How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes #1

The brush line.

Today I want to tackle the serious business of taking care of your makeup brushes.

If you have bought quality brushes they will last you forever, so long as you take care of them properly.
To show you how to do this the right way, Kelly Cappelli and I shot a couple of brush care and cleaning tutorials for you, and this is the first one.

When I’m on a shoot and need to clean brushes in between people, or if I’m at home and want to do a quick color change, I use Parian Spirit to clean and disinfect my brushes.
Parian Spirit is an environmentally friendly cleaner that dissolves all makeup products and disinfects, while conditioning your brushes at the same time. It’s made from citrus spirits, has no artificial colors or fragrances, and it wont damage the wood on your brush.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a pro makeup artist ever not use Parian!

You can probably buy it at Ulta or Sephora etc. I buy huge bottles because I go through so much of it, but you can buy little bottles too.

The super speedy way to use it is to put some on a folded kleenex,

and gently paint your brush through it. This method will dry really quickly, and you’ll be ready to use the brush again within a couple of minutes.

The second way is more of a deep clean, so you want to mostly be doing it this way.
Pour some cleaner into a small non metallic container, them gently swirl the brush in the parian spirit. You’ll see the color coming out of it!

Next you need to gently paint the brush across a folded tissue, until the color stops coming out. Hold the tissue in your hand rather than laying it on the counter, as this will make sure you are gentle with your brush.

Don’t scrub or push the brush hard – always be gentle.

Next you need to re-shape your brush. Gently re-mould it to its original shape.

Finally, I lie my brushes flat on a folded towel to dry. They may take several minutes to dry, and a towel or paper towel will help to draw out the moisture.

Never, never, never stand a damp or wet brush up vertically. The moisture will roll down inside the ferrul (thats the metal part of your brush) and eat away at the thread that ties the hairs together, and the adhesive that keeps the wood and the ferrul bound together.
Always lie them flat!

Once my brushes are dry I store them vertically in a glass vase at home (because it looks pretty!) or in a brush roll in my kit.

Keep and eye out for “How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes #2”

Have a gorgeous day!



If I Were Going To Happy Hour…

Well its Friday, and while all the hip young things are out and about being fabulous tonight, I will be working. (if you can call being paid to do what you love ‘work’!)
And after the enormous work week I’ve had – gotta love the new season’s crazy busy-ness , I’m not going out on the boogie after work tonight, instead I’ll be crawling home to catch up on some sleep.

Savagely uncool, I know, but I have early call times this weekend, and have to be on my toes…

However, I have been thinking about what I would be drinking if I were going out tonight, and I’m thinking a Cosmo-tini sounds kinda fab.

So here’s the easy, peasy recipe:

Cosmopolitan Martini

2 oz Grey Goose Vodka, chilled
1 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice
lemon twist.

Mix all ingredients in your cocktail shaker, then pour into a martini glass and garnish with the lemon twist.

Told you it was easy!

Don’t forget to check out the Racing Fashionistas Happy Hour segment…



New Season’s Nars-o-licious….

I’m supposed to be doing many different things right now, but instead I’m sitting here playing with some of the new season’s colors from Nars.
On some level I could probably say its work-ish, except that we all know its not – I’m just playing.

But lets have a little look at the objects of my affection…

First up I am loving the Silk Road eye shadow duo. Fall/winter can get so caught up in heavy, dull shades, so these are a breath of fresh air. The colors are soft, pretty and feminine. I’ll be using them to do a subtle, beautiful, slightly opalescent eye, maybe bringing in a little depth to the outer corners with something a little moodier, like Night Fever. (eye shadow single)
Maybe I should do an eyeshadow tutorial with these?

The next thing isn’t even remotely new, in fact I’ve been using it in my kit for years, but it does deserve a mention here. Once our bronzed up, glowy summer skin surrenders to the gloomy fall wind, rain and overcast skies, we tend to bury our skin under heavier bases and powders.
I am a big proponent of gorgeous, dewy looking skin, and one of the products I use to create this with is Nars The Multiple in Copacabana.
This versatile stick can be used in many ways, anywhere on the face. I love using my fingers to blend a little into the upper cheekbone, outer forehead, sometimes high on the nose, to create luminosity and glow to the skin.
Copacabana makes dull skin look alive and bright, which translates to young and gorgeous. And who doesn’t want that???

One of these days I’ll learn how to resize pictures. But until then…

Now of course I am still obsessing about the Stella McCartney over the knee boots that have now become the screensaver behind my lids when I close my eyes, and I was thinking about what makeup would be great to offset a killer pair of boots like that.

These boots are all about being fierce, fabulous and sexy, so the soft & juicy mouth that I love both to create on others and to wear myself isn’t necessarily telling the same story as the footwear, so I’m thinking a bold, take no prisoners mouth. And wouldn’t you know it? Nars has this darling piece of decadence that is exactly perfect! Even the name – “Fast Ride” is calling you to badness!

Its beautiful, bold and powerful, can be muted down to a stain, or worn full force.
The combination of these three products is just fabulous. Soft eyes (I’d throw a strip of lashes on for emphasis), glowing skin, and a full mouth. Hmmm – maybe we will have to shoot this look for you.

And the Stella’s….

You just know its a match made in heaven!



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