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12/19/11

Keeping your Makeup Healthy

Khush Singh from Khush Singh-Celebrity & Indian Bridal Makeup Artist

 

If you never think about how long that powder, foundation, eyeliner, and especially mascara, have been in your medicine cabinet or purse, perhaps you should. Those cosmetic products could be bacterial breeding grounds.

You’ve probably heard some of the rules about makeup and keeping it clean. One of the most common is to never share your makeup with other people, even your best girlfriend or your mother. However, you may be surprised to know that even if you keep your makeup collection to yourself, you could still be putting yourself at risk for infection and germs. Want to make sure your makeup arsenal is safe? All you’ll have to do is follow these simple tips and you’ll be good to go.

One of the first things you’ll have to accept is that as long as you use your makeup, you are potentially exposing yourself to germs and possible infections. Get around this gross dilemma by being diligent with cleaning your makeup items and tools - and that means more than once a month or a couple times a year. The more you use your makeup, the more frequently you should be cleaning the items in your kit. Sponges, powder puffs and brushes are the main breeding grounds for bacteria. To combat this, make sure you use fresh makeup sponges each time (if you have the type that can be reused, wash and rinse in hot water thoroughly after each use or follow the cleaning instructions on the package) and replace your powder puff with a new one after about one month of use.

 

 

For makeup brushes, use your favorite shampoo or purchase brush cleanser and wash in lukewarm water. Set it out to dry and your brushes will be good as new. This should be done every two weeks.

 

Did you know that bacteria love to gather in places where there is moisture, heat and humidity? Each time you leave your makeup kit in your backseat, trunk or out where there is direct sunlight, you are increasing your chances of developing bacteria inside your makeup. Icky, huh? The only way to prevent this from happening is to store your makeup products in a cool area at room temperature. If you have to take your makeup with you, make sure to put it in your purse and not inside your car or other areas where it can get hot easily. On a related note, when stashing makeup in your purse, push it to the bottom where it is darker and cooler. Leaving it near the top with your purse wide open and exposed to direct sunlight while driving in your car still makes it prone to attracting germs. It is also important to make sure you close up your makeup items tight after each use - that includes screwing on the caps tightly, making sure you hear that “click” when you snap close your compact, etc. Germs sneak into even the tiniest of openings so don’t give them that chance.

 

Another crucial factor to keeping yourself free from infection is to honor the shelf life of your makeup. As much as you love your items and don’t want to spend money, keeping age old makeup past its prime will not only put you at risk for bacteria and other types of germs, it will also negatively affect the way it looks on your skin. Keep it fresh and know when to replenish your supplies.

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12/11/11

Wedding Makeup that Lasts

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Indian Bridal Makeup that Lasts...




On your big day, you want your makeup to last. Not only that, but you want to look stunning in your photographs. In order to insure that your makeup will last as long as possible, it may be best to hire a professional to take care of it. However, here is some advice to keep in mind even if you do hire a makeup artist. {mosgoogle}

Get rid of extra shine. A shiny face looks even worse in photographs, especially if the photographer uses a flash. After washing your face, apply an oil controlling product. After that absorbs, apply a thin layer of loose powder. Apply foundation and the rest of your makeup as usual. Follow up with another thin layer of loose powder. Carry some pressed powder with you so you can control any shine as the day progresses.

Use a makeup base. Several cosmetic companies offer products that go on under your eye makeup or lipstick that help your makeup last. Eye makeup base provides a layer that your eyeshadow and eyeliner can adhere to. This prevents creasing and helps the colour stay on longer. They offer similar products for lipstick. However, try to find a lipstick base that is also moisturizing. Some products contain ingredients that dry the lips out. You’ll need your lips to stay nice and moist so you can smile all day.

Lasting lipstick. One of the first things to fade is your lipstick. Follow these tips that will help your lipstick last. First, apply a moisturizing lip base. Then, apply lip liner in a shade that is a little darker than your lipstick. Use a soft pencil. Fill the lips in with the pencil. Apply one coat of lipstick and blot gently. Apply another coat of lipstick but this time do not blot. Press a thin layer of facial tissue gently to your lips. Using a large brush, apply a thin layer of pressed powder to the tissue. The tissue acts as a screen, letting in only a small amount of powder. The powder helps the lipstick set and keeps it on longer.

Pack a makeup bag. No matter how hard you try to create a lasting look, you still may need to do some minor touchups throughout the day. Pack pressed powder, lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow just in case your colour needs a boost.

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11/20/11

First Time Tips for Novice Makeup Users

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Wearing makeup isn’t for all girls. However, even those that normally don’t worry about such things can sometimes be tempted to experiment and eventually fall in love with it. If you’ve finally decided that you want to join the makeup movement, you may find the process intimidating at first but this doesn’t have to be the case. By following some easy, introductory steps, you can effectively start your makeup collection without wasting a lot of money.

 

Falling in love with makeup can turn into an addiction - even if you’ve never been crazy about such items before. Before you go out and spend your dollars on any makeup items, you’ll first want to figure out what kind of look you want to go for. Do you want to wear makeup but in a more natural way or do you want to learn how to master some dramatic looks for those nights out on the town? Either way, it is a good idea to use the Internet as a resource. With a few clicks you’ll come across tons of pictures you can use for reference. Do an online search using keywords such as: “natural makeup”, “smokey eye”, “dramatic makeup”, etc. Or if there is a celebrity whose makeup you’d love to snag, print out your favorite photos and bring it to the local makeup store. Explain to the salesperson that you are new to makeup and want to get a few items to start your collection. Use your reference pictures to point out what you like and find out which makeup items you can use at home to copy the same look.

 

Avoid overspending and purchasing too much makeup. For example, buying a huge eye shadow palette with dozens of colors may look pretty but for a first timer it can be overwhelming. If you are still learning the ropes, having too many colors to choose from may cause you to use the wrong colors for your complexion and skin tone. Instead, start off with a small set of makeup, such as an eye shadow compact that contains at least three colors. There are great compacts available in shades that complement a person’s eye color - this item is ideal for first timers and will guarantee that you are using the right colors.

 

When it comes to buying foundation for the first time, always get your foundation color matched by a professional makeup artist. This increases the odds of finding the right foundation shade. Also keep your skin type in mind when it comes to choosing foundation formulas. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, either. In general, a first time makeup fan should have an eye shadow compact, foundation/powder, mascara, eye liner and lip color. As you become more comfortable with shopping for and using makeup, you can slowly begin incorporating more products into your collection, including beauty tools.

 

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