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The Beautyblender isn’t your grandmother’s makeup sponge. There’s a reason professional and YouTube makeup artists keep more than one in their kits at all times. Since the brand launched over 10 years ago, it has become an insider favorite and created a new category of edgeless sponge applicators (with plenty of knockoffs available).

The main question we get when someone sees us with the pink egg: “Is it worth the money?” Yes. The Beautyblender will cost you $20 (which is about 19 more dollars than the cheap triangle versions at the drugstore). But you’ll get a dewy, airbrushed finish you can’t achieve with brushes alone.

There are a few things you need to know before you run out and buy one. Consider this your Beautyblender owner’s manual straight from the product creator, Rea Ann Silva. Avoid these 12 mistakes to keep you from getting mold, tears, or stains in your prized beauty tool.

Water Works

You’re using the sponge dry. We get it, you didn’t read the instructions, but theBeautyblender is supposed to be used wet. The damp surface gives you streak-free blending and a dewy finish.

Your sponge is dehydrated. Professional makeup artists like to keep a cup of water nearby to keep the sponges moist while working on set. “The best way to use the Beautyblender is when it is activated and damp and completely wet,” Rea Ann says. This January, the brand is releasing a new Reactivate spray that will plump the sponge when water is scarce.

Washing Machine

You only clean it once a week. Rea Ann recommends you pour cleanser on your sponge after every use, meaning every day. Make sure to keep the plastic cylinder it comes in as a drying station.

You’re scrubbing it too hard. Your BeautyBlender can tear if you have supersharp nails or if you’re pulling the ends too hard when you clean the sponge. Instead, use a gentle squeezing motion. While the sponge is soaking wet, pour the cleaner directly on any soiled spots. Use a pinching motion to distribute the cleanser in and out of the sponge. You can also roll the sponge between your palms. And no, you can’t put them in the washing machine.

You’re not soaking it. For stubborn stains, you can also use a concoction of cleanser and water to soak your sponges overnight. If the spot still won’t lift, you can pretreat your tool with a thinner oil (like baby oil) before cleansing.

Storage Solution

You store it in a ziplock bag. Moldy makeup sponges do happen, but it’s all due to human error (that’s your bad). “When you remove oxygen and light from anything that is moist, you have the opportunity for mold and bacteria to start forming,” explains Rea Ann. So a damp Beautyblender stuffed in your dark, enclosed makeup bag is a bad idea. Instead, use a breathable mesh or organza bag to transport the sponge when you travel.

You tried to microwave the germs away. “The worst possible thing you can do is put it in the microwave,” Rea Ann says. “I don’t think it kills bacteria, it just melts everything.”

You kept it too long. Even though you clean your sponge every day (right?), the Beautyblender needs to be replaced every three months. The older it gets, the more likely it will rip or tear.

More Than Makeup

You’re not using it for skin care. The Beautyblender is not a one-trick pony. You can use the damp applicator to apply your skin care products, too. Rea Ann recommends using the white Pure ($20) to apply your serums, sunscreen, and moisturizers because it’s softer and free of dye.

You only use the Beautyblender with cream makeup. You’ve probably seen the Beautyblender on YouTube in your favorite contouring tutorials. Many makeup artists like to use it for applying setting powder in focused areas, like under the eyes. “The great thing about using a damp sponge with powder is that you can really control where you’re applying it,” says Rea Ann. “Brushes are like brooms that sweep things around your face.”

You use a wiping motion to apply your foundation. The BeautyBlender bounce is not a dance you need to learn; it’s the perfect application technique for this egg-shaped sponge. It’s very similar to the stippling motion you’d use with a regular brush. “What you’re doing in that one bounce motion is depositing the makeup onto the skin, and then blending it at the same time.” It also works to sculpt the face. Use the pointed end of the sponge to drag product with your contour cream. Then, use the larger end to bounce away any lines of demarcation.

You’re only using it for makeup. Yes, we told you to never use the Beautyblender dry — on your face. Rea Ann uses the condensed sponge to remove makeup and deodorant stains from clothes. Once you’ve hit the three-month mark, you can repurpose your old sponge for ombré nail art designs, too.

