Saturday 28 January 2023

Clean Your Makeup

 Take this as your kick up the bum to go and sort your makeup out. Most of use have a ton of makeup that we don't use, have forgotten we own or is in the bottom of a really gross makeup container and we'd rather pretend it wasn't there. We're going to fix that 

What You'll Need:

  • Kitchen roll or a couple of old tea towels
  • Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) - a good thing to come out of covid is that this is more readily available and cheaper too. I use this to clean every thing in my pro kit and to clean my pro-brushes because it gets them really clean and dries almost instantly. You do not need to clean your makeup brushes with this unless you really want to, using this wrong can damage brushes so a soap is often better. Keep the lid on this - it evaporates so if you leave the lid off it will disappear. This spray one looks good 
  • Solid Brush Cleaner - they have, of course, discontinued my favourite Japonesque one but next time I need to restock I will probably get this. You don't need to spend a lot of money and the reviews are excellent
  • Sellotape 
  • Pencil sharpener
You will also need three bags, receptacles or just three clear piles on you floor will do - Keep, bin, give away
  • Keep - try to be ruthless though the more often you do this the easier it will be because you will realise what you are using and what you aren't. Keep products you use or you think you will use. I tend to keep concealers that are the wrong colour to use as eye primer
  • Bin - anything that is gross, past it's sell by date, smells funny or you are never going to use and isn't ok to give to someone else
  • Donate - maybe you have a mother/daughter/son/friend who would love the makeup you are just not using. Anything that is unopened can go to Give & Makeup (address below)

And then it's time to start. Have a quick glance through and anything you see that can straight in the bin, bin it. 

Then get everything out and onto a clean surface and clean out whatever you keep your makeup in. 

Now you are going through product by products, open things, smell them think about how long you've had them. Be ruthless. 

Clean anything that needs cleaning, see my video below, you can spray everything with isopropyl alcohol - it evaporates in air so you need to keep the lid on if you have a non-spray bottle and, once you've sprayed makeup, leave it open for a few minutes. 

Make a pile of things to donate, have a box ready to post of things to Give & Makeup or to give to a friend who might want things. There is no point holding onto something that you are never going to use


Wednesday 18 January 2023


When I first started wearing make-up concealers came in a lipstick-style bullet. Chalky in texture and very limited in colour they were ok for covering a spot if you had a whopper. They were pretty pigmented and unblendable.

Correctors, concealers and brushesNow a lot of clients I work with, especially those over 35, have not kept up to date with how concealers have evolved, often using a heavier coverage foundation and skipping the concealer altogether which makes it hard to get a natural finish

I often get asked how to get dewy skin without losing coverage and I always recommend a lighter, dewier foundation and a good concealer. They've come on a long way since the 80s/90s bullet, now you can get the coverage you need, where you need it whilst still keeping a light finish everywhere else.

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