Pictorial – How To Use Beautyblender Makeup Sponges

How To Use Beautyblender

Every now and again, I discover a product that changes my life…most people refer to it as their holy grail product.  The beautyblender makeup sponge is one of those products – it has been rocking my world for about 3,5 years now.  This beautiful fuchsia pink egg-shaped sponge was created to help improve your makeup application skills, while making the process more efficient as well.  The innovative, latex-free sponge gives any beauty lover (whether you’re a newbie or a pro) the ability to get a professional makeup finish at home.

Whether you already own a beautyblender, or you’re looking to invest in this cute pink sponge – ask yourself these 2 questions:

♥  Do you know that the beautyblender should be used wet / damp (never dry)?

♥  Are you using the beautyblender to its full potential?

Before you get to my ‘How To’ and some tips and tricks for using the beautyblender, let me first ask you this: Have you entered my beautyblender pretty.posse kit GIVEAWAY yet?  If not…why the heck not?!  You could win yourself a kit containing the original full-size beautyblender sponge, the micro.mini beautyblender sponge, a mini blendercleanser solid, a mini rea.activate spray, and a bling.ring beautyblender stand.  Trust me when I say you want to enter this giveaway – the prize is worth over R1000!

Here is a link to the giveaway: Review – Beautyblender Pretty.Posse Kit + GIVEAWAY

Beautyblender How To


I feel like I described the beautyblender makeup sponge quite well in the above mentioned blog post, so I’ve decided to post an excerpt from that blog post here.  The beautyblender isn’t your grandmother’s makeup sponge.  You know the one I’m talking about…the white triangular sponge.  The beautyblender is a non-latex egg shaped sponge with what they call an ‘open cell structure’.  It’s a soft, porous sponge that fills with water when you run it under a tap, and expands to 1,5 x in size.  It provides streak-free application of primers, foundations, concealers, powders, and liquid / cream bronzers and blushes.  It’s such an amazing multi-tasker, and can be used with cream, liquid and even powder makeup products.

Back in the day (when I was still a youngster), I used those flat sponges that sometimes come with setting powders, or wedge makeup sponges to apply my foundation (this was long before I discovered the beautyblender).  These sponges took forever to blend product out on the face, and the shape of the them made it downright impossible to get to those tricky areas around your nose and eyes.  And the worst part?  They lasted for maybe 2 weeks before they l started to crumble and disintegrate.  What a waste…

The beautyblender is everything those old-school makeup sponges are NOT: This eco-friendly reusable sponge combines flawless foundation application with great coverage – without the product waste and mess of normal wedge sponge.  It gives your makeup a streak-free, airbrushed  finish, and I have found that brushes alone just don’t give you that same gorgeous youthful complexion.  It has become a staple in my makeup routine, and no other makeup sponge I have tested has come close to the quality of the beautyblender.

I have tried multiple knock offs / supposed ‘dupes’ and I can confidently say that nothing compares to the original.  Nothing.

The beautyblender makeup sponge retails for R398,00 here.  You can also find a list of authorised South African stockists here.

Beautyblender Micro Mini How To


The latest addition to the beautyblender family is the baby micro.mini beautyblender.  This adorable little neon green sponge works exactly like the original beautyblender – it’s just a lot smaller.  It’s designed for the smaller areas of the face such as the under eyes, inner corners, lids, upper cheekbones, and around the temples.  You can conceal, highlight, and I’ve even seen people use this to apply their eye primers and eyeshadows.  It also swells up to about double its size when wet, and leaves behind the same smooth finish as the original.  If you have relatively small features, then this petite little sponge is definitely made for you.

The beautyblender micro.mini retails for R360,00 (for a pack of 2 sponges) here.  You can also find a list of authorised South African stockists here.


The beautyblender Pure is a white version of the original pink beautyblender, and is made especially for skin care application. You can use it with your complexion products, serums, eye creams, moisturisers, and any other skin care product.  It is dye-free, and thus suitable sensitive skin.  I would love to get my hands on this one but haven’t seen it at Placecol salons (or in the Placecol online store) yet.

The beautyblender Pure retails for R398,00 here.  You can also find a list of authorised South African stockists here.


So…what makes this egg-shaped sponge so amazing?  Here are a few reasons why I love this little sponge so much:

♥  It really does apply your foundation flawlessly, and leaves the skin with a natural air-brushed glow.

