Charlotte Tilbury $32
The hygienic, silicone-based makeup applicator that doubles as a skincare tool.
Written By JAYME CYK
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WHY IT CAUGHT OUR EYE
David Farrugia, Drew Deters, and Jay Hartington have no background in beauty, but that didn’t stop them from delving into it. The three friends and business partners have a background in accessories, specifically watches that incorporate silicone into the band. But after Hartington noticed his girlfriend’s makeup sponge was in need of an upgrade, he looked to the material he was most familiar with—and the Makeupdrop was born.
Made entirely from silicone, the teardrop-shaped tool doesn’t absorb liquid or cream, guaranteeing that you won’t waste any product. Another perk is the nonporous, easy-to-clean surface—just rinse and wipe, et voilà. While its initial purpose is for makeup, our artist community found it worked incredibly well with skincare. Pop it in the fridge for a few minutes, apply your serum, and pat the cold Makeupdrop onto your skin so the product penetrates deeply. “Having a background working with silicone, we’re always looking for new, innovative ways to use the material,” says Hartington. “Combined with no background in beauty, we were able to give a fresh set of eyes to the industry. Beauty is all about personalized style, but one thing we all want is clear skin. The first step is having tools that assist in keeping your skin bacteria-free.”
THE ARTIST RESPONSE
“What I love about it is that it’s hypoallergenic and super easy to clean. You can apply foundation, clean it, and then apply cream blush with the same Makeupdrop. I also placed it in the refrigerator and used it cold to apply my moisturizer—it felt heavenly on the skin.”—Carola Gonzalez, makeup artist
“This is an interesting applicator! I found this sponge to be very effective on smooth skin (with very few pores or imperfections) at applying and blending foundation.”—Matthew VanLeuwenn, makeup artist
Apply a small (emphasis on small) amount of product to the silicone sponge, then dab lightly and blend gently into skin. Use the tip to get into hard-to-reach places, like around the nose and undereye area. For applying skincare, place the Makeupdrop in the fridge. When cold, use to pat in your product.