An Ode to the BeautyBlender

There are dozens of makeup sponges on the market now but I'm pretty sure this was the original. With plenty of options at a lower price, it's easy to see why people might not want to spend the extra on this tool, however I think it's worth the splurge and today I'm telling you why!

 Of course their most famous product is the Original BeautyBlender* | £16 | which comes in a variety of colours (though of course mine always eventually end up orange with foundation...) There's something about this foam that truly is unique - where other sponges feel kind of stiff, this has a really flexible material and becomes much larger when you add water. Personally I use the sponge very slightly damp, running it under the tap and then gently squeezing to release excess water whilst retaining some moisture. I find this to be the perfect way to apply my base - I haven't used anything else for concealer in years and rarely use a brush for foundation. It's also great for travel so you just have one little tool to carry instead of multiple brushes. It ensures my foundation is even and takes away any excess product, giving a flawless but natural look. It's also perfect for liquid and cream cheek products, ensuring you get that natural, effortless look.

You can also use the Micro Mini Duo* | £14.50 | for concealer and the more awkward places around the nose. These are made of the exact same material as the Original and work in the same way, however they're super-small. Personally, I find the Original does it for me and is a little less fiddly to use, however if you're a makeup artist I think you'd find these really handy.

The BeautyBlender doesn't actually 'soak up' much product at all, however they can look a bit messy after a few uses (not to mention, the bacteria can build up due to the dampness). I let my sponges air dry in the open and a couple of times a week I'll give them a proper wash. I've tried a few different products and methods but I do find that the BeautyBlender Pure Solid Cleanser* | £14 | works best. It's like a soap and comes in this pot, which also contains a little rubberised insert with various textures on it to help with the cleaning process. Although my sponges definitely reach a point of no return when it comes to stains from foundation, this does a really good job of lifting that orange. It's a quick, easy, fuss-free process for ensuring your sponges are always clean and ready to use!

Are you a BeautyBlender convert?

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Disclosure - products marked * were sent to me for consideration however all opinions remain my own.

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