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It’s no secret that the Beautyblender changed makeup forever. The hashtag #beautyblender has been used more than 1,000,000 times (yes–that’s 1 million) since its inception. How did we ever live without it?!

If you’re like us, you probably use your Beautyblender every day and incorporate it into your full makeup routine. But there’s a lot more to the Beautyblender than meets the eye. There are helpful best practices to follow, along with tips and tricks you may never have thought of. Here’s everything you need to know about how to use a Beautyblender for all its worth.

How to Use a Beautyblender

The Beautyblender is a versatile makeup sponge that can be used for practically anything in your makeup bag: foundations, bb cream, concealer, you name it. But in order to really get the most out of your Beautyblender, follow our 3-step process: wet, squeeze, and bounce.

Wet

Many people are surprised to find that the Beautyblender is meant to be used when wet. Before each use, run it under your faucet until it’s fully soaked. You’ll notice that your Beautyblender will almost double in size. This is supposed to happen! The special aqua-activated™ foam material in the blender absorbs the water instead of absorbing your product–leaving more of it on your skin without getting soaked up by your sponge.

Squeeze

Once your Beautyblender is fully saturated, it’s time to squeeze it out. The goal is to apply your makeup with a damp blender, so you’ll want to wring out all of the excess water. Your Beautyblender should then be at the ideal size and dampness to start dipping into your product. You can rest assured knowing that you’re not wasting product since it’s simply bouncing off of your sponge without getting soaked into it.

Bounce

Now for the fun part: the bounce. Bounce powder or liquid foundation, bb cream, or concealer across your skin for a flawless finish. Pro tip: we don’t recommend dragging the blender across your face.

Swiping a Beautyblender over your skin is just moving product around instead of properly laying it on. Bouncing creates a uniform, seamless coverage without streaks and lines. Bounce the pointed tip in hard to reach areas like under the eyes and nose and bounce the wider end on larger surfaces like your cheeks, chin and forehead.

How to Clean Your Beautyblender

Keeping your blender clean will not only make it last longer, but help keep your skin clean. To avoid buildup of dirt and grime, it’s best to wash your blender after each use. Our Liquid Blendercleanser solution is a highly effective yet gentle formula you can use every day on your blender, as well as standard makeup brushes. Simply wet your blender with the solution and work it into a gentle lather. Use it with our Keep.It.Clean tool which gives you a solid surface to rub your blender against while you clean it.

If you’re on the go and you only have time for a quick clean, pump a few spritzes of our Instaclean spray directly onto your blender and use a towel to remove residue–no rinsing needed. For maximum cleanliness, we also recommend swapping out your Beautyblender every three months, just like your toothbrush and mascara.

How to Use a Beautyblender in Every Step of Your Routine

We all love using our Beautyblenders for applying foundation and concealer–it helps product go on super smooth and silky. But your blender can be used for just about anything in your beauty routine, especially if you have each of our blender sizes.

The original Beautyblender is great to #aceyourbase and lay down that flawless foundation we all love. You can use it with practically any product, liquid or powder. It’s also perfect to bounce some setting powder at the end of your look for all-day coverage. Our Blusher is slightly smaller and is perfectly sized for the apples of your cheeks. It’s a great tool to blend out cream blush and highlight. And our smallest size, the Micro Mini, allows for precision in those tough to reach spots–and can even be used to apply eyeshadow. Who knew?!

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Hands up if you rely a little too much on your trusty BeautyBlender?

Yup, us too.

The easiest way to achieve that soft-focus skin without piling on a million concealers (or filters), when it comes to applying foundation, you can try every tool out there, or use a million different brushes, but when it comes down to it, using a BeautyBlender is the one.

But did you know there’s secretly loads of different ways to make that cute pink sponge multi-task?

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We’re talking everything from baking your make-up and creating the ultimate natural smokey eye, to applying root concealer and perfecting ombre nail art. Yes, we said nail art.

