Tools of The Trade: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Posted by hmazur07 on May 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (3)


After a week or two of using your makeup brushes, the oils in your skin, makeup residue, etc., will begin to build up and harbor bacteria. For that reason, washing your brushes is important to keep the grime from transferring to your skin, as well as to keep the makeup brushes soft and effective.


Fortunately you can eliminate bacteria and residue from your brushes in 3 easy steps!



Using lukewarm water, place the bristles under the faucet. Be sure that the brush is facing downwards to keep the water from seeping into the ferrule which can ruin the glue that holds the bristles in place. Keep rinsing until most of the makeup residue is gone.


You can use ready store bought brush cleaners, castor soap, mild shampoo or even antibacterial soap mixed with a couple of drops of olive oil for extra conditioning.

To create your own brush cleanser at home, mix 1⁄4 cup of slightly warm water with 1 tsp. of shampoo in a cup or jar. After mixing the solution, thoroughly swirl the bristles in the liquid to remove any oils on the brush hairs. Next, rinse the bristles again under the faucet, and there is no residue.

2. Now that all the grime has been done away with, it is time to DRY YOUR BRUSHES


Although it is important to keep the brushes upright when storing them, it is a different story if they are still


damp. To be sure that the moisture does not seep into the handle and do damage, keep the head facing down. An easy way to do this is to place the handle of the brush on a rolled up hand towel, so that the bristles are resting on the vanity facing downwards. With that complete, it is as good as new.


Dont forget that sneaky bacteria can survive even the most thorough washing ,so don't forget to desinfect your brushes with a sanitizing spray e.g. Beauty So Clean, Cinema Cecrets Brush Cleaner or even make your own desinfectant spray with 70% alchohol, glyceryn and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.

Cleaning my makeup brushes is definitely not always my favorite activity, but with these easy steps it makes the process quick. You will definitely notice the difference washing your brushes makes in the long run.

By Bethany Yakel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

They will be more effective, last longer, and your skin will be better off!

Tools Of The Trade : Essential Face Makeup Brushes

Posted by hmazur07 on May 11, 2015 at 6:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Just like most things in life, the tools you use to achieve your goals are very important.

This couldn't be more true when it comes to makeup!

It is very important to use the right tools at the right time when applying your makeup, especially when you are perfecting your base. Fortunately you do not need an excess of brushes to do this.

With these basic three, you can achieve almost any desired look! 


Foundation brush:

Sigma F80


To get a very even coverage with the least amount of streaking when you apply your foundation, I have found that a foundation brush works best.

I would suggest something dense, with synthetic hairs so that you can easily stipple the foundation on, as well as buff it out for the most natural finish.

If you use a natural hair bristled brush, your brush will soak up more foundation than if you were using synthetic hairs. The ideal size of the brush head depends on your preference. Just be sure it is not so big that it won't reach the small crevices of your face, yet not too small that it will take you forever to apply the foundation.

Powder brush:


Since using a powder is important to lightly set your foundation as well as your concealer, you will want to use a powder brush in most scenarios. Unlike the foundation brush, this one should be fluffy so that you do not pack on the powder which would result in cakey looking foundation.


Again, the size is based on preference, but typically this brush should be somewhat large.

Blush/ Contour brush:

Hakuhodo S111BK

After perfecting your base to add dimension back into your face, you will need a brush for adding blush, or contouring if you would like. This brush should be slightly smaller than the apple of your cheek so that you have most control of where the product is distributed. It also helps if this brush is slightly fluffy so it is easy to blend the blush or contour powder as you go.

Picking out exactly what brushes you need can be a stressful task.

With so many on the market, anyone would be easily confused! Fortunately, to accomplish flawless skin these are the only tools you need.

And remember, size your brushes well to make sure they are directional and fit your face features well.


By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

Tools Of The Trade : Essential Eye Makeup Brushes

Posted by hmazur07 on May 3, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The products you use play a significant role in the success of your makeup application.

That being said, in my opinion, the tools you use are even more important.

Using a large powder brush to apply your eyeshadow will definitely not give you that desired smokey eye, and using a flat eyeshadow brush to apply your foundation might be a little frustrating. That is why the right tools at the right time make all the difference.


