When the Beauty Blender sponge popped on the scene it instantly changed everyone’s makeup game. It seemed like overnight everyone gave up their stippling brushes in favor of this miracle makeup sponge that could do everything: help you lay down your base, blend seamlessly, bake a setting powder, contour, highlight, and even take your dog out for a walk! Okay, forget that last part.

Beauty Blender Sponge Guide

It is undeniable that the Beauty Blender made a lot of makeup brushes obsolete and helped to seriously improve the way our foundation looks. If you haven’t tried it yet, then honestly, you’re way behind.

To get you up to speed, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this little rounded makeup sponge. I’ll explain the interesting original story of the Beauty Blender, and go into detail about exactly what it is and what it is made of. I’ve even listed the best Beauty Blender sponge types that you can try based on your preference and for different makeup techniques.

I’ll explain how to use Beauty Blender following the brand’s signature wet.squeeze.bounce method, and then will tell you about 13 different uses for the Beauty Blender! Very importantly, I’ll explain how to clean Beauty Blender the right way so you can keep it usable and fresh for as long as possible, and I’ll also let you know how often you should replace it.

To finish things off, I’ll let you know about some common Beauty Blender mistakes people make, and how to avoid them!

Your Ultimate Guide to Beauty Blender Sponge: Contents

The Beauty Blender Story
What Is a Beauty Blender?
6 Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types to Buy
How to Use Beauty Blender: The Classic Method and 14 More Ways
How to Clean Beauty Blender Thoroughly
When Should You Replace Your Beauty Blender?
Beauty Blender Mistakes to Avoid

The Beauty Blender Story

The story of the original Beauty Blender is also the story of the Beautyblender brand’s founders, Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz. The two women were Hollywood makeup artists working during the dawn of HD television, which is when they started cutting up regular makeup sponges to get rid of their edges.

By doing that, the two artists were able to apply foundation more easily, without having to blend away as many lines and streaks caused by the edge of the sponge. This was especially important for Hi-Def TV, which was much less forgiving to makeup flaws and imperfections.

At first, the sponge cutting routine was a well-kept secret, but eventually the two makeup artists decided to let it out into the wild and make a bit of coin in the process. Once they found a way to mass-produce an edgeless makeup sponge they came up with the perfect beveled egg shape, and released the first Beauty Blender in 2007.

It was in 2012 that the sponge really took off, and became a staple in the vanity of every makeup aficionado.

What Is a Beauty Blender?

It is important to note that Veronica Lorenz has since left the company, and as such she is no longer mentioned by the brand in its origin story. However, it is undeniable that this remarkable woman was part of the process and had a significant impact.

What Is a Beauty Blender?

Understanding the story of the Beauty Blender tells us a lot, but it doesn’t explain exactly what a Beauty Blender is. Shaped like a beveled egg or a teardrop, the Beauty Blender is a makeup sponge with one large, rounded end perfect for covering large areas, and a tapered, pointed edge perfect for getting into smaller spaces and applying makeup products more precisely.

The Beauty Blender sponge is made of a trademarked non-latex foam that expands significantly once it absorbs water, which prevents it from absorbing your precious makeup products. The foam will also dry fairly quickly once you’re done using the sponge.

Beyond the fact that it has no edges and a much more calculated shape and size, the Beauty Blender also stands out in the way it feels. It is super soft and bouncy, so using it on the skin is a particularly gentle and enjoyable process.

While the original Beauty Blender came in one size and a hot pink shade, these days there are Beauty Blenders available in all kinds of colors as well as various sizes.

6 Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types to Buy

So, based on the makeup product you are going to apply and personal preferences, these are the six best Beauty Blender sponges to get.

1. the original beautyblender

You cannot go wrong with the original! This hot pink makeup sponge is iconic, so if you like to stick to the tried and tested then definitely pick this one up. It is made of trademarked non-latex aqua-activated foam and is shaped like a teardrop. Over 6000 Sephora reviewers agree that this Beauty Blender work horse is all they need to lay down a flawless makeup base.

