The Insider's Beauty Tips
My Makeup Brushes Look Destroyed After Just a Few Months.
You might not be cleaning them often enough. Letting brushes sit with product on them for too long can permanently damage the bristles, says makeup artist Fiona Stiles. She suggests washing them once a month with dish detergent, which breaks down the oils and pigments that build up in the hairs. How you dry your brushes is critical too. After a rinse, lay them flat on a paper towel. "If you put them upright in a cup, water can seep into the base and rot the brush," says makeup artist Jake Bailey.
And I would like to add that brushes could be a breeding ground for bacteria that can spread all over your face again and again, potentially causing breakouts.
Whenever I Wear Gloss, an Icky White Film Forms on The Inside of My Lips.
It's when lips are dry and flaky that particles can get trapped in the creases and create a gunky coating. Exfoliate your pucker with a washcloth before applying gloss. You can also run a cotton swab along the inside of lips to remove the film. Or switch to a glossy balm: Says Bailey, "It gives the same shiny look but no residue."
You can also exfoliate your lips with a homemade scrub that I like to use. Use a tablespoon of raw honey, a perfect moisturizer, and fine granulated sugar. Sugar breaks down into glycolic acid and safely exfoliates your lips.
When I Shop for Drugstore Makeup, I Can Only Guess How the Colors Will Look Since I Can't Try on Anything.
Shop at stores with generous return policies, says Stiles. For example, CVS will take back opened cosmetics if the shade isn't right. Keep the receipt and return products within time limits (CVS will refund within 30 days of purchase). A cool idea: Duane Reade is testing out computers that allow you to try on cosmetics virtually. You can also do this using the Hollywood Makeover tool.
In my opinion you are never saving any money by buying drugstore brand makeup and skin care products as they tend to have low quality ingredients. Instead do some research and buy something that is known to achieve the result you want.
Although there are exceptions to the rule you are better off investing in a good makeup kit and great skin care line
. You are worth it!
You can find the entire article in InStyle.com under "20 Most Annoying Beauty Problems Solved".
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