Essential Brushes for Creating an Eye Look:

1. Blending eyeshadow brush


Sigma E40


No matter what look I am creating on my eyes, the first brush I use is a round fluffy brush to apply my first crease color. It is perfect for distributing the color evenly and blending out any other eyeshadow that I place on top. Typically I prefer this brush to be big enough to easily blend the eyeshadow above my crease, yet not too big that it will distribute the color all over my eyelid.


2. Crease defining brush


The very next brush I grab is something smaller, usually slightly denser, and typically comes to a point at the tip.

With all of those attributes, it makes it very easy to place a darker color in my crease to define the eyes. It also helps if it is still somewhat fluffy, so in the applying process no harsh lines are created.

Sigma E25


3. Brush for packing on lid color

Sigma E52


To achieve the best color impact on your mobile eyelid, you will want to use a flat, dense eyeshadow brush. Using a fluffy brush for this step would create a messy appearance and definitely not pack on the color as efficiently, whereas using a brush with compacted, flat bristles allows more control when placing the shadow.

If you have not been able to achieve the eyeshadow looks you envision, I would highly suggest making sure the tools you are using are effective. Although many looks may appear complex and difficult to achieve, with these three brushes almost any eye shadow look can be accomplished.

 Stay tuned for next week's blog post to learn about the essential brushes you need to achieve flawless skin!

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

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Makeup Mondays: Amp Up Your Spring Makeup

Posted by hmazur07 on April 6, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Hair and Makeup

Now that the sun has come out a little more, flowers are starting to bloom, and the birds are as loud as ever, it is time to acknowledge spring is here. We all love to switch out our winter wardrobes for our spring clothes, so why not do the same thing for makeup?

 3 simple things to try out if you want to step up

                                                             your makeup for this season


In my opinion, the easiest way to amp up your spring makeup is by

                           Adding a Little More Color


Typically using bright colors can be a little intimidating, but it doesn't have to be! To add an easy


pop of color, use a bright eyeliner on your lower lash line, or even on your upper lash line if you


are feeling extra bold. Lavender or teal ones are my favorites for spring.

If you would rather play up your lips, opt for a bright lip gloss.I find that when dabbling in bright lip colors, wearing a gloss is easier to pull off then a bold liptick.


BY TERRY OMBRE VELOUTEE - Powder Eye Shadow, #9 Lavender Muffin, 1.5 g $40

Tarte LipSurgence lip gloss, true love, .27 oz $19

 Switch to a Cream Blush


Spring is all about that fresh, dewy skin.  For that reason I love to switch out my powder blushes for cream ones. They give the most beautiful natural flush, and you can easily build them up to get the desired color intensity.

My favorite ones are from the brand Stila, and they come in gorgeous colors, are paraben-free and have great staying power!


One thing that is amazing for achieving that dewy skin look is Highlighter

It is my personal favorite makeup product of all time and is perfect for that glowing appearance.

With a fan brush simply apply the highlighter of your choice on the tops of your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, and on your cupids bow. To look extra radiant, add a little right above the arch of your eyebrow. Please remember, all is good in moderation. 

One of the most popular highlighters is theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, .3 oz but if you want a more subtle glow, I also recommend the ambient lighting powders from Hourglass.


Mary­Lou manizer by the Balm $24.

My favorite part of spring is the inspiration of fresh life and all that comes with it; the dew in the grass, radiant glow and vibrant colors everywhere bringing excitement. It is the perfect time to  make some changes to your makeup routine. I hope these techniques will inspire you to try new  things, and...

                                                        Embrace the Season!

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel.

Makeup Mondays: 5 Amazing Uses for Coconut Oil

Posted by hmazur07 on March 23, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Coconut oil has made a huge impact in the food world recently, but did you know that it is  extremely useful in the beauty world as well?

With only one simple ingredient, you can replace  multiple beauty products.

Here are my 5 favorite!


­Makeup remover


Even the most persistent makeup is no match for coconut oil. Whether it is waterproof mascara, or


a lip stain, warm up a dime size amount between your finger tips, gently rub the oil over the


makeup, and watch as it all disappears!


­Tame frizz


If you struggle with fly aways, try using a pea sized amount of coconut oil warmed up between


your hands, and then run your fingers through the frizzy areas. Just be sure to not use too much.


