How to \*actually\* blend out your make-up

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How to blend make-up

by Emma Richardson |

If there's one thing that you can guarantee a beauty guru will say, it's that the key to a good make-up day is a seamless blend.

Kim Kardashian's former make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic (also known as Makeup By Mario) will vouch for this, with the technique being a staple in all of his make-up looks.

But blending your make-up correctly isn't a skill that you develop overnight. Like anything, practice makes perfect.

If you want to learn how to blend your make-up so well that it would make NikkieTutorials proud, look no further.

Pens at the ready, school is in session.

How to blend make-up with a brush

Ah, the humble make-up brush. A staple in anyone and everyone's make-up bag, there is no shortage of what you can use them for. The question is - how do you blend your make-up effortlessly with one?

Choosing the right type of brush is the most important part - that over-the-top fluffy brush that you use for your powder just isn't going to cut it.

Instead, The Skincare Edit suggests that you opt for a flat buffing brush or kabuki brush, as these brushers are denser and enable you to easily buff the product into your skin.

Using liquid foundation is the way to go too, as it's easier to manipulate the product on the skin.

Dot the foundation around your face with your brush and blend in every direction. Make sure to dab the foundation into your face instead of dragging it - your foundation will appear streaky otherwise and that is not the look we're going for.

Brush pros: You get an even application, the product isn't absorbed into the bristles (so nothing is wasted), and it's much easier to control the coverage of any product on your face.

Brush cons: Using a brush takes more time, brushes tend to be more expensive (especially when you're looking for a half-decent one), and poorly made ones can leave streaks and stray hairs on your face.

Find the perfect brush for you as recommended by us here.

How to blend make-up with a make-up sponge

An alternative to a make-up brush is a make-up sponge. Versatile and easy to travel with, sponges are any make-up lover's saviour.

Wetting your sponge is the first step and the most important one - as stressed by cult beauty brand and sponge icon Beautyblender. Sponges work best when they are wet, they go onto the face much smoother, and make product application much easier.

The key to getting flawless full coverage and an even finish to your face is to bounce the blender on your skin. Some sponges like this one by Real Techniques have pointed edges, so you can get into all the crevices under your eyes and nose as well.

Sponge pros: A sponge won't leave as many streaks on your face as a brush will, it covers pores much more seamlessly, and they're travel-friendly for any mobile make-up artist.

Sponge cons: A sponge is harder to completely clean, absorbs make-up easily (meaning product gets wasted), and may need replacing more often than a make-up brush.

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