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beautyblender the original beautyblender®

What it is: An edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator. What it does: The unique shape and exclusive material available only with beautyblender® ensures impeccable, streak-free application with minimum product waste. Use it with primers, foundations, powders, cream blushes, and any other complexion product. What else you need to know: Beautyblender features an open cell structure that fills with small amounts of water when wet. This allows the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time. When wet, beautyblender doubles in size and becomes even softer, returning to its original size when it air dries. Handcrafted in the USA. This product is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
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Questions & Answers for beautyblender the original beautyblender®

Question
How to use it? tutorial plz
Hello,
Every one is talking about beautyblender, who seems happy with using this cosmetic stuff, it looks flattering which really seducing me to use it and give a try even though I'm not familiar in using makeup tools. But I do love it and would try it for sure :) Can you teach me how to use it pretty gals? I'd be excited to get your answers ;)
asked 3 years, 4 months ago
nina30
(Doha)
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Works well when damp with cream or liquid foundation, but if you are using tinted moisturizer use it DRY!
answered 8 months ago
xahra
answer 2
Best way, and how I learned, was by watching youtube videos!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
Cbratton
(Riverside, Ca)
answer 3
Just use a stippling motion! (Kind of bouncing it on your face)
I use it in on my youtube at DaniBeautyTV!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
danibeauty
(Columbus, OH)
answer 4
SO easy to use....Just get it wet and I mean really run it under water until it doubles in size....SQUEEZE all the excess water out of it...so the blender is just kinda damp. Put some foundation on your hand (thats how I like to pick it up gives you more control...you can also dab it on your face if you prefer). Then just dab the wide end over your face kind of just pressing your foundation in until it blends out...you can also use a rolling motion BUT i find the sponge kinda absorbs more of your product and I like to keep as much product to use instead of wash down the sink. You can use the pointed end for getting in under your eyes or anywhere it is hard to really get and just roll it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
itinvolves
(Carsonville, MI)
answer 5
Before using, just run it under running water and then ring out all the water. The sponge will expand a little. Then just dab your foundation on your face and bounce the beautyblender on your face to blend and buff your foundation. Whala. That's all there is too it.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
kawela
(Salinas, Ca)
answer 6
Soak sponge in water and then squeeze out excess water. Put liquid foundation (or TM, BB Cream, etc) on the larger end and tap the sponge all over your face/neck.Use the skinny end for hard to reach places, like sides of nose or to apply concealer. It's that easy!
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
AmandaHou
(Portland, ME)
answer 7
I take the sponge and run it under water, squeeze it out and then put my foundation on it. Then I blot it onto my face all over. It gives a flawless look and easy application.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mew90
(Philly, PA)
Question
Black spots on my beauty blender?
I've only had my beauty blender for about a week, but the last time I used it was two days ago (8/24/13). I was in a hurry and just put it back in the container it came with. I forgot about it until today (8/26/13), and I noticed that there are little black dots in the middle section of the sponge. I'm assuming this is mold/mildew, should I throw it away? I've tried washing it with the recommended cleanser, but the black dots are still there.
asked 2 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Sounds like mold to me. I'd get rid of it & purchase a new one.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 2
Wash it in soap to get rid of mildew, and never leave it an place with stagnant air again or it won't dry.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
loveleh
answer 3
I would recommend throwing it away... This happened to me once before, too. I was traveling and left the Beauty Blender in its container for a couple of days. I tried washing it with Dawn antibacterial dish soap under very hot water several times and the spots would not come off. A friend recommended washing it in bleach, but honestly if you can see mold on something still, that can be hazardous to your health.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
jcgirl13
(Johnson City, TN)
answer 4
Yes, it is more than likely mildew/bacteria. I would throw it out. I never store my beauty blender in the container. I turn the sponge pointy side down and set on top of the container so that it is always open and can dry.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
Donna906
(South Tampa, FL)
answer 5
Take it back to sephora they might give u a new one if the old one is unusable
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
lilattie
(bronc ny)
answer 6
to me it sounds like mold/mildew. I would personally throw it away, I think it you let it air dry uncovered it will help solve the problem. Also wash it with an antibacterial soap after every single use
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
obnurse86
(USA)
answer 7
Throw it away!!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
wendyomgwar
(Baltimore. MD)
Question
Do you have to clean it with their special beautycleanser?