You want your hair to look smooth, not greasy!




If you are struggling with cracked heels or dry palms, coconut oil will make a significant


difference. Just rub a generous amount of the oil on the area you are struggling with and quickly


put on socks and gloves. If you sleep like this overnight, you will achieve the best results, and in


the morning you will be left with soft, hydrated skin!




Coconut oil is also an amazing base for a body or face exfoliating scrub. Right before your next


shower, mix 1⁄4 cup of the melted oil, with 1⁄2 cup brown sugar. Using this scrub will not only give


you soft, smooth skin, but it will also leave your skin smelling wonderful.


­Hair Mask


If winter left your hair with dry, split ends, add some hydration with a conditioning hair mask! All


you need to do is generously lather up your hair with coconut oil an hour before you plan to wash


it. While your hair is being deeply moisturized, try to keep it out of the way by either placing it in a


bun, or wrapping it loosely in an old towel. After your shower, you will be amazed at the shine and


softness your hair is left with!


Next time you are running errands, instead of purchasing these 5 separate products, look for 100%


pure coconut oil. It is usually found in the cooking aisle. It will not only save you money, but it will also free up lots of bathroom vanity space!


By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel.


will also free up lots of bathroom vanity space!

How To Make Your Eye Shadows Last

Posted by hmazur07 on March 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Eyeshadow application can be an intimidating process, and not one that everybody likes to attempt.

Fortunately, it is not as daunting as it seems!

Keeping some of these tips in your back pocket will be sure to help.


Prep your base

Just like when you are painting a wall, to achieve the best results, you will need to prep your  base. To do this, apply an eyeshadow primer all over your entire lid and lightly blend it out with  your finger. Using an eyeshadow primer will ensure that the product you place on top will not crease, and any veins or uneven color on your lids will be canceled out. When using a tacky  rimer, make sure to set it with an eyeshadow close to your skin tone, or even a face powder. That  way when you apply the eyeshadow it will blend evenly, rather than stick to the primer in patches.


Start with a small amount of product

A very common mistake that I see quite often is starting off with way to much product. When picking up eyeshadow on your brush, be sure to only pick up a small amount, and then tap off any excess that is just sitting on top. This will ensure any extra product will not fall onto the rest of


your makeup, and will eliminate the chances of creating a mess on your eyelid. Remember that you can always add more, but you cannot easily take it away.


Go slowly

In my experience when I rush doing my makeup, especialy eyeshadow, it just takes longer in the end and doesn't look as blended. If you use fast and jerky hand motions, the eyeshadow will come out looking patchy and messy; if you use a slow and fluid motion, you have more control


and can easily see what you are doing. Work on slowly blending, and you will notice how much smoother the result is.


Practice­ In basically every aspect of life, practicing a new (or even old) skill is beneficial. I don't think I have met anyone who mastered eyeshadow application within 24 hours, so be sure to take your time and just have fun with it. One thing that significantly helped me along the way is practicing


whatever makeup technique I was struggling with right before washing my face at night. If my attempt didn't look right, I didn't have to worry about it because it was soon to be washed away!


It took me a while to achieve well blended eyeshadow, but with these methods, hopefully it won't take you as long!

Practice makes perfect, so don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with it. Before you know it, applying eyeshadow will become second nature!

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

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Makeup Mondays: Amazing Skin Care Benefits of Aloe Vera

Posted by hmazur07 on March 10, 2015 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)


As enhancing as makeup can be, there is nothing better than having good skin to start with...

There are an endless amount of products on the market that claim to be the answer to all skincare prayers, but unknown to most people, that answer has been in existence since the beginning of time. It is common knowledge that aloe is great for sunburns, but the rest of the incredible benefits are often overlooked.


Aloe vera gel contains amazing hydrating benefits.

Because of the gel like texture, it never feels greasy, and it deeply penetrates to bring long lasting moisture. For maximum results I would suggest using it underneath your typical face lotion, and you will definitely notice a difference.

It also works well for those with sensitive skin due to the fact that it is anti-allergenic...

I have been using it for over a year now, and I no longer have any problems with dry skin.


Another area that aloe vera greatly assists with problematic skin.

It is excellent for those who suffer from acne since it contains a hormone in it called giberellin.

