We should know all of the Beautyblender facts backwards, forwards, and inside out by now, since the revolutionary makeup sponge slash applicator is a seven-time winner of our annual Best of Beauty Awards. If that doesn’t prove our love for it, we don’t know what will. Who knew that a little sponge could have such a huge impact on the makeup world? Not makeup artist and Beautyblender founder Rea Ann Silva, who just wanted to find a way to make makeup look good on high-definition television. Though it’s been a staple in makeup bags everywhere since 2007, there’s still more to know (and love) about the iconic sponge. So we asked Silva to tell us what even diehard fans might not know. Prepare to get (beauty) schooled with these Beautyblender facts that you probably haven’t heard before.
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1. It’s not a normal makeup sponge. (Well, duh.)
2. It was conceived during a special-effects makeup class.
(Also, the pro collection is crazy chic.)
3. Speaking of television, the OG Beautyblender was first tested on the set of Girlfriends.
Want to know how Tracee Ellis Ross looked so poreless and perfect when she starred on the television show Girlfriends, pre-Blackish years? You can at least, in part, credit the first-ever prototype of the Beautyblender. Silva was working on the show at the time and used it to apply and touch-up the makeup of the four female stars. How Ross’s skin still looks so good today: Probably the Beautyblender, if we’re making an educated guess. But of course Ross is the OG, right? She would be. (And we only mean that in the absolute BEST way).
4. And its signature bright pink color? Total accident.
When she was developing the Beautyblender, Silva focused on perfecting the texture and the shape of the sponge—but not so much on the color. (She hadn’t even considered it.) But the lab sent her a prototype in the now-iconic pink shade and Silva was hooked. “They told me to ignore the color,” she says. “But I saw the neon pink and it made me so happy.” If that’s not fate, we don’t know what is. To us, that pink is more iconic than millennial pink—we’d argue “Beautyblender pink” deserves its own Pantone chip.
5. It isn’t meant to be used only with liquid formulas—the Beautyblender works wonders with powders, too.
If you were under the impression that blending any kind of powder, blush, or contour powder using the editor-favorite Beautyblender would muddy up your powder (guilty as charged), you don’t have to worry. “With pressed powder, brushes are like little brooms,” explains Silva, only sweeping product around, rather than evenly blending it and usurping its oil-controlling properties. But when you employ the assistance of a Beautyblender, you can “focus on the areas where you want to wipe out shine.” So long as you give your sponge a good squeeze to wring out excess water before first swipe, there isn’t enough moisture in it to ruin your favorite bronzer, TBH.
6. Don’t just use it to apply your makeup—it can help refresh your look throughout the day as well.
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7. Oh, and the Beautyblender brand is definitely not stopping with just sponges.
Obviously, we saved the best news for last, so get ready. “I think the next phase for me would be to create the ultimate complexion makeup for the ultimate complexion tool,” says Silva. Our money’s on foundation (a total guess, but not crazy considering that was the original reason for its invention), but really, we’d take anything Silva creates. While she tells us she doesn’t have a timeline yet, new product is on the horizon. That’s right, Beautyblender fans: There are brand-new Beautyblender products on the way—and you read it on allure.com first.
Bonus: There’s some Beautyblender in the December Allure Beauty Box.
So you know, order yours now by clicking here.
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- 1 1. It’s not a normal makeup sponge. (Well, duh.)
- 2 2. It was conceived during a special-effects makeup class.
- 3 3. Speaking of television, the OG Beautyblender was first tested on the set of Girlfriends.
- 4 4. And its signature bright pink color? Total accident.
- 5 5. It isn’t meant to be used only with liquid formulas—the Beautyblender works wonders with powders, too.
- 6 6. Don’t just use it to apply your makeup—it can help refresh your look throughout the day as well.
- 7 7. Oh, and the Beautyblender brand is definitely not stopping with just sponges.
- 8 Bonus: There’s some Beautyblender in the December Allure Beauty Box.