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The Do's and Don'ts of your makeup toolbox

By: Isabela Jacobsen

Staff Writer

If you are new to makeup, or have given some recent thought to what makeup accessories you should own, then worry no more! Here are three easy, must haves for full makeup bliss.

You have to keep your makeup somewhere, and since we don’t have all the comforts of home, college forces you to put your makeup elsewhere. You need something that is easy to move, so you won’t bother your roommates. Also, if someone is showering and you leave your makeup in a bathroom drawer, you’ll probably be late to class. Make sure the container you use is moveable.

You’re probably going to check Wal-Mart or Sephora for makeup bags or boxes. My advice: don’t. Sephora is going to be too pricey and Wal-Mart might not give you a good size container or good quality. If you are traveling then I say go ahead and use Wal-Mart, but I found Amazon was the best bet. I got very cheap makeup boxes for great quality, plus they are really cute too!

Another important makeup staple to have is a brush cleaner. I know a lot of people who don’t like brush cleaners, but they are very important. Keeping your brushes clean can prevent bacteria build-up and acne breakouts. Dirty brushes can also harbor dust and other harmful particles. If you are new to this, I’m here to help.

Go to Sephora and buy the brush cleaner. There’s only one, so you’ll know it when you see it. There is a deep cleaning bottle too, but you just want the normal kind. Spray it around the brush; one or two spray is probably enough. Then, take a thick paper towel, and lightly brush your brush in circles on the paper towel. You’ll see makeup being wiped off as you swirl the brush around. Make sure to let the brush completely dry before using it again. Cleaning your brushes will definitely make a difference the next time you put on makeup.

I’ve also heard of people using baby shampoo to clean brushes, but I never have. If you’re interested, look it up online, many tutorials can be found using it.

This last one may seem a little silly, but it’s something that I feel like people forget to purchase, including myself: a makeup pencil sharpener. Trust me, there is nothing worse than going to put on eyeliner and realizing you can’t because you need to sharpen it!!

Makeup is a little tricky sometimes, but these three necessities will help you! For more beauty advice and videos, check out my YouTube channel honeyeyes494.

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