Giberellin stimulates cell growth which, in turn, heals blemishes quickly.

Aloe Vera is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce redness and swelling.

Amazingly, acne is not the only issue aloe can alleviate. Eczema, stretch marks, canker sores, and small cuts are all among the long list of things aloe aids in.


Hunting for the magical wrinkle-reducing remedy is a common search among a surprising amount age groups.

Fortunately, anti-aging and fine lines is yet another department aloe vera gel shines in.

It stimulates collagen growth, and a large number of studies have shown that within 90 days the appearance of wrinkles was reduced. It also contains a large number of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C and E which aids in skin brightening and firming.



Whether you have flawless skin or extremely problematic skin, aloe vera can and will improve it. If and when you decide to purchase it, I would highly suggest finding 100% aloe. Avoid those on the market that have alcohol, fragrance, and dyes that are less that good for your skin. Hopefully from now on you will reach for aloe vera gel more frequently than just after a sunburn.

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel


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Makeup Spring Trends 2015

Posted by hmazur07 on March 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The other day I was flipping  through a spring 2015 fashion magazine, and I was pleasantly surprised by the majority of the makeup I saw accompanying the attire.


Although I am not necessarily one to work hard at having my makeup be “on trend”, it is always fun to be inspired by new looks. There were two that I saw most frequently, and I  am definitely a fan of both.


The look I noticed most was the “minimal makeup” appearance...




The skin was dewy, flawless and very lightly bronzed with a hint of peachy cheeks. The lips and eyebrows were defined, yet understated. And as always, there were lots of lashes. I think this look  is an absolute staple anytime of the year, but I was shocked at the amount of times Inoticed it while observing the spring makeup trends. I personally am a huge fan of the “minimal makeup” look and am more than glad it is so popular right now. 


The other most popular look I saw was honestly very surprising. Typically spring brings lots of pastel colors into the works, and the lips are very bright; however, I was  pleasantly surprised to see that, instead of baby pink and light fuchsia, deep berry  shades are a lot more on trend. Along with those bold lips, most often times there was very little to no eye shadow with thick brows and flawless skin. As someone who loves deep lip shades, I know I will be sporting this look a lot this spring.


It is great to see that the two most popular makeup trends right now are so simple. Finally, bright lips are not the main focus of this time of year, and fortunately, sharpie brows are slowing fading into the past. It doesn't take much to achieve this spring's  desired look. With a good lip liner and foundation you can easily pull off this seasons.

By Bethany Yackel

About Bethany: Bethany is a  beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist  sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

You can learn more about Bethany on her You Tube Chanel

Wishing You All Amazing 2015!!!

Posted by hmazur07 on January 5, 2015 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Super grateful for 2014 and beyond excited about what future holds for us in 2015! 

Wishing you all love, success and amazing adventures!

Tips for Long-Lasting Makeup, Kate+Quinn

Posted by hmazur07 on September 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the most wonderful thigns about my job is the versatility - I get to meet so many fascinating people from so many backgrounds.

So many life stories, so many jokes and giggles exchanged in my chair...

Kate's beauty is undeniable, but what is more stunning about her is her maturity and her calm, almost tranquill manner.

I was truly honored to do her makeup and hair for this intimate photo shoot. Kate designed this shoot as a final "story" of her love to  her husband Quinn before they continue their journey on becoming Buddhist monks and every single images captured by Amber French Photogrpahy beautifully tells their story.

The photo shoot involved two hour hike into the mountains and although Kate was a bit conserned if her look was going to last 4 hours later in the August heat, and withstand the hike,  we were all pleased to see how beautifully if lasted and photographed.


~Prepare the skin

Clean, moisturized face primed with the primer, which corresponds to your skin type.

~Choose your foundation wisely

Smart choice of color-matched foundation, used sparingly and blended meticulously.

~Be patient

Working in layers assures your makeup looks better and lasts longer, rather than applying a lot of makeup at once...

Long lasting lip color with some lip balm for later touch ups does the trick.

The color used for Kate is Jane Iredale Lip Fixation in Fascination (Perfect PInk)

Thank you guys for letting me share a couple of images...

Makeup Mondays: Choosing the Right Sunscreen

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Makeup Mondays. Doing your Own Makeup for Photos

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