Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Down and Out Beauty: Spring Cleaning

Hello everyone. Spring is such a great time to start this column as everything is new and fresh. It's the perfect excuse to clean out your makeup kit. Toss the old and make room for something new.
Some suggestions as you decide what to toss and what to keep:
  • Have a look at all of your liquid makeup, foundations, concealers, and mascara. Look for any separation, color change, dry places, etc. The presence of any of these things means the item is not worth keeping, so toss it!
  • Dry make up like eye shadows, blushes, and powders can be used until you've run out of the product. 
  • Keeping your brushes clean will keep powdered makeup clean meaning a longer shelf life. 
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As the temperature and humidity rise, you may want to switch to a less emollient foundation like a tinted moisturizer. Keep in mind that if you've spent some time in the sun, you'll need to choose a different color. I recommend testing a couple of swatches on your neck and then check the color outside in natural light.

Brightly colored eyeliners and mascaras are some of my favorite trends. To get the most impact with your lashes, apply one coat, curl your lashes and then apply a second coat. Paired with softly flushed cheeks and glossy lips, you'll achieve a clean, floral look.
Products to try:
- Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer $42
- Urban Decay 24/7 glide on eyeliner $18 (splurge)
- Sephora flashy liner waterproof $8 (save)
- Givenchy eye fly last extender mascara $27.50 (splurge)
- NYX mascara $5 (save)

Please send your makeup and skin care questions to laynelass@gmail.com and I'll be happy to help.

Layne is a licensed esthetician and makeup artist working at Urban Sanctuary in Athens, GA. She writes the bi-weekly column, Down and Out Beauty. 


M.rolez said...

I love make up ! :D ur blog is really cucte ! ;)
xoxo from spain

Gretchen said...

I just started wearing tinted moisturizer and colored eyeliner. I love the pop of color the eyeliner gives my eyes.

Jaime @ laviejaime said...

great post! i need to do some cleaning out of makeup...i hold on to SO much!

Jordan P said...

thanks for the tips! and thank goodness for the months of tan skin and tinted moisturizer to come :).

Carrie said...

Great makeup and tips! I need to try some of these!
XO Carrie

buyaionaccounts said...

Nice tips! Actually my vanity space needs a little cleaning and I'm kinda reluctant to throw away some. It really help me save time plus a bonus tips for Spring fashion thats great, I'm Layne now.

Stephanie said...

I just replaced my broken makeup case and ditched all my old, yucky makeup. It's so nice to have a clean, pared-down makeup case. I definitely want to give tinted moisturizer a try for spring/summer though!

Elizabeth said...

Hi Christina! Great piece. As I know that you're very much into eco-friendly items, have you ever checked out www.spiritbeautylounge.com? It's like an organic Sephora, where every single item sold comes from a sustainable, environmentally friendly company. Bonus, it's very girly, too--and if you order, your package arrives quick as a whip with free samples to boot!

Also, encouraging readers to spring clean their makeup is such a great idea. Microbes are gross, and you certainly don't want them chilling in your foundation or mascara. Chuck it! And replace it with something natural :)

Elizabeth said...

Also, I heard once that if your eyelids are itching close to your lash line, it might be time to replace your mascara. Is this right? I toss at the first itch! But I also use natural mascara and try not to take any chances with bacteria.

Christina said...

Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much for your feedback. I've sent Layne the question about the mascara and she'll be answering it in the next post. Hope that works for you! xo

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