Consider our minds blown.

We caught up with BeautyBlender’s Global MUA Aline Elasmar to pick her brains and nab those beautyhacks…

First things first, how do you use a BeautyBlender?

‘The same rule applies every time: Wet, Squeeze, Bounce. Wet the sponge with water, squeeze out the excess, then bounce your chosen product onto your skin.’

Why does it need to be damp?

‘If the sponge has already absorbed some water, it won’t absorb any liquid foundation or other products you put on it which means your foundation goes on your face, instead of in the sponge. Just wash it before you use it to keep it clean – you use it wet anyway so you might as well wash it then!’

Now, back to the hacks…

1. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To…Bake

‘It might seem weird to use a damp sponge to set powder, but if you really squeeze it out, it won’t transfer any product.

‘Take the pointed end of the BeautyBlender, load it with powder, and dab onto the areas under your eyes and cheekbones to set your concealer.’

2. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Highlight

‘Using the round end, dab the BeautyBlender into cream highlighter then bounce in a C shape from the top of your cheekbone up to your temple, using the side of the sponge to blend. Turn it round and use the pointy end to highlight your browbone and the corners of your eyes.’

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3. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Apply Blusher (And Remove It If It Goes OTT)

‘Take the rounded end of the BeautyBlender and bounce onto your cheek. When you use a blusher brush you often apply each cheek in a different direction depending on what hand you use. Using a BeautyBlender means it stays perfectly symmetrical.

‘If you’ve gone a bit OTT, spray the side of the BeautyBlender with toner or face mist and lightly lift off any excess blusher.’

4. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Do A Natural Smokey Eye

‘Get a BeautyBlender micro mini and load up the round end with a neutral eyeshadow. Use your fingers to squeeze the sponge into an oblong shape and pat the eyeshadow onto your eyelid.

‘Take a darker colour, and, using the pointed end, work it into your lashline.’

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5. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Create Ombre Nail Art

‘Make the most of an old micro mini sponge by using it to create ombre nail art. Apply a base colour, then sponge on a lighter or darker shade to create an ombre effect.’

6. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Root Conceal

‘Take a BeautyBlender at the end of its shelf life, dab in root concealer and sponge onto your roots to get rid of any greys.’

7. How To Use Your BeautyBlender To… Make Any Foundation And Moisturiser Work Together

‘Sometimes, if you have an oil-based moisturiser and a water-based foundation, or vice versa, they refuse to blend together so you get a cakey tideline and rolling which can look like dry skin.

‘If you use a BeautyBlender to apply your foundation, it helps to blend the two formulas together so you get more bang for your buck.’

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1. You’re using it dry.

The special aqua-activated™ foam creates a smooth and even blend when the sponge is first dipped in water. Pro makeup artists love using the sponge damp so that foundation application goes on seamlessly. Better yet, if you’ve spent a ton of moola on that foundation, saturating your sponge with water will keep your precious product from being absorbed resulting in less product waste. So the final verdict, just wet, squeeze (out any excess water), bounce (your favorite formula).

2. You’re dragging it across the skin.

Swiping a beautyblender over your face is just moving product around instead of properly laying it on. Always bounce the blender on your skin, think of it as an easier version of a pro technique called stippling. It creates that uniform, seamless coverage and professional effect even if you’re not a pro. Bounce the pointed tip in hard to reach areas like under the eyes and nose and bounce the wider end on larger surfaces like your cheeks, chin and forehead.

3. You’re only using the blender with liquid foundations.

The special aqua-activated™ beautyblender foam can work with powders, liquids, creams and even gels. The narrow tip of the blender is perfect for applying powder under the eyes to set and bake makeup.

Maybe you’re a newbie to makeup sponges (in which case, welcome to the fan club!). Maybe you’ve been on the Beautyblender bandwagon since day one. Either way, we can all agree that makeup sponges are a game changer. Use them right and your skin will look like that Snapchat filter everyone loves come to life. But even if they seem pretty straightforward—after all, most of us figured out how to sponge-paint in kindergarten—they’re not exactly foolproof. Luckily, the most common mistakes are pretty easy to fix. We asked celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose to break them down.

