You’re quick to try a new shade for your pout or add a beauty product to your routine, but you’ve remained loyal to your makeup tools for, like, ever. It’s time to break free of your brushes and blenders, because there’s a new makeup applicator that’s 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’s worth adding to your arsenal RN. Keep reading for all of the answers to your burning questions.


Hold, please. What’s 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’re pretty much magic when it comes to applying foundation. Don’t 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’ll 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’s beauty look at the SAG Awards 2017.

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

What’s the shelf life of a silicone sponge? Because they don’t 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’s the only bad news… 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 Silicone Gel Applicator ($8): If you’re weirded out by a clear blob hanging out on your counter, check out this brand. It comes in three bright colors and won’t break the bank.

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

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