Ever since that little pink egg entered our life, our makeup has never looked better. But even 15 years after its launch, the BeautyBlender is probably one of the most commonly misused tools out there. Watch out these could be the mistakes you might be making with your beauty blenders.

Not Using It Wet
A dry sponge will soak up a lot of your makeup instead of depositing it onto your face. Before every use, run your blender under the faucet until it’s completely soaked and squeeze out any excess water. Not only will you waste less makeup this way, but you’ll also get a smoother application.

Not Rewetting It as Needed
If the sponge starts to dry out before you finish blending in your makeup, give it another run under the faucet—or, spritz it liberally with your favorite face mist. You want to make sure it stays moist throughout.

Applying Foundation Directly to the Sponge
Squeeze or pump your foundation onto the back of your hand, then tap the base of the sponge (the widest part) on top so it soaks up less product.

Sweeping (Not Bouncing) the Sponge
To get the most seamless application, gently press (or bounce) the BeautyBlender into your skin rather than sweeping it across your face. Reload it with product and repeat until you reach your desired level of coverage. (Still not sure how to use it? Chris Pratt shows us how it’s done.)

Not Using It with Other Products
One of the best things about the BeautyBlender is that it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it to apply blushes (cream or gel), self-tanners, primers and lotions. Bottom line: If you’re only using it to apply your foundation, you’re not getting the most out of it.

Not Cleaning or Storing It Properly
Don’t just toss a still-damp sponge back into your makeup bag. Ideally, you should clean yours properly after every use, or at the very least, rinse it out until the water runs clear when you squeeze the sponge. Then—and this is the most important part—leave it out to dry completely to prevent any bacterial growth or mold.

Not Knowing When to Replace It
BeautyBlenders are not meant to last for years like other tools. Some telltale signs that it’s time to get a new sponge are when the material deteriorates, the color changes or the egg loses its shape. A good rule of thumb is that if you use your sponge every day (or close to it), you should replace it every two to three months.

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