How to: Clean Your Make up Brushes

Maintaining your make-up brushes is just as important as the quality of product your are putting on your face. Using a brush that has product built up in it changes the integrity of the make-up and can harbor bacteria. Follow the steps below to get your make up brushes as good as new!

Step 1: Begin by brushing out the dry make-up on your brush onto a paper towel. This will help to get rid of loose product and make the next steps easier.

Step 2: Drop about 1/8 Tablespoon of baby shampoo into a cup and fill with lukewarm water. Baby shampoo is a great option because it is made with the most gentle of ingredients that won't harm your brushes.
Step 3: Drop your brush in the soapy water and swirl it around to wash off the make-up.

Step 4: Rinse your brush in running water, making sure to point the brush down to protect the bristles of your brush. 

Step 5: Use your hand to reform the bristles into the shape they were when you bought the brush. Lay on a paper towel to dry overnight.

Voila! That's it. Repeat this process every month for natural hair brushes and every quarter for synthetic hair brushes to maintain their best quality. And because my son wanted to be involved in the process. . . "Cheese!"

Love Your Bright Lips

Happy 100 degrees! Or is it? Summer is sneaking up on us, and I have the perfect accessory to go with the ponytail, maxi dress, and minimal make-up that is sure to grace your summer routine: The bright lip! A bold lip is the perfect way to keep the rest of your look simple and breezy, while still adding a punch of style and color. Try Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain for all day coverage and extra moisture; and M.A.C. Lipstick for a bolder, more textured look. The best way to figure out which color will be best for your skin tone and complexion is to first find out your seasonal color palette. Take the quiz to reveal your season then come back to this page to find your best bright lip shades in two of my favorite products and a printable shopping guide to take with you!

Spring Beauties: Look for warm tones in clear shades with vivid color palettes.

Summer Beauties: Look for cool tones in soft shades with subdued color palettes. 

Autumn Beauties: Look for warm tones in rich shades with subdued color palettes.

Winter Beauties: Look for cool tones in bold shades with vivid color palettes.