Unless your a beauty newbie, you know that the beautyblender has changed the way people apply foundation. It’s become a staple in almost every makeup artist’s kit. However, reusable makeup sponges like the beautyblender require a lot of maintenance. In fact, some makeup experts argue that you should never use makeup sponges to apply foundation. So before you get on the beautyblender bandwagon, you should know the facts.
Makeup sponges can be a breading ground for germs if you don’t wash them the correct way. They need to be cleaned before every use. Otherwise, you run the risk of spreading bacteria all over your face. Sponge tend to be difficult to properly wash and sanitize. They also have a limited life span. A beautyblender ($20) only last 2-3 months. However, if you invest in a a good foundation brush, it can last you for years.
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If you don’t clean your makeup sponge after every use, it isn’t as effective. Leftover makeup on your sponge can cause your foundation to cake up, making product hard to blend. If you also can’t use a dirty makeup sponge with different types of products because it the products will mix and become muddled. Unless you want to buy a separate beautyblender for each face product you use, it is more cost effective to invest in a set of foundation brushes.
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Most importantly, beauty sponges soak up a huge amount of your foundation. This is a total waste of product, especially since foundations can be so expensive. In order to save every last drop of your foundation, you should apply it with a microfiber brush. A brush provides more consistent, seamless finish. It also allows you to build coverage in areas that need it. I recommend applying foundation with a brush, and then using a makeup sponge to smooth out the foundation.