The humble beauty blender entered our makeup bags a few short years ago and we honestly can't imagine life without it.
The wonder sponge has the ability to perfectly apply our foundation, blend our concealer and smooth on our serums, but are you actually using it correctly? Turns out you're probably not. Here are some handy hacks you need to know...
Always use your sponge wet
Founder of the original beautyblender, Rea Ann Silva, says the sponge was always designed to be used wet. Before using it each time, run it under a tap and then squeeze out the excess water so that you're left with a damp and plump sponge, before dipping it into your makeup product. This way it won't soak up any excess product, and instead will transfer your foundation smoothly and seamlessly to the skin.
Always apply primer mixed with foundation to your sponge
Lijha Stewart, director and educator of Makeup For Ever, shared a groundbreaking hack with Byrdie and we're stumped.
According to the expert, we should actually be applying a primer straight to the sponge and rather than blending that into our skin, we should apply foundation on top of the primer so they can mix together on the sponge before applying the concoction to our faces.
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Pop your makeup onto your hands first
Another makeup artist has taken this hack even further - by claiming you should actually mix the products together on your hand, rather than the sponge, first.
also enlisted Benefit MUA, Lisa Potter Dixon, to share the definitive guide to using a beauty blender and her advice is pretty game-changing.
Lisa explains that when you're actually using the blender, you should always pop your product on your hand (rather than straight onto the sponge itself), before dipping the blender in and 'bouncing' it onto your skin. "Bouncing will give you an even, airbrushed finish," Lisa explained.
In fact, that's why beautyblender named it's first foundation 'Bounce' as this is how they intended it to be used with the sponge. The packaging even has a small concave to pump the foundation into, which acts as a palette so you don't have to dirty the back of your hand – genius!
Use an elastic band
If you need to be super precise when applying your make up, for example when contouring or blending under the eyes, simply take an elastic band and wrap it a couple of times around your blender to essentially create two separate applicators - a small tip that won't mess up the rest of your makeup and a big base to blend large areas. Or, you could just buy one of these . Sup to you.
Don't throw it away
You might be temped to throw your beauty blender away once it has run its course, but according to our fave beauty bloggers, it has a promising second life as a nail art tool. Simply cut it in half and use it to dab polish onto nail beds for a perfect ombre effect!
How to clean your blender
And while we know you should clean your beauty blender every single week (yep!), Lisa maintains that you should avoid using washing up liquid.
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"Many people have copied this tactic after seeing countless social posts but remember, the residue of the liquid is likely to end up on your face even after it’s been thoroughly washed and this can promote breakout," she said.
Lisa prefers to opt for the brand's own cleanser or baby shampoo instead. You can read a step-by-step guide to cleaning your beauty blender here.
We'll definitely be incorporating these tips into our beauty regimes.