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  • Colarts Try It Table

    Colart Try It TableColarts Try It Table was designed to provide a hands on experience.

    Artists and creative people are hungry for knowledge. To meet their needs, Colart brands support art materials education and communication programmes, many of which involve direct contact with artists and generate the valuable feedback needed in order to refine products and services.

    Only five have been made in the country & Binders, Atlanta has one of them.

    This amazing interactive table won best innovation at the art supply industries annual trade association convention last year, NAMTA. And was awarded to Binders because of their Huge support of all of their brands

    The family of brands from Colart includes, Liquitex, Winsor & Newton, Conte, Derwent, Snazaroo & Letterset Markers.

    This revolutionary and innovative interactive table features an area for testing products, an iPad loaded with instructional videos taught by Industry professionals.  Every few months, a different product will be featured on the try it station, Come check out the new way to test products.

  • Makeup Brush Cleaning Tutorial

    Makeup brushes.  We all use them…but are you cognizant of how you care for them?

    Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and as we would be remiss not to include a how to in our “New Year, New You, New Makeup” segment.

    One of the most common questions we get is, “How often should I clean my brushes?” Thoroughly clean, once a week (meaning with brush soap and water), however, if you are using your brushes on clients and persons other than yourself, after EVERY use (use a sanitizing brush cleaner like BeautySoClean brush cleaner and wipe the contents out of your brushes with a paper towel.)

    Cleaning your brushes regularly will help maintain the bristle structure as well as increase the lifespan of your brushes.

    Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Personal Use

    If you have just used your brushes to apply your own makeup and do not plan on using them again until you put your makeup on the next morning:

    MakeupBrushCleanerTruthfully, you don’t need to clean your brushes out thoroughly. However, if you are a germ-o-phobe, like me, I would suggest cleaning them after each use with a product like BeautySoClean Brush Sanitizer.

    Bacteria naturally occur on our skin, we all know this and I prefer that my brushes don’t have the same bacteria sitting on them tomorrow as they did today!

    To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle.  Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush.  Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again the next day!

    Whether or not you choose to do a daily cleaning of your brushes a weekly cleaning is absolutely mandatory!  I know you all know what it feels like when you don’t; makeup build up in your brushes can cause them to get scratchy…no one likes to beat their face in the morning with a scratchy brush!

    There are a number of different ways to thoroughly clean your brushes.  The three most common are a hard brush soap, a liquid brush soap, or olive oil.  For most cleanings brush soap (hard or liquid) are perfectly fine, however, if your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil.

    To clean your brushes:

    1.      Saturate the bristle of the brush with lukewarm water.
    2.      Work the brush soap into the bristles by swirling them in a clockwise motion.  If you are using hard brush soap swirl the brush directly on the soap, if you are using a liquid pour a dime-sized amount onto the palm of your hand.
    3.      Once the soap has been worked up the bristle shaft turn the faucet back on at lukewarm temperature.
    4.      Under the running water swirl the brush in a counter clockwise motion against the palm of your hand to draw out the product and soap from the bristles of the brush.
    5.      Repeat steps 2-4 until the water that is rinsed out of the brush is clear.
    6.      Clean the handles and ferrules (metal banding) of your brushes with soap and water.
    7.      Reshape the bristles of the brush back into their natural shape and leave them on an absorbent surface to air-dry.

    If your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil to clean them.

    To clean brushes with olive oil:

    1.      Dispense a small amount of olive oil onto a clean paper towel.  Never put oil directly onto the brush head.  Doing this could oil soak the bristles of your brush.
    2.      Swirl the brush on the towel until all of the makeup residue is out of the bristles.
    3.      Clean with hard soap or liquid soap as usual.

    Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Professional Use

    For sanitation reasons, you will want to quick cleanse your brushes after each and every client.  To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle.

    Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush.

    Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again!

    Nightly, you will need to thoroughly clean your brushes.  To clean your brushes follow the easy steps outlined above!

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • Makeup Expiration Tips

    The Dirty on Makeup Expiration

    Is your makeup separating?

    Does it have a funny smell?

    Has the color quality changed?

    Does it look dry or cakey in the container?

    Did you know that your makeup expires after a certain period of time?

    Cosmetic companies are not required by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to label makeup products with an expiration date. Some makeup companies choose to place a symbol on their products that looks like an open jar.  This symbol contains a number and the letter “m” (month) or “Y” (Year) in the center, which tells you approximately how many months or years your makeup is good for once opened.  However, this number is only an approximation and it does not include the amount of time a product may have sat on the shelf.

