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Taking Care of Your Brushes

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by Francoise Saint-Pierre

Cleaning makeup supplies is perhaps the task we all dread after creating a look- especially if you have to create multiple looks in one sitting. From cleaning, to never having to deal with sparkly brushes again, check out some tricks and products that will make your life so much easier when it comes time to clean your brushes or apply unique types of makeup!

Cleaning your brushes

Use a gentle soap (bar soap can do) to clean your brushes. Some people like to use olive oil as well. There are a lot of gadgets available to help you clean your brushes, one of which is the Sigma Brush. 

The Sigma Brush is great since it offers different textures for a fast cleaning. Be careful not to totally submerge the handle, and let your brush dry upside down since the moisture might affect the glue (loosening the hair and wow…you get a big, black hair on your bride’s lips) or even turn your wooden handle into a mold playground.

Cleaning between colors

So let’s say you do a very colorful makeup or you are working on a series of looks. I bet at the end of the day you have over 30 brushes to clean. You were in a rush and had no time to clean your brushes in between, so you end up with all your brushes dirty and a good hour of cleaning to do. This time is over.

Color Switch by Vera Mona removes the color from eye shadow brushes, helping the makeup artist switch to another color quickly and efficiently. Basically, you now can do a makeup look with your favorite eight brushes without needing to double up on the eye shadow brushes.

Sanitizing your hands

Using the traditional hand sanitizer can become quite repetitive. Mix it up with a French Lavender hand sanitizer. Still killing 99.99 percent of harmful bacteria, the sanitizer smell marvelous and helps you relax.

Other issues

Is glitter getting stuck in your brush? Try a Silicon Glitter Brush to stop ruining your brushes.

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Get the Look: Judy Greer at the “Married” Premiere

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It's the middle of the summer so what better way to keep your summer look than to keep your makeup and hair light and fresh! Using inspiration from Judy's Jimmy Choo tomato red clutch, makeup artist Tamah uses a red lip to add to the pop of red. To balance the pop of color with the rest of the look, Tamah gave Judy a 'summer smokey eye' which gives the eyes definition while veering away from using the typical dark colors normally associated with the traditional smokey eye. With beautiful braided hair by hairstylist, Gregory Russell completing the look, Judy has given the summer look not only a new definition, but a perfect look for everyone to wear in just a few steps! Read below for the step by step to get Judy's look:

Hair Preparation. Start by dampening hair and blowing it out with an Ibiza round brush and applying Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel to the ends of your hair.

The Braid. Next, part your hair down the center and pin up the crown section to braid last. French braid each side back and fasten the end of the braid with a clear elastic and braid the crown section (just a regular braid, not a French braid). Following the braid, pull out a few pieces around the face and loosen each of the braids and roughen them up a bit.

The Finishing Touch. After spraying more Kevin Murphy Resort Spray,  pin the side braids into two low buns and connect them with the crown braid. To complete the look, finish with Kerastase Laque Couture.

Eyes. Apply a thin layer of Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow in Flatter Me with a fluffy brush to keep it sheer. Next, use a touch of the top and bottom left shadows from the Dior 030 Incognito Eyeshadow Quad. Use the bottom right as a liner under the lower lash line. Apply Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in black directly to the upper lash line, and top it with Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara in Black.

Cheeks. Use a touch of Make Up For Ever 033 Dark Antique Pink as a base, and top with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium 2. Apply the bronzer with a medium sized fluffy brush (preferably one that is angled for bronzer).  Apply this to the cheeks and sweep it over the bridge of the nose, where the sun would naturally bronze.

Skin. Apply Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Foundation in 113 as foundation and concealer and use Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to set.

Lips. Use NYX Butter Lipstick in JuJu Amulette and MAC lip liner in Redd to set the lip line.

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Get the Look: Becky G. at the 2014 Premios Juventud

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Makeup artist Jessica Smalls took Becky G's typically fresh and clean look and revamped it to a more grown up subtle look which is nothing less than sexy and glamorous. Read on to see how you can get Becky's new look:

Start with the eyebrows by brushing them into place with clear brow gel and begin heavily rimming the eyes with COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner in Pitch Black Passion. Once the line is dark and intense, apply a matte dark brown shadow to the lid, using a firm eye shadow brush. Once the dark brown shadow is applied, use Flamed Out Shadow Pot in Melted Caramel with a blending brush to blend the gold color into the matte brown. Using a clean blending brush, blend a soft tangerine color into the crease, to gradually fade and soften the brown smokey eye. Apply a wispy pair of false eyelashes and apply two coats of Clump Crusher Mascara and your eyes are done!

Moving on to the skin, hydrate your skin with oil free moisturizer and apply a thin layer of foundation primer. Let the primer settle for about a minute and using a dampened sponge, apply two layers of COVERGIRL Ready, Set Gorgeous Foundation in Natural Beige (205), waiting about 45 seconds between the first and second layers. Let the foundation cover what it can and then use Ready, Set Gorgeous Concealer in Fair (105/110) to cover dark spots and to brighten the are under the eye. Following the concealer, set your skin with truMAGIC The SunKisser on your temples, cheekbones and jawline to give your skin dimension. Finally, on the apples of your cheeks, apply Cheekers Blush in Pretty Peach (150) and sweep a loose shimmer powder over the entire cheek area and wa-la, your skin is ready to go!

Onto the final touch: Lips. Exfoliate your lips with a bit of granulated sugar and lip balm. Once your lips are soft and supple, use the remaining foundation off the sponge and apply it to your lips to rid your natural lip color. Using a lip brush, apply COVERGIRL LipPerfection in Heavenly (260) to your lips and top it off with Colorlicious Lip Gloss in Give me Guava (630).