The original Beauty Blender is fairly large, so it is optimal for foundation application, but it can also be used for concealer, contour, powder, and whatever else you might have in mind. You can get it at Sephora, Amazon or Nordstrom.

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: the original beautyblender


2. beautyblender nude

These days you can find a Beauty Blender in nearly every color under the sun, but the only one that won’t show any foundation stains is the nude one. Like the original hot pink sponge, it is fairly large and teardrop-shaped.

Because of its color the nude Beauty Blender looks cleaner over time, at least assuming you have a light to medium skin tone and that you don’t plan on using it for contouring or applying blush. Some reviewers find it to be a little softer and flimsier than the original, so you might want to try both to see which you’d like better. Find this sponge at Sephora, Amazon or Nordstrom!

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: beautyblender nude


3. beautyblender pro

If your soul is as black as mine, you will definitely want to reflect that in your Beauty Blender choice! This makeup sponge is the same size and shape as the original Beauty Blender.

Professional makeup artists often prefer black tools, although the black Beauty Blender might also be the better choice for those using it with darker foundations or for contouring, since it will not get stained as much as its pink predecessor. It is available at Sephora, Amazon and Nordstrom.

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: beautyblender pro


4. beautyblender pure

Since Beauty Blenders are dyed with a natural dye, some people have noticed a bit of color runoff when rinsing their sponges. There are no such issues with the white Beauty Blender, which is totally colorless. It can be used like all other Beauty Blenders, but of course makeup stains are guaranteed to show up on it.

Instead, the brand recommends using it to apply skin care products and primers, although we’ll admit we don’t think that’s an innovation the beauty world needed. If your heart is pure, buy the white Beauty Blender at Sephora!

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: beautyblender pure


5. beautyblender micro.mini

This set of two gives you two identical micro.mini Beauty Blenders in a lime green shade. These tiny sponges are the same teardrop shape as the OG Blender, but a quarter its size. While the original can definitely be used for precise product application, it’s undeniable that these minis make getting into the nooks and crannies of the face even easier.

You can use them for precise contouring and highlighting, for under-eye concealer, for concealing small pimples, and for getting small spaces like around the nostrils. This duo is available at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: beautyblender micro.mini


6. beauty.blusher by beautyblender

At about half the size of the original Beauty Blender, the beauty.blusher is made with blush application in mind. This also explains its gray color, which is meant to make it easier to distinguish the undertones of the blush you intend to use. It is the perfect size for applying blush to the apples of the cheeks, but it can certainly also work for concealing, highlighting, and contouring.

For many reviewers this is the perfect Beauty Blender size! You can try it with both cream and powder products, so pick it up at Sephora or Amazon!

Best Beauty Blender Sponge Types: beauty.blusher by beautyblender


How to Use Beauty Blender: The Classic Method and 14 More Ways

The Beauty Blender is the workhorse of the makeup world. We’ve identified 14 different uses for the Beauty Blender, but almost all of them rely on the brand’s simple principle of wet, squeeze, and bounce. Let me clarify the slogan and give a few more details:

• To use a Beauty Blender, you first want to get it thoroughly saturated with water. The water will take up space inside the Beauty Blender, and prevent it from absorbing your expensive makeup products. It will also give your makeup a more hydrated, natural-looking finish. When you run your sponge under the tap you’ll notice it expand to more than double its size.

• Next, you want to squeeze it in order to get the excess water out. This will leave it loaded up with the perfect amount of water.

• Then you’ll want to either cover your Beauty Blender in the makeup product you intend to apply, or you’ll want to dot your face with the makeup and then use the Beauty Blender to spread it around and blend it. I prefer the former technique when applying powders and thick creams, and the latter when applying thin cream or liquid products.

• Now is when the bouncing comes into play! Especially when it comes to complexion products, you want to bounce the Beauty Blender over the skin, which will stipple the product into it. This leads to a really flawless and seamless application of product, whereas dragging the sponge over the skin will instead remove some of the product and can lead to a streaky, uneven application.

