We know what you're thinking. Why do we have a post up to address something as basic as how to use a makeup blender? I mean, who doesn't know, right? Well, as much as you might be proud of your winged eyeliner skills or your contouring technique, there are very common mistakes that we all make when it comes to using a makeup blender.
Ever wondered why a beauty sponge has that typical shape or texture? While using a beauty sponge seems like the easiest thing that even a child could pull off, there are special techniques to use your sponge so as to make the most out of it.
Here are common mistakes that you didn't know you were making, when it comes to using a makeup blender.
You use it for foundation alone.
Nobody really knows how this idea stuck on that a makeup sponge is only to be used to apply foundation. But we sure are here to change that misconception. The little sponge is one of the finest inventions in the beauty world. It is a makeup eraser as well as an applier. The sponge can be used to apply lotions, tanners and even powders.
You apply products directly onto it.
Okay, do not do that. You're not only wasting much of your product but also spoiling your blender. Spill a drop or two of your foundation or lotion onto the back of your hand and dab the sponge on it. This way, much of your product is not absorbed by the sponge.
You don't use it wet.
Did you know that the blender is mostly meant to be used wet? This brilliant material expands in water and ensures that most of your product is applied onto your skin and not merely absorbed. Now you don't have to soak it in water and make it drip wet. Just damp the thing a little before using it to apply your products.
You don't use it dry.
Now do you use the sponge wet or dry? Well, the truth is, the blender can be used both ways. A great hack is to leave the tip of your blender dry so as to use it to take off some of some of the makeup from areas where you've applied too much. So, a blender ensures that your makeup is applied evenly.
You don't wash it.
Ah, this one is such a pity. Proper care and maintenance of your makeup tools ensures that they last long. It can save you loads of time and money. Letting used products remain on your sponge can cause bacteria to creep and ruin your little sponge.
You don't dry it.
Simply washing the blender is not enough. You must let it dry properly of course. Tossing a wet sponge into your makeup bag will cause fungi to grow and even spread onto other products. Leave your sponge to dry out naturally before using it again.
You don't do the dab.
Clearly the dab is not famous enough. Not many of us know that a makeup blender is supposed to be used in the dabbing motion on the skin. A blunder is to sweep the sponge across the skin. This way you are only removing the already applied product. Dabbing on the product smooths out the texture of your makeup and ensures that it doesn't look cakey.
Now that you know how to use this magic little sponge, all there is left to do is to find the perfect blender for you. Check out our latex-free, reusable blending sponge
that is suitable for both liquid and powder application.