Can you just clean it with soap and water or makeup remover, etc? I don't want to purchase the "beautycleanser". Thanks!
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
JustAGirlyGirl
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
I use the Philosophy Purity Made Simple cleanser. I use rinse the beauty blender, and then I pounce a dime sized amount of cleanser {in a bowl} all over the beauty blender. I find that this removes a large majority of the makeup :D
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
lushieforlife
(Illinois)
answer 2
You can use whatever soap you use to remove your makeup. I bought their special cleaner, and I don't notice that it cleans any better than my face soap. However, regular 'hand' soap doesn't work very well at removing all the makeup.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
jdavis9761
(Woodbridge, VA)
answer 3
No I clean it with soap and water and it's fine, although it's still stained but it's really clean.
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
Maggie1106
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 4
In between uses, or whenever I notice that it's more brown (because of my foundation) than pink, I wet it, squirt some creamy hand soap onto it, quickly rub it in, and then squeeze it under warm water until the water runs clear. My beauty blender goes back to the bright pink color it was when I bought it (:
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
makeupyourm1nd
(Calgary, AB)
answer 5
No You could use oil, soap and water, shampoo,
answered 2 years, 2 months ago
juliebeauty
answer 6
Honestly I was right there with you. I didn't want to buy the special beauty blender cleaner but I really really love the solid sponge cleaner. I use it for ALL my brushes and it's super easy to use. It doesn't damage any of my brushes and I see how clean it gets everything. Now you can use soap and water BUT it's going to dry out your beauty blender faster. I know your not going to like this answer but I really think you should give the solid cleaner a chance. Hope this helps.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
bookluvr23
(Upstate South Carolina)
answer 7
Hi JustAGirlyGirl,

We highly recommend using the Solid Sponge Cleanser with your Beauty Blender. This cleanser seems to clean the Beauty Blender more efficiently than any other method.
answered 2 years, 3 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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I do not wear foundation, but I do use tinted moisturizer. I apply to my entire face and then put bronzer and blush on top.
Is the product helpful for tinted moisturizer application?
asked 2 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Dallas, tx)
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Probably not necessary for a tinted moisturizer. I think it's more for medium to full coverage foundation and concealer. Not sure if you've tried it, but a stippling or even kabuki brush works great for tinted moisturizer or more "sheer coverage" makeup
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
erica0811
(nj)
answer 2
Yes this product is really helpful for tinted moisturizer, it gives you an even application of product and still leaves your skin looking flawless
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
BabyBoo13
(Oakland, CA)
answer 3
I used this with my NARS tinted moisturizer and it applied AMAZINGLY!! Very pleased with it, you'll love it
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
tlam33
(Toronto, ON)
answer 4
This sponge works with any liquid type of formula!
I use it for foundation and concealer!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
gloriaasy
(Irvine, CA)
answer 5
This product works on any type of liquid foundation whether it be a very lightweight product to something heavy!
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
abskiis
answer 6
Yes, I use it with my hourglass tinted moisturizer and find it just as helpful as with the foundation application.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
ElizLiza
(Pebble Beach, CA)
answer 7
Absolutely. It will blend and smooth the tinted moisturizer on just as it does with regular foundation.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
darlenam
(Philadelphia,PA)
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Can you use regular brush cleaner on beauty blenders?
I noticed there was a specific brush cleanser for beauty blender.... can you use regular brush cleanser?
asked 2 years ago
HunterL
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
yes!
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
kkaattee
answer 2
I used my regular brush cleaner with mine and it worked fine. Makeup that was left on immediately came off.
answered 2 years ago
StylistSarah
(Pennsylvania)
answer 3
yes, but not even the patented cleaner will remove the foundation from the sponge...it probably only removes the bacteria
answered 2 years ago
lbrownster
answer 4
Hello. I use gentle facial cleanser to clean my beauty blender. I think it is more effective.
answered 2 years ago
dollslife
(Washington DC)
answer 5
i used my bare minerals brush shampoo on it.. although it didn't look as if all the product was off the blender, it still felt relatively clean and i used it again and again.. hope this helps!
answered 2 years ago
Alyssa320
(NYC)
answer 6
Yes. You can use regular brush cleaner. But I think the Beauty Blender cleanser does a better job at cleaning it.
answered 2 years ago
iloveblush
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I wouldn't use the spray kinds. but if its a shampoo type, it should work.
