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It’s no surprise that makeup blenders have garnered a cult-like following in the beauty world. These makeup blending sponges give skin an airbrushed finish that you may have never dreamed possible (unless you happen to be an A-lister who has a glam squad following you around, of course). Haven’t used one before? There’s no time like the present to start—and we’re here to help. The best part about learning how to use a makeup sponge is that you’ll realize there are so many uses for them!
From concealer and foundation to blush and highlighter, a makeup blender can be used to apply so many of your favorite beauty products. We’ve rounded up a few easy makeup blender hacks that will give you a perfect skin finish. So, what are you waiting for? Follow these eight tips to learn how to use a makeup sponge and give yourself a complexion so flawless, it’ll make people think you have a glam squad on call too.
Want to learn how to use a makeup sponge to look a little more awake than you actually are? Apply concealer (try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer) with a makeup blender. Dab your concealer on in a triangular shape underneath each eye and blend. Next, set the concealer with face powder so it won’t crease. And yes, you can use your blender to apply the powder too! Just press it into your skin.
Chiseled cheekbones, here you come! Apply a small amount of a cream contour product to your makeup sponge, then draw lines around your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. Use circular motions to blend out any harsh lines. If you’re using a contour stick, you can also apply the product directly to your skin, then blend out using your makeup sponge to avoid messy hands.
For a sculpted look, try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks. Use one in a shade lighter than your natural skin tone as a highlighter and one that’s a shade darker as your contour product.
Editor’s note: Still haven’t learned the art of contouring? Check out our article, How to Contour Like a Pro Makeup Artist in 8 Easy Steps.
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 use for different parts of your makeup routine. If you’re applying a liquid highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, with a makeup blender, you won’t want to use the same one to apply your foundation, or you could end up with your whole face looking super shiny.
Editor’s note: We also recommend having multiple sponges on hand for hygiene purposes! If you have a few sponges you can wash them all at the end of the week and not have to worry about getting them completely clean after almost every use.
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 refers to gently tapping the sponge onto your skin and blending with quick patting motions. This motion helps deposit the makeup onto your face and blend it at the same time. This is the key to getting that flawless finish without leaving any application lines or smudges.
Make the most of your sponge by utilizing it as much as you can. When you’re applying foundation, put the product on the pointed end of the sponge and apply directly to your skin. Then, use the rounded side to dab, roll, and stipple the foundation onto your face.
In addition to knowing how to use a makeup blender, picking the right ones to add to your makeup bag is just as important. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender has rounded edges that help make face makeup application effortless. Made with a 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 for long-lasting coverage with a lightweight finish.
We touched on this a bit earlier but the importance of cleaning your makeup blenders cannot be stressed enough. Just like makeup brushes, dirty makeup blenders can wreak havoc on your complexion. Dirty makeup blenders will also have a negative impact on your makeup application. When your makeup blender is already full of product, it won’t pick up new pigments nearly as well. Further, cleaning your makeup blenders (and your makeup brushes while you’re at it) will help them last longer and save you some money in the long run.
To clean your makeup blender, squeeze it repeatedly under running water until nice and damp. Put one to two pumps of makeup brush cleanser onto the blender (a gentle facial cleanser will also work) and massage it into the sponge with your fingers. Squeeze your makeup blender under running water again until all the soap is out, then let it air dry.
Prior to applying makeup, dampen your makeup blender. This will keep your blender from soaking up your makeup products and allow you to get the most out of whatever product you’re applying.
Want more makeup hacks? Check out our article, 17 Makeup Hacks Every Woman Should Know How to Do.