Time to get in…DEEP: How I deep clean my makeup brushes.

What annoys me the most about being a makeup enthusiast is cleaning my brushes.  I know I’m not the only one as I’ve heard my friends and my makeup artist complain about the same thing.  There are brush cleaning gloves, solvents, cleaning sponges and good ol’ soap and water.  I’ve spent many afternoons washing and conditioning my brushes and I knew there had to be another way.  Here is my method:

  • You will need:  a glass jar; paper towels; rubbing alcohol and a clean flat surface
  • Wash the jar thoroughly, I chose an apple sauce jar as the tapered neck helps with the deep clean process and peel off label for a better visual of the brushes during deep cleaning
  • Prepare your cleaning surface and have paper towels close by and ready to use

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  • Fill bottom of jar with about ½ – 1 inch of rubbing alcohol
  • insert brushes, one at a time, into jar and submerge the brush hairs into the rubbing alcohol avoiding the brush ferrule *Note: Never submerge the ferrule (metal part) of your brushes in alcohol nor water as this can loosen the manufacturer’s glue that holds the brush hairs together.  The results would be increased shedding or the brush hairs falling out completely.
  • Dip the brush into the alcohol, repeatedly, releasing as much makeup product out of your brush
  • Drain the excess alcohol by pushing the brush against the jar’s sides or, in my case, I pushed my brushes against the tapered neck of the jar. Use your fingers to squeeze any leftover alcohol out of the brush hairs
  • Fold a piece of paper towel and press the brush into it, this will help remove even more product

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  • Repeat steps with each brush
  • You don’t need to replace the dirty alcohol as the makeup products settle to the bottom of the jar
  • Use paper towels to dry your brushes and determine how clean each brush is

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  • At this point you’ll have a couple options:
    1.  You can refill the jar with more alcohol and repeat the steps with each brush until you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your brushes
    2. You can wash off any excess residue with warm water and the soap or shampoo of your choice
  • Allow your brushes to air dry on some paper towels either flat or on a slight angle with the hairs pointing down to make sure no liquids settle into the ferrules

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I use both synthetic and real hair makeup brushes and the results were equally awesome.  If you are worried about the alcohol being too drying on your real hair brushes after the alcohol clean, rinse them with warm water and a hair conditioner of your choice.  I personally never had to do this, but it can help preserve your real hair makeup brushes.

I hope this helps my fellow makeup enthusiasts!  If you try this method, I’d love to hear what your results were, leave a comment here or on my other social media platforms.  I’d love to hear from you!

Take care everyone and have a happy day!

SS

How to: Nail care between salon appointments

Spring Perfect pink-tipped combo with OPI Nail Lacquer

This combo is what I came up with to cover up some of the regrowth from my gel nails to my natural nails.  The colours I used are O.P.I.’s “If You Moust You Moust”- from their Minnie Mouse line; and O.P.I.’s – “Princesses Rule!”.

My nail painting station.

Nail painting station

Here’s  what I have on my nail painting station:

a tall tumbler full of coffee 😉
regular nail polish remover
nail polish remover for natural nails
emery block with different finishes (a regular emery board is fine)
cotton pads with two textures
cotton balls
cosmetic scissors
cuticle trimmers
cosmetic cotton swabs with one flat and a point on each end
2 nail colours one light one dark
a natural nail base coat
a nail polish top coat

I place a couple sheets of paper towel over a hard surface, I normally use a hard covered notebook for painting my nails while watching a movie in bed.

Nail Prep

 

Nail preparations:

1) Saturate a cotton ball with the regular nail polish remover and hold it on your finger nail for 3-5 seconds while gently rubbing through the U.V. Gel top coat. When you notice that your nail has no more shine, repeat the steps for each other nail.

2) Use the coarse side of your emery board or emery block and start filing down the seam where the U.V. Gel meets your real nail. This won’t be hard to find because there usually is an awkward looking bump. Be patient and file down the nail evenly until it blends into your natural nail.

3) Shape your nail to fit your desired look. Mine were already filed into an almond shape at the salon, so I decided to shape them into a teardrop shape or a “stiletto” shape. The best way to keep things even is alternate shaping each side of your nail with the same pressure.

4) Once you’ve reached your desired shape, buff the entire nail with the finer side of your nail file for a smoother finish.

5) Next, using a textured cotton pad, wipe nails with the nail polish remover for natural nails this will help your nails to transition from your U.V. gels to your  natural nail while restoring your weakened nails. Most polish remover for natural nails usually contain Vitamin E which will promote healing and strengthening.

6) At this point, I clean up any hangnails or dry skin with the cuticle trimmers and cosmetic scissors where needed.

 

Time for the fun stuff!

 

Nail polish

1) Apply a base coat to each of your nails, most base coats don’t take long to dry so you can immediately start to paint.

2) Taking the darker of the 2 nail colours, in my case “If You Moust You Moust” by O.P.I. this colour is a solid pink with a slight blue undertone. I applied this colour to just the tips of my nails, it doesn’t have to be perfect as you will be layering the lighter colour over the entire nail which will hide imperfections. Try to get your tips a nice even solid colour.

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3) Make sure the lighter colour is translucent. I chose “Princesses Rule!” by O.P.I. for it’s sparkles. 🙂 Apply the polish over the entire nail until you get the look you want.

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4) Paint a generous layer of top coat over your nails. If you want to add nail decorations, like gems or polymer clay art,  put them on and gently press them into the fresh layer of top coat where you would like your art to be, then add another layer of top coat over the nail and the gem(s) to seal the decorations in.

5) The best part is taking that tumbler, sitting down to relax and watch a movie while waiting until the painted finger tips are fully dry.

I hope you enjoyed my quick fix for the times when my schedule can’t allow a salon appointment, it’s important to give yourself the self-pampering session we all need.

If you try this out for yourself, please let me know how it went! I’d like to see what you created. You can also tag me in an Instagram pic at stilettosupermom so I can see what you’ve created.

Stay Sharp…and have fun!

SS

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