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Makeup Sponges

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

If you have a choice between using a sponge or your fingers to apply your makeup, sponges are better because fingers that haven’t been properly cleansed with good old fashioned soap and water can transfer bacteria, oils, and other free radicals a lot quicker than sponges will. However, when it comes to sponges a lot of women make a very common mistake and use the same one over and over until all of the “clean” sides are used up. They'll continue to dip it back into their concealer every day until all the surfaces are utilized. Yuck!

The truth is, after you use a sponge once, the next time you go to use another side for an application, the formulation and the bacteria has already leaked through and tainted the other surface you haven't used yet. So you need to throw it away as soon as you're done using it once to avoid contaminating your skin.

 For over a decade, Scott-Vincent Borba has been a renowned innovator in the beauty category and has worked on such esteemed brands such as Hard Candy Cosmetics, Johnson & Johnson®, P&G/Wella-Sebastian, Shiseido/Joico, and Dr. Murad. 
Scott-Vincent helped found E.L.F. Cosmetics with the idea that quality color cosmetics shouldn’t be limited to high-end department stores. Aside from contributing to the monthly blogs, he oversees new product development and leads the brand with head-turning innovation.
Scott-Vincent has been a high-fashion model, TV personality and became a licensed aesthetician to further his credentials and experiences. He founded BORBA, and continues to use his creative thinking to push the envelopes of skin care as we know it.



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xAprilx wrote:
1) 3/16/2011 5:03:25 PM
I personally like using a sponge. Foundation brushes tend to leave streaks...regardless of the method you use to apply the foundation with the brush. When ever I used the foundation brush, I used a sponge afterward to clean up the mess. As for bacteria, I'm OCD about cleaning my brushes and making sure bacteria doesn't get on them. Shouldn't sponges be treated the same? Use a sponge...get a clean one...much like using a brush and then cleaning it.
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franceselaine wrote:
2) 3/16/2011 6:36:30 PM
wow! who would have thought that you couldn't use a sponge more than once?! ive been doing this for years and my face has always been broken out! maybe this will help!:)
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cgmakeupjunkie wrote:
3) 3/17/2011 5:13:11 PM
i actually prefer to use both my fingers and a foundation brush, i use my foundation brush to brush of foundation then i use my fingers to blend the foundation, the heat from my fingers warms up the foundation and lets it blend easier. Usually when i use a sponge my make up gets streaky looking.
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Oh dang! wrote:
4) 3/17/2011 7:04:04 PM
i always use my fingers to apply concealer. Im going to eventually touch my face throughout the day, i dont see how applying makeup with fingers is such a problem
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JeniRyder wrote:
5) 3/17/2011 7:48:17 PM
i always use my fingers too, but now i want to get some sponges, because i think that they will help my acne.
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tippy8821 wrote:
6) 3/18/2011 12:56:54 AM
i love to use sponges they blend so smoothly with no streaks and i can dab and get into small areas for good coverage plus i don't get my fingers all dirty and i don't have to worry about accidentally getting makeup on my clothes
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MsRika wrote:
7) 3/21/2011 1:44:05 PM
This is a great and very necessary post, especially for the young girls starting out with makeup. Nowadays as a pro MUA I use both brushes and sponges on my clients, but when I was younger I used sponges on myself and never realized that bacteria can build up and cause impurities. That definitely explained my acne prone skin! Obviously, you live and you learn but it's definitely great to pass on this wisdom to the younger girls :)
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April K. wrote:
8) 3/22/2011 8:31:49 PM
i don't throw away my sponges every time i use them, maybe every 3 times. I do wash my sponges with soap between uses though.
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Crazybrunette wrote:
9) 8/9/2011 5:30:50 PM
Using sponges are better because then your makeup is blended better and you don't get those harsh lines that im always self conscious about!
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