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Could the secret to flawless foundation lie in your makeup sponge? According to experts, the answer just might be "yes." That is, if you’re using the sponge the right way. Beauty insiders have long loved the beauty blender, and with its cult-like popularity, you can now find similar edgeless, egg-shaped, brightly colored makeup sponges just about everywhere, from department store beauty counters to your local drugstore.

Here's how to wake up your makeup. Try these expert tips and tricks on how to use a wet or dry makeup sponge.

Strategic shape

The egg-like shape of makeup sponges is designed so that each side can be used without creating a line of demarcation, according to the experts at the makeup sponge brand beauty blender. This shape is also perfect for applying makeup in hard-to-reach areas such as around the eyes and nose.

Wet or dry?

“Both wet and dry sponges can be used for applying and blending makeup,” brow and makeup pro Ramy Gafni of Ramy Beauty Therapy explained in an interview. Makeup sponges, whether wet or dry, are “great tools for application of both cream/liquid and powder products,” seconds Kelli J. Bartlett of Glamsquad.

Dry finish

“Dry sponges are best for blending liquid and cream formulas,” says Gafni. Bartlett, Glamsquad artistic director, agrees, adding that “generally, a dry sponge will provide more product lay down with heavier coverage.” To use, dab the product directly on the sponge and gently pat the areas you wish to apply coverage. This technique works especially well when prepping for an on-camera event or any occasion where you prefer long-lasting, extra coverage.

Wet set

“When blending heavier makeup, like a stick foundation, or if you want to blend powder formulas to add a more moist finish, wet sponges are best,” advises Gafni. The pros at the brand beauty blender also prefer using a wet sponge, noting that it is essential in creating an even, smooth, blended look for any complexion makeup product. Once the sponge is saturated with water, it keeps the makeup from being absorbed too readily, so you’ll waste less product, and a wet sponge also makes it easier to create a seamless look.

Material matters

Be sure to take into consideration the actual makeup of your makeup sponge. “The material of the sponge can also play into the amount of product that gets deposited,” explains Bartlett. “Latex sponges are not porous and transfer a lot of product, while larger celled sponges will absorb and sheer product out.” If you’re trying to make a pricier foundation or product last longer, opt for a larger celled sponge and always wet prior to use.

Do yourself a solid and wet your sponge before applying your favorite foundation or cream. Your flawless, selfie-ready skin will thank you!