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  • Writer's pictureShannon Sweeney

Q&A with Shannon Elaine

Q: How often should I wash my makeup brushes?

A: Ideally, after every use, remove product buildup and bacteria that we all naturally carry on our skin. Wash them once a week with a proper cleanser at the minimum. A proper cleanser would be one designed for cleansing a makeup brush because it’s formulated to remove different varieties of makeup, like liquids and creams. However, dish soap will also work if you’re in a pinch. Our favorite natural makeup brush cleaner is the Sigma Liquid Brush Shampoo. You'll be amazed at how clean your brushes get!

Q: Why do I get breakouts on the sides of my face?

A: This could be for a number of reasons. Cleansing your face before bed is a huge step in keeping your skin clear. I recommend using Janegee Fresh Eyes to remove your makeup and then your favorite Janegee cleanser to cleanse the skin; I use Clear Skin. The reason for this double cleanse is to remove the makeup first, then remove toxins and rebalance the skin's pH. A second reason could be how often you wash your pillowcase. We all naturally sweat and lose dead skin at night, so cleansing your pillowcase is important so your skin rests on a clean surface. A third reason could be if you’re a smoker. Smoke returning to the face puts toxins and pollutants into the skin, clogging the pores and causing breakouts.

Q: Why doesn’t my makeup last or stay on?

A: Our skin naturally regulates our body's temperature by perspiring, which can move the makeup. A setting powder can help prevent this, but lifestyle factors such as being outside in humid temperatures, working a physical job, or frequently touching your face would result in your makeup not lasting. I recommend the RMS Un Powder to set your makeup and Aisling Organics Eco-Set Green Tea and Rice Setting Powder for on-the-go touch-ups

Q: Why does my eyeliner smudge?

A: Like my previous answer, we sweat! To keep your eyeliner lasting all day, be sure to prep your lid with an eye primer or a concealer & powder combo. Another tip would be to layer your eyeliner. Start with a pencil and then layer a liquid on top. *Be sure to let the liquid eyeliner dry! I recommend Kjaer Weis eye pencil + Ilia Clean Line liquid liner for this.

Q: Should I use a primer under my makeup?

A: I believe the best way to prime your skin is a proper skincare routine. Skin that is balanced and hydrated will look best under any foundation choice. Your cleanser and moisturizer are the number one step.

Q: How do I find the right foundation shade?

A: The best way to find your foundation shade is by shade matching against your jaw with at least three shades, or book a makeup consultation with me, and I can assist in finding that just-right shade.

Q: Do I need more than one eye shadow brush?

A: For a simple eye look, you need a flat and fluffy brush. Aisling Organics makes a double-ended brush that I love! The flat end is perfect for shading the lid or creating a crease for my hooded-lid ladies! Book a makeup lesson with me, and I can teach you that trick! The fluffy end diffuses eye shadows to blend into the skin so there are no harsh lines and the shades flow together.

Q: How can I get my lipstick to stay on?

A: Line the lips with a lip liner in a similar shade, and fill in the lips before applying lipstick. This will make your pout seamless and last longer.

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