foundation to broad and small areas of skin.

This has a slanted flat side and a tapered side. The flat edge can be used for applying for heavy coverage while the tapered edge can be used for details.

4. Hourglass

The Hourglass shape is great for applying foundation to larger areas of the face; lighter coverage.

This sponge provides a well-rounded edge that slopes down into a narrow center and back out again to a tapered, wider side – similar to the curves of plastic bottles. It’s more rounded shape makes for better adjustments by hand.

5. Flat

The Flat shape is great for applying pressed powders for setting or baking. You may be familiar with a flat foundation sponge: it often comes in drugstore compacts and has a distinctive rubber-like scent.

These sponges are made from a spongy latex material and come in either round or soft-edged square shapes.

6. Oval Shape

One great option for applying liquid and cream foundations is the foundation sponge. If you find that a full teardrop-shaped sponge feels too heavy, trying these flat versions might feel better to you.

The Oval shape is great for those who have trouble using traditional makeup sponges.

Types of material

Now let’s talk about the materials from which sponges can be made. Knowing what type of foundation your skin reacts best with is critical when it comes to applying it with a sponge.

Let’s now dive into the different types of material sponge.

1. Latex

The Latex material is great for that Heavier coverage, matte formulas.

This material, because it’s not porous, will always transfer a significant amount of makeup to your skin. Many sponges you find are made of latex—it’s one of the most popular materials.

2. Non-Latex

Non-latex sponges may hold more product than latex, leading to a lighter application.

The latex material is great for those who are allergic to latex, detest the rubbery smell of traditional sponges, or want to customize their coverage level.

3. Silicone/Jelly

Sponges advertised as “jelly” are usually silicone. Unlike mylar and latex, silicone is a non-porous material so it won’t absorb foundation like the others; for this reason, these sponges are also easier to clean.

The downside is that they are not as absorbent, so the finish may not look as polished. You cannot dampen these either, which could lead to a more matte finish.

Silicone sponges won’t have to be changed as frequently as other kinds of sponges. They’re much more durable, but you’ll likely have to sacrifice blending power.

How to Apply Foundation with a Sponge

Now you know what type of sponge you should choose for you, it’s time to do some real work. There is nothing more satisfying than a flawless makeup application. This step-by-step tutorial will give you that perfect finish.

1. Choose A Foundation And Sponge

The type of sponge you use will depend on the foundation texture and how much coverage you prefer. The most popular types are latex, non-latex, silicone/jelly sponges as these absorb liquid best for a full coverage application.

Remember to choose a foundation that’s right for your skin type and desired coverage. Choose a sponge that complements the formula you’re using.

2. Dampen Your Sponge

Wet the sponge, then squeeze out any excess water. Ensure your sponge doesn’t drip when you apply it to your face; that could potentially cause cakey foundation coverage.

3. Use A Stippling Motion To Apply

Avoid rubbing motions. Instead, dab the sponge against your skin and then use dots to blend into the skin.

4. Use A Setting Powder Or Spray For A Long-lasting Finish

The last step for your makeup is to use a setting powder or spray. Use this to give an even finish and make sure it lasts all day!

5. Clean Your Sponge After Use

After applying foundation with a sponge, clean the sponge using a facial cleanser or an anti-colloidal spray. Rinse well and allow to air-dry for 15 minutes before first use.

If you do not have much time, wash your makeup sponge at least once a week. This will reduce the amount of product buildup and other bacteria from gathering.


So there you have it! We hope this article educated and informed you on the do’s & don’ts when choosing your next sponge. Pairing the correct sponge to your desired application will optimize results, prolong the life of your product, as well as ensure your makeup is working for you and not against you.

Pro Tip: When choosing a foundation start with your skin tone. Match it up to one of the Naked Foundation shades to determine the best color for you.

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