If you have decided to invest in a beauty blender sponge for your makeup application, be it liquid cosmetic or powder, you will no doubt wanting to know how to use it to its maximum potential, to give you that professional airbrushed application you dream of.
It’s not too difficult to use your beauty blender in the best possible way, and it’s also a subject where you can find a few hints and tips too. We’re going to talk about a few of these beauty blender tips, to help you use your new tool just like the professionals!
Stippling is The Way Forward
In order to use your new beauty blender to the best of its ability you need to master a process called stippling. No, this is not complicated, but this is one of the biggest beauty blender hacks out there, because this is how you will get that professional, full coverage appearance.
Stippling is a bouncing motion. Basically, you apply the liquid cosmetic to your sponge or your face in dots, but don’t rub it in. Using your sponge to drag or rub cosmetic across your skin is the biggest no no in history! You should dot the cosmetic (stippling) using a bouncing motion, with a firm but not too hard pressure. This means that the cosmetic is absorbed into your skin gradually, and isn’t over applied and then sits on top of your skin. Whilst stippling isn’t the quickest process, it is the most effective and will give you that airbrushed appearance.
Clean Your Sponge Regularly
You should ideally clean your sponge every time you use it but this might not be possible if you use it more than once a day! For this reason, at least twice a week give your sponge a good clean. You can do this by running it under tap water and squeezing out all of the left over cosmetic. From there you can apply either baby shampoo, sensitive dish soap, white vinegar, or olive oil, but only ever use a tiny amount of any of these. Lather the mixture and then rinse very, very well! You should continue this process until all of the suds have gone and the water is totally clean and clear. Airdrying your sponge is also a must do, so leave it on a windowsill, sitting on a piece of paper towel, until it is totally dry.
Use Your Sponge Wet For Ultra Performance
If you are applying powder cosmetic then only ever use your sponge dry, but if you are using liquid cosmetics, such as foundation, concealer, or liquid blush, always use your sponge wet. Soak the sponge and then squeeze out all of the excess water, until it is left just damp. The sponge should double in size. This is one of the best makeup sponge hacks because it allows the liquid cosmetic to sit on top of the sponge, rather than be absorbed inside. The sponge is already absorbed with water, so there is no room for the cosmetic to go inside. You use less makeup this way and therefore save yourself some cash!
Find the Right Sponge Shape For You
You don’t just have to use a teardrop shape sponge, just because that is the one you will come across most often. There are several other types on the market, and it’s really about which one works for you. A pear-shaped beauty blender is great for a beginner, because it is much easier to hold than a teardrop shape, but does exactly the same job. The tapered end can also be used to reach those smaller, hard to reach places, and for covering blemishes. A sculptor blender is good for applying heavier liquid makeup types, and a spade is ideal as an all-rounder. Basically, it’s about trial and error, but you will find that the teardrop shape is more prevalent on the market at the moment.
Replace Your Sponge After Three Months Maximum
You shouldn’t use your sponge after three months because it is going to start harboring germs, no matter how many times you clean it. The sponge may also begin to weaken or lose its shape, and that means it will lose its efficiency. Beauty blender sponges aren’t that expensive, so this shouldn’t be a massive problem, and you can often purchase online for quite cheap prices. If you find a blender which suits you perfectly, simply replace it with another one and you’re good to go again! It’s not worth putting the health of your skin at risk, or the standard of your cosmetic application, simply because went over the magic three months’ rule!
Using a beauty blender sponge isn’t that hard, and once you master that key stippling motion, you’ll find that achieving professional results isn’t out of your reach. Practice in your spare time, so you can easily go to those top results before you head off somewhere special, and remember to store your sponges somewhere clean and safe, where they aren’t going to be contaminated with other products, or be subject to damp.
You can easily use blender sponges in conjunction with brushes too, which is what the professional beauty artists do. Shop around again and practice with a capital P! Achieving those top results doesn’t come overnight, but with practice they will be much easier to obtain.