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20 Sep

Even if you spend a fortune on your skincare routine — cleansers, masks, toners, serums, you name it — you might not be considering the unkempt Beautyblender you press into your face daily for months on end. Think about it: When’s the last time you cleaned your blender? If it’s not after each use, you’re not cleaning it enough.

Take it from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, who says, “A Beautyblender holds on to bacteria, so when you use it in the morning, you’re spreading germs and oil all over the face.” Beyond spreading bacteria, she adds, “You’re creating an environment in the skin where, potentially, breakouts could be exacerbated and the skin is not in optimum skin health.”

Because a sponge is porous, it can be a cesspool harbouring caked-in makeup, face oils, and even mould, all of which are transferred onto your face every time you use it. Plus, you can imagine that a dirty sponge simply won’t work as well when it’s soaked in layers of old creams and powders. First, the colour of any past products can be accidentally transferred. Second, the textures of your products can be compromised by cross-contamination.

If your makeup sponge is so filthy you’re not even totally sure what colour it was when you originally bought it, it’s time for a good suds session. Getting your makeup sponge to look brand new doesn’t have to be a complicated nor time-consuming process. We found five of the best tutorials to help motivate you to finally clean your damn makeup sponge, ahead.

Method One: Scrub it with a bar of soap.

Squeeze your makeup sponge under running water until it’s completely soaked and expands in size. Using any bar soap, rub the sponge back and forth against the bar while applying pressure to build up a lather and deposit the cleanser inside. Once the soapy foam has turned into a bubbly foundation shade, rinse the sponge under clean running water until the water runs clear.

Method Two: Massage it with olive oil and dish soap.

Mix a two-to-one ratio of dish soap and olive oil and massage it into a dry Beautyblender. Once the makeup sponge has soaked up the mixture, rinse it under warm running water. Squeeze and rinse repeatedly until the water runs clear.

READ MORE: One Thing You Should Really Be Doing With Your Make-Up Brushes

Method Three: Microwave it.

A quick zap can be just what you need to disinfect your makeup sponge. Nuke it in your kitchen microwave with some dish soap and say bye-bye to micro-organisms that may be growing on the sponge. First, mix a few drops of mild soap (dish soap or baby shampoo will work too) with water in a microwave-safe cup. Make sure there’s enough of a lathered solution to submerge the sponge fully. Give the sponge a big squeeze in the water, then microwave the cup for about a minute. Wait at least 30 seconds for the cup to cool before grabbing it from the microwave.

The soapy water will transform into gross makeup stew, and your once-dirty sponge will look like new. Once the water cools off, rinse your sponge and wring it out under running water. Just be sure to never microwave a dry sponge, nor leave it in too long — apparently Beautyblenders melt.

Method Four: Use organic products.

Because we don’t get Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, here in South Africa, look for a natural soap cleanser made with organic oils.

Add a few drops of the liquid cleanser directly onto the sponge and begin massaging, pressing, and pushing it into the sponge under running water. Allow it to create a lather. Rinse and repeat. Once the lather turns white (and no longer contains makeup), you’re ready to rinse and dry.

Method Five: Throw it in a mini washing machine.

If the only thing that will get you excited to wash your Beautyblender is a cute, novelty purchase, we’ll take what we can get. This mini washing machine fit for a Barbie doll went viral as an option for lazy girls to get their makeup sponges clean with almost no effort at all — that is, if you don’t count the effort you’ll put into documenting the process for Instagram.

Although it’s technically not made to clean your beauty tools at all, this child’s toy could actually pass for maintaining your sponges in a pinch. You’ll still need to schedule regular deep-cleaning sessions like the ones above, but some dish soap and a battery-powered spin cycle is just what you need to freshen up your favourite sponge temporarily.

PS: Don’t forget about drying!

Keep in mind, drying your Beautyblender properly is just as important as the regular cleanings. Tossing a damp sponge into a makeup bag or back into it’s packaging with the lid on, will create mould. Let it air dry thoroughly before packing it away. Rouleau suggests, “leave them out in the open (not in a drawer) where the most amount of oxygen can get to them.” She also adds, “Ideally, leave them to dry in the sunlight since they will dry faster but UV sunlight allows for some antimicrobial activity to help cut down on germs.”

Above all, keep in mind that while regularly cleaning your sponge will help extend its longevity, these sponges aren’t meant to last forever. Beautyblender suggests replacing yours after three months of use — and it’s a great rule of thumb for all your makeup sponges.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com 

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14 Sep

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13 Sep

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11 Sep

Following the “advice” in magazines in regard to what shades would be flattering for my “coloring”. The problem with this was that ones overall coloring was never taken into account… Being fair, I opted for lighter shades; however, having such dark eyes just didn’t work. Also, having naturally deep auburn hair meant cooler tones made me look washed-out, although the “advice” given was having a neutral undertone & brown eyes meant I could wear “anything”… There was alot of trial & error, but I did finally figure things out, and dying my hair black or dark brown made things easier (and work best with my overall aesthetic).

Brows were more of an “afterthought” back then, and really only of concern to “older” women, so aside from a bit of clear mascara, I did nothing, until the mid-90s… Around 1994 came the “skinny brow”, and since I had absolutely no clue how to make my brows look presentable, I jumped onto that bandwagon. Unfortunately, 25 years later, my brows still haven’t recovered…

Not exactly makeup, but still related, was using skincare popular amongst my oily-skinned peers, and being inundated with advertising directed to teens. The problem with this was I’ve always had normal-dry skin, and I couldn’t figure out why I was constantly breaking out, although I was diligent with skincare. It wasn’t until I started using “prestige” brands skincare lines, meant for “adult” skin, that my skin cleared up. Back then, I just thought it was due to being “better products”, but the reality was it had to do with incompatibility.

Not so much a “mistake”, just a matter of the times, using foam-tipped applicators… Simply put, we just didn’t have widespread access to brushes, and used what was available. When the ones that came with product wore out, we’d just buy packs of new ones, or use Q-tips.

Finally, using those little red Maybelline pencils on the waterline, after taking the tip to a lighter…

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05 Sep

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28 Aug

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25 Aug

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23 Aug

Colour Pop Strawberry Shake 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new palette that features a mix of coral, pink, and red with a smattering of peach hues. It’s a fairly versatile palette, despite living in a more monochromatic theme, as there’s a nice mix of depth and finish.

There are three shades that are “not intended for use in the immediate eye area” and are “Pressed Pigments,” and those shades are: My Milkshake, Take a Sip, and Daiquiri.

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. I know that I tend to use more like five or six shades in a typical look, but I think that four is a happy medium to give a good idea of the “core” color scheme of a look while giving you the ability to lighten/darken as desired. I have listed the colors in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease.

You might see combinations that seem slightly repeated but placement will vary (e.g. a halo placement where the lightest and more shimmery shade is placed on the center) as placement can also create a different effect/look! You might also want to consider incorporating your favorite matte/shimmer shades (as applicable) to increase the versatility of certain palettes. Consider these ideas a jumping off point!

Create a Color Story

Feeling inspired? Share your own color story using this palette or create a color story from scratch.

Delish, Berry Fine, Whipped, Take a Sip

Whipped, Delish, My Milkshake, Daiquiri

Berry Fine, Woke, Take a Sip, Shake It Up

Paper Straw, Woke, My Milkshake, Daiquiri

Delish, Berry Fine, Whipped, Daiquiri

Take a Sip, Whipped, Daiquiri, Paper Straw

Delish, Paper Straw, Woke, Shake It Up

Paper Straw, Woke, My Milkshake, Shake It Up

Delish, Berry Fine, Whipped, Shake It Up

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