– Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
This little orange sponge has thousands of positive reviews. If you don’t want to throw down on a fancy makeup sponge every three months, this is a solid budget buy. It can be used wet or dry, though that wet gives a smoother application.
– e.l.f. Cosmetics Total Face Sponge
This handy little blender can be yours for less than the cost of a coconut milk latte. The flat side makes it a breeze to apply powder without looking cakey; the rounded side applies just the right amount of liquid or cream products for a dewy glow.
– Hourglass Ambient Strobe Light Sculptor
What’s interesting about this sponge is that it was designed to apply highlighter—specifically, the brand’s Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder, though it works with any powder highlighter.
– The MakeupDrop Glitz Silicone Makeup Applicator
Because this silicone applicator isn’t porous, it won’t absorb any of your products. But this also means that when you use it for the first time, start out with way less foundation than you would use if you were applying with a beautyblender; otherwise, you’ll end up looking streaky. I find that the best way to use this is to apply your foundation in dots directly on your face; then tap it into your skin using the applicator.