Getting the right tools to the do the job is half the battle when it comes to flawless pristine makeup. So I’m not quite sure why it’s taken me so long to get to grips with the wonder that is the complexion sponge. Safe to say, I’m now a convert.
Foundation and concealer need seamless application, blended to perfection with no harsh lines, and for this I’ve always turned to buffing brushes when fingers just won’t cut it. But now, these bad boys have taken centre stage and they’re here to stay. Based on the iconic Beauty Blender, the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge in bright orange does the job just as well for less than half the price. The chiselled pointed ends are perfect for getting into those hard to reach areas (under the eyes, around the base of the nose) while the flatter sides cover larger areas of the face perfectly.
Actually for those awkward areas, the black Murray’s Manicure Blend and Define Precision Sponge is better shaped, but it doesn’t feel as soft and “bouncy” on the skin as either the Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques version, so it’s not really one I’d recommend (and actually, I can’t even find it online, so perhaps it’s even not available anymore, which wouldn’t surprise me!)
Tip 1: Make sure to use it damp. I run it under water until it expands and squeeze out the excess – remember, water in the sponge will dilute your product, so it’s even worth squeezing again with the sponge wrapped in a towel.
Tip 2: Don’t use this like a brush. Bounce, press, roll and tap the sponge over the face for the best effect. I tend to use mine after applying foundation or concealer with a brush, for when I’ve got a bit of extra time and I know I’ll be photographed – the final effect is always worth the extra effort!
Are you a finger, brush or sponge gal when it comes to foundation?
Beauty Blender, £16, here
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, £5.99, here