• You can use a combination of the bouncing and dragging technique if you’re using your Beauty Blender to blend out a very pigmented product (especially contour), since in that case your goal is to sheer out and remove some of the product.

How to Use Beauty Blender

With the basic principles of how to use a Beauty Blender out of the way, let’s get into all of the different ways you can use one!

Lay Down Foundation with Your Beauty Blender

This is the signature use of a Beauty Blender, and it is certainly where this innovative makeup sponge really shines.

• As always, start with a clean, damp Beauty Blender.

• As I previously mentioned, you can first put foundation on your Beauty Blender and then apply it, or you can dot your face with foundation and then use the Beauty Blender to spread it around.

• The best way to spread foundation around the face is with the signature bouncing motion. Simply bounce the Beauty Blender against your face and you’ll see how your foundation moves around seamlessly and gives uniform coverage.

• For larger areas of the face like the cheeks and forehead you want to bounce the larger, round side of your Beauty Blender, while for smaller areas you can use the same stippling motion with the tapered end.

Get Blending

So personally, I am still married to my stippling brush for smoothing very thin liquid foundations on to my skin, but I find the Beauty Blender indispensable for blending. No matter how you choose to apply your liquid or cream foundations, chances are you’ll still want to do a bit of blending.

• For blending that will not remove or thin out your product, but will simply eliminate harsh edges or streaks, you want to use the Beauty Blender with that signature bouncing motion. It’ll easily leave behind nothing but smooth, blended makeup.

• On the other hand, if you want to sheer out your makeup in addition to blending out harsh edges, then use a combination of tapping and dragging motion, and make sure to pull the product away in the right direction.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Foundation

So, for example, if you’re blending out contour along the forehead, you want to lightly tap-drag the sponge up and out towards your hairline, while if you’ve applied the contour below your cheekbone you want to drag the cream slightly upwards and towards your ear.

Using Beauty Blender to Apply Concealer

Applying concealer with a Beauty Blender is a breeze, especially if you’ve opted for one of the smaller options like the micro.mini or the blusher.

• Much like with foundation, you can choose to load your Beauty Blender up with the concealer, or you can dot or smear your concealer on and then use the Beauty Blender to blend it out and get it looking flawless. This totally depends on the type of concealer you use, and you can experiment with both techniques to see which gives you better results. Always start with a damp Beauty Blender, of course!

• If you’re using the larger two of the Beauty Blenders you will definitely want to use the tapered end for your concealer application, while if you are using the micro.mini you can use both the tapered and the rounded end.

• To get really close to the inner corner of the eye to apply and blend, you might want to squeeze your Beauty Blender a little in order to give it a thinner shape.

• You’ll want to use a combination of the bouncing motion to apply the concealer seamlessly and without creases, and the dragging motion to move the concealer around a little bit and to sheer it out.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Powder and Set

You can absolutely use a Beauty Blender with powders, and it is particularly useful for setting foundations, although you can also use this technique to apply mineral powder foundation.

• To set your foundation with your Beauty Blender, swirl the round end of sponge into your setting powder of choice. It is easier if you use a loose powder, but it can also work with a pressed powder.

• Tap off the excess, and then use that good old bouncing motion to apply the powder to your skin.

• Follow the same technique using the tapered end in order to set your makeup in hard-to-reach places like around the nostril or below the eyes. The beautiful thing about this technique is that it pushes the powder into your skin and into your foundation, which leads to extremely smooth and thorough coverage.

• If you feel like you’ve applied a little too much powder, you can shake off your Beauty Blender and then gently roll it over your skin to pick up the extra. You can also use a clean fluffy brush to brush away the excess instead.

How to Use Beauty Blender for Baking Makeup

Get Baking with Beauty Blender

If you haven’t heard the term ‘baking’ before, it might sound strange, but it is actually a very old foundation and concealer setting technique that was historically particularly popular with drag queens. It locks makeup into place extremely well, and totally prevents makeup gathering in the creases of the face.

Baking is especially great for those with extremely oily skin or overactive sweat glands. You can choose to use the baking technique to set your full face, although I prefer to bake only under my eyes where concealer always seems to crease otherwise.

