7 TIPS AND TRICKS FOR KEEPING YOUR MAKEUP IN TIP-TOP SHAPE
Have you ever discovered a random mascara wand in your bag and wondered where the tube it goes in is? Or pulled out your wallet and found your Dash glue attached to it because you were in a hurry and didn’t put the cap on right? (This can’t just be me…)
Taking care of your makeup and all the tools it takes to put it on is a skill. Luckily, we’re here to help! Incorporate these tips and tricks into your routine to keep your stash of lashes and other beauty tools in tip-top shape.
1. CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES.
Seems like Makeup 101, right? Yet for me, I always let this go too long. Amazon and drugstores sell packs of wipes specifically for cleaning makeup brushes. I’ve used them and they worked fine, but I’ve found the best way to clean brushes is one at a time with a mild soap and lukewarm water. Get the brush wet and gently lather up the bristles. I will rinse it and do this several times until the water runs clear from the brush. Squeeze out the excess water carefully and maybe give it a little shake in the sink to get the bristles some air. Make sure the brush is shaped like it’s supposed to be and let it air dry.
2. ALWAYS PUT YOUR LASHES AWAY.
I know it’s tempting to stick them on the tile in the bathroom, on the wall at the bottom of the stairs (cough…AMANDA …cough), on the dash of your car or on anything else convenient, but this is an excellent way to end up with pink eye. Ok, just kidding (kind of), but it really might be a good way to get yourself an eye infection since they’re exposed to bacteria. Just pop them back into the container they came in or get yourself a Lash Book.
3. RINSE YOUR BEAUTY BLENDER AFTER EVERY USE.
I know it sucks, but the materials these are made out of need more TLC than your makeup brushes. Plus, they’re kind of like sponges, right? You need to keep them as clean and fresh as you can! Same applies to your beauty blender. If they’re dirty, they will contribute to those yucky red bumps that can appear on your nose and forehead (I’m talking ZITS, people). Fortunately, they can be cleaned the exact same way as your brushes – mild soap and lukewarm water. Rinse, later and repeat until water runs clear, and then let them air dry. Good as new!
4. CARE FOR YOUR POWDERS.
If you’re cleaning your brushes regularly this is less of a problem but given how we’re always brushing something shiny, colorful or fun onto our faces, it’s going to happen that your press powders may get a weird film on them. It’s just a little buildup from the oil that’s naturally on your face being brushed onto the powder. Call it glazing, hard pan, annoying or whatever you want, fortunately it’s super easy to fix. Instead of scraping it off with your Lash Applicator , just take a piece of clear tape (you need some for wrapping Christmas presents anyway), apply it to the surface of the powder causing you angst and peel it off. The film should come right off with the tape.
5. REATTACH CAPS TIGHTLY.
Maybe this one is selfish, but I want you to learn from my mistakes! But seriously, this will prevent your makeup from drying out, as well as limit the amount of bacteria that it’s exposed to, which means it will last longer and save you dollar bills.
WASH YOUR HANDS AND FACE.
Always wash your hands and face before applying your makeup. This will help limit the amount of bacteria that gets into things like your mascara tube and helps keep your brushes cleaner. (It counts even if you’re just using a face wipe!)
7. TOSS OLD MAKEUP.
I don’t care if you were totally rocking that glitter brow just a few years ago! Get it gone. Whatever your lack of a beauty routine was back then is lurking in that tube now. Plus, when you throw out OLD makeup you get to buy NEW makeup (using the dollar bills you save from putting caps on correctly)!!!
You may have sensed a theme of keeping your beauty arsenal clean and limiting the amount your beauty tools are exposed to bacteria. That’s because bacteria is damaging to both beauty products and your face.