Mistake #1: You’re using a dirty sponge.

Even with a ton of TLC, a good sponge will only last a few months—even so, you should be cleaning them after every use (annoying, but true—check our guide on exactly how to do that the right way). “The number one mistake is using a sponge with old makeup on it,” says Barose. “When you use ones with leftover makeup on it, it cakes up and is harder to blend.”

Mistake #2: You use one sponge to apply a million different products.

Sadly, makeup sponges are not one-size-fits all. Depending on what you’re applying—liquid foundation, powder bronzer, highlighter—you’ll need a different shape to get the best application (we broke it down for you here). And if you’re a diehard makeup sponge fan, it could pay to stock up on one sponge in various shades. “I use Beautyblenders in different colors so when I go back and forth, the products don’t mix,” explains Barose. “I can use a black one for foundation and concealer and the pink one for cream blush and highlighter.”

Mistake #3: You buy the cheapest sponge you can find.

We get it: It’s just a sponge! But skimping can kind of defeat the purpose of using a sponge in the first place. “Cheap sponges sold in bulk tend to be too thin and small. Plus, they end up absorbing too much foundation and don’t blend well,” says Barose. “Spend a little more and get good quality sponge that’s a bit firmer but still soft.” He’s a fan of the original Beautyblender ($20, macys.com) and Make Up For Ever Ellipse Sponge ($12, sephora.com).

Mistake #4: You wet your sponge even when you need more coverage.

If you’re basically a makeup sponge expert, we probably don’t have to tell you that you should get it wet (and squeeze out the excess water) before you use it with your products. This way, it gives super-sheer coverage, since the sponge absorbs the water and thus limits the amount of foundation it can pick up—like built-in color control. And while that’s totally fine, there are always those days you might need fuller coverage. In that case, Barose recommends applying makeup with a dry sponge. And, anyway, it’s easier to blend powder formulas when it’s dry (since the damp sponge plus powder can equal a cake-y mess).

Mistake #5: You blend in makeup by rubbing the sponge across your skin.

If you spent years applying your makeup with a brush, you might be tempted to drag the sponge across your face like you would with your foundation brush. It won’t kill you, but it also won’t give you the air-brushed look and even coverage that a sponge is supposed to. Instead, “gently tap it onto skin, and blend it in using patting motions,” says Barose. (This is called “stippling,” in case you’ve heard the word but had zero idea what it meant.) It’s a little more time-consuming, but on the bright side, your skin will look incredible.

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11 Things You Only Know If You’re A Beautyblender Addict

Ahh the beauty blender, the soft make-up sponge that is the key to smoothly applied foundation, with no creases, no patches and no streaks.

Though dupes crop up on an almost daily basis, there can only be one beautyblender – characterised by its perfect egg shape and pointed nib.

If you’re a beauty blender addict like me, here are some things you know without a shadow of a doubt…

1. You should never ever use them dry

Like, what are you even doing? If you use the sponge dry your foundation is just going to soak right up into it, costing you money and time. A wet sponge means more foundation on your face, and a plumper blender to work with.

Dip the sponge in some water, squeeze it out, and you’re good to go.

2. Beautyblender is a brand name for one brand of sponge

A beautyblender is an egg-shaped pointy sponge but there are so many different make-up sponges that people think they are all called ‘beauty blenders’. Beautyblender is the trademark name for one type of sponge, just like Hoover is the trademark name for one kind of vacuum.

3. They are almost twice as big when wet

The sponge you see when dry is completely different to the one you use when wet, they are super absorbent and slightly lighter in colour when wet too. The dye will never transfer onto your skin, no matter how old it gets, but it can get stained by substances like fake tan.

4. Beautyblender was founded by Rea Ann Silva in 2003

Silva is a professional makeup artist and her business role model is Sean Combs, who is still one of her favourite clients to work with. Silva works with high-profile clients like actress Regina Hall.