I've used the Dr.Bronner soap with this because the liquid beauty blender soap takes forever and it worked great
answered 2 years ago
infinitise
(Calgary, AB)
Question
Does the sponge need to be washed after each use?
asked 7 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Stockton, CA)
on the original beautyblender®
7 answers
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answer 1
Yes wash after each use! I learned this lesson the hard way and my sponge was moldy one month after buying it. I washed it once a week and kept it on the counter in the lid it came in and after a few weeks it had black dots on it. I thought it was makeup at first but a week later they doubled and after Googling it I realized it was mold and had to toss it! I love the airbrushed finish so I immediately purchased another one and have been diligent about washing it and two months in, so far so good!
answered 1 year ago
bogusia018
(Washington, DC)
answer 2
It absolutely does!
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
happymomof1
(Torrance, CA)
answer 3
It depends on your skin type, whether you use it on a clean face, and where you keep it. If its kept in a place with good air circulation, and you use it on a clean face you should be good to clean it every couple of uses. (The same amount you would need to clean your face brushes) That being said if you have oily skin you will need to clean it more frequently, and even if, say, you used it on monday and never cleaned it then didn't need to use it again until saturday you should still clean it as if you had used it for the past couple days first, because you left product on it.
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
loveleh
answer 4
Um, yes it absolutely must be washed after each use. It takes at least 1-1/2 to 2 days for the sponge to fully dry all the way through after using it, and if you allowed it to sit damp for that long with moist dirty makeup and moist dead skin cells then you will FOR SURE have a nice little mold culture growing from the center of the sponge by the next time you use it. And no, it does not matter if you only used the sponge to apply makeup to a "clean" face. damp dead skin cells are a PRIME environment for mold growth, "clean" or not.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
atnola
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 5
I wash it after every use just because I like my sponges clean and if you wash it every day, then you don't have to worry about it staining with your makeup.
answered 6 years ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 6
I clean mine after every single use. It only takes 30 seconds, plus it makes the beauty blender seem brand new every time I use it.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
J5678
answer 7
The sponge needs to be washed when you would throw away/ wash other sponges, not after each application. I actually like keeping mine unwashed for awhile because as it gets more product in it it performs better. You use it on a clean face anyway. That being said you do need to clean your sponge after awhile to kill bacteria that start growing on it and excess product that can cause breakouts.
answered 7 years, 4 months ago
annie23
(Santa Clara)
Question
How often do you need to throw one of these away?
I can't see how I'd buy a rather pricey sponge if I'll throw it away in a few months, whereas I can keep my brushes for a lifetime.
asked 7 years, 4 months ago
Saku
(New York)
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
They say every 6 months... But if yours is cleansed regularly and is taken car of every 8 months or if it rips.....
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
Ashlynn12234
(Kansas City)
answer 2
Its meant to be replaced every 3 months but with proper care can last a year or so from what i have heard. Just take really good care of it. And when it starts to stretch and just not work like it used to its time to toss it.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Denver,CO)
answer 3
The Beauty Blender is intended to be thrown out every 3-4 months. However, with my personal beauty blender I have been using it for 7 almost 8 months (with regular washings, although I do not use the BB cleanser). With my professional Beauty Blender that I use on clients, I do toss them after 2-3 months.
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
makeupmeghann
(Waterloo, Ontario)
answer 4
I use mine daily and I flip it around so I use a clean side every day. I end up washing it every 3 days or so. With regular use, it really does last about 3-4 months. It eventually breaks down a bit (gets less compact), and I replaced mine after it tore from storing it in a zippered case. I've tried other disposable, and one similar non-disposable one from target (about ten bucks), but have found that nothing really compares to the beauty blender.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
parabenoid
(emeryville, CA)
answer 5
Beautyblender posted an instruction video on You Tube that recommends replacing the sponge after three months, but I'm sure you can stretch that out longer if you take good care of it.
answered 7 years, 3 months ago
ageandwisdom
(New Jersey)
answer 6
Just as is true for your brushes, as long as you regularly clean the sponge it can last you forever or at least until you decide it's time for a new one. They sell a specific cleaner for this product that you can also use to clean your brushes.
answered 7 years, 4 months ago
annie23
(Santa Clara)
Question
Full Coverage?
