Saturday, February 28, 2009

Spring is here time to clean your brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your brushes????? With the arrival of spring and all the new colors in make up that are being introduced, you have to make sure your brushes are clean!!!
So here is some information on cleaning your brushes,one of my best friends Tiffany (a wonderful talented make up artist) put this together. So if you haven't cleaned your brushes recently, look at this and it will help you get them clean and last a long time.
So...when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? Did you know that you should wash them and do it on a regular basis? If you don't you might have a science experiment on bacterial growth in your hands and on your face and not even know it! If you can't remember the last time you've washed your brushes, you're experiencing unusual new breakouts or your brushes just look really beat up and neglected it's time to give them some TLC and a good cleaning.
There are several ways to clean your brushes using various products. Whatever you use don't immerse your brushes underwater from the metal (ferrule) part up. Only the brush hair should get wet, nothing else. Another important thing is to choose whatever product you would feel comfortable using on your face to clean your brushes. If you have very sensitive or anemic skin you probably wouldn't cleanse your face with your hair shampoo, Woolite, dish soap, hand soap, etc. so you may not want to use it on your brushes either.
You can use shampoo and conditioner especially on natural hair brushes. This is a great way to thoroughly clean and conditions your brushes but make sure to choose products that will not leave behind any residue. Just fill up a bowl or your sink with lukewarm water (keep it shallow) and shampoo. Take each brush one at a time and only immerse the brush hairs into the soapy water. Swish until all the makeup comes out. Once they are all clean rinse them with clean water, gently squeeze out the excess water and lay flat to dry on top of a towel. It's very important to never dry a wet brush standing up because water/moisture will trickle down and loosen up the glue that holds the brush hairs to the handle. Over time your brush will shed more and the ferrule/metal will loosen away from the handle shortening the lifespan of your expensive brush! This method will require time for your brushes to dry completely so do it at night so they will be dry by morning.
You can also use a makeup brush cleaner that works and dries instantly. Cinema Secrets is by far a very good one because you literally use teensy droplets of the cleaner and it instantly disinfects, removes all traces of makeup/residue and also conditions your brushes. It's a professional strength product that is extremely concentrated so it truly lasts a very, very, long time especially for personal use. FYI, there is a very subtle vanilla scent to the cleaner that dissipates quickly after you clean your brushes. It doesn't linger for long unless you use too much product. Remember it's highly concentrated so don't waste it by using too much!
How do you use Cinema Secrets brush cleaner? You can actually use it in two different ways. One way to use it most is to dispense a small amount into a little bowl like a glass or stainless steel pinch bowl, those little glass bowls nail techs use for their acrylic nail stuff or any small shallow bowl with sides to it. You're going to need this for your small brushes. For your larger brushes a suggestion is using a small spray bottle but be careful as not all spray bottles especially most plastics will work with this cleaner. It has to be a brush cleaner spray bottle (Japonesque/Parian Spirit works great) because this stuff breaks down some plastics after you keep cleaner in their for a few weeks. Better yet, get one of these ingenious brush cleaner dispensers! It's what the pros use!
So with your little bowl and your small brushes (brow, eyes, liner, etc) you're going to barely dip the very tips of the brush into the cleaner. DO NOT DUNK!! All you need to do is touch the very tip to the cleaner and then go back and forth on a lint-free paper towel or micro fiber cloth until all the color comes out. That's it! Again the key is to not soak the brush hairs into the cleaner.
For the larger brushes (cheek and face) spray the brush on both sides of the brush and go back and forth on paper towel or micro fiber cloth. If you're cleaning off cream products or water resistant/proof gel liners you may have to use a little more product.
If your brushes are really dirty or you prefer to shampoo them you can create a brush cleaner bath which is the second way you can use Cinema Secrets. Mix 1 part cleaner with three parts water and soak/swirl the brush in the solution for no more than 30 seconds. Rinse clean with lukewarm water and lay flat to dry. Foundation, concealer and lip, basically synthetic hair brushes tend to hold onto a lot of the residue inside the brush so make sure to look to see that all the product is cleaned out towards the center of the brush.
You can order Cinema Secrets brush cleaner online at or at High quality makeup brushes are an investment so take good care of them and they will last you for years and years.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Spring 2009 Colors

We have been working on our new Spring 2009 mineral line colors, and I must say they are coming out beautiful. The colors for spring will be sheer, shimmery and fresh. The colors can be seen in the section to the right products from Fusion of Color.
This one is our new pressed mineral palette for spring, it is a subtle smokey eye for day time that could be made more dramatic for evening. The pressed mineral blush is a cool, clean peachy pink color. The lipsticks have 2 looks one is a neutral pink, the other a darker sheer berry color, you can use them one at a time or mix together for a new color and top off your lips with the most pretty shimmery pink gloss.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Valentine's Day Special

We are so excited to introduce out first pressed mineral collection.
We will be adding to the colors during the year, for March we are doing a neutral palette of browns, so this was you have a basic eye wardrobe then you can build and add color from there.
We will have new blushes also, and the pressed foundation that we carry in full sizes will also be available in a smaller size to fit the pallet. We also will have single palettes. These will also fit palettes that you already have they are a standard size pans. We are getting some in and will post the size of the palette it will fit

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Special

We have 2 specials for February, because I couldn't decide which one I liked more.

We have PASSION eye shadow a medium purple plum color, good for a lid color, crease color or liner color, and if you pair it up with our other special SWEETHEART all over face color, it is absolutely beautiful. Use SWEETHEART as an eye shadow all over the eye, then use Passion either on the outer edge of the lid or in the crease or both then liner dry or wet with PASSION, the combination is so pretty.

We at Fusion of Color also use SWEETHEART as a blush color, it is a very light shimmery pink, or as a highlighter on top of the cheeks carried around the outer eye area.

So we hope you like the 2 choices we made as much as we do.