Makeup for me has always been a challenge eventhough I seem to have mastered the basics. I’ve used brushes, sponges and my fingers to apply my foundation all with limited effectiveness, until I ran across this little item, the Beauty Blender Sponge, on one of the beauty blogs that I follow. I wanted to share it with you.
The reviewer is Ashley Rebecca, a freelance makeup artist in NYC. Her attention to detail, product knowledge , and overall experience, has set her apart to be a go-to beauty guru and trusted expert in her field. I’ve also linked to a second review by Melissa, a Belgian makeup artist, now in Switzerland, who did a comparison test. Having the right tools gives you a step up in creating that facial palette to enhance your natural beauty…it’s not all from the inside.
One of my favorite tools to use when working with clients is the Beauty Blender sponge. With it’s hot pink hue (also comes in black too!) and unique egg shape, the Beauty Blender has become one of the most coveted tools used by makeup artists world-wide. From photo shoots, NYFW, and Instagram, this little miracle worker is one of the best products to help blend your makeup, just like a professional makeup artist would. Sometimes figuring out how to use the Beauty Blender can be tricky, so I’ve compiled a few tips on how to make the most of it, every time you use it.
Wet It: Most people don’t realize that you have to wet the sponge to use it. Putting your makeup on with it dry will do nothing for you, and you will wonder why you ever invested in it in the first place. Hold the sponge under running water until it expands, and then squeeze all the excess water out leaving it damp. You can use the Beauty Blender to apply foundation, or if you like to use a foundation brush to apply your makeup, you can use the Beauty Blender after to help smooth out liquid makeup to make it completely even.
The Base: Use the bottom, round portion of the sponge to blend makeup all over the face. This is great for areas such as the cheeks, chin and forehead. You can use a tapping like motion in areas that need blending until you feel you’ve achieved a flawless complexion.
The Top: Use the top portion (also known as the tip) of the sponge to blend around more hard to reach and delicate areas. The top is great for blending concealer underneath the eyes, and makeup around the nose where it can tend to get red or your makeup has worn off.
Blend your way to a flawless face! Seeing make up is the first sign of an amateur application. Beautyblender was created without edges in order to eliminate visible lines and streaks. So go ahead, experiment fearlessly with your Beautyblender and discover the many ways its unique shape will set you free!
Bounce Beautyblender against your face when applying make up. Bouncing, called stippling in the make up world, blends make up without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin. Use Beautyblender’s pointed side for hard-to-reach spots like around the nose and mouth, and under the eyes. Use the round base for foundation and blush on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks and chin.
If you apply make up with your fingers you’ll find that Beautyblender will smooth and refine your make up to provide a clean finish.
Use Beautyblender damp when applying wet/dry make up. When Beautyblender is wet it is normal for it to expand to nearly twice its original size. Wash after use and place in the Beautyblender insert pedestal to dry. Beautyblender should not come in contact with extreme heat of any kind.
If you have problem skin Beautyblender works to cover blemishes. Use the pointed end and the stipple and twist technique to work make up into depressed areas of the face. The stippling and twisting action feathers out the make up’s edges, leaving a perfect finish
Makeup Artist Tip: This sponge is a great product to help blend cream blushes, liquid highlighters, and eyeshadow. If you can, use one sponge for foundation, cc, or bb cream, and another for eyes and cheek products. This will help in making sure that when you layer products you achieve a clean blend. Start by adding a small amount of cream blush to the apples of the cheeks and blend more color until you get the desired pigment you want. The same goes for liquid highlighters, and you can also help correct eyeshadow if it’s too heavy on the lid or around the brow by using the sponge to tone it down.
Nicole Guerriero gives us a few how to tips in this short 4 minute video
Cleaning Your Beauty Blender:
Many people think the Beauty Blender is a one-time use sponge. Not true! You can clean your sponge and re-use it as many times as you want until you find that it starts to wear down. After much use, it will start to slowly fall apart or get tiny tears in it. A good indication that it’s time to toss it and purchase a new one. The best way to clean it is to use this cleanser, making sure you get all the makeup out. Gently massage the cleanser into areas that you see makeup, and rinse until the sponge is back to it’s normal color with no foundation spots. Lay it out to dry overnight so that it’s ready to use the next day.
From liquid foundations to eyeshadow, the Beauty Blender is the perfect compliment to any makeup routine. If you haven’t already, give it a try, I just know you’ll love it!
What else you need to know:
This non-latex product is hypoallergenic and can last up to three to four months if cared for properly. Beautyblender is an Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner.
Melissa, a Belgian makeup artist from the Kiss and Makeup Beauty Blog, has done a comparison review of the Beauty Blender sponge with a lower cost product on the market. The results are interesting.