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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 makeup blenders is that they’re not one trick ponies. From concealer and foundation to blush and highlighter, a makeup blender can be used in many different ways. We’ve gathered a few easy makeup blender hacks that will give you a perfect skin finish. So, what are you waiting for? Follow these seven makeup blender tips to give you a complexion so flawless; it’ll make people think you have a glam squad on call too.
Want 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 your 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 highlighter or contour product onto your makeup sponge, then draw lines around your cheekbones, jawline, and nose. Use circular motions to blend out any harsh lines from your highlight and contour.
To achieve a sculpted look, use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Longwear Foundation Shaping Sticks. Use a color that’s a shade lighter than your natural skin tone as a highlighter and a color that’s a shade darker as a contour product.
Still haven’t learned the art of contouring? Here’s Your Step-by-Step Contour Tutorial.
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 Liquid Glow Illuminator, 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.
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.
The importance of cleaning your makeup blenders cannot be stressed enough. Just like makeup brushes, dirty makeup blenders can cause 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 1-2 pumps of makeup brush cleanser onto the blender, working it in with your fingers. Squeeze your makeup blender under running water again until all the soap is out, then let it air dry.
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