The technique for baking with a Beauty Blender is nearly identical to the setting technique, but with a few key differences. The first is that once you load up your Beauty Blender you don’t want to tap off the excess product – baking requires a lot more powder than usual foundation setting.

The second difference is that after you’ve stippled the powder into your skin you want to give it time to heat up a little and melt into your foundation – this is when the powder “bakes”. After five minutes or so you can dust off the excess powder with a fluffy brush.

You can also use the baking technique with highlighting powders in order to get a really extreme glow, especially if you do it to set a cream highlighter.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Cream Contour

One of the best uses for the tapered end of your Beauty Blender is to apply cream contour, although, the truth is you can follow the same instructions to apply contour powder.

Whether you apply the cream contour directly with the magical makeup sponge or from the container largely depends on your preference and the type of contour cream you have.

With stick contours I find it easier to first dot on or swipe on a bit of the cream straight from the container, and then use the Beauty Blender to perfect it, while if it comes in a compact or a palette it is definitely easier to apply it directly with the tapered end of the Beauty Blender.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Self-Tanner & Contour

• Apply the contour below the cheekbones in a thin stripe, along the perimeter of the forehead in swipes or dots, down the sides of the nose in two thin lines (this is when a micro.mini might be best). You can even do a thin stripe along the jawline for that separation between the face and the neck.

• To blend out the contour, use the signature bouncing motion with the round side of the Beauty Blender for larger areas like forehead and cheeks, and with the tapered end for smaller areas.

• If you need to sheer out your contour a little bit, then combine the bouncing motion with a slight drag. You can also try rolling the Beauty Blender over the contour, instead, to see if it’ll pick up a bit of that excess cream contour.

Glow with Highlighter Using Your Beauty Blender

Beauty Blenders are awesome for highlighting, especially if you are using a cream or liquid highlighter.

• Applying highlighter to larger areas of the face where you want the strobe to be a little more diffused (think cheekbones, center of the forehead, and the chin) can be done with the rounded end of the Beauty Blender and with a bouncing motion.

• To highlight smaller areas of the face like the Cupid’s bow and the bridge of your nose, apply the highlighter gently with the tapered end of your Beauty Blender – you will likely find it easier to use a smaller sponge like the blusher or micro.mini.

• To amp up your strobe, follow up your cream highlighter with a layer of powder highlighter, and apply it following the baking technique I explained earlier.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Get Blushin’

While the Beauty Blender can be used with all kinds of blushes, it really shines as an applicator for cream blushes. Follow the same technique as you would for creamy highlighters, and apply your favorite cream blush by bouncing it along the apples of your cheeks with the rounded end of the Beauty Blender. While we find that the original size works just fine, you might prefer the dedicated blusher.

Beauty Blender Mistakes to Avoid

Clean Up Makeup Mistakes with Beauty Blender

Normally you would want to use your Beauty Blender while it is damp, but every once in a while, it also serves some purposes when it is dry.

• When you’ve applied way too much product, a dry Beauty Blender can do wonders to soak up the excess. If you’ve put on way too much foundation, you can roll the dry sponge over your face, and it’ll leave behind just the right amount of foundation.

• Another way in which a Beauty Blender can be used to correct errors is when it is clean and damp, to get rid of a cakey or powdery look once foundation has been set with powder. All you need is to bounce the dampened sponge over the area so it will pick up the excess powder and rehydrate the makeup without disturbing or smudging it.

• The last way in which you can use a Beauty Blender to fix errors also includes a touch of concealer. Load up the tapered end of your blender with some concealer, and then use it like an eraser to fix small mistakes like smudged lipstick or messy eyeliner.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Primer

If you don’t like covering your hands in product, you’ll likely be thrilled to know how to use the Beauty Blender to apply primer.

Much like with foundation (although using a much smaller amount of product), you can just dot the primer on your face and then bounce the round end of the Beauty Blender on your skin to distribute it, or you can put a bit of primer on your Beauty Blender and bounce it on in much the same way. In addition to priming your skin beautifully, it’ll also give your face a dewier look right from the start.

