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Get The Looks: Thrill Me Collection

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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Dos & Don’ts

Spring is in the air and I am feeling a little urge to start spring cleaning the house, BUT what about your makeup & makeup brushes? Let’s be real…How often do YOU clean your brushes?

A poll found 22% of women who use makeup brushes admitted that they have never cleaned them! And 61% said that they clean their makeup brushes less than once a month! EWWW…

LADIES! Keeping your makeup brushes clean is so important! If they aren’t cleaned regularly, dirty brushes can harbor bacteria, which can eventually cause breakouts and other skin conditions. Look, I am so animate about makeup sanitation in general. It’s important!! In this article, I am teaching YOU to clean YOUR OWN makeup brushes. If you are interested in makeup sanitation, that’s an entirely different article. Check that out here.

Ok, back to the subject! I get it sometimes time gets away on us, but when I saw that 17% don’t know HOW to clean them and 21% didn’t know they needed to, I knew I had to step in! I also know from working with clients, that this is a subject that gets brought up a lot. Many women aren’t really sure, how or even how often they should be cleaning their makeup brushes. And for those that try, I have witnessed some DON’Ts, so I think this article should help. Oh, and if you’re in the 19% that simply buy NEW brushes, I can hook you up! 😉

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

The question of the day!! How often should you clean your makeup brushes? For concealer and foundation brushes, I would consider washing them after each use, if that’s not feasible, consider at least once a week to prevent a buildup of product. Think of it like this; if it’s a cream or liquid product, they tend to harbor more bacteria. And because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better. I also suggest washing brushes used for contour and face powders at least once a week, especially if you have oily skin.

Makeup brushes that are used around the eyes to apply eye liner at least once a week, if not every day. Brushes used to apply eye shadow should be cleaned at least twice a month, while all others can be washed once a month.

How to deep clean your makeup brushes

Snap Makeup Brush Cleaner

1.Choose a cleanser

DO: Keep it gentle. While there are makeup brush-specific cleansers on the market, any gentle soap will work.

DON’T: Use harsh soaps. Keep in mind that many makeup brushes are made with natural hair bristles, so using a gentle is important, however you want it to make sure you use an effective cleanser and clean well.

My pick: Snap All Purpose Natural Concentrate. It’s a highly concentrated, versatile, multipurpose cleaner, so you can use it for more than just brushes. Snap All-Purpose Natural Concentrate is made from natural oils and is enriched with skin conditioners and is an environmentally friendly cleaning solution with biodegradable, nontoxic, phosphate-free, and plant-based surfactants and essential oils. 

2. Prep some warm water

DO: Use warm water. You can either use a bowl of lukewarm water and squirt a couple drops of your chosen soap into the water. Begin swirling your brush heads in the soapy mixture, or you can put a few drops of cleanser in your hand, wet your brushes and swirl the brush head on the palm of your hand to work up a lather.

DON’T: Submerge all of your brushes on the water and soak them. Most brush handles are made of wood and content exposure to water may make the wood swell and split.

3. Rinse thoroughly

DO: Run the soapy brush head under the faucet, using warm water. Work your fingers over the brush head, massaging and squeezing out the excess makeup and foundation until the water runs clear.

DON’T: Rush the process. Make sure that you rinse out all makeup and until there aren’t any more suds. You don’t want to leave any soap residue in the brush.

4. Reshape

DO: Squeeze out as much excess water as you can and gently reshape the wet bristles.

DON’T: Skip this step! It may result in a funky, non-functioning brush shape.

5. Let dry

DO: Allow to dry completely before you use them again. It’s important you lay your clean brushes on a towel on your counter top to dry. I recommend propping up the handle slightly so the brush is on an angle. Make sure air is able to get all the way around the bristles. This will result in the fastest dry time without damaging your tools.

DON’T: Dry them with the bristles up. This can cause water to drain into the handle which can loosen the glue resulting in the bristles shedding. No one likes constant brush shedding!!

Motives Brushes

Quick cleaning

DO: Consider doing a quick cleaning in between deep cleaning your makeup brushes. Especially if you are trying to stretch your deep cleaning out a little more. I love using the quick clean method on my eye shadow and powder brushes.

DON’T: Use the same brush for multiple colors without cleaning in between. The color won’t be true to color if you’re constantly mixing them on the brush.

My pick: Cinema Secrets. It’s a professional-grade liquid makeup brush cleaner that is quick drying, rinse free and 99.99 percent antimicrobial disinfectant. This professional-quality brush cleaner is a makeup industry cult-favorite that can be used on both natural and synthetic fibers, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue. It cleans, conditions, and deodorizes brushes in one step. It’s coveted by makeup artists for its incomparable cleansing ability, quick drying time, and pleasant vanilla scent.  Trust me…I’ve tried them all 😉

How: Spray brush with cleaner until saturated. Blot on a paper towel and continue spraying and blotting until no more makeup comes out. You can also dip into the cleanser and blot until dry. It will dry almost immediately!

Ladies, if you invest in some great professional quality brushes and take care of them by cleaning them regularly, they WILL last you a long time!