5. Each blender has a different name

And the newest addition is the beautyblender chill which is a teal colour.

6. There are LOADS of dupes and you can tell them apart by the softness, shape and colour

Similar sponges by brands like Real Techniques with flat edges, or B. precision blending sponge from Superdrug are different in shape colour and material. The beautyblender has no flat edges and is the softest and squishiest of them all.

7. The black sponge is for makeup artists

Beautyblender has a whole pro range, and founder Rea Ann Silva developed a black sponge for beauty professionals like herself, because they always wear black. There’s also a disc that looks like an artist’s palette for mixing on.

8. You can wash them by using the official soap or bubble bath

You should wash your blender after every use, and there are a few ways to do it. There is an official soap called blendercleanser which also comes in liquid form. Or you can just pop it in a sink or bowl of warm soapy water and give it a good squeeze and scrub to get all the makeup out.

9. The micro blenders are the perfect under eye applicators

I use the mini sponges to get rid of creases and lines under the eye or around the nose in those small nooks and crannies that a normal sized blender can’t really do justice. And the smaller sponges are great for neatening up lipstick too.

10. There’s one for your body

The bodyblender is a flat sponge made for… you guessed it… the body – it’s bigger and can be used to apply fake tan and bronzers.

11. You should replace them every 3 months

But this does depend on how often you’re using your blender. If you use it daily then you should definitely consider washing and replacing it often – because bacteria can build up really quickly if left to fester, and that’s gross.

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I may be the outlier here, but I don’t use brushes or sponges to apply my makeup. Chalk it up to old-school mentality or just sheer laziness, but when it comes to applying my BB cream every morning, I tend to just use my — gasp — fingers to pat it into my skin. Though, on rare occasions, like for big events, I’ll enlist a BeautyBlender to really lock in my look.

But as it turns out, every time I’ve ever used a BeautyBlender I was using it all wrong! According to the beauty brand, before every use you should dampen the sponge — again, something I’ve never done or even considered — in order to skimp on product.

Makes sense, but how does it work? When wet, the sponge absorbs only a small amount of product. “One of the reasons we always say you need to wet your blender is because water causes the sponge to swell and it ensures your makeup won’t be absorbed … which results in less makeup waste,” the brand said in a photo caption on Instagram.

To further prove the point, BeautyBlender recommends users cut open their sponges, which, if wet, will show product on the outside and little to no makeup on the inside. “The inside still pink and perfect,” says the brand.

I’d also like to point out that along with saving product by wetting your sponge (BeautyBlender or not), you’ll be allowing less product to seep inside, which helps stave off the potential for bacteria and mold growth (ewww), giving the tool a longer lifespan. Bottom line: Wet your

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The humble beauty blender entered our makeup bags a few short years ago and we honestly can’t imagine life without it.

The wonder sponge has the ability to perfectly apply our foundation, blend our concealer and smooth on our serums, but are you using it to the best of its ability? Turns out you’re probably not. Here are some handy hacks you need to know…

How damp it is will determine the coverage you get

Founder of the original beautyblender, Rea Ann Silva, says the sponge was always designed to be used wet. The clever part is, how wet you make it can determine the finish of your foundation.

For example, “depending on the finish and coverage you want to achieve from your base, you would use the sponge in different ways. For a sheer, light, natural finish from your foundation I like to use the sponge damp,” says top makeup artist Sam Chapman. “If I want to achieve a fuller coverage from my foundation I will use my sponge dry to build up the product,” she explains.

If you’d like a lighter base, run it under a tap before using it each time and then squeeze out the excess water so that you’re left with a damp and plump sponge, before dipping it into your product. This way it won’t soak up any excess product, and instead will transfer your foundation smoothly and seamlessly to the skin.

Always apply primer mixed with foundation to your sponge

Lijha Stewart, director and educator of Makeup For Ever, shared a groundbreaking hack with Byrdie, which makes a lot of sense, when you think about it…

According to the expert, we should actually be applying a primer straight to the sponge. Rather than blending it into our skin, we should apply our foundation on top of the primer so they can mix together on the sponge before applying the whole lot to our face.

