Tip for Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Hi Beauties,

Hope you had a fabulous first weekend of 2014!

Every Sunday, I set aside some time to deep-clean my makeup brushes. I just thought to share this tip with you all that has helped my brushes last as long as they have (some of my brushes are over 1o years old!)

After rinsing your brushes clean and squeezing out any remaining water, roll up one side of a terry-cloth towel to help “lift” your brush handles at an angle. Lay them with the brush ends facing down, like so. IMG_4531

This will prevent the water from seeping into the ferrule (the metal handle) of the brush, where it will weaken the glue that holds everything together. Small brushes will dry within a couple of hours, but I would leave any big fluffy brushes out to dry overnight.

If you haven’t seen my video on how to properly clean your makeup brushes, watch below.

Bad Beauty Habits You Must Break


Washing Your Face in the Morning

Cleansing your face in the morning with soap will strip your skin of essential oils. Your skin regenerates and repairs itself at night while you are sleeping, balancing pH levels and increasing collagen production (a.k.a. the stuff that keeps your wrinkles at bay). Washing your face in the morning undoes all the hard work your skin did overnight.

What to Do Instead

Splash your face with just cool water to deflate any early morning puffiness, then smooth over a moisturizer with SPF. Wait at least one minute for the product to absorb, then apply your makeup as normal.


Too Much Exfoliating

Regardless of your skin type (oily, dry, combo), exfoliating your face and body more than once or twice a week is a no-no. Much like the reason behind not washing your hair everyday, frequent exfoliating will have the opposite effect and cause your glands to produce even more oil. If you have sensitive or super-dry skin, it will also cause redness and rawness.

What To Do Instead

Exfoliate your face and body no more than twice per week using either glycolic acid, salicylic acid, an enzyme-based peel, or¬†microdermabrasion scrub. I also recommend using a brush like the Clarisonic Mia ($119) or Olay’s Pro X Advanced Cleansing System ($29.99). On a budget? No problem: Sally’s Beauty Supply and drug store chains sell manual brushes that work just as well for a fraction of the price.


Pumping Your Mascara Wand

Moving the brush in and out pushes air and bacteria back into the tube. No one wants to smear germs onto their eyeballs! Exposing the mascara wand to the air over and over again will also cause the product to dry out faster so it doesn’t last as long as it should.

What To Do Instead

Gently wiggle and swirl the wand around inside the bottle before pulling out the wand to preserve your mascara and keep it germ-free. Do NOT pump!



Using Too Many Products At Once

I am totally guilty of having too many kinds of skin care and slathering all of them on at once. But this can wreak havoc on your skin and waste your product. Certain ingredients in skin care don’t “get along” and will cancel each other out. They could even cause skin irritations.

What To Do Instead

Anytime someone has amazing skin, their answer is always that they “stick to a simple skin care routine.” Don’t you hate that? But it’s true. The Halle Berry’s and Charize Theron’s of the world abide to uncomplicated skin care habits that are effective. Keep it easy by going with a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, SPF, topical retinoid, and one carefully chosen antioxidant product. It’s always a good idea to consult your dermatologist about your skin care routine.


Neglecting Your Hands and Neck

Your hands and neck are just as exposed to the elements as the rest of your face, and regardless of your skin color and type, forgetting to moisturize and use sunscreen below your jawline and on the back of your hands can cause signs of aging to show up faster.¬† It’s also important to protect your exposed skin from cancer and the sun!

What To Do Instead

Apply moisturizer and sunscreen to the nape of your neck using upward and downward motions. Doing so in this manner will stimulate the skin and prevent sagging in the future. And avoid harsh scrubs on the neck, that area is too fragile to withstand abrasive exfoliants.


Sleeping With Your Makeup On

Oh joy, everyone’s favorite beauty sin. This is terrible for your skin and your sheets. The makeup you’ve been wearing all day has been exposed to pollution and germs. Not to mention any sweating you may have done (yuck!) Like we talked about in the first section, your skin repairs itself at night during sleep. Your day-old makeup, saturated with pollution, germs and oil, will be absorbed into your skin as you sleep and to no one’s surprise, cause breakouts. Needless to say, your germ-y makeup will seep right into your sheets and cause breakouts every time your head hits that pillow.

What To Do Instead

Use a makeup remover to break down your makeup and wash your face with a cleanser. Makeup wipes are wonderful makeup removers, but please don’t use them in place of actually washing your face with a cleanser. Wipes only break down your makeup, they don’t clean your pores!

4 Ways To Make Your Lips Stand Out

Often times we are so enamored with interesting eye makeup, we forget to get creative with our lips. If you are looking for a new way to wear your lips to the office or out with your friends, peep the four fun options below!

Wearable Ombre



Want to try the ombre lip but afraid of the crazy colors? Pick two lip liners that are in the same shade range. For example, a plum and a pink. Trace the outer corners of your lips with the darker lip liner and blend inwards with a brush. Trace the center of both top and bottom lips with the pink liner and fill them in. Top the whole thing off with a sheer lipstick in the same color range and voila: wearable ombre.

Plush Mouth



Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub (make your own with vaseline and turbindo sugar!). This will swell up your lips and make them look “plump.” Line and fill them in with a lip pencil of your choice and top off with a lipstick of the same color. Here’s the magic: Take a white or ivory colored eye pencil and trace above your cupid’s bow, blend it in gently. This small bit of highlighter will make your lips look fuller.

Lip Cleavage



Change the shape of your lips by laying down a powder all the way around your mouth first. Then line with a bold lip pencil in whatever shape you want. I chose to make my cupid’s bow pointy-er.¬† Fill in with a matte lipstick. Done!

Glossy Pout



Pick a bold color, like a creamy orange or red lipstick, then layer a clear (or close to clear) gloss on top, only on the center of the lower lip. Instant patent-leather shine!

Tips & Tricks: Fuller-looking Lashes

Hi dolls,

About a month ago, I made a routine trip to Ulta in West Hollywood, where makeup expert Thera Der-Gevorgian overheard me geeking out over the Calvin Klein makeup line and came over to help. I love talking to other artists and asking them for their own remedies and tips– that’s what’s so great about the beauty world: there is always room to learn! She was kind of enough to share with me her beauty secret to making lashes appear fuller. Want to know what it is?

“I add a little concealer and dust some face powder on my lashes before applying mascara,” Thera said. “The extra product on the lash hairs beef up the texture and the mascara locks it in place.”

This was my very own Oprah-esque “aha!” moment. Thera told me she simply adds the leftover concealer from her fingers/brush after covering dark circles right onto her lashes, and sweeps a bit of face powder over them with a brush after finishing her face. Then she tops it off with a coat of black mascara and she’s done.

This is a great way to beef up your lashes with minimal effort.

Check my step-by-step pic below to see the results:


Catch Thera on her Facebook for more tips and tricks!