1. Baby your brushes
Good makeup brushes should last a lifetime. If yours look destroyed, here’s how to keep your next brush in tip top shape, according to InStyle experts. First, never let your brushes sit with product on them for too long; it can permanently damage the bristles, according to makeup artist Fiona Stiles. Wash them regularly with shampoo or a mild dish detergent. To dry, lay brushes flat on a paper towel, says makeup artist Jake Bailey: “If you put them upright in a cup, water can seep into the base and rot the brush.”
2. Don’t redo makeup; refresh it
3. Skip the expensive body scrubs
Is a spa body treatment beyond your budget? You can easily get silky, smooth skin at home with a homemade body scrub from SheKnows: mix one part olive oil with two parts sugar or salt, then add a few drops of an essential oil (try lavender or grapefruit). Gently massage over your arms and legs before your next shower, then rinse off with warm water.
4. Prepare before you pucker up
5. Warm up your foundation with bronzer
6. Don’t over-powder
When you’re getting ready on a hot day, don’t continuously powder your face as you do your makeup, says makeup artist Lisa O’Connor; you’ll risk ending up with a caked-on effect. “Wait until just before you’re ready to go out, then blot excess moisture and set your makeup with powder,” she tells Total Beauty.
7. Make any lipstick long-lasting
8. Perfect the cat eye
9. Get tinted lashes for less
Salon-tinted eyelashes provide a natural-looking, eye-enhancing effect. But you can create a similarly glossy, non-clumpy look without an appointment, says salon owner and makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. Simply use volumizing mascara and a facial tissue. “Take your mascara wand, dip it in the tube, wipe it on a tissue several times to remove excess product, and then apply it,” she tells Marie Claire.
10. At the end of the day, Vaseline is the best makeup remover
Makeup artist (and owner of an eponymous cosmetics line) Laura Geller tells Woman’s Daythat she uses Vaseline to take off her eye makeup. It’s a ritual she picked up from her mother, who also used basic petroleum jelly to moisturize her hands. “Just dip a tissue into a jar and wipe your face with downward strokes. All your makeup will come right off,” says Geller.