If you are reading this article, the chances are that you own a beauty blender sponge and you want to know how to get the most out of it. Of course, it’s equally as probable that you are thinking of purchasing this cosmetic tool, and you want to check that it’s the right thing for you.
Basically, a beauty blender sponge, such as the Aesthetica Cosmetics Beauty Sponge Blender, is a tool which allows you to apply cosmetics to your face, namely liquid foundation, concealer, blush, or powers, including eyeshadows, whilst also giving you more precision over how you do it, and how you apply it. It’s not only home makeup users who are getting in on the beauty blender action, because makeup artists and beauticians all swear by this small but powerful tool!
The best way to use a beauty blender totally depends on your personal choice. There are sponges of different shapes and sizes, so it’s about the size of your face, the type of cosmetic you’re applying, and how easy to find each shape to grip. The most common type is a teardrop shape, which consists of a pointed end, for applying cosmetic to smaller areas, such as the sides of the nose or under the eyes, as well as covering up blemishes, and then the larger sides of the sponge, which are ideal for larger parts of your face. Of course, there are other shapes too, such as pear-shaped, which beginners may find easier to hold.
There are countless brands on the market, as the cosmetic world continues to grow, and you can find many different blenders at different prices. Check out the Real Techniques Miracle Complexions Sponge as one of the most popular and one which many professionals also use. If you need several sponges of different sizes for your own personal cosmetic needs, you can often buy multi-packs at great prices too, such as the EmaxDesign Three Piece Makeup Blender Set.
Actually using the sponge is much easier than you might think. You can use sponges wet or dry, and if you are using it for powder application then you should stick with the dry option. If you’re wetting the sponge, simply run it under the tap and then squeeze until the excess comes out; the sponge may double in size, as many do this. From there, you either apply the foundation in dots on your face, or you apply it directly to the sponge.
To blend the foundation/concealer/blush etc, you use a motion known as ‘stippling’. This is a small dotting or bouncing motion, which works to blend the cosmetic into the skin, giving you a professional air-brushed appearance. Never use the sponge to drag the cosmetic over the skin, because this will simply mean you apply too much cosmetic and you also end up with that ‘caked on’ appearance that really isn’t attractive!
Once you have blended all the cosmetic into your face, you’re done! Simple!
How to Clean a Beauty Blender Sponge
After you apply your makeup you will need to clean your sponge, to make sure that there aren’t any harbored germs which begin to dwell within it. If you don’t clean your sponge regularly, at least twice a week, then you may find that your skin is irritated by the build up of old cosmetic. If you have particularly sensitive skin then this is simply going to cause you a breakout at the very best, and a serious skin problem in the worst.
The best way to clean a beauty blender is actually very simple. All you need is warm water, gentle shampoo, and some fresh air! There are tools on the market that you can purchase to help you really get a good clean on your sponge, such as the CoKate Makeup Brush Cleaner too, and these will ensure that your sponge lasts you a little longer than it would have done otherwise. As a side note, it’s best to replace your sponge after three months regardless of how many times you have used it or cleaned it.
After application, simply wet the sponge through and squeeze it until all the excess water comes out, from there, wet it again and apply a tiny amount of baby shampoo, or gentle shampoo. Lather the shampoo and then rinse it all out – do not stop rinsing and squeezing until all the suds are out and the water is running totally clear. You should then place the sponge on a sideboard or on a windowsill, on a piece of paper towel, and let it air dry.
It’s really that simple!
You can use olive oil or white vinegar to really give your sponge a good clean also, and to do that, simply use the exact same process we’ve just described but make sure you really clean out the oil or vinegar before letting your sponge air dry. If you put too much oil onto your sponge it is going to damage it, because you’re never going to get it all out – less is definitely more in this case!
If you look after your beauty blender sponge, it will last you much longer than if you neglect it, whilst also ensuring that your skin is kept in the best condition, and irritant free too. Shop around for the best sponge for your needs, but this is certainly a piece of equipment you should have in your beauty kit.