♥  As mentioned above, you need to wet the sponge prior to use and because it’s damp, it provides the skin with additional hydration.  The water in the sponge also helps to offer moisture to the skin, whilst helping to make a very matte foundation look a bit more natural.  In the photos above and below I’ve used the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (which is known to be VERY matte), look how natural and ‘healthy’ my skin looks.  Not a mask-like-flat-powder-face in sight!

♥  This sponge is great for sensitive, easily irritated skin or skin with active inflammation due to blemishes or Rosacea, because it’s super gentle and non-abrasive.

♥  The beautyblender doesn’t accentuate peach fuzz  or flaky skin like a buffing brush sometimes can, because the secret is to pat / bounce the beautyblender on the skin (not swipe it).

♥  It doesn’t absorb as much product as other makeup sponges or even natural hair makeup brushes.


The latex-free hydrophilic sponge not only has an ability to absorb water, but also to remain damp for a longer period of time.  When damp, this foam material draws in water and allows a tiny bit of makeup to penetrate the top layer of the sponge for a cushioning effect.

Did you know? The old-school wedge sponges actually repel water, which means you can dampen them as much as you want, they will always absorb a lot more product than the beautyblender.  Its unique ability to absorb and expand has to do with the makeup of the foam material, but we’ll never know the secret to that…it’s like Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe.


Look at the difference between a dry beautyblender and a damp beautyblender – it almost doubles in size and looks soft and bouncy when it’s wet.  If you use it dry, it doesn’t give you nearly as flawless a finish as when it’s damp.  When it’s wet, it becomes bigger and less thirsty, so instead of absorbing your foundation, it actually pushes it out onto the skin.


The most effective way to use the beautyblender is to bounce it over the skin – DON’T sweep or drag the sponge across the skin, as this will change the effectiveness of the sponge.  Which means your makeup won’t have the same smooth, and airbrushed finish.

Wet your beautyblender under running tap water and squeeze the sponge while holding it under the stream of water, this will help it to expand a lot faster.  Once the sponge feels softer & fluffier, gently squeeze out any excess moisture.  You want the sponge to be damp, but not sopping wet.

Use the rounded bottom and sides of the beautyblender for larger areas of the face i.e. forehead, cheeks, jawline etc.  Use the pointed tip of the beautyblender for those hard to reach areas, like the crease of your nose and inner corners of the eyes.


The beautyblender can be used on the face, eyes, cheeks, and lips!  I’ve created a few pictorials for you – this is how I like to use my original beautyblender and my micro.mini beautyblender sponge.  As mentioned earlier it can be used to apply any liquid, cream, mousse, and even powder products.  When it comes to the beautyblender, the world is your makeup application oyster.

Any beautyblender makeup sponge (pink, white, black, purple, beige) can be used for both skincare and makeup application.  Just because most people use the original pink beautyblender to apply their foundation, doesn’t mean you can’t use it to apply your makeup primer.  Makeup is fun, and we all like to break the rules every now and again.

Please note: The photos you see below have hardly been edited, I may have upped the saturation in some of them because the light got brighter as time went by.  I haven’t edited my skin in ANY of the photos at all – no photoshop, no smoothing of the skin.  I want you to REALLY see what my skin looks like before, during and after makeup application using my original beautyblender and the micro.mini sponge.  I didn’t go crazy with the contour and highlight etc. because I prefer a natural makeup look.  Oh!  And the beautyblender sponges in the below pictorials are a bit faded because they are well loved – I’ve been using them for a loooooong time.

Here’s a list of all the things I often use my beautyblender makeup sponges for:

Foundation Beautyblender Pictorial

Foundation (Cream, Mousse, Liquid or Powder) – The beautyblender is most commonly used to apply foundation, and even if you use it for just this one step in your makeup routine, you’ll still feel like it was well worth the purchase (in the beginning, applying my foundation was the only thing I used this beauty for).  Many people don’t know that the beautyblender can also be used with powder foundations (it should still be damp), just dip the rounded bottom of the sponge into your mineral foundation, tap off the excess, and bounce all over the skin to distribute the formula.  Cakey, powdery foundation face is a thing of the past.

