Haircolor and Makeup Advice

Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Why You Need To Clean Your Makeup Brushes NOW!

Makeup is designed to bind with your skin and if you’re not washing your brushes every day, you’re only allowing layer after  layer of makeup to glue to your bristles. Keep them clean. If not and you’re slathering it all over your face and not getting the true color you want to apply that day. And also if you do not clean then you will clog your pores.

Ever wondered why your skin always looks dry and dull and never dewy? Dirty makeup tools only mean dirty, splotchy, spotty, muddy makeup applications.

Ever wake up and wonder why your skin looks puffy and bloated? Again, another reason why you should grab your makeup brushes STAT and clean them. I like using baby shampoo and warm water. Apply some shampoo to your warm water and work the makeup out using downward strokes when cleaning blush, contour and foundation brushes. Towel dry and spray some alcohol on the brushes to sanitize them.

This will give you a truly clean makeup application and a lovely scent to your brushes. Also you brushes will be very soft also.  Most women are spending a significant amount on cosmetic brushes in order to achieve desired makeup looks, but they’re not protecting their investment or their skin by properly caring for these tools. Allowing dirt and oils to build up on your brushes only shortens their lifespan. And cause you to have infections especially lip brushes.

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When makeup is good, and when its bad! Haircare Advice for the Consumer!

That eyeliner has been sitting on your dresser for two years. But you just can’t let it go. A trip to the store for a reload is tedious and potentially costly, and nothing else gives you that perfect cat’s-eye. You know it’s wrong, but you love it. Besides, if you’ve already spent a fortune on your foundation or shadow, do you really have to throw it out after just a few months? Yeah, yeah … old make-up is bad for you, but just how bad? As it turns out, there can be some nasty, even dangerous consequences when some types of make-up have exhausted their shelf life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it last a little longer.

Three months. That’s the general throw-out rule for eyeliners and mascaras. They touch the sensitive and damp inner eyelid, which is susceptible to infection. Pencil liner could last you a bit longer. As a makeup artist at work, I use alcohol spray on pencil liners, and then I shave them down, then I spray them again.  Please know that such extreme care and sanitary practices are essential when working on set with so many different people.

A meticulous cleaning technique is a good idea for anyone using pencils, makeup artist or not. The consistency of the pencil plays a part, too, in how well it may age and safely last.

I’ve kept pencils up to a year. But after that time, they may lose their creaminess and dry out. The creamier it was to begin with, the shorter lifespan it has, DONT take any chances be sanitary!

Mascara goes off very quickly anyway, but anytime somebody has an irritation in their eye of any kind, I recommended they throw away all of their eye makeup.

But how can you tell it’s gone bad? Just like that milk in the fridge, it needs to pass the smell test.

I don’t put dates on my makeup. I really use my nose more than anything. And if a product is starting to smell off or dries out, then I know it’s time for it to go, whether or not it seems unsanitary to use anymore.

With foundation, you’ll notice either an off smell or the formula begins to separate when it’s getting old. When you shake it up, it doesn’t really mix well.

I recommend keeping foundation for six months to a year, depending on how you use and apply it. Pump dispensers can extend a foundation’s lifespan.

Indeed, beyond knowing if it’s bad, you should also try to control when it goes bad. Those pump dispensers are one trick. And palettes are a handy way of drawing out the life of creamy products. For makeup such as cream shadows and cake eyeliner, the palette allows the use of clean brushes.

If you have eyeliner in a pot, scoop a little bit out and put it on a palette.Then use a brush. Never double-dip a brush from your eye back into the product.

Don’t use your fingers, though. As manicured as they may be, those digits can be dirty. And once exposed to bacteria, the product will start to degrade more quickly. You can always use CLEAN FINGERS to blend once the product is applied to the skin. And once you’ve dispensed the foundation from the bottle, using your fingers can be an economical move, allowing you to use the product sparingly.

When you use a sponge or brush, they soak up the product, and some of it goes to waste, whereas using your fingers doesn’t waste any of the foundation. If you do use a sponge, though, You should be using a new one every time. Most people don’t because they figure, Oh, it’s my own face.

Dry products such as pressed powder or powder blush aren’t quite as big a concern. You can get a year out of them, particularly if you’re not sharing. Their age may not be as obvious, though. Expiration may show its face simply when the products don’t blend well or stop performing. Still of all makeup, powder products last the longest. If you choose to ignore all the advice in pursuit of your cat’s-eye, can it be that bad? Actually it can. Many products make claims of organic or natural qualities, which could lead you to think you’re safer, longer. But think again. It may cause your skin to become red, itchy, swollen or even develop an infection. This is especially true for your eyelids, which have thinner and more sensitive skin. Pustules, anyone?

With this in mind, it’s best to err on the side of caution with eye products in particular. If you’re in any doubt, throw it out. Stick to the three-month rule for liquid eyeliner and mascara, and sterilize and sharpen pencils between each use. And remember Rule One of the golden rules: Don’t share.

