One of the biggest revolutions in makeup application in recent years has got to be the return of the sponge: and I’m not talking about the rough triangle sponges. No, I’m talking about the bouncy, typically tear-drop shaped sponges that help apply makeup like a dream. Well, if you find a quality one, that is.
Here’s the thing though, because of the nature of sponges, they should be replaced about every four months or so. If you’re shelling out $20 for the one everyone swears is the best, that could add up quickly.
So when I saw that the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge was about five bucks, I had to put it to the test. After working it into my routine for the first time, I was immediately sold. It became a staple tool for me, especially because it can get so many jobs done!
Here are four ways you can use this the Real Techniques sponge in your makeup routine.
1. Flat Side: Foundation
This sponge has something most don’t: a flat edge! I use this feature to apply my foundation. It’s able to cover a lot of surface area at once, and the top edge helps get product into every corner, like around the nose or along the hairline.
2. Round Side: Blush
To get a soft and diffused look, the round side is perfect for applying cream blush. I especially like using it for super pigmented products, like this Creme to Powder Blush in Pink Peony by Sleek Makeup. It’s a gorgeous bright pink, but it is so easy to apply way too much. Dabbing the sponge into the blush, then onto my face gives me more control for an every day look.
3. Pointed Tip: Concealer
The sponge’s point is perfect for dotting and blending concealer, either on blemishes or my favorite: under the eyes. I’ll dab a bit of Pixi’s Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach under my eyes with my fingers, then use the point to blend it out. I find that I get way less creasing doing this.
4. Sharp Edge: Contour
I only just discovered this way to use the sponge, and I can’t believe I haven’t heard of more people doing it. For a really defined contour, dab the edge of the flat side into your bronzer, then line it up with the bottom of your cheekbone. Press the product onto the skin, then you can use
the round side (that’s not covered in blush) to blend it out.
Just like with any makeup sponge, using this one while it’s damp will enhance application and keep it from absorbing too much product.
You can find the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for around $5 in drugstores, and anywhere you can buy Real Techniques brushes. It’s currently buy-one-get-one 50% off at ULTA!