The trick is not to pump out the foundation directly on the sponge, dab your foundation all over your face (or the areas you need to cover up the most) and then tap, tap, tap the rounded end of the damp beautyblender to blend it out to the rest of your face.  You can also use the ‘side’ of the beautyblender to blend out the foundation, whatever feels most comfortable to you.  You really don’t need to press too hard, as the beautyblender does most of the work for you.  The bouncing action of the sponge distributes your foundation evenly without any streaks, and presses the foundation into the skin as well.  And the moisture in the sponge works to help your foundation blend seamlessly into the skin, allowing for a more natural and flawless finish.

♥  My favourite full coverage foundation is the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation in shade ‘Fresco’.

Beautyblender Before & After

Look at the difference in the photo above – on the left is one layer of foundation using the beautyblender, and on the right side is my bare face.  My skin really does look airbrushed on the left, doesn’t it?  Again, I didn’t photoshop or edit the photo in any way except for adding the white line down the middle.

Concealer Beautyblender Pictorial

Concealer – The beautyblender effortlessly blends concealer into the skin for a flawless effect.  Thanks to the forgiving texture of the sponge, it’s very gentle around the delicate eye area.  I never worry about tugging at the skin (and creating wrinkles) because it is so soft and bouncy.  The pointed tip of the beautyblender is great for blending out concealer at the inner corner of the eye, and the small crevices around the nose.  It also absorbs excess product that might otherwise crawl into fine lines and make them even more visible.

You can either use the pointed tip of the original (pink) beautyblender to blend out your concealer, or you can use the micro.mini for this step in your makeup routine.  I’m currently LOVING the micro.mini sponge for this step, as it can really get into all those hard to reach placed without much effort.

♥  My current favourite concealer is the NYX HD Concealer in shade ‘Fair’.

Cream Contour Bronze Beautyblender Pictorial

Bronzer & Contour (Gel or Cream) – The precision tip of the beautyblender is perfect to draw lines of your dark contour shades under the cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, and under the jawline (just don’t press too hard when drawing the lines, this will ensure the contour colour stays exactly where you want it to be).  A damp beautyblender will merge the contour / bronzer colour with your base foundation, giving it a very natural look.

To blend out your bronzer / contour, you can either flip the sponge over and bounce the rounded side along your contour lines to blend upwards, or you can use the sides of the sponge to do this.  And to blend out the contour shade on the sides of the nose, you can either flatten the original beautyblender tip or use the micro.mini.  Remember to wash your beautyblender before using it to apply your foundation the next day, you don’t want to run the risk of the dark contour shade getting all over your face.

♥  My current favourite cream highlight (matte), bronzer (matte) and contour products are the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio.

Highlighter Beautyblender Pictorial

Highlighter (Cream or Liquid) – The beautyblender will blend your highlighter out like an absolute dream.  Use the tip or the side of your sponge to dab it up and down the cheekbones, along the cupid’s bow, down the centre of the nose etc.  Using a makeup brush to apply a cream or liquid highlighter can sometimes disrupt your foundation and even make it look stripey or blotchy.  A beautyblender sponge will give your highlight a soft and airbrushed finish.

The secret is to apply the highlighter to the back of your hand (same as with the cream blush) and dab your damp beautyblender on it to transfer the product onto the sponge.  Then gently pat, pat, pat the sponge on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the chin to give your highlighter that ‘skin-like’ effect.  I made a mistake when I took the photo above (but I wanted to show the actual liquid highlighter on my cheekbones), I dotted the highlighter directly on my cheeks and then found I had to be very careful not to disrupt my foundation and concealer underneath.  Trust me, rather apply your liquid highlighter to the back of your hand first – it will save you some blending time in the long run.

♥  My current favourite liquid highlighter is the CATRICE Illuminating Highlighter Pen.

Blush Beautyblender Pictorial

Blush (Gel or Cream) – The beautyblender will give your cheeks a pop of colour that is natural, pretty and diffused, whereas using your fingers could make it look blotchy (as the heat of your fingers might disrupt the layer of foundation underneath).

Apply a bit of cream blush to the back of your hand, then bounce your damp beautyblender on the cream blush (it’s so much more hygienic than stippling the sponge directly on the cream blush compact).  Dab the rounded bottom of the beautyblender on the apples of your cheeks to blend it out – this will give you a natural and well blended flush on the cheeks.

