Invented by top Hollywood makeup artists Rea Ann Silva and Veronica Lorenz, the original Beauty Blender Sponge (£16.00) has a patent-pending elliptical shape which allows you easy access hard-to-reach areas; it's pretty much fool proof, although it does take some getting used to. Cheaper alternatives include the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99), Nanshy's 4-in-1 Makeup Blending Sponge (£5.95) and Beauty Bay's own brand incarnation (£2.50,) but the concept it all the same. The rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion, the precision tip effortlessly covers blemishes and imperfections, while the flat edge contours around the eyes and nose.
Although I find they absorb too much of my base product when used to apply foundation, I love these sponges to blend in cream blushers, bronzers and concealers - especially around the eye where products have a tendency to sit in fine lines and creases. I find that the spongey texture helps to buff product into skin, gliding across the surface to leave an almost airbrushed effect; especially on days when I'm feeling a little sleepy or my skin needs a little boost, this is a helping hand I now couldn't be without. There's a reason why makeup artists and YouTube gurus have been using these for an age, and it's because it's a great alternative to both brush and fingers. It's amazing how a little sponge can make such a difference to a routine - but Beauty Blender, I'm a convert. I love you.
Are you a fan of beauty blenders, or have you been wondering what all the fuss is about?