How To Get More From Your Beautyblender

Beautyblenders can be used for more than just applying foundation. From highlighting to concealing – and even perfecting a smokey eye – these two make-up artists can explain how to put yours to work…
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There Are Many Advantages To Using One

“First, one of the key benefits of using a make-up sponge-like a Beautyblender is it’s more hygienic. It’s also far less messy than using your fingers – plus, using one allows you to work across a broader area, making it quicker to apply your foundation. It’s also brilliant for creating more even coverage – especially when you use the gentle ‘bounce and roll’ method. This is a great way to build up coverage without overloading the skin with too much product.” – A-list make-up artist Kenneth Soh

“They’re brilliant for achieving flawless coverage, and a great tool if you want to avoid streaks and brush marks. You can achieve a much more pore-less finish with them by pressing your foundation directly into the skin, using the sponge to melt and blend everything together. They work well with all formulas, making them one of the most versatile tools you can own.” – Make-up artist Jessica Kell

Always Use Them Damp

“There are plenty of ways to use a beauty sponge – especially when it comes to applying and finishing off make-up – but my best advice would be to make sure you wet it first. Wring out any excess water, then dab on your foundation. You want your sponge to be damp, never soaking wet. If you’re applying a full face of foundation, always spray some setting spray onto your sponge first. This will prevent it from absorbing too much product, and help base make-up set in place. Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray works so well as it’s lightweight but won’t allow make-up to slip.” – Jessica

Be Creative 

“Sponges aren’t just for foundation. On hot days, wet your Beautyblender with cold water, then press and roll it on your eyes for a bit of de-puffing. It’s also a great tool to use to apply both serums and moisturisers – providing it’s clean.” – Kenneth

“They’re good for applying primer, too. When you use a light or medium coverage foundation, apply your primer with the same sponge first to lock everything in place – it will also give you more seamless coverage. The Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Illuminating Primer works well with most foundations, and doesn’t cause any piling.” – Jessica

Take A Light-Handed Approach

“When using a sponge for foundation, try dispensing your formula onto the back of your hand first. Then, using a damp blender, pick up the product and apply it in a tapping and rolling motion. Start from the centre of your face and work out towards your jaw and hairline. Start lightly first, then review it if you think you need more coverage. From there, only apply more to the specific areas that need it.” 

“Providing you bounce the sponge over the skin, you’ll always get a flawless finish – never drag it. Once you’ve used the rounded edge of your blender to apply your base, go back in with the pointed end and apply coverage to those harder-to-reach places – like around the nose and eyes.” – Jessica

Sponges aren’t just for foundation. On hot days, wet your Beautyblender with cold water, then press and roll it on your eyes for a bit of de-puffing. It’s also great for applying serums and moisturisers.
Kenneth

Apply Skincare With It

“If you use your Beautyblender to apply your skincare, you’ll find there’s usually a little bit left behind on the sponge, so when it comes time to apply foundation, the coverage sheers out quite naturally. It’s one way to get a softer, dewier look. Another tip is to take a clean, damp Beautyblender, then press and roll it over your face to lift off some of the excess make-up – a good hack if you’ve been a tad heavy-handed to start with.” – Kenneth

Play With Different Formulas

“I love to use a Beautyblender for my cream eyeshadows. Begin by using one to apply your base make-up, then once you’re happy with the coverage, use the same sponge to apply your concealer. Next, use it to blend in any cream blushers, bronzers or highlighters – providing you’re using the same texture, the sponge will blend everything together. Just make sure you apply the products from lightest to darkest if you’re using the same sponge – for instance, you don’t want to apply bronzer before concealer, as you’ll risk throwing the colour of the lighter product off.” – Jessica

Don’t Be Afraid To Apply Powder

“While Beautyblenders work best with liquids and creams, you can also use them with powder. If you want to set an area of your make-up, use loose, translucent powder and dip your slightly damp sponge in it. Then, push it into the areas where you want to lock your make-up down. This works particularly well under the eyes or along the cheekbones.” – Jessica

Clean Your Sponge Regularly 

“If you’re going to use a sponge, it’s so important to clean them regularly. Always use warm water with either a hard bar or a liquid soap, squeezing it a few times to work in the detergent. Then, leave it to soak and allow the make-up to completely break down. Rinse and repeat if needed. If you have time to do this every time you use it, it’s far more hygienic. To dry it out, squeeze the sponge between some paper towels to get as much of the moisture out as possible, then leave it to air dry.” – Kenneth

Finally, Cut It Up 

“Once you feel your blender has reached the end of its life, simply take a pair of scissors and cut it in halves, or quarters. This will give your sponge a new lease of life and the new angles will be great for getting into tight corners around the nose and eyes. You can also use the new exposed middle to evenly apply night-time oils over the face, neck and chest.” – Jessica

 

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