♥  My favourite cream blush is the NYX Rouge Cream Blush in the shade ‘Glow’.

Powder Beautyblender Pictorial

Setting Powder – If you are using cream / liquid complexion products i.e. cream blush, liquid highlighter etc. you want to apply your powder as the last step in your face makeup routine.  If you apply a cream (wet) product on top of a powder, it will most definitely cake up.  Use the pointy edge of your beautyblender (or micro.mini) to set your under eye concealer with a setting powder (loose or compact).  You can also set the rest of your face using the flat(ish) side of the sponge, swirl it in your favourite loose or pressed powder, and then tap the sponge on the areas of your face you would like to mattify / set.  It applies powder evenly, without any fallout, and provides full & flawless coverage.

♥  I’m currently testing out the L.A. Girl PRO Powder HD Setting Powder but I’m not very fond of it (I find it’s a bit drying).

How To Use A Beautyblender

Tadaaaaaa!  I added a bit of lipgloss, and my current favourite highlighter (MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade) on my cheekbones and tip of the nose for added glow, and I was done!

Can you apply a full face of makeup using just 1 beautyblender?  I’ve tested this theory, and here are my findings:  You can definitely use just the 1 sponge to apply your foundation, concealer, liquid / cream bronzer or contour, cream blush, liquid /cream highlighter, and setting powder.  BUT, and this is a big but…you need to be smart about it.  Mentally divide your beautyblender into four sides, with a tip that has 2 sides, and a round bottom – use the rounded bottom to apply your foundation, then the 1 side of the tip to blend out your concealer, 1st side of the sponge to blend out your cream bronzer / contour, 2nd side of your sponge to apply cream blush, 3rd side of the sponge to apply liquid highlighter, and the other side of the tip to set your concealer with a setting powder.  It’s the perfect solution for travelling, think about it, this 1 squishy sponge takes up way less space than a set of makeup brushes.

And here’s a list of additional makeup and skincare products you can apply using your beautyblender:

♥  Moisturiser or Serum – The beautyblender can be used to apply your moisture products i.e. serum, day cream and / or night cream.  Keep in mind, though, a serum is usually quite runny in consistency so the beautyblender might absorb a bit more than for instance a creamy moisturiser (even when damp).  So it’s best to dot a little bit of your serum all over the face, and then blend into the skin using your damp beautyblender sponge.

♥  Makeup Primer – The beautyblender presses the primer into pores and fills them evenly, creating a smooth canvas for your makeup.  You can also use the pointed tip to apply your eyelid primers.

♥  Eye Shadow (Cream or Powder) – Oh, yes!  You can even use the beautyblender to apply you cream shadows and blend out the edges for a seamless well-blended effect.  The pointed tip (of the original or micro.mini beautyblender) makes application a breeze, and you can layer and build intensity with just a few swipes.  Sweep a layer of cream shadow all over the lid, then take the tip of the beautyblender and carefully dab the cream formula up towards the browbone to fade it out.  This will give your eye makeup look a blended and airbrushed effect.

♥  Lips (Balms or Stains) – The beautyblender will add a hint of tint to the lips without looking too heavy or intense, so it’s perfect for creating ombré lip looks.  Apply your lipstick or lip tint first to the inner part of the lips, then simply dab the then use the tip of the sponge (the micro.mini is best for this precision word) to carefully dab it outward toward the edge of your lips.

There’s a reason why the beautyblender has made its way to the top of the beauty food chain and has won Allure’s Best Of Beauty Awards 6 times for best beauty tool.  It might be a pricey little sponge, but it’s well worth the investment – especially if you take good care of it.  I’ve been using the beautyblender sponge you see in the above photos for almost 2 years now, and it still looks as good as new!  Just make sure you wash and clean it properly after you use it, and use a good makeup brush cleanser (baby shampoo just doesn’t cut it, ladies).  The beautyblender solid cleanser used to be my favourite brush / sponge cleanser but it’s sometimes difficult to get hold of, so these days I use LUSH Trichomania solid shampoo.  It works like a B.O.M.B!  I honestly think that’s why my beautyblender still looks so good after such a long time, because I always make sure to wash it with hot water and a good cleanser.  Make sure you always get every single stain out each time you wash it.  I know I’ve been promising a ‘How I Clean My Makeup Brushes / Sponges’ blog post for quite some time now, I’ll get there eventually – pinky promise.

