Best Health - - BEAUTY -

A mod­ern-day makeup kit isn’t com­plete with­out a beauty sponge, or two. The orig­i­nal white wedge has been in­no­vated in­side and out with bet­ter-per­form­ing ma­te­ri­als, a va­ri­ety of shapes and a rainbow of fun colours. “Any­one and ev­ery­one should be us­ing a beauty sponge,” says Fal­cao. “They give a more lu­mi­nous fin­ish, work­ing the prod­uct in for a more skin-like ap­pear­ance, but they can also build prod­uct well. They are great for some­one with dry skin as they don’t en­hance tex­ture. And since they are gen­er­ally used damp, they tend to pro­vide a lit­tle more mois­ture to the skin.”

A con­toured egg-like shape de­signed to be used all over the face is most pop­u­lar. “Use the larger side of the sponge on the wider planes of the face and the pointed end to blend un­der­neath the eyes and around the nose,” says Fal­cao.

Bonus: a dry sponge can also de­liver the fin­ish­ing touch for your face. “Used dry it will help to buff ex­ces­sive blush or foun­da­tion lines. The tex­ture of the dry sponge works just like an eraser with­out leav­ing traces,” says Lando. He also ad­vises wash­ing a beauty sponge af­ter ev­ery use to re­move ex­cess residue and germs for safe and clean makeup ap­pli­ca­tion.

With reg­u­lar care, be pre­pared to swap in a new one ev­ery three months. Or more. Fal­cao prefers a monthly re­place­ment. “Even if it still looks like new, makeup, dead skin and bac­te­ria can build up in­side a sponge and can lead to skin ir­ri­ta­tions like an in­flam­ma­tory rash. A true sign it def­i­nitely needs to be re­placed is if it starts fall­ing apart on you,” she says.

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