Everything You Need to Know About the Beautyblender Cosmetic Sponge

Plus, our take on the new Beautyblender Pro.

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  • The is an egg-shaped makeup sponge that can help you apply foundation and other products with a smooth, even finish.
    • Our experts and editors love it because it offers a natural, well-blended appearance.
    • Note that you do need to be diligent about keeping it clean, but you're in the right place to learn more about how to do it the right way.

      What is a Beautyblender for?

      You could buy the most expensive makeup in the world, but if you're not applying it well, it's never going to look right. Enter the ($20, ). The makeup sponge has risen in popularity because it effortlessly blends all kinds of makeup — even powders — though it's most commonly used for foundation and concealer.

      beautyblender® electric violet
      beautyblender sephora.com
      $20.00

      GolfHr's Associate Beauty Editor Pia Velasco uses her Beautyblender every day. "It makes my makeup appear to melt into my skin, giving me a very natural look," she says.

      What is a black Beautyblender for?

      The black Beautyblender or is the same shape and material of the original Beautyblender; it's just a color the brand says is preferred by "pros." Sephora recommends it for darker-toned products like long-wear makeup and self-tanners "that would be difficult to rinse clean from a lighter-colored applicator."

      beautyblender® pro
      sephora.com
      $20.00

      How long do Beautyblenders last?

      Because it's a reusable sponge, it should last you a few months, as long as you keep it clean and take care of it. No more amassing a million dirty, used sponges in your makeup bag (tell me I'm not the only one!).

      Do you have to wash your Beautyblender after every use?

      You don't have to, but it's best to wash it every day (or close to it) for best results. Check out this expert-approved way to clean your sponge in just three easy steps.

      How to use a Beautyblender:

      Dampen the sponge. After wetting it and wringing out any excess water, the sponge will double in size, becoming soft and springy.

      Dab your makeup onto your skin with your fingers. Then, take the Beautyblender, and apply your makeup by following a quick-patting motion.

      Blend in larger areas with the wider base of the sponge. This helps with the forehead and cheeks, and you can use the smaller point for precise, hard-to-reach spots like underneath your eyes.

      Take note:

      While it should last you awhile, at $20, it's probably the most expensive makeup sponge you'll ever buy and you also have to be vigilant about keeping it clean. But it can offer smoother, more natural makeup application.

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