Beauty Blender 101 (Video!)

Hey you! Happy weekend to us! I hope you have exciting plans (relaxing totally counts as exciting!). Not sure what I'm up to, but it will involve enjoying some sunshine! When the weather's hot, my makeup routine changes--tinted moisturizer replaces my full-coverage foundation, for example. And a beauty tool I use to apply it with is a Beauty Blender. If you saw yesterday's post, I used it to apply my makeup. I've recommended these to friends/family/you, but some of you weren't pleased with the results. Hopefully, I'll answer all your questions today! This is a brief overview with more detail in my video below. Enjoy.
  • What is a Beauty Blender?
    • It's the brand name for a makeup blending sponge, loved by professionals and makeup lovers alike. I personally use the knock offs.
  • Where can I get one?
    • Sephora and online, $20+, comes in 3 colors
  • Dupes?
    • There are good and bad knockoffs. I've been pleased with mine (because they are latex-free like the original BB) that I've purchased on Ebay, TJ Maxx, Wal-greens, Wal-Mart. I find that they work similar. The ergonomically-shaped ones (Ulta, Target) gave me an allergic reaction, presumably from latex. If those work for you, then that's awesome, but they didn't work as well as the BB for me. 
  • What does it do?
    • Blends and sheers out makeup; gives a natural, flawless, airbrushed, finish; light-med coverage
    • It works best with liquid and cream products, such as liquid foundation, tinted moisturizer, bb and cc creams, cream blush, liquid/cream highlighters, liquid/cream luminizers, concealers, and correctors,
    • It helps to remove that cakey look from foundation 
    • stops creasing under the eyes from certain concealers
  • Who shouldn't buy one?
    • those who need full-coverage
    • those who don't like cleaning brushes regularly--a sponge harbors bacteria and this one needs to be cleaned after every use. The original BB is treated with an anti-microbial, but still needs to be cleaned after each use. Take note if you suffer from acne!
  • How do I use it?
    • Using distilled or running tap water, squeeze and release the Beauty Blender under the water until it fully expands. Squeeze out excess water until the sponge is damp.
    • There are two techniques: dabbing/patting and the press-roll. These are demonstrated in the video below. My 10th video! :)
    • The pointy end is great for around the eyes, nose, and lips. You can pat the BB onto skin that has product on it.
    • The rounder end works best on the face. Either have product on the face or dip the BB into product. Then dab all over the skin. Remember your coverage will be light to medium, if more than one application is used.
  • How do I clean it?
    • Baby shampoo or brush shampoo work well, but they take awhile to clean the sponge. I've used rubbing alcohol in a pinch or to disinfect, but I fear this could cause breakage in the sponge. The Beauty Blender makes a cleanser that works well, but what I've found is the absolute easiest and fastest is the Beauty Cleanser Solid. It's around $16.50 and is a soap, sans the slip. Just wet the sponge and rub it into the soap. Rinse and remove excess water.
all pics via Sephora.com

Check out my video below for everything 
you've ever wanted to know about the Beauty Blender, with tutorials! 
And Charlie makes a cameo!

Have a great weekend!
Be safe, behave, and be well. Love, Elle


  1. I've been itching to try the BB but I cannot justify spending $20 on a sponge. A SPONGE! I've recently stumbled upon a dupe by models own that have the same shape as the original BB so I might try that one out! xx

    Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life

  2. I just got a few kinds of beauty blender sponges and am excited to try them! i just noticed that one brand doesn't say latex free so I hope my skin doesn't freak out!
    Have a relaxing weekend dear!

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  3. I've seen this baby before - don't have one, but they are absolutely adorable (and very useful, too, obviously :) )

  4. I love the Beauty Blender! Such a great product. Great tutorial and review, Elle:)

  5. That sounds really good, but quiet expensive though. I hope you have a great weekend!



  6. I've honestly never heard of a beauty blender. thanks for the new info!

    and have a great weekend :)

  7. I've been wanting to try one of these. I hope you have a great weekend!

  8. I've been wanting a BB sponge for SO long!!

  9. great post

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  10. Great video! I've been wanting to get the BB, but the price is a bit hard to rationalize.

  11. Very helpful tip. I've never used one with a BB before. I need a beauty blender asap will make sure to get one during a trip to Sephora.

  12. my sister has been raving about her beauty blender too and i have been seeing this everywhere... i really gotta get some of this. :)

    <3, Mimi
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  13. I've wanted to try this beauty blender for the longest time, but I am really bad at using even brushes to apply foundation. I always use my fingers :/

  14. Maybe I'll get one too, I have brushes, and since I'm not THAT much into makeup, I think they're enough, but I might just give it a try..

  15. BB are awesome! I've just recently started using them and I've noticed such a difference!

  16. Thanks for the tips. I had one but didn't see what was so special about it but guess I was using it wrong. But I'm someone who is lazy about cleaning brushes so it's probably not for me :(

  17. so innovative you are!


  18. I really need to get a beauty blender. I have never tried one before but I have heard such great things about them.

    Tracy @ www.sunnydaystarrynight.com

  19. i really like this!


  20. this is so helpful! thanks so much for all those information, you're amazing :)

    I hope you're having a beautiful day ~ XO
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  21. I have one and I really love it! I'm digging all your vlogs, you are doing such a great job with them!!


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