Tips to Clean Your Makeup

Have you ever wondered how clean (or dirty) your makeup is? We already know makeup counter testing samples are a breeding ground for who-knows-what, but what about the stuff we use everyday at home? Cosmetics have a shelf life, and even before their expiration date, products can grow bacteria—which in turn can cause irritation and even infections on your skin, eyes, etc.

That’s why we love BeautySoClean’s chemical-free makeup sanitizers, which are easy to use and loved by pros. And unlike pure alcohol or a simple water-diluted version of alcohol, the formula won’t dry out creams or powders or alter pigments in any way. The company has done its due diligence to find the right balance of alcohol plus nourishing emollients, so incorporating them into your routine will help ensure safer products and healthier skin. Here, we explain how to use the line—which won’t dry out cosmetics—to keep different types of products bacteria-free and safe.

Products in Compacts
(powder or cream eye shadow, blush, bronzer, concealer, etc.)

How to clean your makeup: eye shadows, blush and bronzers

Use: Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist | Shop the product

The spray-on sanitizer helps to remove bacteria (oils that have built up over time) from any compact-based product. Keep in mind that powder compacts that haven’t been sanitized properly can change in texture or dry up over time. BeautySoClean won’t be able to fix what’s already been damaged, but it can help to protect new compacts from going bad!

Step 1: Hold mist about 6 inches from the product surface. Spray once.
Step 2: Let it set for 10 seconds.

That’s it! Your makeup is now sanitized and safe for use. The mist is available in three sizes, all of which last a long time:
• 8 ml: 70 sprays, 3 months
• 120 ml: 750 sprays, 3 months (regular, professional use)
• 250 ml: 1,500 sprays, 6 months (regular, professional use)

Products in Pots, Tubs, or Tubes
(lipstick, lip gloss, mascara wands, pencils)

How to clean your makeup: lipstick, mascara wands, lip and eye pencils

use: Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes | Shop the product

The wipes are made from the same formula as the mist, but designed especially for makeup items that residue might stick to—like lipgloss and mascara wands, lipsticks, etc. And the material is “non-woven,” unlike, say, tissues, so it won’t leave remnants behind on the product (which might happen on say, a lipstick, if you sprayed and wiped it with a tissue). In particular, lip glosses with wand applicators are at risk for attracting bacteria. After eating and reapplying gloss, food particles that were stuck to your lips (bacteria included) might end up pushed to the bottom of the tube, contaminating the product. Yikes. Bonus: using the wipes helps mascara go on clump-free!

Step 1: Wrap one wipe around your product, and thoroughly wipe from base to tip.
Step 2: Let it set for 10 seconds.

Tips to Tightline Eyes

Tightlining your eyes (also known as “invisible eye liner”) is a great way to add subtle definition to your peepers. Most people think that the point of tightlining is to make your eyes look bigger, but according to Los Angeles-based makeup artist, Jason Sanchez “it’s to make your eyelashes appear thicker and fuller.” Instead of lining the skin above your lashes, you line the inside of the upper lash line and in between the roots of the lashes. As you can see in the picture below, filling in the inside of the lash line really creates an illusion of fuller lashes, more so than just with a mascara. This technique can be used for any casual or formal occasion, and is pretty easy to master. “For best results,” says Sanchez, “use a kohl eyeliner because it’s specifically formulated to hold in the wet area of the eye.” Sanchez walked us through each step, so grab an eyeliner and follow along!

Step 1:
Using clean fingers, gently lift your lashes upward. You’ll see tiny gaps between your lash hairs, which you’ll be filling in with eyeliner.

Step 2:
Using your eyeliner (we used Inglot Cosmetics Kohl Pencil), lightly dab it in between each individual lash and get as close to the root as possible.

Step 3:
Technically you’re done, but if you’d like to intensify the look even more, you can tightline your bottom lash line, too. Gently lift lower lashes downwards, and fill in the gaps between each lash.

Tips to Do Winged Eyeliner

There’s something about a simple winged eyeliner look that looks good on everyone. The extra flick of liner has been done since the ’50s and still adds that perfect dose of glamour needed to spruce any eye look up. It’s surprisingly easy to create, and you could use any eyeliner formula—from liquids, gels, and creams. LA-based makeup artist Jason Sanchez suggests using an angled brush and gel formula because, “the combination of products give you a lot of control and fluidity.” Sanchez breaks down each step for us, so grab your tools and follow along!

STEP 1
Dip your brush in eyeliner and gently drag it along the lash line and past the top outer corner of your eye. You want the brush to follow the upward curve of your eye. For a more dramatic winged look, draw farther out and angle the liner slightly more.

STEP 2
Next, you want to create the winged effect. Place the brush at the outer corner of the line you just drew and work back toward the center of your eye, filling it in using light strokes.

