Archive for the ‘Makeup Kits, Sets, Tools and Accessories’ Category

Hannelore Knuts demonstrates the importance of makeup remover

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Hannelore Knuts demonstrates the importance of makeup removerYou'd have to be "knuts" to wear this much makeup, but a team of makeup artists decided to see what a year's worth of cosmetics would look like all at once. By meticulously painting 365 layers of foundation, blush, gloss and eyeshadow onto model Hannelore Knuts' face, they've given us all a shocking visual aide that demonstrates what we'd all look like without makeup remover.

With seven bottles of foundation, two eyeshadows, three lip glosses and two bottles of blush sitting on her face, we sure hope that Hannelore wasn't especially prone to breakouts. The resulting look reminded one of a wet stuccoed wall with eyes and lips that were barely distinguishable.

If this has sufficiently disturbed you, there's no better reason to stock up on a high-quality makeup remover to make sure that you go to bed each night with a perfectly clean face that's both free of makeup but not totally stripped of moisture.

L'Occitane Immortelle Milk Makeup Remover has a rich, velvety texture that's perfect for use with or without water.

Brush your way to a flawless mug

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Brush your way to a flawless mugEven the most expert makeup gurus can't attain quite the same level of makeup perfection without using a brush, and here's why – brushes not only help one be precise with the application of the makeup, but they aid in distributing the pigments in a much more even fashion.

Take it from beauty editor Lois Joy Johnson, who told that foundation brushes and concealer brushes are two of the top three beauty items a woman should own.

"A foundation brush really makes the difference between putting on foundation and having it look like skin, and putting on foundation and having it sit on top of your face like makeup," she told the news source. "Whether you use a concealer brush to pad on opaque concealer over brown spots or over blemishes, it still gives you more accuracy and helps you to get all the angles around what you're doing."

Depending on whether or not you use more liquid or powder makeup, it's important to investigate which kinds of brushes are right for you. Whether you you opt for synthetic or natural hair brushes, finding the right tool can be the difference between makeup mediocrity and mastery.

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Does a 5-year-old know more about makeup brushes than you?Considering the fact that makeup brushes are arguably one of the most useful tools aiding women in the morning, there are plenty of ladies who don't know the first thing about using a brush, let alone choosing a good one.

If this describes you, prepare to be put to shame – a 5-year-old named Madison has gained fame on YouTube for her leading role in a makeup tutorial video, and apparently, she's got more than just cuteness going for her.

"Unlike other little children playing with makeup, Maddy seems to be extremely well versed in the language of brush brands, haul lingo, and lots of other jargon that's both impressive and absolutely strange coming from the mouth of a child," writes

If you're at a loss, Maddy (and virtually any other makeup expert) can help you locate a quality set of brushes. Depending on whether you use more liquid or powder makeup, you can find top notch brushes made of real hair or synthetic fibers. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set contains just the basics, so it's excellent for any beginner. If you're feeling a bit more pro these days, check out the Jane Iredale Professional Brush Set, replete with 16 brushes to aid you in creating your masterpiece.

Natural and synthetic brushes: Navigating the differences

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Natural and synthetic brushes: Navigating the differencesIf you don't already own a makeup brush or two, it's time to consider what adopting a professional tool will do for your daily makeup routine. That being said, there are a number of things to consider when selecting your brushes for the first time.

Generally speaking, makeup brushes are either natural or synthetic, and there are distinct advantages to both. According to, man-made brushes are cheaper, easier to clean and are great for liquid or creamy makeup, as they don't trap products as easily between the fibers.

Brushes made from natural hair, on the other hand, tend to boast significantly higher quality and more natural results, making them a favored tool among most professionals. However, their cost and questionable role in the fight for animal rights make these brushes unappealing to some, the news source reports.

According to, natural-haired brushes are also considered to be best for powder makeup because it tends to retain the pigments and distribute them more evenly, but a synthetic brush used for powder may merely offer you a sheerer coverage.

Making yourself up sans-cosmetics

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Making yourself up sans-cosmeticsIt’s safe to say that many of us strive to recreate a “no-makeup” look using sneaky makeup strategies. That being said, there are ways to make yourself look amazing without the foundation, blush or mascara.

It’s essential to develop a great skincare routine if you plan on baring it all to the world. Develop a regimen that balances just the right amount of treatment with products that answer the needs of your skin type. It’s important to exfoliate and moisturize regularly, but overdoing it can lead to its own set of problems. Limit yourself to exfoliating once or twice a week, and moisturize no more than once a day.

For an effortless, makeup free face, recommends curling your lashes and making sure that your brows are in great shape. You won’t need to apply mascara to your fringe or pencil in your brows if they stand out well on their own.

As for everything else? Great natural beauty always starts with proper fitness and nutrition, so make sure you’re getting all your vitamins, sleep well and breathe easy!

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushes

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The importance (and how-to) of cleaning your makeup brushesIf you're using makeup brushes, chances are you're well aware that these handy tools are every girl's secret to cosmetic perfection. However, equally important to having the right technique is taking proper care of your brushes.