Okay, so that’s how I like to use my beautyblender sponges.  Do you own a beautyblender?  What do you use it for?  And did you know you’re supposed to use it wet / damp?



  1. 21 April 2016 / 18:02

    Great post Luzanne. I myself only use my Beauty Blender for foundation as I end up messing more than anything when I start mixing products. Would really love to try the mini one as it looks great for the undereyes. Will have to try and get my hands on the Lush soap as mine is a year old and doesn’t look as good as yours unfortunately.

    As for finding a dupe, as much as people say there is one, I totally agree and there is nothing like the original Beauty Blender and hands down the best one there is.

    Thanks for the awesome post.
    Nisa xoxox

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:26

      Thank you for taking the time to pop by the blog, Nisa. 🙂 xo So glad to hear you enjoyed the post.

  2. Jackie Heijmans
    21 April 2016 / 18:22

    WOW!! dankie vir die lekker blog, propvol goeie informasie… en dankie vir die deel :)) en vir die stap vir stap foto’s

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:26

      Dis ‘n groot plesier, Jackie! 😀

  3. Simone Cameron
    21 April 2016 / 19:00

    I was checking your list/link a few days ago for a stockist in PE and put this on my wishlist. I just said to hubby this morning : Luzanne says this UBU sponge isnt good and I feel like it does a decent job….so can you imagine what a real beautyblender would then actually do for my make up? *heart eyes* I seriously can’t wait to own one…. just so darn pricey.

    Your post is stunning! I can’t even imagine the time it took to put this post together. And it makes so much sense…being able to use it for so many different aspects of your make up!!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:29

      Haha! Trust me, there’s no turning back once you’ve tried the original beautyblender. 😉 I found the CALA sponge at my local Dis-Chem this past weekend and I’ll start testing it ASAP. I took it out of the packaging as soon as I got home, squeezed it and I can already tell you it feels way too dense. But will report back soon! 🙂

      Thank you for checking out the blog post, Simone – you’re right, this blog post took me a lot longer than usual to compile. But it’s all worth it in the end! 😉

  4. Gina Booth
    21 April 2016 / 19:31

    Stunning post Luzanne with gorgeous pics. It must have taken you ages!!

    Random question… Do you apply your foundation from the bottle directly onto your sponge? Doesn’t it absorb loads of product then? Especially with a more liquid foundation…

    Eyeing out the BeautyBlender in such a big way! Now that they’re so much more easily available in SA I doubt it will take me long to justify the price tag. Eeeek!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:32

      Thank you so much, Gina – it did take me quite some time to take all the photos and compile the blog post. But I like how it turned out, so it was worth all the effort. 😉

      No, I apply a bit of foundation on the back of my hand and then dot the foundation with my finger all over my face. Only then do I go in with the damp beautyblender. If you apply it directly to the sponge, it will absorb some product – so that’s why I first apply it to my face.

      I saw the beautyblender is on sale in the Lifestyle Shop Online website here (R300,00 instead of R389,00): http://lifestyleshoponline.co.za/beauty/beauty-blender-pink/

      • Gina
        26 April 2016 / 18:10

        Oooooh yay! Thanks for the heads up! Just in time for payday too!!

  5. Euneen
    21 April 2016 / 19:33

    Luuuuuuvvvv my beautyblender! Ek gebruik dit elke dag meestal vir onderlaag en concealer. Die laaste ruk gebruik ek dit ook nogal om Colourpop se highlighters en blush mee aan te sit. En ek gebruik dit sommer ook as ek my Mary-lou manizer bietjie wil foil vir spesiale geleenthede. ☺ Jou grimering lyk baie mooi in die foto’s Luzanne! So vars en vroulik. X

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:37

      Ooh, ek sal volgende keer my Mary-Lou aansit met die beautyblender – dit klink na ‘n briljante idee! 🙂

      Baie dankie vir die kompliment, Euneen – dis hoe ek meestal my makeup dra, ek verkies natuurlike makeup looks. 😉 xo

  6. R Fourie
    21 April 2016 / 20:35

    So many ways to use the “wonder sponge” For now its going on my wish list ….. the purple UBU sponge is my substitute 🙁 ….. for now.

