Tools of The Trade: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Posted by hmazur07 on May 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (1)


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.

You can learn more about Bethany on her" target="_blank">You Tube Chanel.

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.