Article: Makeup Brushes vs. Sponges
However, that is not entirely true. Sponges are excellent tools that are an important part of my makeup kit. Read on to find out more about these handy items, and when you should opt for one over a brush.
Foundation: Brush or sponge?
When it comes to foundation, the answer is both. It really depends on the type of foundation you're using and what your personal preference is regarding coverage.
- If you are using a cream foundation, a foundation sponge is probably your best bet. A brush typically won't pick up enough product due to the thick formula of the foundation.
- If you are using a liquid foundation, apply with a foundation sponge on clients (if you're a makeup artist) for a lighter look. Use a slick foundation brush for a heavier application. Disposable cosmetic wedges are not very eco-friendly, so some artists prefer to use the reusable Beauty Blender sponge or a washable foam applicator.
- If using a powder foundation, I prefer to use a dense powder brush. Some artists also use a powder puff, which can give a more concentrated application.
When it comes to eye shadow, the answer is also both. Brushes work well with highly-pigmented powders, while sponges provide a heavier application that works well with many cheaper shadows.
- When your eye shadow is too sheer, you can get a denser application with either a brush or a sponge. Sponges tend to pick up more powder, so they will provide denser coverage.
- Whip a dry brush under a stream of water (or spray with a spray bottle) to wet, and then use it to apply eye shadow. This will provide a "foiled" look with heavier coverage.
- Use a set of dry brushes alone to get a variety of looks. Highly-pigmented (often moderate to more expensive) shadows tend to provide medium coverage, while cheaper shadows are often more sheer. Layer shadows (one or more colors) to build coverage.
- Sponges tend to have a shorter lifespan than brushes, which is why brushes tend to be a better long-term investment, especially for makeup artists.
- Just like brushes, sponges should be washed regularly. Experts recommend washing at least once per week with a gentle shampoo such as baby shampoo.
- If you get an eye shadow sponge free with your eye shadow, test it out to see if you like it better than a brush.
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