    Thank you for all the info and time you put in your posts

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:39

      You’re welcome, Reonette. 🙂 Thank you for popping by the blog.

  7. Candice Petersen
    21 April 2016 / 23:12

    Beauty blenders are so versatile I actually never tried a full face makeup with a sponge before Hehe

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:39

      They really are so versatile! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, Candice.

  8. Bianca Balutto
    22 April 2016 / 00:41

    I own one but haven’t used it yet thanks for this post I didn’t know that it could be used to apply moisturise products, powder products and lip stains. Will definitely try it out:)

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:40

      Trust me, you are going to be HOOKED! No other beauty sponge will ever come close to the beautyblender ever again. 😉

  9. Megan Niewenhuis
    22 April 2016 / 08:34

    I am totally in love with your blog Pink Peonies.

    I am learning so much about how to apply my make up and with products that is available in South Africa.

    Keep up the amazing work.


    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:41

      Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment, Megan. 🙂 xx

  10. Alexandra
    22 April 2016 / 09:19

    This is such a fantastic post! ❤ super helpful and informative. It was also really nice that you did the pictorial it was definitely worth all those pictures you took!

    Really do love your blog! Makes me so happy to see what is available in SA and where we can get things

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:42

      Thank you, Alexandra – I really appreciate your support. 😀 And I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog. 🙂

  11. 22 April 2016 / 09:24

    This post looks so easy to do! That is what I love about all your posts, helpful and useful advice!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:42

      Yay! Thank you for the compliment, Marzanne. 🙂

  12. Lean
    22 April 2016 / 09:27


    Sal hierdie een bookmark om te volg sodra ek my Beautyblender bestel!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:42

      Groot plesier, Lean. 😀

  13. Ianette Hanekom
    22 April 2016 / 09:29

    Thank you for all the wonderful, insightful posts (instructions, videos, the works!) – LOVE IT! They prove to be super helpful for an amateur like me when it comes to make up. Your reviews have really helped me in choosing the right products for me and my needs xx

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:44

      You’re welcome, Ianette – it’s my pleasure. 🙂 I’m so happy to hear you find my blog posts helpful, that is always my goal when I write my posts. xo

  14. 22 April 2016 / 10:01

    I love, love, LOVE this post!! I have a beauty blender pro, the original pink one, and the micro mini one, and I didn’t even know half of the things I could do with them!!! Definitely going to give it a go with my skincare products, and really keen on trying it with my primers! It makes me want to go home, wipe off all of my makeup and start again hahahaha…

    I honestly so look forward to all of your blog posts, you put such an incredible amount of effort, creativity and time into each and every single one, and you really have such a knack for this stuff.


    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:47

      Thank you so much, Siobhan – I’m so glad you enjoyed reading this blog post. 😀

      Next on my list is the beautyblender Pure, and the beautyblender Royal (the purple one).

      You just made my day with your compliments and words of encouragement, thank you for that. 🙂

  15. melissa
    22 April 2016 / 10:10

    Seriously wow you did everything with the sponge that is to amazing for me i sound like a kid that is excited about candy . Very nice post Luzanne thank you for taking the time. and Makeup flawless !!!!!!!!!!!! 100%%%%%%

    have a awesome weekend xxxxx lotsa warm love

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:49

      Hahahaha!!! Don’t worry – I feel exactly the same about makeup and makeup tools. When I go to Dis-Chem and I know there are new product releases, I’m like a kid in a candy store! 😉

      Thank you for the compliment, Melissa – you’re too kind.

      I hope you have a lovely public holiday tomorrow. x

  16. Lynette
    22 April 2016 / 10:58

    I only have my beautyblender for about a month now but I LOVE it!!! After reading your post it definitely gave me some new insight on using it and what you can do with it. Very helpful blog! Thanks for taking the time to do the blog, I know it’s a lot of work, especially with photo captions…And you do it so well!!! Big ups for the blog!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:50

      You’re so welcome, Lynette – I hope you enjoy using your beautyblender in more ways than just applying your foundation. 🙂

      Thank you for being so supportive, I really appreciate it. 😀

  17. Wardah
    22 April 2016 / 11:16

    Very nice post ❣ I did know taht it was supposed to be used wet, but I had no idea that it was that versitile. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one. Thank you for the post ♡

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:51

      Thank you so much, Wardah. 🙂 I hope you love your beautyblender as much as I do, once you get your hands on it. I have no doubt it will become a staple in your makeup routine. 😉

  18. Melissa
    22 April 2016 / 11:40

    Love this!!
    Thank you sooooo much Luzanne for a much needed tutorial post on the versatility of the amazing beautyblender!