STEP 3
As you get closer to the inner lash line, paint a thinner line. You want the effect of the liner to be thin to thick from the inner corner of the eye to the outer.

STEP 4
Connect the liner to the inner corner of your eye and fill in any missing spaces along the lash line.

STEP 5
Repeat steps 2 to 5 on your other eye and voilà, you’ve completed your winged eyeliner!

TIps To to Apply False Lashes

Have you ever spent hours in front of the mirror trying to apply fake eyelashes, only to end up with them sticking out at strange angles, or—worse—fall off completely after a few hours? Because falsies are tricky to master, we tapped Los Angeles–based makeup artist Gia Brascia to show us her tried-and-true application (and removal) tips.

For the tutorial, we used Kevyn Aucoin The Lash Collection in Starlett.

1: Before you do anything else, measure the length of the lash to make sure it fits your eye shape. If the strip needs to be cut to fit, snip the outer edge completely off with small nail scissors. This will avoid drooping at the corner (meaning: no more lashes poking your eyeball).

2: Take both edges of the lash and bend inward to create a “C” shape, and hold for a couple of seconds. That’s the best way to take out the straightness and ensure it molds to our curved eye shape and stays put without the corners lifting up. Just this alone will make the rest of the process effortless.

3: Apply a high-quality glue such as DUO Eyelash Adhesive for lasting results (Brascia suggests avoiding the glue that comes with your lashes). If you have a steady hand, you can squeeze straight from the tube onto the strip. Tend to get shaky? An easy trick: put glue on the reverse (handle) end of a tweezer and glide it across the strip, as pictured. Be generous at both the inner and outer corners so the glue won’t unstick when you blink.

4: Wait ten seconds or so for the glue to become more tactile and sticky (you can also blow on the glue or wave it gently in the air) before placing the lash. This is the best way to keep the strip from slipping around while you’re trying to line it up properly.

5: Aim for the base of your natural lash line, right on top of your real lashes, not touching the eyelid at all. The glue dries clear, so don’t worry if a little gets on your skin.

4: Wait ten seconds or so for the glue to become more tactile and sticky (you can also blow on the glue or wave it gently in the air) before placing the lash. This is the best way to keep the strip from slipping around while you’re trying to line it up properly.

5: Aim for the base of your natural lash line, right on top of your real lashes, not touching the eyelid at all. The glue dries clear, so don’t worry if a little gets on your skin.

Removal Tips: Always remove false lashes before taking off rest of your eye makeup. First pre-soften the glue with a cotton swab that’s been soaked in an oily makeup remover, like rms beauty Raw Coconut Cream. Dab the swab along the lash line to loosen the glue and break down its stickiness. With your eye open, take hold of the lash at tip of the outer corner. Then close your eyes and very slowly peel the strip away from your real lash, working from outer to inner corner—toward the nose.

Know More About Eye Shape

Determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colors for your lids. Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner will help you better translate trends and techniques to fit your face. We turned to makeup guru Jeffrey Paul (who has worked with Christina Applegate and Zooey Deschanel) to discover tricks for each specific eye shape—so you can make the most of your peepers!

DEEP SET EYES
Deep set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. Jeffrey suggests brightening up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid (think peach!) and highlighting under your arches with an illuminating crayon. Because the ends of your lashes likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.

MONOLID
Monolids are flat on the surface and don’t have much of a crease, if any. “The brow bone is less defined,” explains Jeffrey. Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. “Shade the darkest color closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle, and the shiny color at the brow bone,” says Jeffrey. Always curl lashes for a lift.

HOODED EYELIDS
Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller. “To draw the focus upward, diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease,” says Jeffrey. Tightline the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape, and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.

PROTRUDING EYES
Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Luckily, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with! “To keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend darker tones all over your eye,” says Jeffrey. “Because dark tones recede space and size, smoky eyes work great with this eye shape!” Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.

UPTURNED EYES
The upturned eye takes the form of a classic almond shape, with a natural lift at the outer corner. “The lower lid has more emphasis and looks longer than the top lid,” explains Jeffrey. To even out the upper and lower proportions, he suggests applying dark shadow or pencil along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect. Whether you’re creating a standard smoky eye or a vibrant masterpiece, always use the mirror effect by swiping the colors along the bottom lash line.

DOWNTURNED EYES
Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. This is the perfect shape for creating a sexy cat’s eye shape. “Apply a liquid liner along the top lid and extend outward and upward at a 45 degree angle,” says Jeffrey. This effect will create symmetry and add va-va-voom!

CLOSE SET EYES
Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. “Creating the illusion of more space is simply a matter of using light eye shadows in the inner corners,” says Jeffrey. Try frosty white or sparkling nude hues. “Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.”

WIDE SET EYES
Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. To bring your peepers closer together, “Rim your top and bottom lash line with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible,” says Jeffrey. Use a mascara comb to swipe all of your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose.