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DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

DIY, Easy, Non-Toxic Makeup Brush Cleaner

Ingredients

  • Dirty Makeup Brushes
  • 1 Cup Hot Water – not boiling but hot
  • 2 Teaspoons (tsp) Distilled White Vinegar
  • Glass Jar

Steps

  • Dip makeup brushes in hot water and vinegar mixture.
  • Swirl brush around.
  • Change out mixture if needed.
  • Remove brushes from water.
  • Even out brush bristles and reshape.
  • Lay brushes flat to dry or use this ultra-handy brush holder/organizer/dryer found on Amazon (a best seller). Comes in pink too!

How Often Should Makeup Brushes be Cleaned?

To prevent bacteria and skin outbreaks, best practice, depending on use, clean:

  • Concealer and Foundation Brushes – once a week
  • Powder brushes – every 2-3 weeks

 

 

 

Makeup Application Tools – Part III – Makeup Brushes

Makeup Application Tools – Part III – Makeup Brushes

A good set of makeup brushes, without spending a fortune, is a must have tool for your makeup application.

In this post, discover the history of makeup brushes, the benefits of using makeup brushes, the types available, how to choose makeup brushes and the best brushes for each type of makeup you are applying.

History

Makeup brushes have been discovered to have existed as far back as 164,000 years B.C.  Archaeologists discovered brushes and ground rock in pinks and reds in a cave in South Africa. This find was considered a ‘hallmark of modern life’ by archeologists.

Proof that even ancient humans were in seek of more control of their face paint!

“To understand the history of makeup brushes, you must also understand the history of mirrors. For without a mirror, a makeup brush isn’t a very useful tool.”

My Brush Betty.com

More recently, in 1835, German Chemist Justus von Liebig invented the a process of layering metallic silver on to glass. This allowed manufacturing of the mirror.

As a result of mirror availability, a greater desire for makeup brushes developed. The first commercially produced makeup brushes were said to be made in Germany.

Benefits to Using Makeup Brushes

Plainly put, makeup brushes are specifically designed tools to blend cosmetics into the skin. The result is proper and improved coverage, less cakeyness, more control, and an even application.

As we age, better makeup coverage, improved blending and greater control becomes treasured. When we are young, our supple skin allows for less attention and consideration. Makeup brushes are a must have makeup tool for anyone over 30 or anyone using makeup to cover up or enhance.

Makeup brushes also make the most of your makeup and look. When using the best brush for the task, you will experience more pleasure in your makeup application with less product waste and overall improved look.

The Types of Makeup Brushes Available

Synthetic vs Natural

Synthetic makeup brushes are made of man made bristles such as nylon, micro-fiber or other synthetic fibers. Synthetic makeup brushes are easy to clean and because they do not have layers (or a cuticle) like a human or animal hair, makeup doesn’t get trapped in the bristles.

Synthetic bristles can be designed to be flatter and stiffer allowing more control.

Natural makeup brushes are made out of animal hairs and fur typically from boars, squirrels and goats. Used by professionals, natural makeup brushes are amazing yet are a luxury as they certainly cost more. With the technology of fabrics available today, synthetic brushes can be just as effective as natural makeup brushes.

Personally, I prefer non-animal anything when available in a quality product.

Design of a Makeup Brush

The shape, bristle texture and bristle length of a makeup brush is designed specifically for the type of makeup for application.

Thicker brushes and bristles hold more product.

Flat, thin bristles are for specific control, contouring and outlining.

Longer, light brush bristles distribute powders.

General Parts of a Makeup Brush

Toe (application end), Belly (middle), Heel (base) and Handle.

See each specific brush image and information following for more.

Note: Why I Am Featuring Pure Anada© Makeup Brushes in this Post

I personally didn’t begin to use a variety of makeup brushes until about five years ago when I saw a “how to” on applying concealer with a makeup brush to cover up a red spot above my eyebrow. The technique worked wonderfully. Far better than from the tube application.