    I’ve only used mine for liquid foundation and concealer, I didn’t realise I could apply cream/gel blush and even use it to set powder! Looking forward to trying this over the weekend.

    Thanks again- you and your blog rock! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:53

      You’re welcome, Melissa. 🙂

      So happy to hear my blog post gave you some more options in terms of what you can use your beautyblender sponge for.

      I hope you are having a wonderful week so far. ♥

  19. Shana
    22 April 2016 / 12:03

    Thank you for the great post. Oooooh this is a definite buy this month. How does it compare to the Real Techniques miracle sponge?

    Thanks in advance

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 09:59

      Hhhmmm, if I had to choose between the beautyblender and the RT sponge – I would definitely choose the beautyblender. My RT sponge has lasted me for about 6 months now, and it’s starting to show some major wear & tear. My beautyblender still looks pretty much perfect after 2 years. The RT sponge does expand when you wet it, but not to the extent the beautyblender does. In terms of ease of application and the finish it provides, I find both sponges apply product in the same way (with the same finish) but the beautyblender doesn’t absorb as much liquid products. The RT sponge is a great makeup application tool, but it’s not a 100% dupe for the beautyblender.

      • Shana
        26 April 2016 / 13:41

        Thank you Luzanne. About to buy me one!!!!

  20. nasheta
    22 April 2016 / 13:31

    oooohhhh, I think you have convinced me. I already own the Real Techniques one though – how does it compare?

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:00

      Hi Nasheta! 🙂 I just answered your question in the comment above yours – take a look. 😉

  21. Roshan
    22 April 2016 / 13:48

    OMW… I just LOVED reading this detailed post answering ALL my questions (as you always do 🙂 ) I am still holding thumbs upto see if I win that GORGEOUS BB set you giving away, and if not the BB has been provisionally added to my cart 😉
    I’ve been using the L’Oreal Infallible Matte foundation, as it’s the only foundation that doesn’t break me out *weird* but I find it looks just a bit too heavy for my liking so hence been drooling over the getting the BB. Thanks L #love

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:01

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post, Roshan – I really appreciate it so much. 🙂

      The beautyblender is PERFECT to use with a foundation that is very matte, so I’m sure you will love the BB if you decide to invest in it. 😉

  22. ursula strauss
    22 April 2016 / 14:32

    this looks amazing! job well done!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:02

      Thank you, Ursula! 😀

  23. Hanneri
    22 April 2016 / 19:33

    The last doubts I had about getting myself a Beauty blender has now been dispelled. I did not realize it as so versatile. Of course I will need a Beauty blender as well as a mini! Thanks for another wonderfully informative post supported by the most beautiful pictures.

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:02

      Yay! THAT’S what I like to hear – I hope you enjoy your beautyblender, Hanneri! 😉

  24. thea lennox
    22 April 2016 / 20:42

    Absolutely love your block. Love reading your blog and great tips as well

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:03

      Thank you for the compliment, Thea – and thank you for taking the time to pop by the blog. 🙂

  25. Porchia
    22 April 2016 / 22:15

    This is exactly why I check your blog every single day. Because not only do you put so much effort into them, but your blog posts are always interesting and beautiful. Love the idea of these pictorials.

    I’m definitely going to get myself a Beauty Blender, you have just convinced me that I without a doubt need it in my life. 😀


    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:04

      Thank you so much for your wonderful words of encouragement, Porchia. 🙂

      I hope you love your new beautyblender as much as I love mine! 😉 xo

  26. Olga
    22 April 2016 / 22:40

    Incredible blog post, I loved this!!! It must have taken you ages to compile everything?

    The beautyblender sponge is going on my birthday wish list, my hubby will just have to buy it for me for my birthday next month.

    Thank you for all the effort you put into your videos and posts, Luzanne.

    Olga ♥

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:05

      Thank you, Olga! It did take me a lot longer than usual, but it was so worth it in the end – I really enjoyed looking at the end-result. 😉

      Thank you for taking the time to check in on the blog, it means so much to me.

