Beauty

8 things we learnt from the woman who invented the greatest beauty tool ever

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Professional make-up artist Rea Ann launched the GAME CHANGING beauty tool beautyblender back in 2003 that has taken us beauty-obsessed gals to a whole new level of #onfleek makeup.

DOLLY had an exclusive chat with the talented lady and here are some things we learnt about the ~magical~ sponge.

1. The creation of the *beautyblender* was a total lightbulb moment!

"I found myself cutting up makeup sponges into shapes we could use, something that every makeup artist did. When I saw that my 'creations' were constantly disappearing, that was the lightbulb moment! Hence beautyblender was born. I always knew beautyblender was special, but when my peers started swearing by it and not wanting to work without one, I knew it truly was one-of-a-kind."

2. It's #amaze pink colour was a total accident.

"Believe it or not, the pink colour was actually a mistake! We were testing out different types of foam and one of the samples came in bright pink. When I saw it, I knew that needed to be the one."

3. It is pretty darn popular in other countries.

"We are [stocked] in over 30 countries worldwide and growing!"

4. We can thank its unique shape for its fabulous results.

"The elliptical shape of beautyblender makes application fool proof by allowing you to access hard-to-reach areas with stunning ease. Its suede texture is sensual to the touch and its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable. Makeup brushes, on the other hand, tend to leave lines of demarcation, which are easily noticeable. When applying makeup, bounce a damp beautyblender against your face. Bouncing easily blends makeup without creating changes in the texture or tone of your skin, leaving a perfect finish."

5. It's ALL about the blending - duh!

"Start off lightly and build to the contour you want. Then blend, blend, blend! Sometimes I see girls who go overboard with contour product and then are not incorporating the blending technique into their application. It helps to use the precision-focused micro.mini as your tool to ensure a natural, sculpted look."

6. Psst - it works with *any* foundation type.

"The hidden secret of beautyblender is that it works amazing with liquid, powder and cream foundations as well as mineral makeup! This is how we became known as 'Makeup’s Best Friend' – beautyblender is the go-to application tool for drugstore brands to beauty specialty brands. My favourite changes often – right now I am in love with Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation!"

7. Here's the ~perf~ way to clean your beautyblender.

Quickly swirl your wet beautyblender over your blendercleanser solid, rinse thoroughly, squeeze out the excess water and you’re ready to go! Once or twice a week, I spend more time deep-cleaning the stubborn spots."

8. Basically, the best advice everrrr...

"Love who are you are! It all starts there."

Truth honey, truuuuth! XOXO

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