    Keep yourself healthier in the New Year by following these simple guidelines when it comes to the length of time you keep your makeup products:

    Some of these time deadlines can be extended with the regular use of a cosmetic sanitizer, like BeautySoClean.

    For more information about BeautySoClean check out our product review here by clicking this link!

    Makeup Expiration Dates

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • Basic Guide to Makeup Sanitation

    What You Need to Know about Makeup Sanitation!

    Did you know?

    There are 4 main bacteria that are typically found in makeup.  These bacteria can begin to grow due to cross contamination, multi-person use, double dipping, etc.

    The 4 most common types of bacteria found are:

    Staphylococcus Epidermidis

    Staphylococcus epidermidis is a form of staph bacteria that has been found on lipsticks, eyeshadows and eyeliners during laboratory testing. While this bacteria often is found naturally on human skin, for those with a compromised immune system--due to a severe illness, old age or a chronic illness--may develop an infection. Some strains of this bacteria are resistant to antibiotic treatment and can severely affect the intestines if left untreated.

    Staphylococcus Warneri

    Another member of the staphylococcus bacteria group, Staphylococcus warneri is found on the skin of humans and animals. While it may not cause adverse reactions in those with healthy immune systems, it can cause severe reactions and illness in those with compromised immune systems. In the most extreme cases, this bacteria is associated with endocarditis, which is damage to the heart valves.

    Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common bacteria found in soil, water and on the skin and has been associated with inflammation, rash and in severe cases, sepsis--a serious infection that can cause organ failure. Pseudomonas aeruginosa that live on a mascara wand that can nick the eye or penetrate into the soft tissues or membranes of the eye.

    Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

    One of the most serious forms of bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can lurk on old makeup and cause an infection, such as dermatitis or pink eye, which can resist antibiotic treatment. This bacteria is considered very dangerous because the infection can be easily spread. When applying makeup, MRSA present in the makeup can enter a pimple, open cut or the mucous membranes of the eye and nose. Initial signs of infection including redness, inflammation and heat over the infected area. If you suspect you may be infected with MRSA, seek immediate treatment.

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    Follow the guidelines below on how to help makeup sanitation for each makeup type:

    To sanitize creme makeups, like foundations, eyeshadows, concleaors, and adjustors, scoop the product out of jar with a spatula and place it onto a stainless steel palette.

    For liquid makeups pour the product into a welled stainless steel palette.

    When using powder makeups, pour the powder out for each use; when using a pressed powder, like a rouge or an eyeshadow, you can apply the makeup directly to the skin, however, make sure when doing this you are using Q-tips or you are sanitizing your brushes after each use, to sanitize the product, clean the top layer off with a tissue in between each use, once finished use a makeup sanitizer to thoroughly clean the product.

    When applying mascara, make sure to use a disposable and don’t double dip a wand into the product!

    For lipstick, scoop the color off of the stick with a spatula; place it onto your stainless steel palette or you can use a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, like BeautySoClean.

    For pencils like eyeliner, lip pencils, and eyebrow pencils; dip the pencil in alcohol or wipe it with a cosmetic sanitizer wipe, sharpen the pencil, and re-dip the pencil.

    Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • New Year - New You - New Makeup: With Beauty So Clean

    In line with our “New Year, New You, New Makeup!” programming; we would be remiss if we did not talk about Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer.

    beauty so cleanBeauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer is a proven product that cleanses rejuvenates and removes bacteria from makeup without altering the formulation of the makeup.

    The chemists at Beauty So Clean have developed two different versions of the cosmetic sanitizer, a mist and a cosmetic wipe.  The mist is ideal to use on for powder-based products (i.e. press powder, blush, eyeshadow, etc.) and cream-based products (i.e. cream foundation, concealer, etc.). The Beauty So Clean cosmetic wipes are perfect to use to disinfect lipsticks, lip glosses, cosmetic pencils, mascara wands.

    What makes Beauty So Clean different from the traditional forms of makeup sanitation is that it won’t dry out, crack or alter the color of your product.  It has been dermatologist tested and has been proven to be non-irritating to the skin; and studies have shown it to be 100% effective in 10 seconds!!

