Monday, November 2, 2009

Quick Tip:
Cleansing Your (Makeup) Palette

With mineral makeup and loose pigments becoming more mainstream by the second, you're bound to have already started experimenting yourself. Cheap palettes from an art supply store are great for mixing up custom colors, but they can be a bit of a pain to clean. Even a trip through the dishwasher may not remove a stubborn pigment that's been cemented on with mixing medium.

Don't waste your time or your expensive makeup remover in a last ditch effort to remove stubborn stains. Sure it'll work, but so will plain old veggie oil from your pantry! Apply the oil with a cotton ball and even waxy lipstick bases will wipe away easily. When your palette is bright and shiny, make sure you remove any oily residue with a run through the dishwasher*, or do it the old fashioned way with some Dawn and a scrubby brush- good as new!

*The heat from a dishwasher also sanitizes palettes, a must for professional artists or anyone who will be working on faces other than their own. In lieu of a dishwasher, palettes can be sanitized by a 10 minute soak in 70% Isopropyl Alcohol or by using a disinfecting product like Barbicide.

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