If you haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes in awhile, PLEASE go right now and do it. And while you’re at it, consider spring cleaning your entire makeup bag. I have a helpful article to guide you through that process too. You can read it here.

I found this video that I did on a Facebook LIVE going over everything I talked about above, so it may help to give it a quick watch.

The Best Vitamins For Healthy Skin

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12 Eyeliner Hacks That Will Change Your Life

12 Eyeliner Hacks That Will Change Your Life

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The Best 2019 Makeup Trends

The Best 2019 Makeup Trends

Just like fashion makeup goes through trends each season. I’ve covered quite a bit for you and I hope that it’s giving you some options of how you can spice up your every day makeup routine by incorporating some of these 2019 makeup trends!

Bold Eyeliner

2019 makeup trends

You have already seen this trend in my article 5 Unexpected Ways to Wear Blue Eyeliner, bold and vibrant eyeliner is in this spring! Rock this makeup trend with my two favorite new blue Long-Wearing Liquid Eyeliners or shop for these classic eyeliners

Monochromatic Makeup

2019 makeup trends

Maintaining a makeup theme is a thing! Rather than figure out which shades will complement one another, simply stick with one or two tones that are similar. Go for pink or peach pastels that feel like spring, and work that color into your eyes, cheeks, and lips. Try this pink lip from the new Thrill Me Palette on your cheeks and lips.

Golden Glow

2019 makeup trends

Looking like a golden goddess is nothing new when it comes to spring, but still just as relevant as ever. The new Thrill Me Palette has a beautiful copper and rose gold shadow that will give you the first golden spring look.

Pretty In Pink

2019 makeup trends

Play up your pink lip or rosy pink cheeks this spring with this makeup trend. Follow the monogchromatic trend and even try a pink eye look.

Clean Skin

2019 makeup trends

The just got back from getting a facial look is in this spring. Keep your face makeup light and natural for a fresh spring look. Be sure you are regularly using your Lumière De Vie skincare routine for flaweless looking skin.

Airy Lashes

clean makeup

Don’t worry ladies lashes are still in, but put down the heavy strips of fake lashes and opt for a coat of mascara. Spring is all about airy flirty lashes which happens to one one of my favorite makeup trends this year!

My Secrets to The “No Makeup Look”

My Secrets to The “No Makeup Look”

One of the biggest trends that we are still seeing is the flawless “no makeup look”. It’s the perfect solution for those who love makeup, but are too busy to fit in a full face of makeup every day. And the best part is, this […]

Retail Doom and Gloom: What Does This Mean for You?

Retail Doom and Gloom: What Does This Mean for You?

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2019 Lip Trends You Can Wear This Year

2019 Lip Trends You Can Wear This Year

This spring we are definitely seeing smudged makeup and that 80’s vibe is still visible, but we are also seeing classic red and nude lips make their presence known. The great news is with these lip trends, you have a lot of options to change up your pout this year!

The Trend: Neon Lips

2019 Lip Trends

Bold colors are playing a big role in makeup right now. The ’80s are coming back and these neon shades are a true representation of that era. The look can be paired with simple brown or black eyeliner and mascara, or another shot of neon in a shade two steps removed from the lips.

Here’s what you need to rock this trend: Motives Mavens Matte Lipstick in Mocktail

2019 Lip Trends

The Trend: Super Shiny Glitter Lips

2019 Lip Trends

Super shiny, metallic lips stole the spotlight on the Jeremy Scott Spring 2019 runway. Then, other makeup lines followed trend by launching glitter-infused lipsticks right in time for spring. All signs point to glitter lips (in all shades and colors) being one of the biggest lipstick trends for 2019.

Here’s what you need to dupe this trend: Motives Lip Illusion Polish
And the best part is, you can add the Lip Illusion Polish over any lipstick!

2019 Lip Trends

The Trend: High Gloss Red

2019 Lip Trends

In 2019, the classic red lipstick look will be paired with a high-shine finish. Naeem Khan showcased tightlined eyes, a slight tint of blush, and bold, lacquered red lips which are a timeless beauty staple.

Here’s what will make sure your red lips shine: Motives for La La Mineral Lip Shine in Big Apple

2019 Lip Trends

The Trend: Fuchsia Monochromatic

2019 Lip Trends

The Chalayan runway featured a fuchsia pink lip to brighten up the face with a color-coordinated eye look. Just a little pink at the outer edges of the eye complement rather than compete.

Here’s what you can use to recreate the look: Motives All Day Liquid Stick in Shock Wave

2019 Lip Trends

The Trend: Barely There

2019 Lip Trends

Dewy skin was the focus of this runway look by Prabal. The models wore super wearable eyes and nude-pink lips. A look anyone can pull off!

This will keep your pout plump while adding a hint of color: Motives Liquid Pout Plumper in Sweet Treat

2019 Lip Trends

Want to see even more trends this year? Check out THRILL ME THIS SEASON-2019 SPRING/SUMMER TREND ALERT

Spring Trend Alert: Pastel Makeup

Spring Trend Alert: Pastel Makeup

Spring is in the air! Can you sense it? Now that the time has changed, let’s get our beauty in check! Pastel makeup is a major trend right now…