How to Apply Makeup with Beauty Blender

Using Beauty Blender to Apply Lid Color

The tapered end of the Beauty Blender can be very useful for applying and blending cream eyeshadows, especially along the lid. It can also work for powder eyeshadows, although that’s only if you’re really in a bind and don’t have access to brushes.

Some people will tell you can do your full eye makeup with your Beauty Blender, but we think that’s a stretch – the results are never great. The situation when the Beauty Blender is great is when you’re in a rush, and then it can be used for applying a single swipe of eyeshadow to your lid that will not require any finessing or blending.

How to Use Beauty Blender to Apply Skin Care

Okay, I have to admit that personally I find this suggestion kind of silly. However, if you simply love the way the Beauty Blender feels on your skin, then you might think this is brilliant, in which case, more power to you. You might also appreciate this technique if you hate getting your hands covered in product.

• To apply skin care with your Beauty Blender, you can either dot your serums and moisturizer on your face first, or you can apply them directly with the damp sponge.

• Use the tapered end to get moisturizer into the crevices of the face or to apply eye cream.

Apply Self-Tanner with Your Beauty Blender

Now we’re really getting creative! While the body Beauty Blender has been discontinued, we still recommend applying self-tanner to the face with a regular sized Beauty Blender. It’ll give you precise, streak-free self-tanner application without taking up time or getting your hands dirty.

How Often to Replace Beauty Blender

You can use it much like you would use it to apply foundation for an all-over bronze, or only use it on the areas you would normally contour for that chiseled look.

Read our guide on self-tanners to learn how to properly use self-tanner in general, although the rough and dirty is as follows: apply self-tanner to clean, recently exfoliated skin, let it sit on your skin for about 10 minutes so it can dry completely, and then go about your day. The self-tanner will take 4-8 hours to fully develop, so definitely wait at least that long before washing your face.

Using Beauty Blender to Blot Your Lipstick

If you prefer to avoid creating unnecessary waste while doing your makeup, you might love blotting your lipstick with a Beauty Blender instead of a tissue!

Simply press the clean Beauty Blender against your lips once you’ve finished applying your lipstick, and it will instantly look like a more natural lip stain that will last much longer than unblotted lipstick. This method doesn’t have a better effect than old-school blotting, but it is certainly more sustainable.

How to Clean Beauty Blender Thoroughly

Keeping your Beauty Blender clean is a key part of keeping it in good shape for as long as possible. There are a few methods you can follow to clean the Beauty Blender, depending on the kind of cleaning products you prefer to use, but a few principles apply no matter which technique you prefer: clean your Beauty Blender regularly (after every use according to the brand itself), and keep it in a clean place.

The easiest way to know that your Beauty Blender is staying clean and safe throughout the day is to keep it in the Blender Defender case, which is available at Sephora.

We’ll start the list off with the Beauty Blender-endorsed methods, and then also let you know about some wackier Beauty Blender cleaning hacks that many people on the Internet absolutely swear by.

Cleaning Beauty Blender with Liquid Cleanser

This is one of the easiest yet most thorough of the ways to clean your Beauty Blender to get stains and makeup residue out of it. This is the method that requires you to use a liquid blendercleanser, which you can buy at Sephora or Amazon, although baby shampoo or castile soap can also work in a pinch.

How to Clean Beauty Blender

Avoid using facial cleansers or liquid soaps that may contain additional ingredients that can break down the foam of your Beauty Blender. Some sources recommend using a mixture of dishwashing liquid and olive oil, but we’re a little hesitant about how it’d make your Beauty Blender hold up in the long term.

• To clean start off by dipping your Beauty Blender in some water or running it under the tap. Then squeeze out a couple pumps of cleanser onto it.

• Gently squeeze and rub your Beauty Blender in order to foam up the cleanser and to get it to penetrate deep into the sponge.

