5 Beauty Habits to Take up Right Now

If the thought of not being able to get to a hair salon or to your brow appointment for the next few weeks is causing you strife, now could be the perfect time to take up some new beauty habits. Here are five easy-to-embrace beauty habits that you can take up right away.

Embracing your natural hair 

If you’ve got a hectic at-home meeting schedule thanks to Zoom, it can be tempting to keep up appearances by reaching for those heated hair styling tools. But now is the perfect time to put them down and embrace your natural hair texture.

Your hair health will benefit from taking a break from styling tools. Experiment with slicked-back ponytails and updos. Still desperate to add some beachy waves to your hair? Try braiding your tresses before bed.  Read more of our tips for caring for your hair without going to the salon right here.

Put down the tools and add a nourishing haircare mask into your routine to pamper tresses. Try: Drunk Elephant T.L.C Hippi Scalp Scrub ($64 from Mecca); Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral ($70 from Adore Beauty); Sisley Paris Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask

Clear out your beauty cabinet

Using expired skincare and make-up on your skin is a recipe for disaster. Not only do active ingredients lose their potency – you won’t get the results you’re after – certain products can become breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. You can read more about the problems associated with using old beauty products here

If you want to get the most out our your skincare and keep your skin healthy, you should be routinely overhauling your beauty cabinet and getting rid of the expired product. “Depending on the products, I’d suggest every six months to a year,” says Sheryll Puku. Start by throwing out products that you haven’t used for over a year and then check out Puku’s tips for cleaning up your beauty cabinet here. Not sure how long you should be keeping certain products for? You can use our quick guide to beauty expiry dates here.

Rethink your skincare routine

When pesky blemishes pop up out of nowhere it can be tempting to reach for the concealer and foundation to cover them up quickly. But a luminous, healthy complexion starts with the right skincare. 

Now could be the perfect time to put away your foundation and concealer and focus on your skincare routine.  Understanding how products interact with each, how they will address your skin concerns and how to apply them to get the best results possible is crucial in establishing an effective routine. After all, there’s no point in spending money on skincare products if you’re not going to take the necessary steps to ensure the products are as effective as possible. Find out everything you need to know about creating the ideal skincare routine here.

Diet can also play a big role in the overall health of your skin, so it could also be a great time to reassess what impact your diet could be having on your complexion. Here are our nutritionist-approved tips for eating your way to better skin. 

Clean your make-up brushes

Just like expired beauty products can harbour skin-harming bacteria, make-up brushes can too. And while those of us who regularly use brushes to apply make-up should be aiming to clean them once a week, life happens and most of us put this chore to the back of our minds.

Now is the perfect time to try and establish a habit of cleaning your brushes more frequently. Not sure where to start? Here’s our rundown of how to clean your brushes effectively while caring for them at the same time.

Stop over-plucking your eyebrows

If you’re guilty over overplucking your eyebrows, you’re not alone – especially if you were a teen in the 90s. But rather than reaching for the tweezers or fretting about when your next brow appoint, now is the perfect time to let your brows grow back.

Aussie eyebrow queen Kristin Fisher agrees and took to Instagram to tell her fans that now is the perfect time to put the tweezers down. “How many of you have tried for years to grow your brows out, but keep on tweezing them because you” she asked her followers.

“So many clients come to us who are addicted to the tweezer (it’s a real thing) when I know full well they have the potential to have lovely full brows if they’d only let the hairs grow,” said the eyebrow queen in an Instagram post.

So do as Fisher says: put down the tweezers and let those brows do their thing.

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Alright ladies. (And fellas!) How many of you have tried for years to grow your brows out, but keep on end up tweezing them because you NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP! Put the tweezers down! And let those babies grow the F out! So many clients come to us who are addicted to the tweezer (it’s a real thing) when I know full well they have the potential to have lovely full brows if they’d only let the hairs grow! So. This is my challenge to you. I want you to take photos of your brows as they are now. I want progress shots. And at the end of this lockdown period, when KFE reopens it’s doors, we will be giving away TEN brow and lash packs (valued at over $200 each!) to the most diligent tweezer-holics who have given their brows the much needed break they deserve over this bitch of a time. Feel free to tag us and use the hashtag so we can keep the competition FIERCE. (Remember that if your profile is private, we won’t see the tags.) GODS SPEED HAIRY BITCHES!!!! #kfeisochallenge

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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

A great set of make-up brushes is essential if you want to create a flawless complexion and head-turning beauty look – you can discover our favourite must-have make-up brushes right here. Because you’re most likely using them on a day-to-day basis, knowing how to clean your make-up brushes is not only essential if you want them to last the distance, but is crucial if you want your complexion to be healthy and luminous.

Make-up brushes are notorious for harbouring bacteria. And if you forget to clean your brushes regularly you could end up subjecting your skin to unwanted breakouts, congested pores, and irritation and inflammation. 

To help keep your skin glowing and healthy and to keep your brushes in tip-top condition, here are our top tips for how to clean your make-up brushes.

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser ($40); Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner ($14); MAC Brush Cleanser ($28); MECCA MAX Sponge & Brush Shampoo ($20); Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser ($37)

How often should you clean your make-up brushes?

Unless you’re a make-up artist, you don’t need to clean your make-up brushes each time you use them. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a quick clean each week and a thorough wash once a month. 

If you’re borrowing someone else’s make-up brushes or lending your brushes to a friend, the make-up artist rule does apply: ensure that make-up brushes are cleaned before they are used on someone else.

How should I clean my make-up brushes?

A great spray-on make-up brush cleanser should do the trick for your once-a-week clean, provided you’re the only one using them. Look for an antibacterial spray, such as MECCA MAX Brush Refresh Mist that has been designed to get the job done quickly. Simply spritz onto your brushes and then used a tissue or cloth to remove make-up.

When it comes to your monthly clean it pays to invest in a make-up brush shampoo. Avoid using household detergents as they can destroy the bristles. Gently work your chosen cleanser through the bristles before running through warm water to rinse thoroughly.

Although it can be tempting to speed up the drying process with the likes of a hairdryer, applying heat to your brushes can damage the brushes and change the shape of brushes. Instead, find a flat surface, such as a table, and lie them flat with the bristles overhanging the edge of the surface so brushes maintain their shape as they dry.