Make-up sponges 101

Monday, 29 September 2014


While there are many ways to apply foundation, one of the most popular ways is with a make-up sponge. With so many different sponges on the market, choosing the right one can sometimes be a daunting task.

On your hunt for the perfect sponge, you will notice that there are 3 basic sponge shapes available:

Round / rectangular flat sponges
Due to the shape of these sponges, they are ideal for applying foundation to larger areas of the face such as the forehead and cheek area. As they don’t taper down into a sharp point, they make applying foundation to less accessible areas such as around your nose, a bit trickier.

Triangular sponges
While these sponges are generally smaller than round / rectangular sponges, they are still suitable for applying foundation to your whole face. Thanks to their size, they allow for precise foundation application as you can target smaller areas.

Dome-shaped sponges
The domed-shaped sponge has seen an increase in popularity in the last few years and has certainly become our go-to sponge. With a broad base and tapered top, the dome-shaped sponge offers the best of both worlds, making it a handy tool to have on hand.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite sponges to help you narrow down your search:
QVS Luxurious Foundation Sponge, R39.95
UBU Doll-Face Dozen, R51.95
MAC Wedge Sponge, R85
My Non-Latex Elipse Make-Up Sponges, R44.99
QVS 20-Pack Make-Up Wedges, R89.95
UBU Blender Baby, R87.95

BEAUTY TIP: If you prefer sheer foundation coverage, lightly dampen your sponge before blending in your foundation for a flawless “barely there” finish. To prevent the spread of germs, it’s important to wash your sponges regularly.

Stockists: QVS – Selected Woolworths stores | UBU – Selected Clicks stores | My – Selected Wellness Warehouse stores

Other articles you may be interested in:
How to: Clean your make-up brushes
Ten make-up brushes to invest in
Foundation types explained: Powder
Choose the best make-up brushes
Spring clean your make-up bag

Written by

Emily studied make-up and loves all things beauty related. When she is not reading up on the latest make-up trends, she can be found baking cupcakes, scouring Pinterest for beautiful images and dreaming of her next European adventure.
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    I’ll try the QVS Luxurious Foundation Sponge since it’s the most affordable.

    4 years ago •

  1. Kyla Findlay

    My make up drawer is always stocked with triangular sponges. Definitely trying the dome-shaped sponges after reading this.

    5 years ago •

  1. Marilise Vosloo

    Beauty blenders are my personal favourite to apply my foundation with. For a more inexpensive alternative, I recommend the beauty blenders at Dischem. They have a few different shapes and they are amazing.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    As a trained makeup artist, I personally hate sponges on myself but I will use it on clients for hygiene reasons. I just find that they’re quite fussy.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanya

    I always do the damping technique, it just blends perfectly!

    5 years ago •

  1. Bernice Jolley

    I must say that the beauty blender can be used as a face sponge (when damp) it’s an all – rounder great sponge ! When I need to do a quick makeup job for someone I grab my beauty blender! And it’s R70 at clicks!

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I never knew about the damp sponge technique. It prevents wasting liquid foundation and prevents that “caked” look because it does not pick up as much product.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I didn’t know we have many choices on the sponges. Thanks for the tip I will give it a try.

    5 years ago •

  1. Mark Parr

    I have always used the triangular sponges with my make up.

    5 years ago •

  1. Liesl Nel

    I am interested in testing out the dome shaped sponges!

    5 years ago •

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