In the early 2000s, makeup artist Rea Ann Silver began experimenting with makeup sponges that would provide a flawless look for her on-screen clients. On the set of the TV show she worked for, she would cut the edges off sponges to guarantee a smoother, streak-free makeup application when her clients appeared in front of the camera.
Her early experimentations were the launch pad for a new kind of makeup sponge she created in 2002: the Beautyblender (the original product was trademarked as beautyblender® in 2015). Since the Beautyblender hit store shelves in 2007, it’s become one of the most popular makeup tools on the market. Today, the Beautyblender comes in different sizes and colors for personal use.
Keep reading to learn more about the makeup sponge that’s won 10 Best of Beauty Awards from Allure since 2007.
What Is a Beautyblender?
A Beautyblender is a makeup sponge shaped like an egg – it has no edges, unlike traditional sponges. The rounded, edgeless shape helps prevent lines and streaks during makeup application, and it ensures that makeup is evenly blended over your face.
The Beautyblender is a versatile sponge that can be used for any type of makeup: foundation, BB cream, concealer, blush, and both powder and cream products. It’s made of a material that absorbs water instead of your makeup products, which means more product ends up on your face rather than soaked into the sponge.
If you picture an egg, you can envision the 2 surface shapes a Beautyblender has: a broad base and a smaller pointed tip. The broad base can be used to apply makeup over large, open areas of your face, while the pointed tip can blend makeup into hard-to-reach areas around the nose, mouth, and eyes.
3 Steps for Using a Beautyblender
A Beautyblender should not be used like a traditional makeup sponge. Instead, follow these 3 steps to use the sponge properly for smooth, evenly blended makeup application.
- Wet your sponge in water. Remember, the Beautyblender absorbs water but not product, so wetting the sponge will not make your makeup runny or clumpy. When it’s fully wet, the sponge will expand to twice its normal size.
- Squeeze out excess water. You want your sponge to be damp for use, but not soaking wet. When the Beautyblender is prepared, dab makeup either onto your face or directly onto the sponge.
- Bounce the Beautyblender across your face. Blend makeup using a light bouncing or stippling motion – do not drag or wipe product over your skin using the sponge. Using a bouncing pattern ensures a smooth, even application over your entire face.
Proper Care and Cleaning
Because your Beautyblender comes into contact with your face, you should wash it after every use. A dirty sponge can transfer germs and bacteria onto your face, and cause acne breakouts, rashes, and even infections. You can use soap and water to wash your Beautyblender, or a gentle cleaning product. After cleaning, let the sponge air-dry in an open, well-ventilated area. You’ll know it’s dry when it shrinks back down to its original size. Like your other makeup brushes and tools, you should replace your Beautyblender every few months.
We have some more tips about how to take care of your makeup brushes and sponges – keep reading here.
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