I was hooked on how brushes could help me and why Pure Anada brushes:

  1. I use these brushes
  2. They are easy and all in one place
  3. I believe in their mission
  4. The synthetic bristles are vegan and cruelty- free, the handles are made of sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo
  5. I love their cosmetics
  6. They are of good quality and price
  7. It’s easy to purchase the set or individually
  8. They have all the brushes one would need for application, especially for a beginner
  9. They had images I could use as examples

I. Flat Top Foundation Brush

Pure Anada© Flat Top Foundation Brush

With a variety of foundation brushes to choose from (angled, flat, fluffy, and domed), I have found that a flat top foundation brush is the best style of foundation brush as it applies the product well and evenly.

Flat on the “toe”; thick in the “belly”; and short bristles. Designed for effective coverage and blending.

Use this type of brush with your:  Mineral, Liquid or Cream Foundations

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

II. Blending Face Brush

Pure Anada© Blending Face Brush

Powder brushes have soft, fluffy and long bristles designed to distribute loose powder evenly across your face without dispensing too much product and making your makeup look cakey.

Depending on the size, you could also get away with applying blush or bronzer with this type of brush.

Flat on the “toe”; thick in the “belly”; and longer soft bristles. Designed for effective coverage and blending.

Use this type of brush with your: Loose Powder, Blush or Bronzer

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

III. Deluxe Blush Brush

Pure Anada© Deluxe Blush Brush

A blush brush is smaller than a powder brush and features a dome shape with long, super-soft bristles.

This brush allows you to apply more concentrated product than a powder brush, while still allowing you to blend and build color.

Use this type of brush with your: Blush or Bronzer

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

IV. Contour Crease Brush

Pure Anada© Contour Crease Eye Shadow Brush

There are three types of eye shadow brushes in this line. This one is small and slightly more pointed at the toe. This shape helps you apply and blend products into the crease of your eye with ease.

“This brush is great for getting a concentrated deep color in the crease to really add drama to your eye shadow look.” – PA

Use this type of brush with your: Eye Shadow

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

V. Duo Eye Brush

Pure Anada© Duo Eye Brush

This brush has several uses. One end is small, flat and domed. This end helps you apply and blend eye-shadow into the eye lid with ease.

The other end is an angled, short, thin, brush. Handy for applying all kinds of eye makeup products such as:

  • Detailed eye shadow effects
  • Applying color along the eyelash line or inner corner of the eye
  • Powdered eye liners
  • Powdered brow liners, pomades and waxes

Use this type of brush with your: Eyeshadow, Powdered Eye Liner, Brow Powder

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

VI. Eyebrow Spoolie

A spoolie is convenient for grooming your brows and blending the color product once applied especially when using a brow powder or brow liner.

I recommend this one of long-term quality on Amazon: Jane Iredale Deluxe Spoolie Brush

Use this type of brush with your: Eyebrow Wax, Eyebrow Powder

VII. Mini Kabuki Brush

Pure Anada© Mini Kabuki Brush

Kabuki brushes are for applying powder, bronzer or for blending any foundation.

These brushes are sometimes flat-topped, very soft with a lot of bristles. Plus, the name is fun to say.

Use this type of brush with your: Powders, Bronzer, Foundations for Blending

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

VIII. Tapered Blending Eye Brush

Pure Anada© Tapered Blending Eye Brush

A third eyeshadow brush. A must have for eye shadow application with fluffy bristles, medium in length and a domed toe.

This type of eyeshadow brush is for applying soft, volume of shadow to the lid and blending the color out.

Use this type of brush with your: Eyeshadow Overall Main Color

“A fluffy blending eye shadow brush great for a diffused shadow in the crease. Or perfect to blend your eye shadow or even to blend concealer lines.” – Pure Anada©

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

IX. Pure Anada© Brush Set

Pure Anada© Vegan Brush Set

If you prefer a set. Easy! This set has shorter handles than the individually purchased brushes. Great for everyday use and travel.

Set includes six brushes:
– Foundation – Mini flat-top foundation brush
– Blush – Deluxe Blush Brush
– Eye Shadow – Oval shadow brush
– Eye Shadow – Contour shadow brush
– Eye Shadow – Tapered Blending Eye Brush
– Liner/Brows – Angled Liner/Brow brush

Does not include the Mini Kabuki Brush.

Price difference is $35 for the set, vs each separate (not including Mini Kabuki Brush =

$35 set + $12 Kabuki Brush = $47

Each brush separately = $73 + $12 Kabuki Brush = $85

Purchase here from Pure Anada©

X. Lip Brush

Lip brushes are great for applying lip color – especially darker shades. The color stays on longer, you can be precise especially around the edges of your lips and for outlining. You can also apply and apply another layer with a lip brush.