And there you have it: a grown up look with a dash of sexy and glamorous! Click here to see Becky G's acoustic performance at Premios Juventud of her new hit single "Shower".

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Get the Look: Kaley Cuoco at the Vera Wang Store Opening on Rodeo Drive

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Getting tired of neutral makeup and looking to shake things up with an edgy and vibrant look? Inspired by the 1960s, makeup artist Jamie Greenberg worked with Kaley Cuoco for the Vera Wang store opening on Rodeo Drive to create a bold look. With blue eye makeup, dotted eyeliner, and rich black mascara, this look is one for the books.

Greenberg starts by lining mark’s No Place To Run Waterproof Eyeliner in Navy Seal along the top lash line and applying three dots along the lower lash line. On top, Greenberg layers mark’s On The Dot Eye Color Compact in Bold (middle blue shade) for a bolder finish. The eyes are completed by filling in the brows with Anastasia Brow Pro Palette and finishing with two coats of Jouer's Everyday Effortless Mascara in Noir.

To add an utterly flawless appearance, Greenberg applies Tom Ford Traceless Foundation all over the face and swirls together mark’s Island Beauty Face Compact on the cheeks for a coral, bronzy glow. To complete Kaley Cuoco's look, mark's All Butter Now Lip Treat in Bare All is used to even the look without taking away from the bold eye makeup.

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Get the Look: Lizzy Caplan at the 2014 Critics’ Choice Television Awards!

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Mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg worked with Lizzy Caplan for the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards. and here’s how to get her stunning look:

Eyes:
Apply mark Touch & Glow Shimmering Cubes in the pink gold shade on the eye lid. Draw a very thin line from the inner corner to the middle of the eye and extend into a small cat eye using mark On The Edge Hook Up Liquid Eye Liner in Medusa. Apply Ardell Individual Lashes in Medium Black to the outer corner of the eye and brush one coat of mark Lash Act Build & Define Mascara in Blackest Black followed by one coat in Violet. Rim the bottom lash line with mark On The Dot Bold Color Compact using the pale pink shade.

Face:
Apply Suqquu Foundation all over the face, then layer over with mark Glowdacious Illuminating Powder. Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 to the apples of the cheeks.

Lips:
Apply Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush in 400 as a base and finish with mark’s Gloss Gorgeous Lip Stain in Showy.

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Get the Look: Katy Perry June 2014 V Magazine Cover

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Makeup artist, Sammy Mourabit, got inspiration for Katy Perry’s V Magazine cover from the iconic Betty Page, "I wanted to pay homage to her bombshell beauty look, giving Katy that va va voom factor!" Read below to reveal the beauty tips Sammy used to create the look!

Face:
"I started with the face using my finger tip to spot touch COVERGIRL’s Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation in Buff Beige #205 all over Katy’s t-zone area. The velour composition effect of the new COVERGIRL RSG Foundation allowed me to create a creamy texture on her gorgeous skin. I then used a tiny bit of the Ready, Set, Gorgeous Concealer on my finger tip and gently dabbed under Katy’s eyes, and on the outer corners, as well as little around the nose.

I then finished the face, by sculpting Katy’s cheek bones with the truMAGIC Sunkisser and Luminizer as well as a hint of Bombshell ShineShadow in Gold Goddess, creating a gentle dewy effect."

Eyes:
"For Katy’s eyes I first focused on the brows. I used COVERGIRL’s Brow and Eyemaker Pencil in Midnight Black and Brown to shape her eyebrows, creating a dramatic effect that was very important to this specific look.

I then mixed Bombshell ShineShadows in Ooh La Lilac and Copper Fling. Their rich pigment and creamy, slightly metallic texture are amazing to create an eye liner fading effect, resulting in a sexy eye look that reflects light perfectly.

I then applied the Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Crystal Flame to brighten up the inside corner of the eyes for Mademoiselle Perry.

I finished the eye look by applying Bombshell Mascara in Very Black - no false lashes needed with this mascara! Using step 1, I applied a light coat of mascara, separating the lashes. I then used step 2 in the outer upper corners for a more dramatic and intense effect."

Lips:
"Finally it was time for the lips. I mixed two COVERGIRL Lip Liners together, Sublime #200 and Passion #215, creating a beautiful red and prune pigment, allowing me to contour her sexy lip look. I then used a little bit of LipPerfection in Hot #305 to create a deep red finish."

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Almay intense i-color collection

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This month I was asked to collaborate with Refinery29 and Almay to promote the Almay Intense I-Color Collection, which was kismit, because I have been eyeing these shades for quite some time.

Almay has always been a favorite line of mine, since the products are always sensitive skin friendly, and VERY easy to use.  This is a makeup line that wants to make makeup application easy, and I love them for it. 
The shades that were sent to me were for blue eyes, and I was instantly impressed with the color selection. Normally I tend to stay away from brighter blues, but I instantly fell in love with the build-ability of the eyeshadows. You can take these bright colors and create a multitude of different looks.  The eyeshadows are buildable, so you can go from sheer to intense with just a few strokes. 

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For daytime I loved the nude shades that were easy to blend, and worked well for any event.  If you are trying to use the colors for everyday errands, than simply use a single application for a sheer wash of color.  For a more intense work look, layer one or two applications to build the color to a more sophisticated intensity. 

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For nighttime, I loved that they invite you to try a deep, gorgeous royal blue. This is a color that I normally don't recommend...but I fell in love.  The blue is soft and sheer, so it looks stunning when layered on top of a black eyeliner.  Perfect to up the ante on your normal smokey eye. You can't overdue the intensity, which makes it perfect for a softer version of the bright eyeshadow color trends.  

Samples of Almay Intense I-Color collection were provided by Almay.
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