2. Stop with the Sponges
Sponges. I’m not here to lecture, but…
Let’s look at the pros and cons of the everyday makeup sponge. Pros – They’re pretty quick, they slap everything on in 10 nano seconds and, well, they’re cheap – easily replaceable.
Now let me take you through the cons. First of all, despite being easily replaceable, most people don’t bother to replace them. Sponges just get reused day in-day out, covered in yesterday’s face paste until they eventually wither into a sad little spongey sack of germs.
You’re probably travelling around with unwashed hands, dipping into your compact now and again to touch up; all that dead skin, oil and old makeup collecting with the day to day germs you’re meeting along the way – making for the perfect breeding ground for some pretty nasty things. Your seemingly harmless makeup applicator has effectively become a bacteria-ridden, smelly little acne wipe and you can kiss all your attempts to create a flawless skin goodbye as clogged oil and dirt will manifest into a spotty face or worse!
Unwashed sponges can spread impetigo, e-coli, ringworm, herpes and other harmful bacteria. As if this isn’t enough to have you marching down to your nearest Mac, there’s another matter to address – you may as well buy another bottle of foundation to go as the sponge soaks up a huge percentage of product which could have been spared had brushes been used – so more expense in the long run!
A recent article in the Daily Mail found that 72% of women don’t wash their sponges or brushes. Stop being lazy and throw away those sponges! Invest in some good quality brushes and make sure you wash them regularly with a mild shampoo to keep dirt at bay – or you may face some of these guys hanging around you this year.
Words: Tabby Casto
Illustration: Dom & Ink