Use this type of brush with your: Lipstick

This one below is a Lip Brush/Concealer Brush Combo that I use and can be purchased on Amazon.

XI. Concealer Brush

Concealer brushes are amazing for applying concealer. Applying from a tube or with a fingertip is not the same. If you haven’t tried a concealer brush, you are in for a treat for coverage. Be sure to clean these brushes often as they do come in contact with pimples. The Lip Brush/Concealer Brush is great for keeping in your handbag.

Use this type of brush with your: Concealer

XII. Contour Brush (image on right)

Contouring brushes are typically angled and have soft, dense bristles that allow you to apply a concentrated amount of highlighter or bronzer in specific areas. The idea of a contour brush is to fit should fit nicely under your cheekbone or cheekbones to contour those areas with the right angle.

Use this type of brush with your: Highlighter or Bronzer

Find this Contour and Fan Brush Duo on Amazon.

XIII. Fan Brush (image on left)

Fan brushes are great for applying a highlights perfectly and and cleaning up powder makeup. Designed with ultralight bristles, they elegantly apply delicate amounts of powder to your cheekbones, the tip of your nose or other areas you want to highlight. A real treat in makeup brushes.

IX. Makeup Brush Holder – Great for Cleaning Brushes

I love this brush holder/air drying organizer on Amazon. Comes in pink too!

See here on Amazon.

Summary

I hope this post gave you plenty of information to help with your makeup brush decisions. Check out Pure Anada’s brushes for a good start. I know you will be pleased with them.

Next,

See my other two posts in this series on Must Have Makeup Application Tools.

Why Own a Good Makeup Mirror

Best Lighting for Makeup Application

With Love,

 

Signe Holiday

#makeupbrushes #makeupbrushholder #foundation brush #pureanada

Makeup Application Tools – Part II – Best Bathroom Lighting for Makeup Application

Makeup Application Tools – Part II – Best Bathroom Lighting for Makeup Application

I love lamps and lights and lighting. My husband is an electrician and there are frequent electrical and lighting requests from me around our house for dimmers, additional lighting, repair of antique lamps, new and better light bulbs. I see the improvement possibilities and luckily, he has the skills to fulfill the requests.

One of my pet peeves is bad lighting. Be it in the restaurant women’s bathroom; the clothing stores; or at my home for myself and my guests.

Improper lighting disturbs our choices, our moods, and our ability to see well. The benefits of good lighting for makeup application are many and lighting can be easy be improved.

Poor Lighting Affects our Choices

Working in a high-end clothing store gave me appreciation for the effects of lighting. If the light is poor – too yellow, too blue, to stark, the customer doesn’t like what she sees and either a purchase is not made or the items are returned when she gets home and sees herself in natural light.

Just as lighting in clothing stores is important, the type of light in your bathroom makes an incredible difference in your makeup application, your makeup color choices, how you end up looking in public and ultimately how you feel about yourself and your appearance.

Lighting for makeup application is not about perfection but if you are going to wear makeup, you may as well have it be true, complimentary, comfortable and empower you to feel good.

The Best Light is Natural Light

Natural sunlight is the best of course. However, evenly diffused light is needed to eliminate shadowing from the side or above light sources when applying makeup.

If you are fortunate enough to have a bathroom with natural lighting, make sure to look straight on at the light source for evenness of color when applying makeup.

For the rest of us, bulb choices make all the difference.

Bulb Types and Bulb Color Unfavorably Impact Your Makeup Decisions

Cool fluorescent light is the worst. It is harsh, overly bright and can look very unflattering. Because skin tones appear washed out, you may be using the wrong color foundation or applying too much blush, bronzer or lipstick to give your face some color. Upon going outdoors and out in public, it becomes apparent you’ve overdone the color.

Yellow light creates a sickly skin appearance and is very unmotivating to even try to look your best. Think bug light.

Pink Light is a trickster as it gives an illusion of looking healthy and vibrant yet you may miss the coverup and coverage.

Blue light plays tricks. Blue does not reflect red tones so any reddish spots will absorb blue light, darkening and accentuating the area therefore, you may go overboard with your concealer or use an inappropriate color for coverage.

