A Makeup MacGyver Moment, But Without the Mullet: Make an Improv Beauty Blender Sponge

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Make an Improv Beauty Blender on the fly

Just something I figured out the other day when (surprise, surprise!) I couldn’t find my Beauty Blender. I swear, one of these days I have to finally, FOR GOOD, straighten out my office.



So I’d just finished applying Laura Mercier Flawless Fluide Foundation and needed to blend it out, but no Beauty Blender…so I MacGyver-ed (yes, I just turned that into a verb) an improv Beauty Blender with a kabuki brush and some MAC Fix+.

Please note the Mariah Carey fan action

Here’s what ya do

Take a kabuki brush — and I’m using the Too Faced Retractable Teddy Bear Hair Kabuki Brush here — and spray it three or four times with MAC Fix+.

When I do this, I hold the bottle of Fix+ about eight inches away from the brush so the spray envelops the brush head evenly, and you want to just dampen the bristles, not make them dripping, soaking wet. Next, gently buff and blend your foundation and concealer on the skin using the dampened brush head and a circular motion.

That should take care of any edges and leave everything buffed out and almost airbrush-caliber.


Make an Improv Beauty Blender on the fly

This is also handy if you’re going for an effortless, not overly “done” foundation look and realize, “Uh, oh! Where’s my Beauty Blender?” Try it sometime! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Agata says:

    I like that idea although I don’t have a Beauty Blender. I actually just bought the Real Techniques version of BB but I haven’t used it yet!
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  2. Fancie says:

    I’m never without my Beauty Blender but you just made me want this brush! It’s so pretty and full!
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  3. Arianne says:

    Ahh I love this trick so much! Genius. 🙂
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Arianne,

      Maybe I should just keep my office messy so that I can figure out more improv makeup tricks, LOL!

      I hope that you and Scherbs are doing great. Is she dressing up for Halloween this year?

  4. Great tip, although McGiver would have included something explosive, just to be sure.

    • Karen says:

      Haha! And he would’ve made it out of cotton candy and some rubber bands.

      Happy Friday! What are your plans for the weekend?

      • Attending a birthday party, actually a Bad-Taste-Party. I am really looking forward to doing the make-up for this one!

        What are you up to?

        • Karen says:

          That sounds like fun. What are you going to do for your makeup?

          On Saturday I’m resting, and then on Sunday I have the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. I’ve been training for the last 6 weeks… I think I’m ready!

          • Still got some pretty dark foundation from my heavy-fake-tan-days, then pink glitter around the eyes, cover up my eyebrows to draw them back in thin and overly arched and some pinky-coral lipstick with a dark outline. Can´t wait to see Mr. Loca´s face…

            The Nike Women´s Half Marathon? Impressive! I followed you training updates on instagram/the blog, and I am sure you are well prepared. Just don’t forget to carb-load properly.

          • Karen says:

            Nice! I hope you guys have fun at the party. (If I was going I’d go as me in the late ’90s. My taste was extra questionable then, haha!) Take lots of pics.

            I’m looking forward to loading up on the carbs. That’s the best part of training. 🙂 PASTA FOR EVERYONE!

  5. Jennifer says:

    I lllluuuuuuurrrvvvveeee my beauty blender and I need to get a spare. Senor Rabanne likes to grab it and chew on it.
    I’m amused to see that yours looks about as clean as mine does… 🙂
    I don’t understand why it makes my foundation look so great.
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    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      Tabs hasn’t discovered the wonders of the Beauty Blender, and I hope to keep it that way. I have a feeling that he would LOVE it. Toys that are bouncy and soft are his favorites.

      Hmm… I think one of the reasons why it works so well is that it lifts off just a tiny amount of product so that it doesn’t look heavy. Have you ever used it to blend under eye concealer? That’s when I can tell it’s doing work.

      What are you and Sir Rabanne doing this weekend? Any fun plans?

  6. Erin says:

    I really want to get those mini BB’s. I don’t have Mac Fix or a similar brush to try this with I’ve been using an SK flat top synthetic for blending.
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  7. Miriam says:

    Hi Karen!
    Saw you raved about the Laura Mercier Flawless fluide. Here in Norway, they dont carry LM. Have you tried something similar? Im on the lookout for something new, and über curious.
    Happy weekend and super good luck on the half marathon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Miriam,

      Chanel has a foundation with a similar texture and finish, Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I haven’t worn it yet, so I can’t comment on the wear, coverage or how it handles pores, but you might want to give it a go!

  8. Rebecca says:

    MacGyver was such a crush for me. I laughed so hard when he got kidnapped on The Simpsons.

  9. Stefi says:

    Wow, that’s a great tip!
    I like to use my MAC Fix+ with a face brush after applying my foundation to take that first cakey-layer off, if I apply too much foundation. But I’ll definitely try this out, too!
    Love, Stefi


  10. Puri says:

    Very interesting! I’ll give this a go in the next few days, fingers crossed!
    Puri recently posted … BRB!

  11. Kim says:

    Gah! Cat chasing Bat, ftw. 🙂

    I don’t need to tell you that I have neither a beauty blender nor a kabuki brush and MAC Fix+. HAHA! Still, a great tip for the rest of your readers!

    I can’t think of MacGyver without picturing Marge’s sisters from the Simpsons. And you’re not alone in using that verb. I’m surprised Webster’s is so behind the times!

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