Old makeup can become a breeding ground for bacteria!

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Red Hair and Makeup Advice from Joseph Kellner

Naturally red hair is not common.In fact, only about two percent of the United States population is born with red hair.So rare are true redheads that, for centuries, redheaded women were hanged or burned as witches.Some theorize that the red hair gene is so recessive that redheads are ultimately doomed for extinction.Thanks to advanced technology, you no longer have to be born with red hair to experience its glamour and sizzle. But, whether you are a natural redhead or get your fiery locks from a bottle, being a redhead requires a unique approach to hair, makeup and life in general.  Today, despite everything we know about the damage the sun causes to our skin and the potential dangers of exposure to the sun, our society continues to equate tan skin with an appearance of health.The popularity of tans makes it particularly difficult to stand your ground as a fair-skinned redhead.But the fact is, sun exposure can be particularly disastrous if you are a redhead, both from a beauty and from a health standpoint.

While a sprinkling of freckles is quite attractive, exposure to the sun can cause not only an overabundance of freckles for the fair of face, but sun spots and other discolorations as well.Keep in mind also that overexposure to the sun causes premature wrinkling.Accordingly, as a fair-skinned redhead, protecting your skin from overexposure to the sun is the first step in any beauty regime. Use moisturizers and foundation containing SPF 15 or better on a daily basis, as part of your makeup routine.Always use sunscreen and wear a hat if you are going to be out in the sun for any length of time. If you simply must experience the pleasures of tanned skin, then take advantage of today’s highly-advanced sunless “tanning” options. Protect your skin at all costs.Believe me, when we are in our sixties or seventies, and our sun-worshipping friends are wrinkled and have dry, leathery skin, while our complexions continue to be youthful and dewy, we will be so glad that we did.

Remember, the purpose of foundation is not to change your skin tone.Rather, it is to even out the skin tone you already have.With this in mind, choose a foundation that closely matches your skin tone and skin type.For fair-skinned redheads, a sheer foundation is a must””don’t cover up those gorgeous freckles.Blend, blend, blend, keeping in mind that a natural, not a made-up, look is the goal. Red or pink based foundations are often a mistake, making the complexion look ruddy and out-of-kilter. Instead, opt for a yellow or gold-based foundation, something peachy or coral. It may take some adjustment to break away from the usual beiges, but once you get used to it, you’ll find it makes a huge difference in the glow of your complexion. And, again, make sure your foundation has an SPF of 15 or higher.To add some extra glow, brush a little bronzer in the T-area.

As far as eye shadow is concerned, it is true that the complexion of a redhead lends itself well to neutral tones, such as taupe. However, neutral need not be boring.Try chestnut, camel, gold, beige, honey, terra cotta, russet and raisin.Experiment with different shades of browns and peaches, blending and combining shades for a smoky or defined eye look. Remember, every redhead is unique.Red hair comes in a wide range of shades, from strawberry blonde to deep auburn.So, I encourage you not to listen to the “experts” who say redheads cannot wear color.Experiment with color and step outside the ordinary.Opt for something dramatic but different, such as plums or emeralds. Use a lighter color on the brow bone to open up the eyes.In general, stay away from blues and pinks. Redheads typically have very light eyebrows and eyelash’s, making eyeliner a must to add definition to the eyes. Choose a light or dark brown or brownish-black eyeliner pencil and apply it with a light hand to make your eyes stand out more.Select a mascara which adds a lot of definition to fine or skimpy lashes, something that lengthens, thickens and fortifies.Again, browns are favored over blacks, which can wash out a redhead’s fair complexion and look too harsh. Finally, always wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect the fair and delicate skin around your eyes from wrinkling.

Lipsticks and also Blush in general, pinks and reds may not make the most of your hair and skin tone. For everyday, choose lipsticks and blushes from more neutral, natural color palettes, such as peaches.But again, experiment with color and find what works best for you.Blue-based reds, such as brick, or brown-based reds, such as toast, are exceptions to the rule.Brick or toast lipsticks and blushes add a great deal of warmth to the redheaded complexion and bring out the natural depth of a redhead’s skin tone.Try golden corals and yellow- or gold-based reds, apricots and tawny peaches.But don’t be afraid to try something different. For example, deep lavender lipstick can be very striking on a redhead.

Hair in your case your case, based in part on its rarity and mystique, your hair is one of your greatest assets. Show it off.

Try a Demi- Permanent haircolor to add enhance the natural red highlights in your hair or to boost fading natural red color.

Beet juice or cranberry juice will also boost red highlights.To give red hair added shine and also prevent build-up from hair products, add approximately two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water when you rinse your hair. The really great news? Redheads don’t go gray. Instead, they go from red to a sandy “buff” color then to white.

One final suggestion, keep in mind that the greatest beauty asset a redhead has is her inner spirit. It’s no myth, Redheads are intelligent, fun-loving, energetic, passionate and fiery.Play up the positive aspects of those traits and allow your inner redhead to shine through