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If you’re a hu­man be­ing with an In­sta­gram ac­count or you’ve ever gone to YouTube for make-up ad­vice, you’ve prob­a­bly come across beauty blenders.

But if you’re late to the beauty blender party, here’s a sim­ple ex­pla­na­tion: it’s a hum­ble sponge that will trans­form your make-up game.

Beauty blenders or sponges are por­ous egg-shaped de­vices that blend your pow­der and liq­uid face prod­ucts to­gether, cre­at­ing a smooth over­all fin­ish and as­sist­ing in con­tour­ing.

Beauty blog­ger Asha Tregear says if you’re go­ing to spend money on any beauty tool, make it this one.

“In­vest in a beauty blender,” Asha says. “Se­ri­ously, it will change your life.”

The trade­marked Beau­ty­blender was the orig­i­nal tool re­leased on the mar­ket 10 years ago, in­spired dur­ing a spe­cial ef­fects make-up class. Since then, al­most ev­ery beauty la­bel has re­leased its own ver­sion, mean­ing you can pick one up for as lit­tle as $5 at the chemist or beauty store, but it’s best to spend a lit­tle more on a bet­ter qual­ity one.

You’ll want to start by adding wa­ter to your sponge and squeez­ing out the ex­cess mois­ture so it has a damp feel.

Ap­ply a liq­uid base foun­da­tion and re­peat­edly dab your sponge around awk­ward ar­eas that usu­ally re­quire a bit more rub­bing or brush­ing in — around the jaw­line, be­neath the eyes, around the mouth and along the top of your fore­head.

From there, you can ap­ply your liq­uid or pow­der bronz­ers and high­lighters and use the sponge to blend these into your skin.

“Use it to blend in your foun­da­tion, con­cealer, cream bronzer and loose pow­der,” Asha says. “You’ll be amazed at how much more air­brushed your base looks.”

Make sure you wash your sponge af­ter ev­ery use with wa­ter and liq­uid soap as they re­tain mois­ture and muck eas­ily.

It’s rec­om­mended you re­place your blender ev­ery three months if you use it a few times a week.

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