The Beautyblender is one of the more talked about makeup tools out there and for good reason. The rounded egg shape allows you to blend foundation seamlessly across the face, and the tip gets into corners like around your nose and under your eyes. I always keep about 5-6 in my kit to use for all different reasons. And while there are a lot of egg-shaped sponges out there, I keep going back to the Beautyblender because of it’s perfect consistency and ease to clean. It can seem a little strange to spend $20 on a sponge but I promise it won’t be money wasted. While some of you might already be a “master blender”, I know many of you still wonder, “what’s the point?”. I’m going to share some tips on how to get the most out of it, and achieve that airbrushed finish to your skin.
The Beautyblender starts off as a small, dense sponge but when you run it under water, it doubles in size. Just squeeze out all the liquid before using. You might think using a damp sponge will leave your skin too dewy, but it actually helps your makeup appear as if it’s part of your skin, instead of looking like it’s just sitting on top.
I start by dipping the larger bottom part of the sponge into some foundation I’ve put on the back of my hand. Then I dab the areas of my face that need more coverage to deposit the most in those areas, before blending it out to the rest of the face. For me, that’s my t-zone. I find myself using way less product with the Beautyblender, since the sponge deposits just the right amount.
After the foundation, I apply a bit of concealer under the eyes and on any blemishes or red areas. I start by smoothing it in with my finger but finish off with the Beautyblender to give it a seamless look with no edges. The surface of the sponge works better then a brush or finger because it leaves no lines or smudge marks.
I also use the sponge to apply cream blush and liquid bronzer. It takes very little to create a blended, seamless look that isn’t cakey and looks like real skin. And if you thought you could only use it for creams and liquid, think again! You can set loose powder with the sponge too – just lightly dab and press the powder into the skin to create a smooth finish that isn’t powdery but sets your makeup.
There are many more ways you can get use out of your Beautyblender (like dabbing on some highlighter or using it to set your lipstick by powdering through a tissue). The uses are endless!
I wash my own sponges about every 4-5 days but if I’m working on set, I’ll wash them between each person to keep them sanitary. You don’t want to leave the sponge too long without washing. Bacteria can build and makeup collects inside, causing it to break apart. You can use the soap that Beautyblender sells, but you can also use a mild soap like baby shampoo. Simply let it dry in the little plastic “box” it comes in, or on a clean surface.
So now that you know you can use it for pretty much anything, get blending!