CHANNEL YOUR PRESCHOOL SPONGE PAINTING SKILLS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THIS SIMPLE TRICK
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.