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A 12 Step Guide To Beauty Sponges
1) There are tons of different makeup tools you can use, and the first step is deciding which one is right for you
Each tool is good for different things, but some may work better than others depending on your preferences
2) If you think a foundation sponge might work better for you than a brush, the next step is deciding which type of sponge to use. Flat sponges are good for compact foundation, wedges are good for hard to reach places, and beauty sponges are good for minimizing streaking
3) Beauty sponges are the most durable, and probably the most recent favorite of the foundation sponges. If a beauty sponge is what you choose, the next step is choosing what kind of beauty sponge to use
If price is an issue, there are always great dupes for higher end beauty sponges. If you like the Beauty Blender, the the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a great dupe.
4) Once you've picked out a beauty sponge, and are ready to use it, the first step is getting it damp. You can use a sponge dry, but getting the sponge damp is known to give better results, as well as keeping the sponge from soaking up too much product
5) Once your sponge is damp and ready for foundation application, you can either start by putting a drop of foundation on the back of your hand...
Or you can dab the foundation onto your face and work it out from there
6) Stiple, or "bounce" the sponge onto your skin until you get the coverage you want. Using a bouncing motion instead of a sweeping one will give you more of an "airbrushed" look, and will help decrease streaking.
The round section is great for stippling, and blending the foundation all over the face, while the corner is great for detailed sections, or anywhere concealer is usually put
8) once you have finished, be sure to properly clean your sponge. Sponges usually require a more regular cleaning than brushes, and its recommended by some to do it after every use.
If you're willing to spend the extra dough, you can get a cleaner specifically meant for beauty sponges
9) Once you're finish washing, squeeze any access liquid out with a cloth or paper towel and leave out to dry over night
10) Make sure to store your sponge somewhere sanitary, like in a lidded jar or canister, or in a plastic sandwhich bag. Some just keep it in its original packaging
11) Once your beauty sponge starts to crack, deform, erode, or become stained beyond fixing, then it might be time to toss it out and get a new one.
12) If you're still unsure about using one, you can always watch a tutorial...