Beauty

5 BeautyBlender hacks from the BeautyBlender creator herself

We probably/definitely haven’t been doing number 4 properly.

By Erin Cook

If you don’t already own a Beautyblender, may we kindly suggest that you pop down to Sephora and pick one up?

While working as a professional makeup artist for TV, Rea Ann Silver found herself cutting makeup sponges in her trailer and throwing them out at the end of the day. It wasn’t exactly practical – or good for the environment, for that matter – so she took matters into her own hands and created the Beautyblender.

Now, Rea Ann’s makeup sponge has reached cult status. Women all across the world are raving about the flawless effect created by the Beautyblender. Heck, even the Kardashians are fans.

Here are a few of Rea Ann’s tips and tricks for using the Beautyblender at home:

1. You can use your Beautyblender with powder and liquid.
Rea Ann: "[When using powder] be sure to “tap out” your Beautyblender to be sure there are no clumps of pigment in one spot. But then its same concept, use the your Beautyblender wet and bounce over face.”

2. In fact… You can use it to apply (almost) every product under the sun.
"You can use your Beautyblender any time you want to apply and blend makeup (primer, foundation, concealer, cream eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, bronzer. Using a Beautyblender for optimal application of your skin care products is useful as well! You would use a brush to apply eyeliner, brow liner, eyeshadow, lipstick…”

3. You should always use your Beautyblender wet.
"You should always be using your Beautyblender WET. In fact, always follow our wet.squeeze.bounce method every time you use your Beautyblender. Our exclusive material features an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that makeup sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time.”

4. It’s recommended that you wash your Beautyblender once a week (at least!).
"You can wash as often as once per use, but recommend at least once a week to maintain the integrity of the foam. Apply a dime-sized amount of Blendercleanser to soiled areas of Beautyblender. Work into a lather, rinse, repeat if necessary. Squeeze to remove excess water. Set Beautyblender on top of your canister lid to air dry. If you don’t wash your Beautyblender, it won’t last you long and will accumulate old makeup, which is not very hygienic!”

5. Use your Beautyblender to dab away excess product.
"You can dab away excess product if your initial application was too heavy. The more you dab at the product, the more sheer it gets. The opposite holds true as well. Some people like to start more sheer and layer up until they achieve the flawless complexion that is best for them.”

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.au