A few weeks ago I bit the bullet and bought my first BeautyBlender. At $25, it seemed like a pricey investment for a sponge that would be thrown away after a few uses so I put off trying it for years. I'm glad I took the plunge because now I am hooked. Not your typical sponge, the BeautyBlender is a must-have tool for every makeup enthusiast, especially for applying your base.
Right now, there is a beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set available at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that includes not one, but two sponges and cleanser for $35... that is an amazing deal. You know I scooped it up. Keep reading on why I'm a true BeautyBlender fan and will not go back to using makeup brushes for my base, along with tips and tricks on using and cleaning your BeautyBlender makeup sponge>>
Unlike a typical makeup sponge, BeautyBlenders not your typical makeup sponge. They are made with an innovative non-latex material, making the sponge super squishy, especially when wet. You always want to use the BeautyBlender wet. ALWAYS. To use, simply submerge into a bowl of water or under the faucet and give it a little squeeze to absorb the water and soak it, then squeeze all the excess water out. You can even use a towel or paper towel to squeeze the excess water out. Look how much bigger the wet BeautyBlender (right) is compared to the dry sponge on the left.
With daily use, a sponge can last about 3 months and like your brushes, you want to keep it clean. The beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set includes a bar cleanser and scrubbing pad to clean the sponge. Simply wet your BeautyBlender in warm water and rub over the cleanser. If you don't have the bar or liquid cleanser, you can also use a gentle face wash or dish soap. I've used both and I have to say, the bar cleanser is the best. My sponge almost looked like new (see second image in this post for how it looked after cleansing) so I do recommend using the BeautyBlender cleanser. You can also use the rubber scrubbing pad to help get all the excess makeup out of the sponge- it works really well! After rinsing, squeeze out all the excess water. I set my BeautyBlender on top of it's original container (the small one), or you can set it out somewhere in open air to dry.
Now that you know how to properly care and clean your sponge, below are a few tips on using the BeautyBlender sponge:
You can dot your foundation onto your face or apply it directly to the sponge. You then want to use the roll and press method, so that you're able to cover your pores and push the foundation and concealer into skin completely and without any brush strokes. This method ensures and even application for an airbrushed-like finish. Use the roll and press method to blend the foundation from the center of your face on out.
I'll then dip my BeautyBlender sponge (yes, wet!) into loose powder and apply under my eyes, around my nose and t-zone to set my foundation and concealer. The pointed tip is perfect at getting in those nooks and crannies around my nose and getting up under my eyes, and prevents my base from creasing and looking cakey. No one likes a cake face.
The end result is an even, smooth and non-cakey almost airbrushed looking application that I can't quite get with a makeup brush. I like that it gives me a flawless and perfected look with a dewy finish. I like dewy. I'll even use the bottom part of the BeautyBlender to blend cream bronzers/contour and blush. While I'll still use makeup brushes for applying parts of my makeup, I'm pretty sold on using a BeautyBlender for my base-- foundation and concealer.
You can pick up beautyblender® 'Beauty's Best Friend' Set that includes two classic sponge applicators and the cleanser for just $35 now during the Nordstrom Anniversary Nsale. Hurry before they sell out or this deal ends!
Which do you prefer using, a BeautyBlender sponge or makeup brushes?