Mid-January is a great time to get to work on any New Year resolutions or intentions, because the late nights filled with endless streams of champagne are finally (sadly) over. Here at Sugar, we have made our fashion goals known, and now it's time to think beauty. Beauty resolutions can come in many shapes and sizes — from regular facials to trying a new shade of red lipstick — and then there's the hair... A new year means new locks, so we asked the girls to reveal the celebrity hair they want, real bad.
That's right, a cleanser specifically designed for your makeup brushes, not your face. Definitely not for your face. Now that Spring is officially here, it's time to give your makeup and the tools you use everyday a good once over. Ideally, you should clean your makeup brushes once a week (I like to do mine on a Sunday morning all fresh for Monday) to remove all the dirt and leftover product from the previous seven days. This will ensure you don't transfer any nasty bacteria onto your face and cause a breakout. Just think, every time you use your brushes — especially during a touch up — you're picking up the dirt and sweat on your face and leaving it to fester on your brushes. Charming, no? Cleaning brushes doesn't have to be a chore, it is actually really quick and easy. Wet the brush under warm water, spray or dunk in some brush cleanser and then rinse until clean. Just be sure to reshape the hairs before leaving out to dry. Click through to see our top five brush cleansers — happy cleaning!
Working toward clearer-looking skin means taking the proper precautions: washing your face every night, not wearing makeup while working out, and cleaning your makeup brushes regularly. These three cleansers are your best bet when it comes to disinfecting, and one is probably in your shower right now. Plus, they won't break down the glue that holds your brushes together.
Chances are you own a makeup brush or two. I'm not even going to tell you how many I own. (Oh, OK then, it's 32.) But when you spend as much time around makeup artists as I do, you learn to realise that makeup brushes perform magic. And they are without a doubt the one product that ALL experts tell you never to scrimp on.
Now think about it, you wouldn't go out and buy yourself an Alexa or a pair of Loubs only to leave them out in the rain, would you? (No, you'd buy them their own little chair and snuggle blanket.) It's the same for brushes; you need to give them lots of TLC so that they know how much you care and return the favour by making you look hot. And what better time than Spring Cleaning season to give them a little zhush and freshen them up?
MAC's senior artist, Nicole Thompson recommends investing in an alcohol-based brush cleanser. Use this after every application as it's a quick and simple way to give the brush a quick freshen up. Try MAC Brush Cleanser ($20). Then once a fortnight, wash your brushes with a pea-sized amount of shampoo and then lay them somewhere cool to dry overnight — Nicole suggests a windowsill. Shop more brush cleansers from Clinique and Napoleon Perdis: