As much as I enjoy treating myself to pricy beauty goodies, I admit I hesitated when I purchased the OG beautyblender. Unlike luxury makeup and skincare, the beautyblender doesn't have the qualities that normally help me justify expensive purchases. It doesn't have fancy packaging. It doesn't offer any skin-changing ingredients. It's just a sponge — one that I'd picture myself using once a day, tops, and then reusing again the next day.
And that's exactly what happened. I used it damp to apply my foundation every single day, and it gave my skin a lovely airbrushed look I could never achieve with my brushes. But unfortunately, that's all I ever used it for, and I wasn't truly getting the most bang for my buck.
So when I accidentally ripped my first beautyblender while washing it (this is how I'm punished for trying to follow the rules!) my heart ached a bit at the thought of $20 down the drain and all the missed opportunities to use the heck out of my beautyblender.
I ended up repurchasing it, but this time with a vow: I was going to get the most bang for my buck by exploring its other uses. I've read that you can use it for eye makeup and blush, but I never tried doing that — until now.
I came up with a look that explores all the ways to use the beautyblender in your makeup routine. I didn't use any brushes except for my slanted eyeliner brush, which I used for my brows.
Now, I understand that if you have a ton of brushes you won't ever have to solely rely on the beautyblender, but I like knowing I can do pretty much an entire look with this in case all my brushes get stolen or something.
To begin, I'm showing how my skin looks after using the beautyblender for its most popular purpose: foundation blending. It's amazing, and it somehow works with my pores, not against them. Here, I used it wet to dab on my Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation.
I usually use a skinny brush to apply my concealer in an arc to cover my eye bags. Since the beautyblender is so large, it was a little difficult to apply it precisely; I had to keep checking several times to make sure I wasn't getting the concealer everywhere. Still, it blended my Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer seamlessly.
Contour and Highlight
This is another area where the beautyblender really shines. I used Topshop Beauty Contour Cream in Swerve to sculpt my cheeks and the Eve Lom Light Illusion Concealer to highlight the bridge of my nose, center of my forehead, cupid's bow and chin. I normally use powders to contour and highlight, but switching to cream and using the sponge to press gently on the lines gave me a really natural look. I dig it.
At first, using the beautyblender for eyeshadow was intimidating because the sponge seems to be way too large to be precise. However, once I got the hang of it, it didn't seem that bad.
Here I used only shadows from my Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette. I opted for a dramatic look so you could better see the colors, though I was worried that the darker shadows would forever stain my new Beautyblender. (Thank goodness they did not!)
To begin, I applied Steady, a medium rosy gold, on my mobile lid using just the tip of the beautyblender. This was easy to do; I simply dipped the beautyblender in the pan, then glided it across my mobile lid.
Then I applied Zone, a medium brown matte, to the area above my mobile lid and below my brow bone. This part was tricky since I was using a deeper shade. To prevent the shadow from getting all over the place, I made sure the tip of the beautyblender aligned with the start of my eye, and then I dragged the sponge outward to leave a soft wash of color.
Next, I dipped the tip of the beautyblender in Punk, a reddish brown matte, and concentrated it in the outer half of my eye area.
Lastly, I dabbed a bit of Danger, a deep metallic royal blue, in the center of my mobile lid. To blend or fade colors, I used the sides of the sponge.
OK, so I applied the cream blush with my fingers first and then used the beautyblender to blend it out and soften the wash of color. Just dotting on the blush on my cheeks did not work out well — the Beautyblender just ended up absorbing a lot of the product.
The Finished Look
Aside from the foundation application, I really liked the results I got when using the beautyblender to contour and highlight and blend blush. It wasn't that bad using it for eyeshadow, but it would be such a pain to wash it often just to get the shadow colors out!
- Do you have a beautyblender? How do you usually use it?
- What's your most multitasking beauty tool?
- What influences you when purchasing a more "luxury"-level product?