    How to Use Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist

    beauty so clean mistBeauty So Clean’s website suggests when using the mist you hold the sprayer 6 inches from product surface and mist once.  

    Don't be overzealous and spray multiple times, this will only over-saturate the product that is being cleansed and will likely result in the makeup becoming sticky.  Once sprayed you may notice small droplets on the product’s surface.  However, within 10 seconds, as stated on the bottle, the droplets dry and disappear and the product is good as new.

    How to Use Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipe

    beauty so clean wipesWhen using the Cosmetic Sanitizer wipes, Beauty So Clean suggests that you use one wipe for each individual applicator or lipstick.  To use, wrap the wipe around the lip-gloss, lipstick, or mascara wand. Gently wipe the applicator or product from base to tip.

    beauty so cleanArticle written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames

  • Glitter Eye Tutorial & Glitter Lips Tutorial for the Holidays

    Glitter Eye Tutorial

    Glitter Eye Tutorial Glitter lip TutorialStep 1: Prime the eyelid; this will prep the lid for color, it will also create an even base for the color pigment to pop off of.

    Glitter eye Glitter lipStep 2: Apply clear tape to catch the excess powder fall. Place the tape at the angle that is created by connecting the edge of your eyelid to the outer edge of your eyebrow to create a dramatic line for your composition.

    Step 3: Apply color to the lid. For this look a warm shell color was applied to the brow bone as a highlight, black to the crease and to smoke the eye out and a highly pigmented red to the lid. I like to apply a pigmented powder under any glitter that is applied in a coordinating color. Having a colored pigment under the glitter will intensify the color of the glitter. If the chroma of the pigmented powder is not popping enough for you try wetting the powder with a mixing liquid before applying. A wetted powder’s pigment will pop the color twice as much!

    Glitter Eye Glitter LipStep 4: Apply a gold shimmer eyeshadow to the brow bone to help accentuate it more.

    Step 5: Apply Graftobian GlitterGlam Mixing Liquid to your eyelid. GlitterGlam is an acrylic based adhesive and is safe to apply to sensitive skin areas. It is also a flexible sealer so you won’t experience any cracking or wear to your glitter eye with movement.

    Glitter Eye Glitter LipStep 6: Apply the glitter to the eye. Pat it onto the lid with a brush, this will allow the glitter to be fully exposed to the adhesive so that it can adhere.

    Glitter Eye Glitter LipStep 7: Blend the black shadow into the red glitter to accentuate the smoky eye.

    Glitter Eye Glitter LipStep 8: Line the eye. I chose to create a heavy black line on the top balanced by a thin
    line on the bottom. I also chose to finish the eye off with the bit of a fishtale.

    Glitter Lip Tutorial

    With the holidays coming up the need for festive makeup is key!  A great way jazz up your holiday makeup is to add a glitter lip to your look.  I prefer to create a red glitter lip, not only is it festive, it adds drama to any look and it allows me to create simplicity on the rest the face.

    Step 1: Exfoliate your lips.  This allows the dead and chapped skin on your lips to be sloughed off.  Use a sugar scrub or a baking soda scrub.  You could also exfoliate your lips by using a toothbrush and brushing petroleum jelly onto your lips.  Professional lip exfoliating products are available as well.

    Step 2: Prime your lips.  Use a concealor to prime your lips.  Creating a neutral base will allow your red pigment to really shine!

    Glitter Lip TutorialStep 3: Use a lip pencil to outline your lips.  I prefer to use a dark berry lip liner when creating a red lip.  I use the lip liner to help draw focus to the center of the lip.  Darken the edges of your lip and with the liner, bring the liner color down from the top of your lip to create a focal point.

    Glitter Lip TutorialStep 4:  Fill in you remaining lip with the red color that you have chosen.

    Glitter Lip TutorialStep 5: Using Graftobian GlitterGlam Mixing Liquid and a micronized red glitter, like Mehron GlitterDust, apply the glitter to your lips.  First coat the lip with the clear Glitter Glam adhesive.  Then with the back end of a brush or spatula apply the glitter over the adhesive.  When applying the glitter roll the brush handle from the inner part of the lip to the outer.  This will allow the glitter to enhance the focal point that you have created.

    Glitter Lip TutorialStep 6: Wear your glitter lip!  You can add a clear gloss over top to create a luscious look or keep it matte and let the glitter shine, Shine, SHINE!!

    Written by: Carla Raleigh, Manager Performance Makeup

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