4 Makeup Tips For Busy Moms

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Mornings can be a struggle for anyone. Getting out the door on time is a cause for celebration. On top of getting yourself prepared for the day, imagine what it's like adding children to the mix. If you are a working mom, then you know the struggle is real. Who has time for full makeup applications when you must take care of the children and get ready for work at the same time. If you need a little help, here are a few tips that will save you a time with your makeup routine.

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5 Products for Long-Lasting Makeup During the Summer Heat


Summer months are full outside activities. We love social gatherings, lounging at the beach and traveling with family and friends. Amid it all, the temperature could potentially be a deal breaker for your makeup. Having it ruined by heat and humidity is a fear of most beauties. No need to use heavy powders in the blistering heat. Try switching up your arsenal and consider using these lightweight products to help keep your makeup flawless!

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The Best Black Makeup Artists on Instagram

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by Sabrina of SeriouslyNatural.org

It seems like the world of makeup, hair and all things related to beauty has taken Instagram by storm. The number of hashtags, posts, and accounts dedicated to makeup and beauty is astounding. If you’re a follower of beauty and fashion, then I’m sure you know of just how large the makeup and beauty community is on Instagram.

From pics of stunning nail art designs to flawless makeup selfies, the amount of awe inspiring beauty pics is enough to have you heading out the door and to your local beauty supply store.

Despite the popularity of the makeup and beauty community, it often feels as though certain demographics are lacking in the exposure department. Women of color, especially black women, often have difficulty finding makeup and beauty accounts that represent their respective communities.

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Lipstains and Random Banter


For me, shopping online for lipstick is a lot like web shopping for jeans.  Just as my long, spindly, chicken gams, small waist and disproportionately large booty (it's a far cry from a donk, but I like to #LookBackAtIt) makes it difficult to find jeans that (a) don't flood, (b) drag on the floor, (c) gap in the back, or (d) serve up extra material where my hips should be, my naturally two toned lips makes it difficult to find flattering colors that don't exacerbate the fact that I have one pink lip and one brown one.  << that sentence was hella long.

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4 Ways To Test Your Makeup Safely

 
by McKenzie Renae of McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com

Every girl loves playing around at the beauty counters! We can get so wrapped up in all of the pretty colors, new collections, and seasonal trends, that we tend to forget about proper sanitation when testing out products at the counter.

I read a startling and disturbing fact from Rowan University’s study on makeup tester germs. They reported from their study that “more than half of all testers were contaminated, and we found staph, strep, and E. coli bacteria from feces.” Gross!!

Ok, so here’s the up side to things. I know most of you ladies want to see how a color looks on you before you purchase it. Here are 4 of the best ways you can test your makeup safely!

1. Ask the salesperson to prep the tester

For lipstick: Ask for the lipstick to be sprayed or dipped in alcohol, then scrape off the top layer, and use a new, disposable applicator (not their finger) — or a brush sprayed with alcohol to apply.

For lip and eye liners: Because all of the contamination is on the surface layer, sharpening works for lip and eye liners.

For powders: Powders can be just as germy as creams, so you can try bringing your own makeup alcohol wipes to clean them. Make sure to wipe the entire surface of the tester, and still have the salesperson scrape it afterwards.

2. Shop on weekdays

From the Rowan University study, they took samples from different days of the week, and Saturdays were the most contaminated days (b/c more people shop during the weekend). The least-germy batches were Friday morning and Wednesday morning, since the nights before tend to be low-traffic.

3. Beware of the pot

Don’t try anything that comes in an open jar people dip a finger into, such as lotion, lip gloss, or loose eye shadow, because then the contamination isn’t just on the top layer — it’s throughout, so there’s no way to clean it (unless you’re sure it’s a new jar).

4. Get cheeky

It’s fine to apply foundation, blush, or any other products to the back of your hand, or jawline (the worst that could happen is that you get a zit). Unless you know you’re getting a clean sample, avoid applying testers to your eyes or lips, which are direct entry points for germs and can lead to infections and viruses.

Don’t you feel better that you know all of this?!

Happy (sanitary) makeup shopping :)

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes



by McKenzie Renae of McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com 
Do You Know How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes?


Great skin starts with a fresh base. Many things can contribute to skin issues, like constantly touching your face, not washing your face at night, and even dirty makeup brushes.
Foundation and concealer brushes should be washed at least once a week to prevent buildup of product. Because these tools are used on your face regularly, the cleaner, the better. Brushes used on and around your eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month and all other brushes are safe for once a month.
Most of us are guilty of not cleaning our makeup brushes enough, but that comes to an end now. Here’s how it’s done — I'll even bet you will see a difference in your skin and the way your makeup looks once it’s applied.
What You Need:
Water
Gentle soap or brush cleaner. (I like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo)
Your makeup brushes
How You Do It:
1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water, cleaning one brush at a time.
2. Place a drop of cleanser into the palm of your hand, and gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm. (Try one part baby shampoo and four parts water)
3. IMPORTANT: Keep the metal base of the brush head away from the soap and water. This can cause bristles to loosen and shed from the glue at the base.
4. Rinse the bristles and squeeze out the extra moisture with a clean towel.
5. Always reshape your brushes so they dry in their original form. Tip: Hang the heads of the brush off the edge of a counter for maximum air dry time, and to avoid any unnatural flat sides.
When To Get Rid Of Your Brushes:
When the bristles start to fray, shed, or loose their shape. The right tools are just as important in getting the look you want as the actual makeup itself. They just won’t do the job if they are too pinched or squashed. 


What are some of your favorite makeup brush sets?

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