I started using foundation sponges for the first time in a nearly 20-year makeup-wearing career. I got a “Unicorn Tears WonderSponge” as part of my Birchbox, a subscription beauty sample service I signed up to based on a Facebook ad (no regrets). I started using primer, and now I use a full-face primer as well as a primer just for my eyelids. I have learned, basically, which parts of my face need to be matte and which parts should glimmer subtly under light. It’s not that I think I “need a lot of makeup” — that rhetoric, about needing makeup, feels fusty — it’s that I want to be part of this new performance of beauty, unconcerned with what the man on the street would think of my look.