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Pop your makeup onto your hands first

Another makeup artist has taken this hack even further – by claiming you should actually mix the products together on your hand, rather than the sponge, first.

Hello! Magazine enlisted Benefit MUA Lisa Potter Dixon to share the definitive guide to using a beauty blender and her advice is pretty game-changing.

Lisa explains that when you’re using the blender, you should always pop your product on your hand (rather than straight onto the sponge itself) before dipping the blender in and ‘bouncing’ it onto your skin. “Bouncing will give you an even, airbrushed finish,” Lisa explained.

In fact, that’s why beautyblender named it’s first foundation ‘Bounce’, as this is how they intended it to be used with the sponge. The packaging even has a small concave section to pump the foundation into, which acts as a palette so you don’t have to dirty the back of your hand – genius!

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Use an elastic band

If you need to be super precise when applying your makeup, for example when contouring or blending under the eyes, simply take an elastic band and wrap it a couple of times around your blender to essentially create two separate applicators – a small tip that won’t mess up the rest of your makeup and a big base to blend large areas. Or, you could just buy one of these mini blenders. ‘Sup to you.

Don’t throw it away

You might be temped to throw your beauty blender away once it has run its course, but according to our fave beauty bloggers it has a promising second life as a nail art tool. Simply cut it in half and use it to dab polish onto nail beds for a perfect ombre effect!

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And while we know you should clean your beauty blender every single week (yep!), Lisa maintains that you should avoid using washing up liquid.

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“Many people have copied this tactic after seeing countless social posts but remember, the residue of the liquid is likely to end up on your face even after it’s been thoroughly washed and this can promote breakout,” she said.

Lisa prefers to opt for the brand’s own cleanser or baby shampoo instead. You can read a step-by-step guide to cleaning your beauty blender here.

We’ll definitely be incorporating these tips into our beauty regimes.

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Wet Your Beauty Blender Before Use To Save Money & Makeup

There’s just something about beauty blenders that we love. It is one of the best tools used to dab our face to look absolutely flawless. Not to mention, an even finish. However, if used incorrectly, beauty blenders can poke a hole through your wallet!

Here’s the one thing that not many are aware of – Wet your beauty blender before use!

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One of the reasons we always say you need to wet your blender is because water causes the sponge to swell and it ensures your makeup won’t be absorbed…which results in less makeup waste! Don’t believe us? Take an old blender and cut it open: the outside will be covered in foundation and the inside still pink & perfect.

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Save money & product

According to the brand, Beauty Blender, you should always dampen the sponge before using it. This ensures that your makeup won’t be absorbed, which in turn use less makeup waste. The logic behind this is that wet sponge only absorbs a small amount of product. Try taking an old blender and cut it open, you’ll see that the outside will still be covered in the foundation but the inside, pink and perfect.

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For a more flawless application

Using a damp beauty blender makes the product application way easier. It helps the foundation to blend in more smoothly on your skin, giving you an even, streak-free finish. This technique is even better used on dry skin as it helps to moisturise your face.

Just be sure to squeeze the sponge well, as too much water can dilute the product. No one wants that!

Keeps your beauty blender clean

Since you’re using the makeup sponge almost every day, it can be dirty after some time. Imagine having dried out foundation, concealers and powders sticking in the sponge? Hellooo bacteria!

However, by wetting your beauty blender before using it, the product can’t seep deep down into the sponge because it’s already full of water.

Now you know the right way to use makeup sponges, the next time you use it, remember to wet & squeeze it dry for a gorgeous, glowy finish!
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Why you should always wet your BeautyBlender before you use it

beautyblender/Instagram The INSIDER Summary:

  • According to the beauty brand, you should dampen your Beauty Blender before you use it.
  • When it’s wet, the sponge will absorb only a small amount of your product.
  • When less product is being absorbed it helps stop the potential growth of bacteria and mold.

