You鈥檙e quick to try a new shade for your pout or add a beauty product to your routine, but you鈥檝e remained loyal to your makeup tools for, like, ever. It鈥檚 time to break free of your brushes and blenders, because there鈥檚 a new makeup applicator that鈥檚 going to completely change your life (or at least your face). May we present the silicone sponge. Yes, it looks a little crazy, but we promise it鈥檚 worth adding to your arsenal RN. Keep reading for all of the answers to your burning questions.


Hold, please. What鈥檚 a silicone sponge? TBH, these little clear blobs resemble something between a breast implant and gooey, childhood science experiment gone wrong. But hear us out. They鈥檙e pretty much magic when it comes to applying foundation. Don鈥檛 believe us? Keep reading.

What are you gonna do for me, little blob? First, none of your makeup will soak into the sponge, so you鈥檒l end up using significantly less with each application (and saving precious cash!) Also, the application is so darn smooth. Imagine your foundation simply gliding over your skin vs. using your finger or a foam sponge to dab it on. If you need proof, just check out Natalie Portman鈥檚 beauty look at the SAG Awards 2017.

Makeup artist Pati Dubroff used The MakeupDrop to apply her foundation and blush.

What鈥檚 the shelf life of a silicone sponge? Because they don鈥檛 absorb any product or attract bacteria, they can pretty much last forever. Just remember to regularly clean the tool by rinsing with soap and water.

So where can you get your hands on one? That鈥檚 the only bad news鈥 a lot of the popular brands like Molly Cosmetics Silisponge ($12) are selling out fast. The silver lining is that more brands are starting to get into the game. Below are a few more that we love.

1. MakeupDrop Silicone Makeup Applicator ($20): This little guy is the OG of silicone applicators. Makeup Drop is the version preferred by celeb stylists and industry insiders alike, so catch it while you still can.

2. Violet Voss聽Silicone Gel Applicator ($8): If you鈥檙e weirded out by a clear blob hanging out on your counter, check out this brand. It comes in three bright colors and won鈥檛 break the bank.

3. Whippy Cake Bubble Blender ($15): Chances are you鈥檝e probably seen this version popping up on your Instagram feeds, thanks to its popularity among beauty babes.

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