Looking for that air-brushed makeup effect without having to spend hours standing in front of the mirror each morning? All that you have to do is splurge on one special makeup essential: the Beauty Blender.
What is the Beauty Blender?
A Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge shaped like a teardrop that is used to apply primer, foundation, and powder. Its pointed end allows you to apply makeup in the smaller ‘nooks’ of the face, such as around the nose and eyes, while the larger side is ideal for applying makeup all over.
The term ‘Beauty Blender’ is actually a registered name of a specific branded product, but as with most beauty trends, there are many other brands available that look and work the same as the original (and are usually more cost-effective).
How do I use a Beauty Blender?
Before you do anything, it is essential that you wet your Beauty Blender by placing it under the tap. This is because it will simply soak up all of your product if you try to use it when it is dry. Once it is thoroughly wet, squeeze it out inside a paper towel to get rid of any excess moisture. It should be damp, but not soaking wet, before you apply your makeup.
Use your fingers to dot your makeup all over your face and then use the Beauty Blender to blend it in. Move it around in a bouncing motion – do not rub or smudge. The result is a smoother, more even application.
How do I take care of my Beauty Blender?
Ideally, you should wash your Beauty Blender using fragrance-free soap or baby shampoo after every use. Leave it out to dry, preferably with the help of a bit of sunlight, before packing it away again. Regular cleansing of this makeup essential is a must because it can make for the perfect breeding ground for bacteria if neglected – definitely not good news for acne-prone skin!
How long will my Beauty Blender last?
It depends on how well you look after it but, in general, it should last for up to six months. However, if you notice any nicks in its surface, or it is starting to smell less than fresh, then you know it is time for a new one.
Here’s to perfect, streak-free makeup every single time.