Warm white is the best for everyone and when makeup is applied in warm white light, you are going to look best in all lighting outside of your bathroom.

The Best Light Bulbs for Makeup

The best light bulbs for applying makeup in your bathroom are Warm Light bulbs at 75  to 100 watts.

This choice gives the best bright, even illumination.

LED lights shaped like a standard light bulb are now available in warm light.

Shop online for a better variety of bulbs from online retailers such as topbulb.com. https://www.topbulb.com/ I love their variety and information about bulbs and lighting practices.

Other Lighting and Cosmetics’ Tips

If it’s too complicated to change out your bathroom lighting, purchase a mirror with lights – see post on why you should own a magnifying bathroom mirror.

Consider a dimmer in the bathroom. A dimmer is useful adjust the light so you can see yourself in different light tones as you prepare for an evening out or a day outside at an event.

Shop during the daytime for cosmetics and bring your own light source such as a handheld LED makeup mirror such as this one from Impressions Vanity Company.

Or, when shopping, go out in natural light when testing cosmetics with a hand mirror if possible.

Try a tinted moisturizer for aging skin. See my post on why.

Try a light-reflective foundation or highlighter as they help camouflage dullness and disguise red areas and under-eye circles.

Summary

We have a mirror by our front door which gets a lot of natural light – a tell all for every flaw. Since changing up my bathroom lights and using a magnification mirror, I no longer cringe when I check myself before leaving the house. Changing your lighting and lighting source is an inexpensive way to improve your makeup application.

The benefits of good lighting and a magnification mirror for makeup application include:

  • Liking how you look and feeling confident about yourself when you look in the mirror (priceless);
  • Making better choices about color (including your hair color);
  • Gifting your visitors and guests with feeling good about how they look;
  • And ultimately saving you money by saving your bad cosmetics choices from the makeup graveyard

Love and Very Good Light,

 

 

 

 

Signe

#clevergirlbeauty #clevergirlbeautytips #makeuptips

Makeup Application Tools – Part I – Why Own a Good Makeup Mirror

Makeup Application Tools – Part I – Why Own a Good Makeup Mirror

A Beauty Tool Every Woman Should Own

Chin and or upper lip hairs, stray eyebrow hairs, uneven eye-liner, irregular foundation coverage, incomplete concealer, mascara messiness on the eyelids, lipstick outside the lines – you know, the makeup mishaps we may not notice until we are in the car peering at ourselves in the rear-view mirror wondering what the heck we were doing when we put on our cosmetics.

Professionals use them, make-up artists rely on them and if you don’t have one yet, it’s time to get a good makeup mirror.

Yes, the one with the magnification on one side. Some are lit with LED lights, some are wall mountable and others stand on your counter, sink drain, or vanity. Regardless of style, get one.

Lighting Matters!

Purchasing a mirror with or without lights may be decided by the lighting available in your bathroom. If you have poor lighting that cannot be remedied by changing a few light bulbs or light sources, then get a mirror with lights. LED lights have improved since they first hit the market, making it now possible to have a good light spectrum for makeup application.

Makeup mirrors can be found online for $25 – $200 depending upon style and functionality. You can even purchase a compact, LED makeup mirror like this one found at Impressions Vanity:

A good Mirror is Like the Friend who Lets you Know You Have Lettuce in your Teeth

Not so long ago, I received a wall-mountable magnifier as a gift. I had considered a magnifier mirror for many, many, many years. My personal hesitation in buying one for myself was that I was not sure I wanted to see my face that close up!

No matter what our age, it’s not fun to see our skin in all the light and magnification. As our eyes age, our eyesight for closeup activities diminishes. Applying mascara and eyeliner become more challenging with time. We all know those much older women with mascara on their eyelids.

Magnification and good lighting are like good friends – letting you know your beauty, your flaws and your opportunities for improvement before you go out in public.

We Cannot Fix or Improve Upon What We Do Not Know About

We may not like fully what we see but the closeup magnification of a mirror lets us drastically improve our makeup application ability and overall look. Feeling confident and comfortable I believe is the best part of good cosmetics and cosmetics application.

Confidence is gained when:

You leave the house feeling confident with how you look without the surprise of getting out into the natural light and wondering what the heck you were doing!

