Discussing Beauty Blenders from Every Angle
Foundations have been present on the market since ever. And while in the past the only way to apply foundation was with your fingers, nowadays, there are many different tools with which you can apply it. While there is an option to apply it with an airbrush technique, and makeup brushes, recently the beauty blenders are the most popular and commonly used type of tools for applying makeup. The reason why so many women have turned to the use of makeup sponges is that they can make your skin perfect, making it look natural and smooth.
Now, while you can use it dry, makeup professionals recommend activating the sponge with water. By doing this, you will achieve an unblemished and smooth finish with a natural glow. But it was in 2002. when the veteran Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann Silva conceptualised the egg shaped makeup sponge that can fit the different types of face shapes. In 2003, this blender was already in the market and ever since it became the number one used product in the beauty industry. And we must say, it really is.
Types of Beauty Blenders
The Original Beauty Blender
The egg shaped foundation sponge is the original type of foundation blender. These beauty sponges are popular for their precision tip that tackles the under eyes area and for its round-shaped end that is used to cover all the rest of the face. The end result of using such beauty blenders is achieving an airbrushed finish and a crystal clear and smooth face.
Flat Ended Sponge
This type resembles a lot of the original egg shaped sponge. The difference is in its flat edge which is used mainly for contouring. It is considered that this type is a tri-purpose tool that is can cover all the dimensions. While the flat edge is used for contouring, the rounded sides are used in broader areas. The tip, on the other hand, can cover the hard to reach areas like under the eyes area and the nose.
Tear Drop Sponge
According to makeup artists, the purpose of this sponge is to provide you with a 360-degree perfection. The best thing about this sponge is that it can give you control to the amount of coverage over some specific areas. It is ideal to be used with concealer, liquid foundation and illuminator.
Regardless of the reason why you use a beauty blender, this multi-edge sponge can provide you with everything you need in a sponge. It is considered as an all-in-one product as it can reach every contour of the face with ease because of its flat surfaces, edges and points.
The main difference between these wedges and the sponges is that the former absorb less product than sponges. Usually, they have the form of a triangle so it could cover all the aspects of your face. However, not all women love them as they do not offer the same finish that sponges give.
How to Use a Makeup Sponge Blender
- As we already said, the ideal way to get the best of this blender is to moist it. Just make sure that you squeeze out all of the excess water from the blender.
- Now, apply the foundation on a flat surface or on the back of your hand and dip the round-shaped area of the makeup sponge.
- Once done, start applying the foundation on your face by gently dabbing the sponge. Make sure you dab the sponge not to rub it. That way the product will go smoothly into the pores, making your face looking flawless.
- When finished, apply your favourite concealer under the eyes and start dabbing it with the pointed end of the blender.
- The final part of the base would be setting the face with a translucent setting powder. Just dab the rounded part of the blender into the powder and start swabbing it into the skin to set the foundation and concealer for a more smooth look.
An important thing you need to know about these blenders is that regular cleaning is needed. And by regular cleaning we mean thorough cleaning after each use. This can be done by washing the sponge with gentle soap and warm water. Once you rinse it, it is paramount to leave the sponge dry completely after you use it on your face. All this procedure is a must in order to avoid bacteria and germ spread.
When in the search for the right sponge, makeup artists recommend sticking to reliable and reputable brands as this is the only way that you will be sure that the sponge is made of a quality and certified material. Additionally, they recommend having more than one sponge in your makeup storage bag. What’s more, you can use different sponges for applying different products.