It’s safe to say that since its launch in 2002, the beautyblender has become one of the most – if not the most – coveted makeup tools in the beauty industry, changing the face of makeup application forever. Fans include some of the world’s biggest names in makeup like Mario Dedivanovic and Huda Kattan, as well as celebrities such as Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner, and Jessica Alba – not to mention, pretty much every beauty blogger out there.
But why is the beautyblender such a super sponge, and how should you actually use one? From how to make the most of this makeup must-have to cleaning it, storing it, and getting a flawlass face every time, Savoir Flair tapped its creator Rea Ann Silva to answer all those burning beautyblender questions once and for all. Read on to find out more.
What to Know Before Using It
How do I prepare my beautyblender before using it?
Always use your beautyblender damp when applying wet or dry makeup. When it’s wet, it expands to nearly twice its original size and, by using it wet, you use less makeup as the sponge allows product to sit on its surface instead of being absorbed into it! After holding it under running water, squeeze out excess water before use.
Why is the beautyblender’s shape so important?
The pointed side is perfect for hard-to-reach spots, like around the nose and under the eyes. Use the round base for foundation on the larger areas of your face such as your forehead, cheeks, and chin. Beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to use every surface and never have any lines of demarcation on the skin. The soft, suede-like texture is gentle on the skin and gives makeup an airbrushed effect.
I use my fingers to apply my makeup. Can I still use a beautyblender?
If you apply makeup with your fingers, you’ll find that your beautyblender will smooth and refine your makeup to provide a clean finish.
What products can I use my beautyblender with?
It works great with both wet and dry makeup products. Any complexion products such as primer, concealer, foundation, tinted moisturizer, bronzer, and highlighter are effortlessly applied and seamlessly blended using your beautyblender.
What about applying eyeshadow and blush?
Cream eyeshadows are best applied with beautyblender’s ‘micro.mini’, and cream and powder blushes are expertly applied and blended using beautyblender’s ‘beauty.blusher’. Different-sized beautyblenders demystify an array of makeup techniques such as contouring, highlighting, strobing, baking, etc.
What’s the biggest beautyblender myth?
That they’re just as good dry as they are wet. When the unique, super soft, latex-free material is wet, it ensures that makeup sits on top of sponge and is not absorbed by the sponge for less makeup wastage – so never use it dry!
Using Your BeautyBlender
What technique should I use to apply my makeup?
Bounce your beautyblender against your face when applying makeup; this blends your makeup without creating changes in the texture nor tone of your skin.
What if I have lots of blemishes that I need to cover?
If you have problem skin, the beautyblender works to cover blemishes, too! Use the pointed end and use the stipple-and-twist technique to work makeup into the depressed areas of your face. This action feathers out the makeup’s edges, leaving a perfect finish.
How do use it for a natural makeup effect?
Use your beautyblender with your favorite tinted moisturizer, BB, or CC cream and just wet, squeeze, and bounce for flawless, natural-looking coverage.
How can I get a more full-coverage effect?
Use your beautyblender with any medium- to full-coverage foundation, and then wet, squeeze, and bounce the product onto your skin for flawless coverage. Because beautyblender applies and blends product at the same time, you can easily layer to get the desired amount of coverage – and it will always look perfectly blended.
Can I use it with powders?
Yes, of course! You use the same technique with powders as you do with liquid: wet, squeeze, bounce. Just make sure all of the excess water has been squeezed out of the beautyblender before you bounce on powder products.
Can I use it for baking?
You can use your beautyblender to get the most of the baking trend. Simply load up the pointed end of your wet beautyblender with your favorite translucent powder before using it to “bake” the undereye area. [Click here to see how Huda Kattan bakes with her beautyblender.]
Cleaning and Caring for Your BeautyBlender
How do I clean it?
Wet your beautyblender and then create a lather by rubbing it over the ‘blendercleanser solid’ or pour a few drops of the ‘liquid blendercleanser’ over the blender. Repeat if necessary. Then, gently squeeze your beautyblender and rinse again to remove any excess cleanser and water. Set it to dry in an open, clean, and bright environment.
How often should I clean it?
Ideally, every time you use it. I like to clean mine right before I’m going to use it since it should always be used damp or wet anyway!
Why is it so important to keep it clean?
It’s important as it helps your blender last for three months and makes sure that the product goes on flawlessly every time.
What should I not do when cleaning it?
Squeeze delicately – avoiding twisting or pinching – to avoid splits, snags, rips, and tears.
How often should I change my beautyblender?
You should replace it every three months, like your mascara or toothbrush!
What’s a big beautyblender no-no?
Wet beautyblenders should never be stored in a Ziploc bag, a drawer, nor any closed space.