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Most people just keep using their brushes and never take the time to clean them (I used to be that girl). It’s really gross thinking about the bacteria/natural oil that accumulates on your brushes within a few days, let alone the dust in the air that the brushes pick up before you put them on your face! For those who aren’t cleaning your brushes because the cleaners are too expensive (only reason I could see why anyone wouldn’t!), remember that cleaning them is the best way to preserve them for long term use. More importantly, there are cheap alternatives to use to clean your brushes that you already buy for other purposes.To be honest, the brush cleaners sold at stores are way over priced and unnecessary. I’d rather spend that money on some new products.

If you’re like me and know the importance of cleaning your brushes but looking for a more recession friendly way to do so, I have the solution for you. There are a few items that work great on makeup brushes, and the best part about them is that you should have them around your house: 1) Shampoo/Baby Shampoo 2) Liquid Soap

As long as the soap is mild, not thick, and relatively light weight, you can use it to clean your brushes. Here’s how:

  1. Wet the brushes under the sink with water. Make sure to get all the bristles in order to get the best results.
  2. Instead of putting the soap directly on the brush, put a small amount (the size of a penny or less depending on how many brushes are being cleaned) into your hand.
  3. This step is key! Lather the brushes into the liquid soap just as you would if you were washing your hair. Continue this for 45 seconds at minimum.
  4. Softly rinse the brushes under water and remove all of the soap. Keep rinsing until the water appears clear.
  5. Press the brushes with a paper towel (to help them dry quicker)
  6. Place the brushes onto a hand towel to sit flat to air dry before using for a few hours.

No matter what soft soap you use, you will feel much better about applying your makeup after doing this. Take the time to do this around every 2 weeks to ensure the longevity of your brushes

Do you clean your brushes?




Many people wonder whether they are suppose to wear foundation, powder, or both? It really depends on how much coverage you’re trying to get. Unless it’s a special occasion, I usually just put on powder. This is for a couple reasons: 1) I don’t want to look caked on 2) the powder I use happens to give GREAT coverage. I use MAC Studio Fix (my specific shade is NC42 which works well with tanner skins that have a yellow undertone). This powder also works well OVER foundation to help set the liquidly texture of the foundation while giving off a silky, soft finish. Also, I’ve never had the problem of a break out with this product. For those who have oily skin, this product can help cover up that issue and has great lasting power and for those who have dry skin (like me), it doesn’t make my skin flake. I put it on when I start my morning and don’t feel the need to touch up throughout the day (granted I do like to add a little bronzer/blush over the powder mid day). Beyond the quality of the product, the packaging is sleek. As I’ve said before, the key to full coverage with powder is using a large application brush rather than the sponge provided in the product. 

For those of you who like a light powder, this product is NOT for you! The coverage and lasting power is high. If you are looking for a lighter powder, I recommend trying Bare Minerals Matte. You can find it on Amazon for $10 dollars cheaper than at a department store. I have tried this product and although it is not what I am specifically looking for out of a powder, it feels as though you relatively have no powder on. The product does NOT weigh down your face and works great as a setting powder for foundation. As all Bare Minerals products, it is relatively better for your skin than most products. I recommend applying this product with a kabuki brush



LIGHT COVERAGE: Bare Minerals Matte SPF 15


Do you prefer a powder with heavy or light coverage?





The problem for most ladies is that they have all the right shades that work well with their skin but don’t know how to apply it. Half the key to having perfect coverage are the tools you use. I recommend investing in some quality brushes. If taken care of properly, they can last a LONG time. I noticed a huge difference in the way my powder, bronzer, blush, and eye makeup looked after I bought new brushes. I wanted to share my three MUST-HAVE brushes:

1. For applying powder to overall face: 134 MAC Large Powder Brush

                                MAC Powder Brush

This brush is great, BUT it is expensive. There are a few substitutes for this brush that work well too: 

2. For applying bronzer to cheekbones: BareMinerals Full Coverage Kabuki Brush

                                                     BareMinerals Kabuki Brush

The amount of coverage a Kabuki brush gives is unreal. To be honest, I don’t even think you have to buy an expensive one. I lost my BareMinerals Kabuki brush recently and didn’t want to spend an absurd amount of money again and this one works well too:

For more tips on what bronzers work best with a Kabuki brush, check out my post on my favorite bronzers.

3. For blending of eye shadow: 222 MAC Tapered Blending Brush

                                               MAC Tapered Brush

This is my pick for the number one MUST-HAVE eye makeup brush. For tips on other great eye make up brushes, check out my post on how to get my smoky eye look.

SIDE NOTE: The reason some products are linked to instead of the retail store that carries it is because I want to try and find the best deal possible. If I don’t think the product requires in-store testing, I think it will benefit everyone the most to purchase directly online. If I find that people prefer that I link the products to the retail store, I will be happy to change that. Let me know!

What is YOUR favorite makeup brush?