We don’t discriminate on how anyone wants to apply their makeup. We love all methods of application like fingers and brushes but we can’t deny that we love a good ole’ beauty sponge. Sponges seem to just make everything blend flawlessly and they are easy to use and clean. Makeup artists even sometimes prefer a sponge because of how simple it is to dispose of and replace between clients, making it a more hygienic pick for their makeup bags and kits.
The beauty sponge game has come a long way from that one pink egg-shaped tool (yeah, we’re talking about you, Beautyblender). There are so many sponges on the market that range from as little as $2 to as high as $20. Below, we broke down our nine favorite makeup sponges that make blending liquids, creams, and even powders an easy task. Keep scrolling to shop some of our favorites from Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and even Amazon.
The Original Beautyblender
Ah, the Beautyblender. You can’t talk to a makeup artist without this award-winning sponge somehow making its way into the conversation. Not only does makeup artist Patrick Ta, in particular, swear by it for flawlessly blending out foundation, but he also dabs it onto lids to clean up eye shadow if he over-blended it.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
The $5 Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge has a flat side, which makes baking and contouring a breeze. However, it also has a pointed tip for squeezing and blending into all the crevices of your face.
AOA Studio Paw Paw Wonder Blender
We use this Best of Beauty-winning $2 sponge ($10 for a six-pack on Amazon) to blend everything out because it’s just as bouncy as the best of ’em. The AOA Studio Paw Paw Wonder Blender has a pointed top that is ideal for getting into small corners or precision-blending out concealer under the eyes.
Morphe Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge
The bright-red color of the Morphe Highlight & Contour Beauty Sponge makes it easy to spot in even the darkest and deepest makeup bags. We love this sponge for its flat edge that helps us create and blend sharp contour lines that sculpt the face.
E.L.F. Camo Concealer Sponge
Made for precision blending, the E.L.F. Camo Concealer Sponge is a supersoft dual-point sponge that was basically designed for blending out concealer. Just dampen it, squeeze out the excess water, and bounce and blend to perfection.
EcoTools Bioblender Biodegradable Makeup Sponge
Yes, we love the EcoTools Bioblender Biodegradable Makeup Sponge for blending out our makeup but we love it even more because of how easy it is to throw it away. No matter where this biodegradable sponge ends up, it will still decompose. Once it’s trashed in your can or composted, it will take about 180 days to fully break down.
Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge
Have you seen how well-blended Rihanna’s makeup always is? Well, it’s thanks to the Fenty Beauty Precision Makeup Sponge (and her makeup artist, Priscilla Ono). This versatile tool is three-sided — use the slated edge-controlled application, mini-half moon point for precise applications like concealer, and bottom-rounded point for all-over buffing.
Beauty Bakerie Blending Egg Beauty Sponges
You can’t deny how cute the Beauty Bakerie Blending Egg Beauty Sponges are. This carton comes with half a dozen sponges that are made to look like eggs. The difference is unlike a traditional egg; these blending tools are soft to the touch and blend out liquid and cream formulas like a dream.
Wet n Wild Makeup Sponge
For only $4, you can’t beat the Wet n Wild Makeup Sponge. It can be used both wet or dry for flawless blending. Plus, it has a super-pointed tip that gets into all the corners with so much ease.