How to Wash Makeup Brushes

There are three types of women in the world. Those who have a brush for pretty much every step of their makeup routine, those who use two or three brushes and those who have only ever found the use for a blush brush.

No matter which category you’re in, you need to know three things;
1) Better quality brushes are an investment. They last longer, create a more flawless finish and are better for your skin
2) You need to look after your brushes if you want them to last the distance
3) Cleaning brushes is not an option, it’s a necessity
Our makeup brushes have been designed by professional makeup artists and are made from the highest quality plush natural hair. If you treat them right, they will last you a long time and will be one of the best makeup investments you’ve ever made.

Top tips to washing your ELES Makeup Brushes:
Frequency – This is not an annual event, you should be washing your brushes every 2 – 4 weeks depending on how much you use them.

Save on Cleaner, Spend on Brushes – There are plenty of great products out there designed specifically for washing makeup brushes but baby shampoo or even a face cleanser will do the same thing!

Lather, Rinse and Repeat – Do NOT soak your brushes! Apply a small amount of soap to damp to the bristles and lather it up a little. Next, rinse the bristles underneath warm water until it runs clear. You might need to repeat these steps several times if it’s been a while since your last clean.
LONG-LIFE TIP: Wash the bristles of the brushes rather than the whole brush to avoid loosening the glue and sending the bristles shedding.

Dry Rules – Once you’ve finished washing, gently towel the brushes then lay them flat across a towel to air dry. If it’s particularly cold out, you might want to use a blow dryer on a low setting  to take out some of the dampness.
NEVER stand them up to dry, it will cause your brushes to shed.

Store your brushes in a dry environment to keep them in good condition. Try not to store them in the bathroom where steam from the shower can dampen them. Investing in a professional roll-up brush bag will keep them in top condition.

That’s it! Remember, try to clean your brushes every 2-4 weeks to keep them in tip-top condition and they could last up to three years depending on how often you use them.

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Prime Time: How to Choose the Best Primer

There are still plenty of beauty-savvy women out there who don’t use a primer and it’s high time they started. Primer is about more than just getting a flawless base to apply makeup on, there are numerous other benefits including sun protection, oil control, hydration, anti-aging and illuminating. Choosing the right kind of primer is all about identifying your skin type and finding a formula that works for you.

We’re here to help with our guide to choosing the right ELES primer…

Retexturizing Face Primer
Whether you’re oily, dry or normal, this primer will work for you. With antioxidant vitamins A and E to seal in moisture, SPF 20 to protect you from the sun and a virtually weightless formula that works with opalescent light reflectors to diminish lines and leave a translucent effect on the skin, this is a wonder serum that creates the a flawless base for foundation on all skin types.
SPECIAL: During the month of July, if you purchase any ELES Foundation, you’ll receive this primer for FREE! This offer is only available while stocks last so get in asap!

Pore Perfecting Face Primer
Make enlarged pores a thing of the past with this revolutionary primer. Natural Dermat Complex absorbs oil and reduces pore size while Salicylic Acid levels out roughness and keeps foundation looking smooth, hour after hour. This one works double time, working to control oil breakthrough even after you take it off. A must-have for combination and oily skin types or anyone who hates their pores!

Retexture Crème Face Primer
Applying foundation to dry skin can be a particularly tricky task. It just never seems to be as smooth as we’d like it! Our Retexture Creme Face Primer will solve that particular dilemma in one step. Deeply soothing, this liqui-cream leaves skin with the smoothest sensation, retexturizing and refining to perfection so foundation glides smoothly over the skin.

How To Do Bridal Makeup

This week saw the very first Australian Vera Wang boutique open it’s doors and we’ve got wedding fever. Whether you’re the bride, a maid, the mother of the bride or a guest, you’re going to want a subtle but glamorous makeup look for the big day.

Although it is common for brides to hire a professional makeup artist for their big day, many women prefer to do their own makeup. In fact, it was rumored that the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton did her own makeup for her wedding day after taking professional courses! If you’re a bride who feels more comfortable being in control of the makeup brushes you should absolutely go for it.

We’ve put together a look that is simple, elegant and easy to achieve…

1. Apply a light layer of Mineral Eyeshadow in Opal over the entire eyelid to “open” and brighten the eyes, brush excess with a large fluff brush.
2. Apply several layers of Opal to the inside eye contour. For added intensity use a damp brush
3. Apply Mineral Eyeshadow in Bronzite to the outer corner of the eye working upwards and outwards and blending well.
4. Use a damp lip brush to apply a fine line of Bronzite beneath the lower lashes.
5. Apply a fine line of Powder Liner Pencil in Chocolate through the upper lashes and tapering out to a soft flick extending beyond the outer eye. Use the smudger to soften the line.
6. Take your Lush Mascara in Lush Black and apply a very light layer to upper and lower lashes using slow sweeping motions and fanning the lashes out.  Allow to dry and apply another light layer to the tips of the lashes. Comb the lashes to separate with a lash comb.

Take your Mineral Finishing Powder in Sunsheen and swirl product onto a large fluff brush and shake away excess, gently press into the apples of the cheeks blending out towards the ear.  Apply the remaining product to the temples and below the jawline to define the contours.

1. Using a Lip Brush apply an even layer of the Microbubble Lipstick Micro Teaberry to the lips and blot with a tissue.  Reapply and Blot again.
2. Apply a generous coating of Liptox in Princess to the centre of the lips.

Make-Up Tips to Make Your Teeth Look Whiter

If you’ve been watching Being Lara Bingle, or even if you haven’t but you’ve seen one of the many advertisements, you’ve probably been blinded by her incredibly white teeth.

Pearly whites like Lara’s rarely occur naturally and we have little doubt she’s made a few trips to the dentist to get a smile that flawless but for those of us who don’t have the cash or the time to get our teeth whitened professionally, there are plenty of ways we can make our teeth look whiter in an instant with, you guess it, makeup.

Here are our tips for making your whites look whiter…

1. Go for Blue
When choosing a lipstick, look for shades with blue undertones to counteract the yellow in your teeth. Try using plum shades like Automatic Lip Liner in VintageMicro Heather Lipstick or the lip-plumping Starlet if you’re looking to make your teeth as white as possible. A subtle pink gloss like Super Gloss in Femme will also help create the illusion of white teeth.

2. Don’t Over-Tan
If you fake-bake your face, don’t go overboard! By contrast, darker skin can make your teeth look whiter but if it’s too orange you’ll wind up throwing off the balance and causing orange looking teeth.
Your best bet is to skip the fake tan on your face altogether and instead use a bronzer to bring out your faux-glow. Our Bronzer Duos will help you on your way to a flawless sunless tan that doesn’t make your teeth look yellow.

3. Focus on the Eyes
If you don’t want to draw attention to your teeth, make your eyes pop instead and go neutral on the lips. Be bold with coloured eyeshadows in cooler shades like Hyacinth, or create a look with the gorgeous green in our Trend Maverick quad.

4.  Silver over Gold
Use soft silver shimmers rather than gold to counteract yellowing. Our Mineral Sheer Veil in Porcelian Veil is a great option if you want shimmer without the gold.

5. Blushing Beauty
Opt for cooler blush shades like soft pinks rather than coral or peach. Again, it’s all about counteracting that yellowing! Try our Mineral Matte Blush in Flirt or Mineral Gemstone Powder in Blush.