Fun, cute, versatile, hygienic, incredibly cost-effective, and pretty much foolproof, it’s easy to see why the Beautyblender has fast become the favoured tool for makeup application for makeup artists and beauty fanatics alike. Far more than just a regular makeup sponge, its unique shape and top secret material formulation result in flawless application and gorgeous, glowing skin. Here’s how to use a Beautyblender to max out your foundation game…
Choose The Right Water Temperature
It’s important to always wet your Beautyblender before applying makeup – use it dry and your complexion will look cakey. Soaking a Beautyblender swells it to twice its size and prevents it from absorbing any liquid products that you use with it. A makeup artist hack is to use warm water in the winter and cold water in the summer – cold water will feel more refreshing in the summer months, but warm water will help foundation to melt and become more malleable.
Erase Your Mistakes
If you went in too heavy-handed with your contour or blush, you can use a dry Beautyblender to blend out and gradually fade heavy-handed powder product application – it lifts off excess makeup without the need to completely remove and start all over. What’s more, using a dry Beautyblender is also a foolproof way to blur obvious foundation lines and lift eyeshadow fallout.
Dab Don’t Rub
Sweeping or dragging the Beautyblender across skin like a brush simply moves product around, causing streaks and patchiness. Pressing and bouncing it lightly on the skin (known as ‘stippling’) will result in a more even, skin-like finish, and is also much more gentle on your skin. The result is more coverage, with less product needed – and thanks to the pointed tip, means you can press product into every nook and cranny of your face.
Make It Multitask
Thought a Beautyblender was just for makeup? Think again. It’s the ideal tool to apply skincare to your face (and can even be used for nail art). The hydrophilic foam material of the sponge won’t absorb product (as your hands do) – meaning less wastage of your super-pricey serums and moisturisers. Plus, pressing skincare products onto skin has proven to be much more effective than rubbing – it’s gentler on skin, but forces product straight into pores.
Apply From Hand
For even coverage (and less waste), pour foundation onto the back of your hand, then use the Beautyblender to transfer it to your face. This will help you to build coverage from sheer to full, and to go back and add more coverage to problem areas. It also means that you can blend colour outwards from the centre of your face – a makeup artist trick to getting coverage where you need it most, and avoiding an obvious foundation line along your jaw.
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