Better choices about cosmetic colors that compliment your skin tones are made. Cut it out with the orange lipstick and bright blue eye shadow already.

Benefits of a Makeup Mirror

Balance and evenness with color and shape is achieved when coloring in your brows with a pencil or powder. See my post on eyebrows.

Mascara application goes well and one can actually see if one got any on one’s eyelids.

Successful hair plucking maintenance is quicker and more effective without squinting.

Applying concealer and foundation is smoother. Seeing splotches and discolorations needing coverage is more apparent. See my post on tinted moisturizers.

Lining the eyes with a lip liner or applying an eye liner to your lips doesn’t occur anymore. When you apply the lip liner to your lips and the eye liner to your eyes as it should be, the application is far more precise.

Summary

I was thinking lately of the beautiful older women I know and in addition to their undeniable natural beauty, what I find attractive about them is that they have taken the time to understand how to look their best for them. Utilizing tools for our own beauty such as good mirrors, good lighting, good makeup brushes and knowledge, we too can build our own confidence about the skin we’re in.

Here’s to all of us learning and understanding more so we can be, look and feel our best at every age.

With Love and Confidence,

 

 

 

Signe Holiday

 

#clevergirlbeauty, #clevergirlbeautytips, #makeupmirror, #makeupapplicationtips

Winter Self Care Activities and Ideas Plus A Mandala to Color

Winter Self Care Activities and Ideas Plus A Mandala to Color

Winter: 30 Days of Self Care

This self-care list includes ideas and activities for self based on Good Food; Self-Love; Fun; Learning; Relaxation; Quiet; Creativity; Gratitude; Nature; Movement

Also included is a mandala to color for some quiet time. Click Here for the Printable List and Mandala

Suggested Use:

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The List:

  1. Take an Apple Cider Vinegar Bath to relieve dry skin
  2. Buy a new toothbrush, use it
  3. Before bed or on a weekend, rub down with coconut oil for dry skin – apply to face, hands, all over if needed
  4. Drink extra amounts of water
  5. Say five nice things to yourself about yourself – with enthusiasm
  6. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out stress
  7. Focus on feelings of LOVE towards yourself, towards your family, towards a friend, towards a coworker, towards a neighbor, towards your pet(s)
  8. Write it out. Write out feelings you are having about a situation. Don’t judge the words, just write, write, write until a solution comes
  9. Wear some worry beads or prayer beads, especially if you are missing someone or feeling anxious
  10. Lie down on a mat or blanket and stretch, stretch, stretch to release tension and loosen tight muscles and joints
  11. Take a walk for at least 30 minutes
  12. Run, Yoga, Walk with Intention. Work out a problem while you do
  13. Reduce your sugar intake, this includes carbohydrates of breads and pastas for a week (7 days) to see how you feel
  14. Sneak in some vegetables with
    1. Cucumbers, carrots with hummus
    2. Celery and almond butter
    3. Cauliflower and canned tomatoes
    4. Broccoli with Quinoa
  15. Be Present for at least Five Minutes
  16. Let go of something and surrender to the solution
  17. Practice Gratitude. List mentally or write 10 things you are grateful for
  18. Go Outdoors, sit in the sun, close your eyes, allow the light to enter your pineal gland
  19. Meditate or pray for 45 minutes
  20. Enjoy some quiet time – a bath, a book, a nap
  21. Hang out a bit with spirit/God. Let them know you are listening and you acknowledge their presence and that you need assistance if you do
  22. Hug your kids, hug your partner, hug a friend, hug yourself tight
  23. Buy yourself flowers. Breathe in their scent
  24. Envision love and forgiveness to someone who is annoying you
  25. Color in a coloring book or on a coloring page. Work out a problem while coloring
  26. Read, listen, learn something inspiring to you
  27. Get a massage
  28. Help someone. Do something nice for someone without overextending yourself
  29. Give yourself a manicure and a pedicure
  30. Watch a Romantic or Funny Movie – a film that will make you feel happy!

 

With Love and Relaxation,

Signe Holiday

#clevergirlbeauty, #clevergirlbeautytips, #selfcareideas

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Makeup Application Tools – Part III – Makeup Brushes

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Makeup Application Tools – Part I – Why Own a Good Makeup Mirror

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