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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Good sites or forums for makeup talk? ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 3/31/13 11:07 AM

I know that is a tall order! As we delve deeper into the ballroom arena, I find I have questions about makeup that I would like to discuss with others and google is only so helpful. I don't particularly care for the opinions of 14 year olds with a penchant for making youtube videos, you know?

One thing that has been popping up lately is washing makeup sponges and brushes. The general opinion seems to be that they must be washed, but I have some serious doubts about whether washing either one of those actually reduces the amount of bacteria on it. While I grant that cleaning will make them look, feel and perform better, it is impossible to get either one completely dry in any reasonable amount of time (and moisture contributes mightily to bacteria growth) or remove all of the product that is inside of them without ruining them completely.

So if anyone has a link about makeup where such things can be discussed intelligently, please let me know!

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Date: 3/31/13 11:34 AM

Regarding makeup and cosmetic products, the best site I have found is makeupalley.

You will find a LOT of feedback about products there, and although kids do a lot of posting, many of the users are ladies with some mileage on them.

As to the hygiene issue, if the products are of good quality and you are not sharing with someone, the majority of bacteria on them will be from your own skin, and will reflect the population on your own skin.

I really would not worry too much about this. Personal-use makeup is not known as a hotbed of pathogen growth.

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Date: 3/31/13 12:56 PM

Thanks Elona - I will give it a look. I have never worried about my brushes and only thought about it when I started practicing with sponges the other day. Sponges of all kinds are a bit suspect with me as I am sure they retain a lot of gunk and certainly seem impossible to remove liquid foundation from. I am considering sending them through the wash in my bra bag. Or just keeping them a week and tossing.

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Date: 3/31/13 3:18 PM

Here's another vote for makeupalley.

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Date: 3/31/13 4:33 PM

See...I can't stand makeupalley. I unsubbed from them after a day or two because there were some really nasty people there.

I found makeuptalk to be much friendlier. The women there know their stuff, and are always willing to help with out some catty *insert bad word here* having to jump in.
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Date: 3/31/13 5:24 PM

Gee, I have not run into any catty ladies at makeupalley.

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Date: 3/31/13 5:49 PM

Not so much a forum but I love lisaeldridge.com.

She's a British A-lister makeup artist and I can't believe how much she shares on her site. I've learned a lot there.

My one gripe is that products she recommends are generally only available in London. For example, if she recommends a shade of lipstick by Maybelliene you won't find it at your Target.

I know I've improved my appearance by watching her videos.

One other thought - consider posting your makeup questions here too. With respect to makeup brushes - I clean mine often using MAC brush cleaner. I don't use sponges for foundation - I bought a foundation brush from MAC.

I'm pickiest about my eyeliner brush and I clean it every day. I fold some tissue and sprinkle the brush cleaner on it. I start wiping the brush on it then unfold it to expose new layers of tissue moistened with brush cleaner. I just keep at it until no eyeliner comes off on the tissue.

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Date: 3/31/13 6:22 PM

Ditto makeupalley - I've never met any mean folks there but I do find their forums a little tricky to get used to. Worth it for all the useful reviews etc.

And I agree, Lisa Eldridge has some really helpful videos.

I wash my makeup brushes every week or so - I used to just use regular liquid soap (non-antibacterial) and recently got a brush cleaner from ELF that I really like. It's a little less viscous than regular liquid soap so it gets in all the nooks and crannies better. I don't really do it to get rid of bacteria; I do it to get the brush clean of makeup so that it works better. I wash gently with warm water, pat dry, and dry flat over the sink so the bristles don't splay out.

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Date: 3/31/13 11:59 PM

makeupalley seems to not be searchable? The site is, but not the forums. I am seeing posts about "depotting" makeup to remove it from bulky compacts but can't find a way to search that topic. I would guess you would need to heat it up to soften the glue? Seems I tried to do that way back when but haven't thought about it in decades. I would love to make some more efficiently packed palettes for travel.

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