This is the easiest, funnest step. Simply hold your Beauty Blender under a running faucet, and squeeze it so that it can become saturated with water. You’ll know it’s done when the sponge has become about twice its original size.
2. Squeeze It
Make sure the sponge isn’t holding on to any excess water by squeezing it out in a towel. I prefer to use a paper towel unless I’ve just busted out a new towel from the wash, because germs.
3. Stipple It
The key to applying makeup with the Beauty Blender is using a bouncing or stippling motion instead of a wiping or sweeping motion. (If it looks like I’m doing the latter, it’s only because I’m stippling so close to my face.) You can apply makeup to your face or the Beauty Blender first, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve chosen to start by swiping some foundation on my face with my fingers before going in with the Beauty Blender. To blend in the foundation all over my face, I’m using the broader side as it covers more surface area to help speed up the process.
To blend in smaller, more concentrated areas like concealer under the eyes or around the nose, use the pointed side of the Beauty Blender. Remember to use the same bouncing motion as before to really help press the product into the face. Once everything is blended to your liking, that’s it. No really, that’s it. On to cleaning!
4. Wash It
Because the Beauty Blender comes in direct contact with your face and is used wet, it’s so easy for it to harbor bacteria and other nasties. Which is why it’s extremely important to wash your Beauty Blender, ideally, after each use. There are a bunch of different ways to clean it, but all it really takes is some good ol’ soap and water.
5. Dry It
Again, the wet state of a used Beauty Blender makes it a nice environment for, say it with me: bacteria and mold! So to make sure that it can dry properly and quickly, don’t shut it away in a drawer or container. The top of the jar that the Beauty Blender comes in is actually a great place to let it rest so that it can air-dry. You’ll know it’s dry when you come back the next day and it’s magically sitting inside the jar again. Yeah, it’s kind of cute like that.
6. To avoid rips and tears, squeeze to remove excess water
7. Apply foundation to your hand rather than directly onto the sponge.
Dabbing the sponge into product as opposed to pumping product directly onto your Beauty blender allows for less waste, the ability to make sure you have the exact foundation colour, and more even coverage.
8. An everyday bar of soap is all you need to clean it.
A bar of soap is a cheap and effective cleaning method for the Beauty blender. Simply run it across a soap bar a few times, rinse, and repeat. The hard nature of the soap is strong enough to remove product. So while you can buy specific cleaners, and baby shampoo may work wonders, a bar of soap is the way to go.
9. You can use the sponge dry to apply powder under the eyes for baking.
The dense nature of the sponge when dry means you can pack loose powder under the eyes more easily. Plus the pointed tip allows for more precision in such a tricky area!