Applying foundation by sponge on face for make-up
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When it comes to applying makeup, just using your fingers can work in a pinch. But if you really want pristine application, you’ll want to invest in quality makeup applicators. These can help apply powder evenly, spread foundation well and smooth out other makeup. Below are some of the best makeup applicators on the market.

Silicone Makeup Sponge

One of the hot new products in the makeup world is the silicone makeup sponge. Honestly, it looks like you’re supposed to apply makeup using a clear jellyfish. But the whole point of the product is that it more closely mimics your fingers so your makeup isn’t wasted by getting soaked into a sponge. How cool is that?

Pamper Therapy Makeup Sponge

If you’re still on the sponge bandwagon, however, this sponge has a cut super-straight edge and precision point.

Multi-Shape 10p-piece Sponge Set

If you need all sorts of edges while applying makeup, try this 10-piece makeup sponge kit. From pointed tips to round bases to flat edges, these applicators have you covered.

EmaxDesign 20-piece Makeup Brush Set

For makeup application perfection, you’ll need a wide array of tools. This kit comes with everything from pinpoint brushes to spoolies, to large puffy brushes.

Wonder Wedge Sponges

Sometimes all you want is something classic. This bag of 100-count wedge sponges is perfect for basic makeup application.

Aesthetica Cosmetics Latex-Free and Vegan Makeup Sponge

If you’re religious about washing makeup sponges, and you want your one trusty, natural product, this is it. It comes in a common shape: rounded bottom and a tip at the top. It can be used for powder, cream and liquid makeup. In addition to being latex and vegan, this product is also sourced from cruelty-free materials.

DscBeauty Fashionable Oval Makeup Brush Five-Piece Set

Oval brushes are also a huge hit right now. These are fashioned so you can hold them to your face with your hand pointed downward for better visibility while applying powder.

Anleolife Beauty Blender

This basic beauty classic is good if you just want something cost-effective and traditional. These oval makeup-blending pads were made for evenly spreading base makeup.

Colorfin Sofft Applicators

If you apply tons of eye shadow, you might want to use a different eye shadow brush for each color you use to reduce color cross contamination. These are actually reusable and feature a replaceable head.