Whether I am traveling across the country or I am just driving a few miles away to a friends house, I would always bring my makeup bag with me just in case I needed to get ready for an outing or event. The makeup bag I used was HUGE and could easily fit two Chipotle burritos with extra guac inside of it. Instead of prioritizing my makeup collection to putting in what I actually needed, I would just throw everything in there and end up lugging around my entire collection.
A few months ago, I decided to get my makeup act together and throw out my prized Chipotle bag and settled for a much smaller travel-friendly bag. This forced me to actually sit down with my makeup and think about what tools I actually needed to help me go from looking like a dead zombie person to a girl that cashes checks and breaks necks on a daily basis.
Here is one of my top essential beauty tools that I realized my face can’t live without:
The Beauty Blender – I feel like this sponge is pretty hit-or-miss in people’s makeup bags, but it’s an absolute must-have for me. I don’t even use brushes for my foundation and concealer application anymore because I love how flawless the beauty blender makes my skin look. I have only used the original beauty blender which is made for multitasking. I can do my foundation, cream blush, and concealer with just one sponge. The thing I love the most about it is how I can use the blender either damp or dry. I will typically use a damp blender during the day when I want my foundation to look sheer and almost like second skin. When using a damp beauty blender, be sure to dry off the excess water in the sponge with a towel so you aren’t just slopping water all over your face! Your sponge should be light and airy and no water should come out when squeezed. For those nights when I want to look like heavenly angels kissed my skin, I usually require a little more medium-to-buildable coverage for my face. I will then use a dry beauty blender to help me achieve said look. No matter what blender method I use, I usually will get a comment on how smooth my skin looks and everyone always asks, “what foundation do you use?!” And I’m just over here like, “it ain’t the foundation, it’s the beauty blender gurl!”
My biggest tip when using the blender is when it comes to application to the face. I typically see girls on YouTube putting the foundation on the back of their hand and dipping the blender directly into the foundation and then putting it on their face. I absolutely cringe when I see this! Dipping your beauty blender directly into the foundation will actually make you end up using more product because the sponge will immediately soak up all the foundation into one concentrated spot–therefore, making you pick up more product than needed because the product is inside the sponge and not on your face, and then have to clean your blender more often. What I found works best for me is putting the foundation on the back of my hand and then taking a clean finger, I dip it into the foundation and gently spread it on one side of my face and then I take my blender and dab the rest in. I find that this gives me the most flawless look with the most minimal effort! I start on one half of my face and then work my way towards the middle and then to the other half; mostly because I like doing comparisons of what I looked like before and after the makeup. Trust me when I say that this beauty sponge paired with this tip will have you looking #flawless.