According to, clean brushes lend themselves to healthier skin and a better makeup application, as bacteria and dirt can often accumulate in your brushes and lead to infection.

If you're really keen on employing best practices, you should generally be cleaning your brushes after each use. The procedure doesn't have to be complicated – a simple swipe with a baby wipe is usually sufficient, the website reports.

For a more thorough weekly routine, you can rinse and gently shampoo your brushes under warm water, lay flat and re-shape. However, a more specialized product may address certain needs than a rull-of-the-mill shampoo may not. Try Colorescience Brush Cleaner Spray for a cheap and effective alternative.

Makeup brushes are the great equalizer

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Makeup brushes are the great equalizerIf you've ever studied the airbrushed photos that grace the magazine covers, you probably wondered if you could ever get your makeup to look that good.

Here's something to consider: Have you been using makeup brushes? If the answer is no, what's keeping you? A set of professional brushes can take your whole look up by more than one notch, and it's every model's greatest secret to success.

"Applicators, brushes and primer didn't even exist before the makeup artists showed us we needed it," NPD Group beauty analyst Karen Grant told CNBC. "A common person can look like a movie star or a runway model. There's no more ivory tower, the makeup artist has helped bring down that wall."

Look for a brush set complete with a blush, foundation, crease, eye contour and lip brush to create expertly crafted makeup looks. Sothys Makeup Brushes Set will have you covered from every angle with a set of classy brushes with bronze-tipped handles.

There’s more than one way to get model-worthy lashes

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

There's more than one way to get model-worthy lashesIf you've ever wondered how models appear flawless, rest assured – your makeup would look just as amazing if you had a team of professionals styling you up too.

That being said, professionals do have a trick or two up their sleeves that everyday women like us can use to achieve similarly striking results. The makeup artists in charge of styling the models for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition used individual fake lashes to create full, luscious fringe.

"This year we did false lashes, which we never do," makeup artist Tracy Murphy told To keep them looking subtle, Murphy placed individual fake lashes near the outer corners of the eyes to create a cat-eyed appearance.

Ladies who are normally timid when it comes to getting out the falsies might feel more at home using this technique, which creates a comfortable and classy middle ground between too much lash drama and not nearly enough.

Use Jane Iredale Professional Faux Lashes for convenient individual lash applications that come in two different length options.

Build a Purse Sized “Emergency Makeup Kit”… and Save Your Skin!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Night at the ClubLet’s say it’s Friday night. On your way to work your route took you through dusty city streets, punctuated by a breeze wafting dried ‘wino pee dust’ and dog poop into the air. Wait! I could be wrong… it could have been dried ‘dog pee dust’ and wino poop… but let’s not split hairs.

Then, you sat at your desk all day as invisible smog, traveling through office ductwork and air vents, deposited on your skin and after that joined your BFF for dinner and an evening of clubbing.

As you entered and left the club you held your breath to avoid inhaling the haze of the dozen or so smokers who are condemned to puff outside. But the smoke still stuck to your makeup, oil and sweat.

Finally, you met “that guy”! He bought you a few drinks, chatted you up and next thing you know, you’re back at his place. God only knows, you can’t let him see you without makeup in the morning… so you just leave it on. The makeup along with the oil and sweat, pee and poop dust, smog, and cigarette smoke… just where they settled during the long day between your bed and his.

Is that disgusting or what?

Smog and smoke contain plenty of Free Radicals… so every minute of that amorous night you’re destroying collagen, widening your pores and wrinkling your precious skin.

Ask any guy-friend with his sense of smell intact. He’ll confirm that the stuff accumulated on your skin smells… even, stinks.

Ah, romance!

The solution to this dilemma is to carry an emergency skin kit; tiny bottles of your favorite cleanser, night cream and eye serum in a little plastic bag in your purse. Wash your face and apply fresh makeup, if you must. Just do NOT sleep in makeup you’ve worn all day!

The right tools for flawless eye makeup

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

The right tools for flawless eye makeupWhile many women think that the coverage of their eyeshadow hinges upon the pigment's formula (creams can appear more opaque on lids than powders), the tools used to apply the makeup can also impact its overall look.

"For eyeshadow, I like applying with a damp sponge applicator or small brush," celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman told People magazine. "It may look a little dark going on, but it dries to its true color and tends to hold much longer. I often do this for photo shoots or red carpet events where the shade really needs to hold up under the lights."

While some shadows come in a compact complete with an applicator, the sponge-tipped tools are usually too small to provide lids with broad strokes of even coverage. Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of eyeshadow brushes, such as Eye Shader Brush and the Crease Brush, as well as a Professional Brush Set that contains five different eye makeup applicators and 16 tools in total.

For extra staying power, women may also want to use a primer before they apply pigment on their eyes. Borghese Eye Shadow Base creates a barrier between makeup and the skin to prevent creasing caused by oily lids and provide an even-colored canvas for a shadow of any hue.