If you watch as many makeup tutorials as I do, then you’ll already be an avid fan of beauty blenders or makeup sponges, and no doubt you’re already religious about wetting them before use. But what’s the logic? If you’re like me, sometimes you just go with your gut, without asking questions; if someone pretty says wet your sponge, I wet my sponge.
MUA Bridget O’Keefe, makeup pro and owner of Blush + Blow, explains why it’s so important:
“If you don’t use them wet then they will just soak up all your product. They have been designed to hold onto the water so that it won’t drink up all your foundation.”
This means that makeup sponges save on product waste, as this test from BeautyBlender shows. They cut their wet sponges in half to show how the product doesn’t soak through to the middle but remains on the outside of the sponge – which is exactly where you want it.
It’s amazing to see how its in action. If you want your foundation to leave you with a dewy finish Bridget says to try her favourite, Chanel’s Vitalumiere Fluid.
“You will be amazed at how far a little bit of this foundation goes – it makes you realise how much you have been wasting by using your a brush or fingers!”
Best of all, using a wet makeup sponge allows you to enjoy a better finish, whether you’re using a liquid foundation, blush or highlighter.
The reason sponges work so well is because you are pressing makeup into the skin rather than moving it around so not only do you use a lot less product but also you have a finish that’s more airbrushed.
High and dry
Sponges can be used dry as well – but not with liquid products.
Bridget says, “The general rule is that if you are using a dry product, use the sponge dry and if you are using a wet product then wet your sponge. They bounce back from being pushed around which makes them ideal for getting into crevasses like under your eye.”
If you’re partial to a little powder you can use your dry sponge to push powder into your skin, the baked trend is something that can definitely be achieved using a dry sponge.
Check out vlogger Heidi Hamoud baking her face with a blender here:
Keep it clean
Caring for your sponges is crucial, otherwise you can be bouncing bacteria into your skin instead of upping your beauty game. Bridget suggests using a mild baby shampoo in tepid water to clean your blenders, simply wash then squeeze them out and then leave them to dry naturally.
Your makeup can live or die by your makeup sponge application. I know I’m gonna be washing my sponges tonight!
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