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It’s no surprise why makeup blenders have garnered a cult-like following in the beauty world. These drop-shaped blending sponges can give you an airbrushed finish that you probably never dreamed possible (unless you were an A-lister who had a glam squad following you around, of course). Haven’t used one before? Now’s a great time to start! We’ve gathered a few easy makeup blender hacks that will give you even more of a flawless finish. So, what are you waiting for? Follow these five makeup blender hacks to make people think you have a glam squad on call, too! Plus, find your next makeup blender match with our product picks.
Want to pretend you look a little more awake than you actually are? Try this trick to applying concealer with a makeup blender: Dab concealer on in a triangular shape underneath your eye and blend. Set the concealer with powder so it won’t crease.
Chiseled cheekbones, here you come! Apply a small amount of highlighter or contour product onto your makeup sponge, then draw lines around your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. Use circular motions to blend and highlight contour lines.
As you now know, you can use makeup blending sponges for more than just foundation. So, invest in a few different shapes and sizes.
To get that natural, airbrushed finish, tap the sponge onto your skin. Unlike a makeup brush, blenders are not meant to be swiped across your face. Use a technique called “stippling” to achieve this look. Stippling is when you gently tap the sponge onto your skin and blend using quick patting motions. Doing this helps deposit makeup onto your complexion and blend it at the same time.
When you’re applying foundation, put the product on the pointed end of the sponge and apply that directly to your skin. Then, use the rounder side to dab and roll the foundation into your skin. Flawless finish, here you come!
In addition to knowing how to use a makeup blender, picking the right ones to add to your makeup bag is just as important. Here are three worth trying, depending on the look you want to achieve:
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender
This makeup blender features a pointed shape that concentrates coverage over blemishes and any other imperfections you’re trying hide. The pointed tip makes it easy to blend concealer in hard-to-reach areas, like your brow bone and the sides of your nose. Fake it ‘til you make it, right?
Pair it with: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit
With four color-correcting shades (peach to disguise dark circles, yellow to camouflage discoloration, green to neutralize redness, and purple to brighten), address your skin needs with one product.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender
It’s time to hop aboard the contour trend! This makeup look is here to stay, and it’s easier than ever to master when you use a sponge. This particular makeup blender features flat, slanted edges blend along the contours of your face, including your hairline and underneath your jaw. Pro tip: Apply cream contour along the sides of your nose, hollows of your cheeks, and under your jaw. Apply highlighter on your forehead, tops of your cheekbones, and the bridge of your nose.
Pair it with: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealer and Contour Kit
This palette contains four pigment-rich shades that can be used individually or combined to create a custom hue. You can also use the shades to highlight and contour.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender
This foundation blending sponge’s rounded edges help make face makeup application effortless. Made with an exclusive plush material and featuring an easy-to-grip shape, your foundation routine is about to get a whole lot easier.
Pair it with: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation
This full coverage foundation provides long-lasting coverage with a lightweight finish.