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So This Is Why You Should Wet Your Makeup Sponge

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So This Is Why You Should Wet Your Makeup Sponge

If you watch as many makeup tutorials as I do, then you’ll already be an avid fan of beauty blenders or makeup sponges, and no doubt you’re already religious about wetting them before use. But what’s the logic? If you’re like me, sometimes you just go with your gut, without asking questions; if someone pretty says wet your sponge, I wet my sponge.

Hydro power

MUA Bridget O’Keefe, makeup pro and owner of Blush + Blow, explains why it’s so important:

“If you don’t use them wet then they will just soak up all your product. They have been designed to hold onto the water so that it won’t drink up all your foundation.”

This means that makeup sponges save on product waste, as this test from BeautyBlender shows. They cut their wet sponges in half to show how the product doesn’t soak through to the middle but remains on the outside of the sponge – which is exactly where you want it.

It’s amazing to see how its in action. If you want your foundation to leave you with a dewy finish Bridget says to try her favourite, Chanel’s Vitalumiere Fluid.

“You will be amazed at how far a little bit of this foundation goes – it makes you realise how much you have been wasting by using your a brush or fingers!”

Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid
Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid
Finish off

Best of all, using a wet makeup sponge allows you to enjoy a better finish, whether you’re using a liquid foundation, blush or highlighter.

The reason sponges work so well is because you are pressing makeup into the skin rather than moving it around so not only do you use a lot less product but also you have a finish that’s more airbrushed.

Bridget’s product fave? “I love using blenders when highlighting the face with a liquid, I use Wonder Glow by Charlotte Tilbury to leave the skin looking fresh and dewy.”

Wonder Glow by Charlotte Tilbury
Wonder Glow by Charlotte Tilbury
High and dry

Sponges can be used dry as well – but not with liquid products.

Bridget says, “The general rule is that if you are using a dry product, use the sponge dry and if you are using a wet product then wet your sponge. They bounce back from being pushed around which makes them ideal for getting into crevasses like under your eye.”

If you’re partial to a little powder you can use your dry sponge to push powder into your skin, the baked trend is something that can definitely be achieved using a dry sponge.

Check out vlogger Heidi Hamoud baking her face with a blender here:

Keep it clean

Caring for your sponges is crucial, otherwise you can be bouncing bacteria into your skin instead of upping your beauty game. Bridget suggests using a mild baby shampoo in tepid water to clean your blenders, simply wash then squeeze them out and then leave them to dry naturally.

Your makeup can live or die by your makeup sponge application. I know I’m gonna be washing my sponges tonight!

—Ursula Brunetti

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  • Susan West

    I had no idea about wetting your sponge. No wonder I was going through alot of foundation. Very good article, I appreciate the information. I will be wetting my foundation sponge from now on. Thank you so much.

  • thepittsmn

    I use dry makeup, so a sponge, I don’t think will help me.

  • vicky molina

    good info

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    This was a game-changer for me!

  • tpoage

    Great information.

  • Brenda King

    Love the tip on wetting the make up sponge! I’ve always done it but really never knew the reasoning behind it. Thanks folks!

  • Tanya

    Good information to know Thank You!

  • chava zewicky

    I’ve been doing it wrong for a long time.

  • thepittsmn

    Wish I could use, but I use dry makeup.

  • Calvin F.

    Hmm very nice life hack

  • Tanya

    gotta get one of these

  • thepittsmn

    I’m going to try & use the sponge and see how it works.

  • thepittsmn

    I still can’t get the sponge to work right.

  • thepittsmn

    Going to try & use the sponge again today because I have to have my passport picture taken.

  • Ashley

    I need to get baby shampoo for mine, actually. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Thank you so much for this information.

  • thepittsmn

    I must be doing something wrong because the sponge has the makeup and not my face.

  • Rachel B

    Thinks I love getting makeup tips

  • kaarie gillis

    I watch a lot of makeup tutorials but I am really bad at applying makeup XD I will try using the sponge just see how I feel about it. Thanks for the post!

  • thepittsmn

    Now I know what I was doing wrong. No wetting the sponge first.

  • Loretta Gentle

    Great tips! I know I was taken aback when I first learned how often I should be cleaning my makeup brushes and sponges (thank goodness for the internet) and went on a cleaning spree, it was a lot of work to clean them all at once but now I clean them regularly just a few at a time and it’s much more manageable. I do use baby shampoo but once or twice a month I also add antibacterial dish soap to the mix for a deeper clean. Thanks for the tips!

  • Monalisa Pardosi

    Great makeup tip!

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