By Jennifer Velez
Updated Mar 27, 2014 @ 10:46 am
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Whether we’re hunting down a gorgeous cat eye or uncovering the steps to that perfect orange lip, InStyle’s beauty team is always reaching out to talented makeup gurus to help you score the most sought-after red-carpet styles, while also keeping tabs on the many miracle-working products used to create them. To fill you in on our perennial must-have, we scoured some of our favorite beauty moments and spotted one vibrant common denominator: the original Beauty Blender makeup sponge, also known as a makeup artist’s secret weapon.

As the first non-disposable cosmetic sponge, the Beauty Blender is not only eco-friendly, it can be used with all kinds of makeup, including primer, foundation, powder, and even eye shadow, as its foolproof method provides a smooth, flawless finish with each application. The secret behind the game-changing applicator lies in the unique elliptical shape, which features a pointed end, allowing you to get to those hard-to-reach places like under the eyes and around the nose, while the rounded base is perfect for areas like the forehead, cheeks, and chin.

Celebrity makeup pro Mai Quynh, who uses the revolutionary product on stars like Reese Witherspoon, Amber Heard, and Ashley Benson, is an avid fan of Beauty Blender’s endless skin-enhancing benefits. "They allow me to easily blend foundations as well as apply cream blushes," she tells us. "The shape of the sponge doesn't have any hard angles so they don't leave any streaks—so important!"

Ready to upgrade those throw-away sponges? Nab the pro favorite for $20 at shop more spring beauty bargains, check out 25 products under $25 in our gallery!