Beautyblenders 101: Are You Using Them Wrong?

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.