10 Trusted Makeup Sponges That Do a Better Job Than Your Foundation Brush

Give fingertips and old brushes a break.

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Never again will you miss a spot or have an uneven jawline (awkward!). With these makeup sponges providing professional, even coverage, your face will always look flawless.

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The Original Beautyblender
$20.00

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The best and most popular sponge on the market, beautyblender's original model has been spotted across YouTube vlogger tutorials and reviews, and it's racked up over 220K likes on Sephora's website to date. Made with an open cell structure that guarantees cosmetics stay on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, it's perfectly bendable for a streak-free liquid or powder application.

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Clear Beauty Silicone Makeup Sponge
$5.00

The beauty industry continues to find new, exciting — and, OK, kind of weird — ways to apply face makeup more efficiently. The latest innovations to generate social buzz are makeup sponges made of silicone that differentiate themselves from the alternatives not only in make, but in levels of hygiene! Users swear it requires less product for full coverage, is easier to clean than traditional sponges, and blends better.

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SEPHORA COLLECTION Detail Oriented Sponge
$12.00

Now that we're blending more efficiently, let's take our application expertise to the next level. Notice how Sephora's detail-oriented makeup sponge has been sculpted differently than the usual pear-shaped tools? Its slanted edges offer an extra level of precise blending for dramatic looks, while the pointed top helps to create an airbrushed effect.

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Aesthetica Cosmetics Mini Sponge
$7.97

This mini sponge is perfect for both travel and precise makeup applications. The rounded end is great for cheeks, forehead, and chin, while the precision end blends effortlessly in the nose, eyes, mouth, and any other hard-to-reach spots.

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FantaSea Latex-Free Foam Wedges
$8.90

These traditional sponge wedges are a great affordable option if you aren't into spending over $20 on a sponge. While they're the old-school style, these trusted sponges blend as beautifully as our other favorites.

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The Makeup Bullet HiDef Cosmetic Finger Sponge
$14.95

This innovative finger sponge blends all forms of makeup effortlessly, even in hard-to-reach places. It fits snugly on your finger for easy access and control. This one is also latex-free, so it's a safe bet if you have sensitive skin!

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MAC All Blending Sponge
$6.00

MAC hopped on the makeup sponge bandwagon way before all the cool beauty kids were using them. This latex-free applicator, now available in coral so you can easily spot it at the bottom of your glam bag, pairs best with liquid cosmetics to ensure zero awkward shadows or bare areas.

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
$8.99

Quite the competitor to the original beautyblender, Real Techniques' tri-purpose tool covers all the bases. Its rounded side blots larger areas until fully blended, the flat edge can be used for contouring, and the precision tip tackles any hard-to-reach areas. Getting gorgeous has never been so easy.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER 222 Sponge Applicator
$13.00

Avoid messy fingertips with this convenient sponge from MAKE UP FOR EVER. Designed with a sleek curve and rounded tip, the fun-sized blender is tiny and designed for a more precise application. Best at concealing the normally hard-not-to-splotch-with-too-much-makeup areas like the inner corners of the eye, brow bones, etc., the sponge brush doubles as an eye makeup contour tool, too.

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Jane Iredale Flocked Sponge
$5.50

Jane Iredale's synthetic sponge is edge-free, and it effectively applies a range of cosmetics — from foundation liquids to pressed powders — easily. We love Jane's design, and it reminds us of the type of sponge we imagine ladies use when they venture off to the powder room mid-cocktail hour. Pamper meets purpose? We'd say so. 

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