How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Do you clean them at all? Did you even know you were supposed to clean them?Cleaning your make-up brushes in an essential part of keeping your skin clear. Bacteria builds up on the brushes if they aren’t cleaned once in a while. That bacteria ends up on your face every time you apply make-up. Think of the hair on the brushes like the hair on your head. You wouldn’t go your whole life without washing your hair, and neither should your brushes. Determining how often to clean your brushes depends on how frequently you use them. Cleaning them every two weeks will keep them bacteria free.Choosing what to clean your brushes with is simple, since you can use any brush cleaner. Baby shampoo is also an option. It’s sensitive enough to clean make-up brushes without damaging them. Using warm water rinse excess make-up from the brushes and then lay them flat to dry.
Sephora sells daily brush cleaners for those of you who don’t want to wait every two weeks to clean them. Just spritz the cleaner on the brush and let it dry for 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t want to use a spritzer try their Make Up Brush Cleansing Wipes. It cleans the residue from the make-up and dries in up to three minutes.
When I was younger I swore I would never need foundation and had no desire for it. It always looked unnatural and caked on. Foundations however, have come a long way and when applied properly will give your face a flawless look Whether you have oily, dry, or combination skin choosing the right foundation for your skin type can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Some of you are looking for sheer coverage, while others want full coverage. Here’s how you can go about choosing the best foundation for your skin:
Oily Skin: Pay attention to the words placed on the label that describes the product. If you have oily skin look for words like, “oil free” and “mattifying”. Foundations that work great for your skin are cream to powders, mineral foundation, and powders. I’m addicted to Bare Mineral’s MATTE SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Tan. It glides on, provides full coverage without looking heavy, and has an SPF 15.
Combination Skin: For those of you with combination your T-zone is you problem area. Stick foundations are great, because it gives control of where to add more or less coverage. Mineral and powder foundations are a great choice as well as long as they’re not as heavy.
Dry Skin: When it comes to dry skin you can get away with a lot more. Liquid foundations are great for you’re skin, but you can also try a cream or mousse foundation. They’re heavier and provide more moisture.Many times the most difficult part of this whole process can be finding the color closest to your skin tone. Some say to test it on the back of you’re hand, but your hand and face don’t match perfectly. Instead test a strip of the foundation on your jaw line. Check it out in natural lighting and the one that blends or disappears into your skin is the perfect match for you. Or you can just ask one of the consultants to help you out.
Beauty standards change year after year, decade after decade. Sometimes they even change over night. There was a time when the fairness of your skin meant you were in a higher class of people. A dark or tanned complexion appeared to others as someone who was a worker and did their labor outside. The beauty regime was much easier also. Stay under an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun or stay indoors. But, O, how drastically the times have changed. Today a tanned complexion is the preferred kind. Being tan gives people the illusion of beauty and that the person takes care of themselves. You look well rested, athletic, and like you’ve just arrived from vacationing by the beach. Tanning salons and services can be found easily.
Some gym facilities offer tanning services with their memberships, as if working out and tanning go hand in hand in being a healthy individual. The harmful affects of tanning beds have been reported numerous times, yet people don’t stop the unhealthy habit.Younger individuals who use tanning beds have a greater risk getting melanoma than those who don’t tan. Skincancer.org posted an article on five reasons to give up tanning beds. The wrote that the deadliest form of skin cancer has been found in UV radiation. Will you risk your health in the name of beauty?