Beauty blenders are all the rage in makeup application, but how well are you taking care of yours? And are you using them correctly?
To make sure you’re getting the most use out of your sponges, we’ve got application, cleaning and storage tips for you.
And don’t worry if you don’t have an original Beauty Blender. Although the name is specific to the brand and the iconic makeup sponge, beauty blender has become synonymous with every brand’s version of the makeup sponge. So no matter if you have the real Beauty Blender or a sponge from another beauty brand, these tips will definitely come in handy.
Using Your Beauty Blender
Dampen your sponge
Since a beauty blender is a sponge, it’ll soak up product very easily. In order to maximize your makeup products, soak your sponge in water before using it. Some beauty gurus like to dampen their sponges with facial or makeup mist so that you’re adding extra moisture into your makeup products. And in case the sponge dries out, keep a cup of water handy, or simply use your mist to dampen it again before use.
Use a damp sponge with powder products as well, as the wet sponge allows for more control for where you place your powders.
Use a bouncing motion for blending
If you find that your foundation and concealer aren’t blending all that well, chances are that you’re not applying your makeup properly. Instead of swiping product across your face, use a light bouncing motion to help fill pores and creases, as well as eliminate lines you normally see when wiping foundation onto your skin. Bouncing allows the product to blend with the surface of your skin rather than just sit on top of it.
Drag for contouring
The pointed tip of beauty blenders are great for contouring since they give a more precise line. Drag the sponge when you’re applying your contour, then use the rounded side to blend.
Use it with skincare
You don’t have to just use your beauty blender for makeup. In fact, you could use a damp makeup sponge to apply serums, moisturizers, sunscreen, and other products that you need your skin to soak up!
Cleaning Your Beauty Blender
Wash it after every use
We can all admit that we don’t wash our makeup tools enough, but with a beauty blender, you really should be cleaning it after every time you use it. Because it’s a sponge, it’s basically an infestation of germs, so better to be safe than sorry.
Also, remember to let your sponge air dry completely before storing it.
Don’t squeeze too hard when cleaning
It can be a long process cleaning your sponges, but patience and gentle hands are key. Don’t dig your fingers into the sponge to squeeze out the cleanser and water. Instead, you can roll the sponge out with your hands, or avoid using your fingertips when squeezing to avoid tearing.
Soak it overnight for stubborn stains
When there’s a stubborn stain you can’t seem to get rid of, let your beauty blender soak overnight in water and cleanser or makeup tool cleaner. The stain should be easier to clean in the morning.
Never microwave it or use boiling water
Whatever you do, never use boiling water to clean your beauty blenders. Same goes for microwaving it in water. The hot temperature may help kill the germs, but it’ll also melt the sponge. Cleaning a beauty blender with the proper cleanser and lukewarm water is good enough.
Storing Your Beauty Blender
Store it in a breathable bag
Leaving your beauty blender in a dark, closed makeup bag is the worst thing you can do. You want your sponge to breathe and fully dry out, so keep it in the original plastic casing with holes if you’ve got the original beauty blender. If you have another makeup sponge, keep it in an organza bag or another breathable pouch.
Replace every three months
No matter how often or little that you use it, or how diligent you are about cleaning it, a beauty blender needs to be replaced every three months. The sponge will wear and tear, and keeping it longer than the recommended three months is just a health hazard.
Where to Buy a Beauty Blender
If you need to stock up on beauty blenders, buy a cleanser, or simply want to browse other offerings from the brand, feel free to check out Beauty Blender on Lazada
Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.