  27. Riette
    24 April 2016 / 00:05

    I own the real techniques sponge, not the beauty blender (cannot get past the price), but I love it. It is really amazing, and make such a difference to the look of foundation and concealer. Maybe someday I’ll cave for the real deal 🙂 Thanks about the tip about the Lush shampoo, I’ll look out for it. Any excuse to visit Lush!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:06

      So true – I agree 100%! 🙂

      I have no doubt the Trichomania solid shampoo will a must-have in your makeup brush cleaning routine. And that reminds me…I need to go buy a new one as mine is almost finished. 😉

  28. 24 April 2016 / 17:33

    I love the beautyblender. Great post <3

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:07

      Thank you so much, VT. 🙂

  29. Anina
    25 April 2016 / 09:04

    Gaan dit vir seker moet probeer! Dankie vir n baie deeglike stap-vir-stap – selfs ek sien nou kans daarvoor!

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:07

      Jy sal moet – ek weet sommer jy sal MAL wees oor die beautyblender, Anina. 🙂

  30. Carmen van Leeve
    25 April 2016 / 11:02

    I first found out about the Beautyblender watching your Youtube Videos. I did not know it has to be used damp 🙂 I own a knock-off and not the real thing as yet. But anyways, went ahead and used it over the weekend as you have suggested in this blog and what a difference it makes when used damp. Really does a good job of blending… flawless…

    Thanks for the in-depth Bb lesson – really good tips and tricks…

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:08

      Yay! I am SO happy to hear that, Carmen – that’s exactly why I decided to write this blog post. I hope you are having a fab week so far! 😉

  31. Kelly
    25 April 2016 / 12:28

    Sorry I’m so late to this!! Was sick with flu and dying in a corner slowly x_x This post was amazing and I love the photos! So professional! 😀 I’ve also recently purchased a knockoff beauty blender from Dischem and it really works well for me, so much so that I actually haven’t been using my foundation or concealer brushes at all. So I can only imagine what the original beauty blender can do, probably give me a new face 😀 Lol. Thanks for the additional tips on how to use and care for the beauty blender, I really am going to invest in the original one asap 🙂

    • Luzanne
      26 April 2016 / 10:10

      Oh no! I hope you’re feeling much better?

      Bwahahaha!!! If only a makeup application tool could give you a brand new face – that would be amazing!! 😉

      P.S. In case you’re interested, I saw the beautyblender is on sale for R300,00 in the Lifestyle Shop Online here (not sure for how long though): http://lifestyleshoponline.co.za/beauty/beauty-blender-pink/

  32. 26 April 2016 / 11:00

    Better late than never! I have to ask what shade of the Elizabeth Arden DW foundation are you wearing? LUV this post btw 🙂

  33. Anny
    29 April 2016 / 17:38

    I just love your blog! Started following it about a month ago and loving it, your tips are great, i really like that you try a lot of the products out yourself and that you are so honest about what works! i always just used MAC, Benefit and the likes and you have encouraged me to try some of the “drugstore” brands and I’m having a blast. Also got the RT brushes and the Beauty Blender after reading your reviews and I’m very happy with my purchases, every time i read a new blog post I make a little shopping list 🙂 Thanks again for the fun blog, can’t wait for the next one

  34. Sibahle
    3 May 2016 / 10:18

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for this detailed post

  35. Vanessa
    18 October 2016 / 11:34

    Watching your Tutorials I need a BeautyBlender

  36. Joey
    22 March 2017 / 09:00

    Hi Luzanne! Love your blog, and your attention to detail 🙂

    I see that this post is quite helpful and I am currently looking for a Beautyblender in Durban, I’ve checked out the stockist you linked. They seem to retail at about R398 at Dream Nails. Is this a normal price or super inflated?

    I recently bought the Urban Studio (real techniques dupe) orange sponge and it has blown my mind. Wondering if I should wait it out and hope that the price of the Beautyblender will come down by the time I have to replace my Urban studio sponge…

    • Luzanne
      26 March 2017 / 18:50

      Hi Joey! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. 😉 R398,00 is the normal price for a beautyblender, they are pricey but definitely worth it. They last way longer than most of my other sponges, and the finish it gives your foundation is amazing! You won’t find a beautyblender at a cheaper price, and if you do – then you know it’s definitely a fake. 🙂

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