• Once you feel like the cleanser has thoroughly saturated the sponge and broken down all the makeup that was sitting inside it, place it back under the running tap, and gently squeeze it while the water runs through it and removes the cleanser and makeup residue. You will know you are finished once the water runs clear.

• Next, squeeze out as much water as you can out of your makeup sponge, and then roll it over a clean towel. Place it somewhere clean, safe, and dry to allow it to finish drying.

How to Clean Beauty Blender with a Solid Cleanser

If you travel frequently with your Beauty Blender, then carrying a liquid cleanser around will quickly become a hassle. If that’s your situation, you will definitely prefer using the solid blendercleanser, which you can also buy at Sephora. If you’re a heavy user, you will likely prefer the larger quantity of the pro cleanser.

• To start, get your Beauty Blender wet by rinsing it under a tap. Next, swirl it against the solid cleanser in order to load it up with sudsy soap.

• Squeeze your Beauty Blender a little bit in order to get the soap to foam up as well as to get the soap deep into the sponge and to break down the makeup.

• For a deeper clean, bounce the Beauty Blender against the bumpy side of the silicone pad that comes with the solid blendercleanser.

• Once your sponge is totally saturated with the suds, and you think all makeup has gotten thoroughly broken down, you can rinse away the soap from your sponge by placing it under the running tap.

• Once the water runs clean and soap-free, you can remove your Beauty Blender and squeeze as much water as you can out of it.

• Roll it over a clean towel in order to get it a little drier, and then place it in a safe place so it can air-dry completely.

If you don’t have the dedicated blendercleanser accessible and need to clean your Beauty Blender as soon as possible, you can also use a gentle bar of soap.

Beauty Blender Sponge Types

Cleaning Beauty Blender on the Spot

Occasionally, you might not have the time to thoroughly clean your Beauty Blender. Perhaps you want to use it for a few different products during one makeup application, or maybe you’re just in a rush. If that’s the case, you can definitely use the Instaclean Cleansing Spray from Revolve or Sephora to spot clean your Beauty Blender.

All you have to do it is spray the part of your Beauty Blender that you would like to clean, and then wipe your Beauty Blender over a clean towel or cloth. Within seconds the product will be gone from your sponge, and you’ll be able to jump back into your makeup application!

Heat Sterilizing Beauty Blender

You might already be familiar with this technique if you’ve ever managed to get bad smells out of your dishwashing sponges with the help of a microwave. Microwaving can work just as well for Beauty Blender as it does for dish sponges, but be careful – you can’t just pop your Beauty Blender in the microwave and expect magical results!

• The trick is to place your Beauty Blender in a microwave-safe bowl, and then to submerge it in water.

• Pop the bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, and when you remove it all of the bacteria in your Beauty Blender will have gotten zapped away.

• Wait for the water to cool down, and then remove the Beauty Blender from the bowl, and squeeze out the water.

• You can now take the chance to wash it again with proper cleanser to get out stains, or you can combine the two techniques by submerging your Beauty Blender in a bowl of soapy water instead of regular water. If you choose to go that route, make sure to completely wring it out and rinse it once the microwaving process is over, and the water has cooled down.

How to Clean Beauty Blender Using Alcohol

Another option for sterilizing your Beauty Blender involves saturating it in 91% isopropyl alcohol, although you should know that it is only recommended for the white and nude Beauty Blenders, as it will cause the colored ones to bleed dye. 

The alcohol is perfect for totally destroying any bacteria that might be sitting deep inside your Beauty Blender, and it doesn’t force you to mess around with water and heat. The key when using alcohol is to fully submerge your Beauty Blender in it, and to let it sit for about 10 minutes – no more and no less.

Once the time passes, take out your Beauty Blender and wring out as much of the alcohol as you can. Then place it in a clean, dry place and allow it to air-dry on its own, as this is actually part of the sterilization process. Once all the alcohol has evaporated, your Beauty Blender will be clean and fresh!

How to Clean Beauty Blender The Right Way

When Should You Replace Your Beauty Blender?

