Is it better to be on the bandwagon than to have never tried the bandwagon and experienced flawless foundation at all? That is the question.
Ok, the beautyblender has been around for about 3 years. It’s not new. Everyone loves it. Why hadn’t I tried it? Two reasons: 1. I’m cheap and didn’t want to pay $20 for a sponge. 2: I HATE beauty sponges. They never got my foundation quite right and soak up a ton of product.
But I am now a proud sponge carrying member of the OMG I LOVE THE BEAUTYBLENDER club.
I picked the PURE version, with no dyes, because I do have sensitive skin. It does get messy a bit faster, but honestly, I kind of need and like the motivation to clean it daily. I also purchased the solid cleanser, $16, which is incredible. It’s travel friendly and gets the sponge almost back to pure white every single time. I wish beautyblender solid cleanser cleaned apartments, it’s that good.
Can we be honest? The first time I used the beautyblender I thought, “meh.” I know. I know. That’s a bit sacrilege to say in Club Blender for Life. But I decided to stick with it, because if blogging has shown me anything, it’s that I need to try a product for about a month before I truly know how to use something and can recommend it. And here we are today, obsessed.
I find myself using the blender two different ways, depending on the coverage of foundation or CC cream I’m using. The first time when I used the blender and didn’t love it, I put a light coverage foundation on the back of my hand and used the blender to apply the foundation. It blended it in super lightly, which would be fine with no scars, but I needed to it cover my light scars and redness. I knew I had to experiment with how the sponge would work best for me. I decided to try it with a full coverage foundation the next day. And the love affair commenced…
HOW I USE MY BEAUTYBLENDER
My tricks -I have found that the beautyblender works best for me these ways. I have dry skin, so I do make sure I have on a great moisturizer or skin oil to start or my skin can feel a bit tight when I’m all done.
Light coverage foundation: I apply lighter or buildable coverage foundation or CC cream with my fingers and blend as I normally would. Then I take my damp beautyblender and roll it over my face to really blend the foundation in and blend the edges. It looks like I’m rolling an egg around on my face like “oh, hey what’s up? Not much here just rolling an egg around on my face.” But trust me when I say it eliminates any of the heaviness/fakeness/look of foundation and leaves your skin so pretty and light and looking perfect.
Full coverage foundation: I put a dab of foundation on the back of my hand and take the wide side of the damp beautyblender, dab it in the foundation and apply the foundation to my face with the blender by bouncing/stippling the blender onto my skin. This is basically a fancy way to say “dabbing”. Then I use the side of the blender to roll over my face and smooth out any edges. You will look like a fairy princess who just slept 18 hours.
I dampen my blender by holding it under medium temperature water and lightly squeezing the water through it. It doubles in size as it gets wet! Which reminds me of those dinosaur sponges that started out as pellets that grew into full size sponges that your mom would buy you if you were really well behaved at the supermarket when you were a kid. Remember those? Now imagine if they gave you perfect skin. Using a beautyblender reminds me of those dinos, and believe me, it’s still just as cool to watch something double in size and even cooler that it makes your foundation so flawless.
After it’s doubled, squeeze the extra water out gently, then squeeze the blender again into a towel. This gets it the perfect amount of “damp” for me. It’ll feel super squishy and light.
Also, I don’t wash my blender until I’m totally done with my makeup. I use it to blend out my concealer, my contouring lines, my highlighter, and the edges of my blush. It makes your color so nicely blended that it’s really stepped up my blush game! Blush Game: Stepped Up.
When I am ready to clean it, I run it under warm water again, squeezing the water out. Then I swirl it in circles on top of the cleansers, making sure to hit all the sides. Then I gently massage the blender in my palm, working the cleanser all the way through the sponge as gently but thoroughly as I can. Then I rinse all the makeup out. Some days I have to wash certain spots twice. When I’m done rinsing, I lightly squeeze the blender in a towel and pop it back up on it’s plastic container to dry.
I have become so beautyblender obsessed, I’m glad I stuck it out and learned how to use it in a way that works for my skin. I’ve truly never had better looking foundation. It’s the best $20 I have ever spent and I don’t say that lightly. It even makes inexpensive foundation look flawless, so I think it’s a great initial investment, because then you can just spend $10 on your foundation and have it look fancy.
Have you tried the beautyblender yet? Let me know if you are as obsessed as me!
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