Must Have: Beauty Blender
This post is simply all about the little wonder that is the Beauty Blender. I have to admit, the Beauty Blender and I got off to a bit of a rocky start. I just didn't see the point at first. Why would I spend $20 on a sponge that does what my fingers can do just fine? Also, I'm a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to my beauty routine, and I wince at unnecessarily introducing bacteria to my acne-prone skin. Keeping this thing clean and germ-free seemed like a chore. So, my daily makeup routine and I went years without the Beauty Blender, and everything was hunky dory...
Or so I thought. After watching makeup tutorial after makeup tutorial on YouTube, I noticed one thing in common; everyone with flawless looking skin was using the Beauty Blender. Damnit, maybe they're onto something. Not one to miss out (FOMO, anyone?) I promptly marched myself to the drugstore to get the best looking Beauty Blender knockoff I could find. Because who wants to spend $20 on a sponge?
And then I was promptly disappointed. I learned the hard way that there is no knockoff for the Beauty Blender. I'm all about finding treasures at the drugstore, but this is one time when you have to go big or go home. If you're going to go for a blending sponge, just trust me and buy the original. It's worth the money.
So how do you use this thing? Great question. For starters, you must use the Beauty Blender dampened...read: Run this baby under water and then squeeze out ALL the excess. Not only will it grow in size, but it will also take on the softest texture. This is where the Beauty Blender differs from all the knockoffs; none of the copies I've tried can match the density and texture of the true thing. I like to run mine under cold water, and it wakes up my undereyes in the morning as I apply concealer.
And why is it so good? Because it has one job (blend), and it does it so well! Concealer and contour/highlight creams blend like a dream, and it can get right up in there under your eyes for a flawless application. They also make it in tiny micro minis and a larger body version to suit all your blending needs, but I'd go with the original if you're just starting out. Ah, and I should mention...you don't want to actually "blend" your makeup on with this thing. The application technique should use is more of a "bumping" motion (pat/press your makeup into your skin in quick, little taps).
Oh yeah, and for the germaphobe part...I quickly realized that cleaning my Beauty Blender is super easy and takes all of 30 seconds. I love using Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo to clean mine. I use this for my makeup brushes too! It's inexpensive, it does the job, and it doesn't leave behind any unnecessary oils or residue.
This post contains affiliate links, but all opinions are 100% my own. I would never suggest a product that I wouldn't want to buy myself :) I use my Beauty Blender daily!