According to the Beauty Blender brand, the makeup sponge should be replaced after 3 months of use. If you haven’t been keeping track of how long you’ve had the teardrop sponge sitting on your vanity, you might want to look for the telltale signs that your Beauty Blender is done for.

• Nicks and tears in the Beauty Blender sponge are a sure sign that it’s the end, since if it doesn’t have a flawless surface, then it cannot give your skin that flawless coverage any more.

• An overly firm or rigid-feeling Beauty Blender is a useless Beauty Blender. Your sponge is supposed to be soft and bouncy – once it gets too hard, using it is no longer a pleasant experience. Hard spots can also be a sign of product built-up, which means your sponge isn’t all that clean any more.

• While some staining will occur with a Beauty Blender, it’s when your whole sponge looks like one giant stain that you know that it’s done for. A couple stains here and there are okay, but if you find it extremely difficult to get your makeup sponge looking clean then you’re better off letting it go.

• Throw away your Beauty Blender at the first signs of bad odor, especially if you’ve tried nuking it and it didn’t do the trick. Generally, regular cleaning should keep your Beauty Blender smelling fresh all the way until the end, but sometimes mistakes happen, and it does get a little moldy and gross smelling, in which case definitely don’t risk it – throw it out!

• Another sign that your Beauty Blender has been growing bacteria is if you suddenly start breaking out. Give your Beauty Blender a deep cleanse, and if the issue still doesn’t resolve then it’s time to replace it.

• The nice thing about the Beauty Blender is that it’s totally recyclable, so you can toss it in the recycling bin and not feel like you’re hurting the planet. You can also find a way to upcycle it with a new use. Rea Ann Silva recommends adding your old Beauty Blender to your manicure kit, and using it to create ombre nails, while YouTuber GlitterForever17 suggests using it to clean your phone screen, along with some other wacky hacks – not all of which do I endorse.

Beauty Blender Mistakes to Avoid

If you’ve read our thorough guide on how to use a Beauty Blender, then chances are you won’t be making any of these common Beauty Blender mistakes. Even so, let me reiterate all the common Beauty Blender mistakes that people sometimes make that end up making them wonder what all the fuss was about!

Using Beauty Blender Dry

You always want to remember to dampen your Beauty Blender before using it. When you use it dry there is nothing stopping your Beauty Blender from absorbing your precious products.

When you dampen it, the products will go on your skin, as they should, instead of into the sponge. A damp Beauty Blender also gives the skin a much healthier, more hydrated finish.

The only time when it’s okay to use a Beauty Blender dry is if you’re using it to remove excess product from your skin.

Ways of Using Beauty Blender Sponge

Forgetting to Bounce

Whether you call it bouncing, tapping, or stippling, it is undeniable that this is the best method for applying makeup products to the skin evenly, seamlessly, and opaquely. If you drag your Beauty Blender across your face, don’t be surprised when you end up with a streaky or sheer finish.

Only Using It with Creams

A Beauty Blender is an extremely versatile product, so there is no reason why you should limit yourself! Don’t use Beauty Blender just for cream makeup, but instead experiment with using it to apply powders as well.

Forgetting to Clean

It is so important that you wash your Beauty Blender regularly to prevent it from growing mold and bacteria. If you forget to wash it after every use, don’t be surprised when your Beauty Blender starts giving you acne, smelling bad, and growing gross-looking mold.

Not Letting It Dry Properly

Once you’re done using (and cleaning!) your Beauty Blender, it’s important to put it somewhere safe, clean, and dry. If you simply toss your Beauty Blender in your makeup bag when it’s still damp, it will likely end up breeding bacteria, and it will develop a musty odor.

Using an Old Beauty Blender

If your Beauty Blender has been sitting in your makeup bag for too long, you might not want to use it any more. Using an old Beauty Blender can cause all kinds of issues, from streaky makeup to breakouts. With that being said, you’re also making a mistake if you are…

Throwing Old Beauty Blenders in the Trash

Your Beauty Blender is recyclable, so make sure to put it in the recycling bin once three months have passed, and you’re finished with it. You can also try to use it for other things, like nail art!

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