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2/1/18 Makeup

2/1/18 Makeup

I wear a similar look to this all the time, with a red/warm toned smokey eye. I realized I used so many of my favorite products in this look, too! The only new product was the L’Oreal Lash Paradise mascara, but most everything else is […]

Ace Your Base: How to Find the Perfect Foundation

Ace Your Base: How to Find the Perfect Foundation

Foundation is one of my everyday essentials: even if I skip on everything else, I like to put on a Tinted Moisturizer or BB Cream with an SPF in it to moisturize, protect, and perfect my skin. However, finding the right foundation can be a […]

Makeup Brush Cleaning 101

Makeup Brush Cleaning 101

Makeup brush cleaning is a mildly euphoric experience for all of those who love makeup and/or cleanliness. There are many ways to clean your makeup brushes, and different methods for different reasons. For example, the way I clean makeup brushes backstage at a show is different from the way I clean my personal brushes. Today, I’m going to show you how to deep clean your personal FullSizeRender (5)brushes. I like to clean my foundation/concealer brushes about once a week, and my other brushes about once a month. When to clean makeup brushes is all about common sense; if the brush looks like it needs to be cleaned, go ahead and clean it. If not, you can probably wait to clean it. In my experience, cleaning brushes too often or with harsh soap can shorten their lifespan, but cleaning them properly can keep them in great shape!

What you need: Shampoo (preferably a gentle shampoo, but whatever you use on your hair is fine) , a silicone pot holder  or a fancy brush cleaning mat if you prefer, water and some dirty makeup brushes.

  1. Lay your mat in the sink or beside the sink, and pour a little shampoo onto the mat. A dime size amount of shampoo will do for an eyeliner brush, or the size of about two quarters for a larger foundation brush.
  2. Wet your brush and swirl into into the shampoo on the mat in a circular motion. Don’t push the brush too hard as you clean it, because that can damage the brush.
  3. Rinse the brush under clean water and squeeze out any excess makeup. Rinse the mat and repeat if necessary, or just move onto cleaning the next brush.
  4. When all of your brushes are cleaned and rinsed, dab them on a dry paper towel to remove any leftover makeup and to dry them off a little. Then lay them flat onto the paper towel to dry. Don’t dry them upright! In an article with US magazine, makeup artist Kayleen McAdams explains that you shouldn’t dry your brushes upright because it will loosen the brush glue and “ruin them.” I have found this tip to be so useful in maintaining my brushes.
Summer Makeup Must-Haves

Summer Makeup Must-Haves

With each passing day, winter is further behind us. The changing season requires a few changes to your makeup bag, like a darker shade of foundation for those of us who get tan. Summer makeup is all about a natural, radiant complexion. Here are my tips […]

Easy Natural Eyebrow Makeup Tutorial

Easy Natural Eyebrow Makeup Tutorial

Eyebrows have always been an important part of your face. (I mean, have you ever seen somebody without eyebrows? They probably look a little like Voldemort.) These days, eyebrows are not just the important eyebrow frames they once were, but also a statement piece. Instagram is […]