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How To Use a Beautyblender

How To Use a Beautyblender
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The Beautyblender - changing the nation's make-up application since 2007. The brightly colored, teardrop shaped make-up sponge may be the size of a small egg, but the impact it's had on the beauty industry is quite phenomenal.

In a nation where contouring, highlighting, shading and shaping is taking over, this legendary sponge is fast becoming a staple tool. In fact, make-up artists all over the world can't rave about them enough. So today we set out to uncover exactly how to use these nifty little sponges, and why they are so special.

No One Quite Compares

Many brands have tried to duplicate the Beautyblender sponge, but none of them compare. The tool was created by Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva, famous for creating a flawless, glowing look single-handedly with her revolutionary Beautyblender®. Originally made for professionals, the tool ensured clients looked flawless on camera, in real life and in photography. As more and more make-up artists rated the product and shared the secret, the brand grew rapidly and has now become the success story it is today.

The clever little sponge has won the Allure Best of Beauty Award 5 times in a row, but it's not just Allure who put the Beautyblender on a pedestal. Our beauty team at SkinStore can't get enough of it, and here's a few reasons why:

  • Beautyblender’s unique egg shape is designed to cover 360 degrees and fit into all the contours of the face
  • The Beautyblender is latex-free and made from a proprietary hydrophilic sponge material that is made to absorb only water. This means that once the sponge is wet, it won’t absorb whatever cosmetic you’re applying.
  • Every sponge is handmade and dyed with all natural vegetable dyes.
  • It's affordable - the a Beautyblender sponge, depending on which model, costs around $25
  • You can use it to apply everything: moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, foundation, powders, highlighters, bronzers, and even self-tanners.

Application Tips

It's as easy as wet.squeeze.bounce!

  • Wet:  Wet your beautyblender® with water (it will expand to twice its size)
  • Squeeze:  Squeeze the tool to expel liquid, using a towel if available
  • Bounce:  Lightly dab your makeup and skincare products across your face for perfect application every time

Cleaning Advice

The best way to clean the Beautyblender is the 'professional' way, with their solid cleanser. You can soak the sponge in hot water for a few minutes, then rub it in the solid cleanser, lathering up and rinsing thoroughly. Allow to dry naturally by leaving is a cool, safe place to air out.

Another option is to give your favorite sponge a bath with the newly-formulated Liquid Blendercleanser. Made especially for soaking out tough stains that the sponge can hold, the demineralized water and natural sea salt wash is earth-friendly and keeps your Beautyblender super clean. Just coat the sponge with the cleanser and squeeze a number of times. Rinse and dry, and voila!

The Products

The most loved and praised product has to be 'The Original', the world’s first edgeless makeup sponge to flawlessly apply any complexion product, powder or cream. However, some other firm favorites include the The Pure, which comes in a dye free pure white. This item is made for a silky application of skincare and makeup, great for sensitive skin and for applying serums and moisturizers.

There is also the Micro Mini- an adorable micro-sized beautyblender® made for smaller areas such as the under eye, inner eye corners, lids, brow bones, sides of the nose, top of the cheeks and acne spots. And finally, the Blotterazzi Blotting Sponge- a game-changing washable, reusable alternative to blotting papers in iconic Beautyblender pink. These larger shaped flat sponges allows for precise, cushion blotting. Shaped to fit all contours of the face, Blotterazzi™ saves you from unused corners like traditional blotting papers.

The photos below let you see each product in it's true size, to get a real idea of the shape and appearance.


We don’t know about you, but we’re fast becoming obsessed with this unique method of applying make-up, especially for liquid foundations and highlighters! To find out more, you can shop the full range of products and have a little read up on each one here.

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