Thank goodness there are actually other ways to use sponge-tip applicators besides just applying eyeshadow. Throughout my makeup-loving years, something I never really understood is why eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes sometimes come with those little sponge-tip applicators. They only take up extra space in the packaging, and let's be honest, brushes are generally superior anyway. Sure, sponge-tip applicators can be good for packing on shadows prone to fallout, glitters, and pigments. But for general application, (and blending, I mean, come on) it's usually better to just skip the sponge-tip applicator in favor of a trusty brush.
Now I never used mine, but I also never threw them away. Maybe it's because I had a feeling those sponges would come in handy someday, or maybe it's just because I have hoarding tendencies when it comes to all things makeup related. But regardless, there are a few ways to use those bad boys so they don't simply take up space or go to waste. So, if like me, you find yourself racking up a bit of a collection of unused applicators from eyeshadow palettes, there are other ways to put those babies to good use. Here are a few:
1. Applying Eyeliner
Either use the tip or side of a sponge-tip applicator to apply eyeliner. Simply dip it in gel eyeliner, wipe off the excess, and draw on as usual. Or if you prefer powder eyeliner, wet the sponge first, and then dip it in your powder of choice before applying.
2. Nail Art
Sponges are great for nail art. You can use the tip as a make-shift dotting tool or striping brush. Or use the flat sides to dab on color to achieve an ombre look. The options are endless. You can even simply apply your nail polish with a sponge for a more textured look.
3. Applying Lipstick
If you want more of a stain or matte effect from your lippies, try applying lipstick with a sponge-tip applicator. The sponge will absorb some of the moisture while still depositing pigment, giving a pretty effect while allowing you a little more control than applying straight from the tube.
4. Applying Concealer
If you need to reach smaller, more sensitive spots like under the eyes, the smaller tip will allow you to blend closer to the eye than a regular makeup sponge. Or if you need to cover blemishes, the applicator can be a more sanitary option than your fingers.
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