Chances are that if you're a makeup lover, or even just a friend to the occasional glam, you've gotten your hands on that funny little sponge the beauty world has been raving about recently.
They almost look like something you could wash dishes with, except don't. Beauty blenders are their own niche and they work.
The original beautyblender was developed by makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, who simply wanted makeup to look flawless on high-definition TV. The foam was designed to hold water to better apply and blend liquid, cream, and powder formulas, and it's teardrop shape makes it easy to hold while maneuvering product into all your face's nooks and crannies.
Since Silva paved the way, other companies have come up with their own versions of the now iconic makeup tool, making the prospect of choosing one that much more complicated. Beauty blenders come in all shapes and sizes, each one claiming to do something a little different than the rest. However, at the end of the day, just one, solid, tried and true beauty blender/makeup sponge is all you really need.
The original beautyblender is not only the one that started it all, but it's also a makeup tool that has stood the test of time. This sponge sold by Real Techniques is a great impostor for a fraction of the price, and Tarte makes a sturdier option that blends flawlessly without sucking up all your product.
Whichever beauty blender ends up being best for your wallet and your purposes, the next step is learning how to use it. It's not hard, but there is a way to get the most out of your new toy.
1. Get it wet.
It's a sponge, so naturally, it does it's best work when teamed up with water. Before using your beauty blender, run it under the faucet until it's saturated, then squeeze out the excess.
You can also spritz it with a setting spray or hydrating mist to keep your skin nourished and your makeup immovable.
2. Press, don't swipe!
Blot the foundation, concealer, highlight, or whatever you're using into your skin with the beauty blender instead of swiping.
"We call that stippling," explains Silva.
The damp sponge works with the pressing motion to make your foundation settle into your skin and look more natural rather than cake-like.
Also, don't be afraid to add serums and other fun things into the mix. Your beauty blender can take it all and turn it into solid beauty gold.
3. Powder away.
The beauty blender can make powder products less matte and more dewy, helping eliminate the parched look they tend to give you.
Feel free to dip a damp beauty blender into the powder product directly, or after applying the product with a makeup brush, simply stipple over your work with the sponge to help everything settle into the skin.
4. Wash it.
The beauty blender can be one of the best tools in your makeup arsenal, but only if you wash it regularly. Otherwise, it could give you a nasty breakout, and no one's got time for that. After every few uses give your beauty blender a good rinse.
You can splurge on fancy beauty blender cleaning soap, but you also have the cheaper option of gentle soap (like baby shampoo) and warm water.
Olive oil and dishwashing detergent is another great option to get your little sponge back in perfectly gorgeous working order.