I may be the outlier here, but I don’t use brushes or sponges to apply my makeup. Chalk it up to old-school mentality or just sheer laziness, but when it comes to applying my BB cream every morning, I tend to just use my — gasp — fingers to pat it into my skin. Though, on rare occasions, like for big events, I’ll enlist a BeautyBlender to really lock in my look.

But as it turns out, every time I’ve ever used a BeautyBlender I was using it all wrong! According to the beauty brand, before every use you should dampen the sponge — again, something I’ve never done or even considered — in order to skimp on product.

Makes sense, but how does it work? When wet, the sponge absorbs only a small amount of product. “One of the reasons we always say you need to wet your blender is because water causes the sponge to swell and it ensures your makeup won’t be absorbed … which results in less makeup waste,” the brand said in a photo caption on Instagram.

To further prove the point, BeautyBlender recommends users cut open their sponges, which, if wet, will show product on the outside and little to no makeup on the inside. “The inside still pink and perfect,” says the brand.

I’d also like to point out that along with saving product by wetting your sponge (BeautyBlender or not), you’ll be allowing less product to seep inside, which helps stave off the potential for bacteria and mold growth (ewww), giving thetool a longer lifespan. Bottom line: Wet your Beautyblender Original makeup sponge. Your flawless face (and your non-moldy sponge) will thank you.

One of the reasons we always say you need to wet your blender is because water causes the sponge to swell and it ensures your makeup won’t be absorbed…which results in less makeup waste! Don’t believe us? Take an old blender and cut it open: the outside will be covered in foundation and the inside still pink & perfect.

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June 21, 2018 – 13:47 BST Alice Howarth We reveal how to use your Beauty Blender properly, and whether it needs to be wet or dry. Pro makeup artist Lisa Potter Dixon reveals all…

Are you a BeautyBlender devotee? Don’t think it could get any better? Well, it turns out, it probably could.

Since launching in 2003, the makeup sponge has amassed an unwavering following and with good reason. On Instagram alone the hashtag #beautyblender has over 850,000 posts and it’s not just the world’s biggest makeup artists and beauty bloggers that swear by it – the celebs and royals love it too. The Duchess of Sussex, Kim Kardashian-West and Paris Hilton are just some of the fans.

Egg-shaped and made of smooth sponge, it’s no ordinary makeup tool but can seem deceptively straightforward to use. Just load it up with foundation and sponge on, right? Well, no, actually.

QUESTION: Did you know you can clean your beauty blender in the microwave?

“I’ve gotta say, a BeautyBlender is one of my favourite makeup tools. I use it on all my clients and on myself but a lot of people are using them completely wrong,” says Head Makeup Artist and National Brow artist for Benefit Cosmetics, Lisa Potter-Dixon.

“When used correctly, and when paired with great products, a BeautyBlender, in my opinion, will give you the most incredible, flawless looking skin,” says Lisa.

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Below, Lisa reveals the ways to maximise your sponge for the best results…

  1. Always dampen your blender before use. When the sponge is wet, it only absorbs a small amount of product. The water makes the sponge swell and ensures less makeup waste.
  2. When actually using the blender, put the product on your hand, dip the blender in it, and then bounce the blender onto the skin. Bouncing will give you an even, airbrushed finish.
  3. For more coverage, press the blender into the skin. Don’t rub or drag because that will get you in a whole heap of mess, literally.
  4. Clean your BeautyBlender once a week to ensure that product isn’t drying in it and harbouring bacteria.
  5. Avoid using washing up liquid. Many people have copied this tactic after seeing countless social posts but remember, the residue of the liquid is likely to end up on your face even after it’s been thoroughly washed and this can promote breakout. I haven’t found anything better than the official BeautyBlender solid cleanser but if you’re on a budget, a baby shampoo is a softer option than washing up liquid. Simply cover the blender in your cleaning product and rinse and repeat until it looks good as new.

Watch Lisa recreate the Duchess of Sussex’s makeup look in the video above. You can subscribe to her YouTube channel and follow her on Instagram as well.

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