Makeup Blender Sponges: Where to Start?
Every now and then an amazing product is created that totally changes the cosmetics world. The beauty blender sponge has done just that for professional makeup artists and anyone who loves makeup. Beauty blenders are a key component of your cosmetics tools. Using a beauty blending sponge allows for flawless foundation coverage and easy seamless blending for contouring. The original beauty blender was created by Hollywood makeup artist Rea Ann, in order to provide the everyday cosmetics connoisseur with the ability to create flawless and professional looks at home.
Since the creation of the original beauty blender sponge (in all its egg-shaped glory), there have been many other low-cost alternatives hitting the cosmetic market as well. Black beauty blenders, white beauty blenders, and even pink. Some makeup blender sponges are large, and some are small. How do you know how to choose one with so many options and price points? Is a large makeup sponge better suited to your needs? Or, would several smaller beauty blenders be best? So many options can easily confuse the novice cosmetics lover.
What to Look for in a Beauty Blender Sponge
I remember as a young teen smearing my foundation on with my fingers. Doing so never gave that flawless finish so many of us want as a result. Later I upgraded to those small white applicators that still left so much room for improvement. In today's makeup sponge game—we have options! Though with so many beauty blender options it can be overwhelming. Here are the basics you want to look for in a beauty blender:
When choosing a beauty blender sponge the shape is extremely important if you want that professional look without paying a professional to apply your makeup. If you want a photo-worthy finish you should be looking for a beauty sponge that is egg-shaped. The egg shape allows you to use the larger portion for application to the basic areas of your face (cheeks, forehead, etc.). The smaller tapered end is used to blend foundation into the areas that are harder to reach. Using the small end of the beauty blender on your under-eye area, as well as around your nose will provide a flawless finish without filling wrinkles with foundation and causing noticeable creases.
Size can be just as important as the shape when it comes to a beauty blender. There are so many sizes available on the market today. The size you choose will likely be a personal preference. Though the larger the blender sponge the harder you may find it to use. Also, keep in mind that you want to be able to see what you're doing when using a blender. Choosing a smaller one vs a large sponge will allow you to continually apply foundation without breaking to take a look in the mirror. If you are just starting to experiment with a blender sponge in your cosmetics routine a smaller one is a great choice as a starter sponge. This way you can evaluate the feel, and ease of application and decide if you want to put the money into buying a larger beauty blender.
The porousness of a makeup sponge definitely needs to be considered. A blending sponge needs to be absorbent, yet not be visually porous. When choosing a blending sponge you should see no visible holes, as you do with the sponge at your kitchen sink. You are not doing dishes after all! The surface of a makeup sponge blender should look visibly textured, yet have a smooth feel to the surface. Using a beauty blender does require it to be moistened with water, so absorbent without looking like your about to do the dishes is what you want.
Where Can I Buy a Beauty Blender?
Beauty blender sponges are available in many stores, and online. Though I have yet to find one at my local Walmart, just in case you were wondering. Buying a beauty blender is really easy with so many places to purchase them. Purchasing online or in a store are both options. Here are a few of the top places to buy from:
- Ulta Beauty
- MAC Cosmetics
- e.l.f Cosmetics
Those are just a few options for where to buy a beauty blender sponge. The type of sponge will vary some between stores and brands. Some offer multi-packs of blenders in different sizes. The egg shape is an optimal choice when buying a beauty blender, especially for beginners.
The price will vary greatly between stores when you are looking to buy a blender. Keep in mind that a lower price does not mean a makeup sponge is any less a quality product than another. The original beauty blender runs for around $20. This may not seem like a lot to pay for something that gives you a Hollywood movie worth look, but it is. A cosmetics sponge should be replaced every month, even with basic care and cleaning. Cosmetics applicators, especially sponges, as they are porous will pick up germs and bacteria. So even with routine cleaning, to avoid skin and eye issues sponges should be replaced every month. So weighing the cost when you are choosing a blender is important. Going the original beauty blender can set you back more than $200 a year.
I am currently using a beauty blender that I found online. It came in a 4 pack for under $2! Yes, under $2 for a flawless finish! Plus with the 4 pack, and the price I can easily switch out and replace them every 30 days and not even notice the cost hitting my budget. To keep new beauty blenders every month for a year only costs me $6.
The final decision of where to buy a beauty blender will likely come down to your favorite store that carries them. For me shopping online is easier, I do not live in an area with a Sephora, Ulta Beauty or any of the other great stores that cosmetics lovers flock to. So shopping online for cosmetics is the only way I have access to some of the amazing products available.
Beauty Blending Sponge Basics
I will save you a little time here. There are many common issues people have when they use a beauty blender for the first time. Here are a few mistakes to avoid:
- Not moistening the beauty blender prior to use
- Applying foundation directly to the beauty blender
- Applying in a circular motion
A beauty blender will only give you that flawless look if you remember to wet the sponge first. Keeping a small dish of water nearby as you're applying is helpful, as it may be necessary to re-moisten the sponge during application. It is not necessary to have it dripping wet, squeeze out any excess before you begin using it to blend your foundation.
You do not—I repeat do not want to apply the foundation directly to the sponge! Instead dot your foundation over your face and then use the sponge to blend. Also, avoid applying in a circular motion. A beauty blender is designed to give an amazing finish when you lightly tap it or push it into your face. Just as you would as if sponge painting something. Using a circular motion is not recommended and will likely have your face looking as if there are swirls. Patting your foundation in is how to avoid creases and get a flawless finish.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Megan on May 14, 2018:
In case no one has told you today...you are my hero! Lol seriously, I can't break up with my foundation brush because I am beauty blender defective. I've owned a set for over a year now (thanks to you, I also learned I can't blame my cheap blender set from Amazon on my pitiful skills) and I've tried so many times and I always look like I have a skin condition. I happened on your article which was informative and the tips and guidelines were wrote in a way that made me believe that I could apply foundation with a blender. So I gave it a try and though not perfect, my face was evenly covered and looked pretty good. Good enough that I think I can master the blender and I'm so happy that I read your article. I love the way foundation looks when applied with a blender, that healthy, natural second skin look that I don't get with a brush and idk what it was about your article but it made everything click so that I could use it properly. It probably sounds silly but I'm so set in my ways and scared to change that it's cool for me that you helped me join the cool kids beauty blender club!
Sana Adams on January 27, 2018:
Amazing! Thanks for the tips, I really didn’t know how to use Beauty lenders before I read this :D
Michelle Mollohan from Looneyville, WV on February 10, 2017:
I am so glad I came across this article, I had NO CLUE how to use these LOL