Beautyblenders 101: Are You Using Them Wrong?

Updated 09/23/16

It wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I began my journey as a full-fledged Beautyblender neophyte. Until then, I thought they were complicated and, frankly, unnecessary in my quest for makeup that was all-natural looking all the time. I wanted to streamline rather than introduce yet another tool into my routine. Wrong. Turns out, this tiny sponge is the answer to most all of my foundation and concealer problems—and probably yours too.

But there are a few tricks of the trade to getting it right. I tapped my favorite sponge-wielding makeup artists who swear by the product for lessons on how to get everything you need (and more) from a Beautyblender.

Just scroll and read; you’ll be a convert in no time.

Wet the sponge.

Both celebrity makeup artist Joseph Carrillo and freelance makeup artist Brenda Colon agree: Using a dry Beautyblender is the most common mistake you’re making. Colon suggests, “Soak your sponge in water to make sure it expands and is completely saturated. If you use the Beautyblender dry, it won’t blend the makeup well.” You can also soak the sponge in setting spray or rose water to make sure your skin stays hydrated and your makeup doesn’t budge throughout the day.

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Press and roll.

Carrillo explains, “Most people don't press and roll product on to the skin, but rather they swipe the sponge across their face. Swiping is a no-no!” Colon adds, “Using your fingers or a makeup brush can leave your foundation streaky if you don't use the brush correctly. The great thing about using a Beautyblender is you get a streak-free application—as long as you’re utilizing the pressing and rolling motion to apply. That way, your makeup simply melts together. Sweeping will give you an uneven application.”

Powders can be tricky.

Colon muses, “I love using my Beautyblender for creamy products like cream foundations and cream blushes or highlighting and contouring products. It’s great to melt the contrast of shades together so it doesn't look streaky. It gives a much more blended finish if you decide to add contouring to your makeup routine.” But, she adds, “After applying powder products like blush or bronzer, you can follow up with the wet Beautyblender to the skin as well. It's almost like using a finishing spray to settle the makeup onto the skin.

The makeup will look more blended and less powdery—which can come across as drying.” Similarly, Carrillo is obsessed with the way it blends BB creams into the skin.

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Size does matter.

In this case, one size does not fit all when it comes to these sponges. They make them in different sizes, so use them! My personal favorite is the sculpted one for highlighting above the cheekbone, as well as the micro minis that are a lifesaver when it comes to concealing dark circles and blending the product thoroughly. “Don't forget to pick up the tiny concealer Beautyblenders!” Colon warns. “They are great for under-eye coverage and getting the tight crevices around the nose area.”

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Washing is a must.

You should be cleaning your Beautyblender at least every few times you use it. If you’re really good, you can cleanse every time. Colon suggests, “When cleaning your Beautyblender—with special soap or even your face wash—make sure to let it air dry. Don't throw it back in your makeup bag before it’s dry or bacteria will be all over that thing.”

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