I feel like i have a lot of blemishes so i like full coverage foundations. Does this applicator allow maximum coverage or does it apply foundation lightly?
asked 7 years, 4 months ago
Anonymous
(Austin, Texas)
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
as long as you dampen your blender first, it allows for maximum coverage. once i actually forgot to dampen and the sponge soaked up my foundation pretty quick. now i make sure i dampen it and let it sit for a couple of minutes while i prime & do something else first. the dampened sponge also feels a little cool on your face, its more refreshing than using a brush application - i love it
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
erica0811
(nj)
answer 2
I have acne scars that I like to cover up, so I also like full coverage. I started using the beauty blender sponge without getting it wet first and the coverage is wayyyyy less sheer. So, it can be used wet to achieve a sheer look, or dry to achieve a full coverage look.
answered 2 years, 4 months ago
VickyStone
(Petaluma, Ca)
answer 3
You can apply your foundation as light or as heavy as you want with this applicator.
answered 6 years ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 4
Absolutely works as full coverage. This sponge is really what you want it to be. If you want full coverage, just use more makeup on the end of your beauty blender, or go over your face twice to build your coverage. I have a lot of blemishes and dark spots on my cheeks and this is the only thing that covers it while still looking natural. Using the pointed end also helps to target small blemishes.
answered 6 years, 5 months ago
J5678
answer 5
I have used this with both liquid foundation and with mineral foundation. Personally, I found that it increases the coverage with the mineral makeup without adding a cake-look. For my liquid foundation, I felt like I was wasting too much product to get full coverage (Dior is too expensive to waste). So, I use a brush in the spots I want more coverage and then the beautyblender for application over the rest of my face. Hope I helped...:)
answered 7 years, 2 months ago
MandyCD
(Portland, OR)
answer 6
No, I don't think it works well for full coverage at all. I'm very acne-prone with scars from prior acne as well, and I didn't have good results with this sponge. Try a cream foundation instead of a liquid, and use a good foundation brush. :)
answered 7 years, 3 months ago
MissMagic
(Brentwood, CA)
Question
If you purchase the two pack, are they packaged individually?
Thinking of replacing mine and getting one for a friend, but only if they come in separate packaging. Thanks!
asked 6 years, 1 month ago
parabenoid
(emeryville, CA)
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
NO
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
venus6
(NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA)
answer 2
They both come in the same package.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
megz196
(Ontario)
answer 3
Well i purchased the one with the cleanser and two sponges and the two sponges came in one container so if I had to guess, id say that if you bought only the two sponges, they would also come together in one package.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
tsao
(New York, NY)
answer 4
If you want it separate buy it separate because some come together and the other comes separate.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
preciiousbarbie
(ny,united state)
answer 5
They're not separately packaged, they come in a plastic bubble-like container. They are separated by a plastic disc.
answered 6 years ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 6
The 2-pack that I got was packaged in 1 container, so no - they are not individually packed within that little canister. Hope this helps.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
cinamonwinters
Question
is it better than a brush or regular sponge/ fingers?
i was wondering if this is better for application and would it be good for a liquid/gel like foundation such as MUFE face and body?
asked 6 years ago
Anonymous
on the original beautyblender®
6 answers
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answer 1
I have never found a brush to be a good tool to apply foundation, so for me, this is the best product on the market. It is much better than using your fingers alone.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
jdykes33
(Dothan, Alabama)
answer 2
YES! It gives an airbrush finish. But you have to make sure that every time you use it, you dampen it with water or else it won't work to its full potential.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
tsao
(New York, NY)
answer 3
yes you could apply MUFE with the sponge .
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
preciiousbarbie
(ny,united state)
answer 4
I use EL double wear liquid foundation and I prefer to use a stippling brush. Tried using only the BB and it didn't quite work as well for me. Plenty of other uses for the BB so I'll stick with my brush for now.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
dmsr
answer 5
I think it's better than a brush since sometimes a brush leaves streaks. You have to 'blot' your makeup not swipe it with this sponge. It works for any kind of makeup.
answered 6 years ago
moonstruck1958
(Myrtle Beach, SC)
answer 6
So ive had mine for a month and i absolutely love it! i use it with my MAC face and body liquid foundation and the results are Flawless!! I dont think i will use the foundation brushes again. This is a really great buy and should be on every girls must have list.
answered 6 years ago
tropicalbabe
(LoS aNgeLeS, CA)
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