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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ten Minute Tuesday: Makeup Clean Up

 Today's Ten Minute Tuesday Challenge: 

Ah, the makeup drawer. Well, for me it's a makeup basket, but you get the picture. Most mornings, I swipe on a bit of foundation, cover up dark circles, add a little blush and mascara, and toss it all back into my little basket without a second thought. 

Taking a couple of extra minutes to clean, disinfect, and reorganize your makeup stash will keep your skin healthier, your morning routine running smoothly, and it'll keep your makeup drawer from turning into a dump-zone.

First things first- clean those brushes. Makeup brushes get full of germs pretty quickly actually, and having gunky brushes isn't only bad for your makeup application, but also for your heath!

I use liquid foundation, and my foundation brush gets pretty gunky! You can clean brushes you use for powder, but you'll want to make sure they have time to fully dry before you use them.

You'll need a small container, some vinegar, dish soap, and some hot water. Mix about one teaspoon of vinegar with a 1/4 cup hot water and a drop or two of dish soap. The dish soap gets rid of oil while the vinegar disinfects. Swoosh your brush around in there and then leave it soak for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, go through your makeup supplies. Get rid of anything you can't remember using- it's just taking up space. You may want to think about putting stuff you don't use often into a less-accessible place (like the eyeshadow you only wear when going out- find a new place for that so it doesn't take up valuable room in your drawer!) Eye makeup (mascara and eyeliner) needs to be replaced every six months. It seems expensive and unnecessary, but the last thing you want is an eye infection. Don't risk it!

I like to label my mascara so I remember when I bought it and when it needs to be replaced. Make sure you label in a low-touch zone, or it'll rub off, like the label in the picture above. Can't see it? Exactly. Whoops.

Go back to your soaking brushes. Swoosh them around again, and then rinse with hot water. Make sure you rinse them out really well- my skin is super sensitive and will break out from the fragrance in my dish soap. After they're rinsed, squeeze dry with a paper towel and then let them dry, brush part up, for a couple of hours.

Voila! Happier, healthier household!

1 comment:

  1. I seriously think I'm going to do this this afternoon! It's been too long since I washed my brushes. Also, I label my mascara too, at least when I remember to. It's really helpful!


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