Makeup Hygiene

Photo credit: college fashion.net

Photo credit: college fashion.net

Most chicas do not know how important it is to keep your makeup brushes and application tools clean. Makeup products tend to store bacteria and might cause you to get pimples when you apply them to your face, yuck!

 Here are some important guidelines to keep your makeup and tools clean and bacteria-free:

1. The way you wash your makeup brushes is by rinsing only the bristles of your brush under hot water. You should be careful not to wet the metal part of your makeup brush because it will cause the bristles to come off.

2. Apply a pea size amount of your favorite shampoo to your hand and spread it to your brush in circular motions. You will see the shampoo changing color because of the makeup residue that was stored on the bristles.

3. Rinse the makeup brushes again with hot water until the water runs out clear. Try to shape the bristles into their original shape and place them on a towel. Place the brushes angled so that the bristles are facing down. This will allow the excess water to drain onto the towel. It is better if you let  the brushes air dry during the night. This way, in the morning when you are getting ready for school you apply your makeup with clean and fresh brushes.

You should wash your makeup brushes at least once a week. By doing this your make up application will look more flawless.

Did you know? Makeup CAN expire. 

An important fact that every chica needs to know is that makeup expires just like food. All beauty items have expiration dates and most products are not labeled with them. Expired makeup might cause your skin to breakout because the ingredients are not in the optimum condition. If you notice a change in texture, color and scent you need to toss the product away.

Here is the list of expiration dates for makeup products:

Foundation and concealer- from 6-8 months

Mascara and liquid liner- about 3 months

Any powder (blush,eye shadow or pigments)- one year

Lipstick or lipgloss- one year to 2 years

Also, remember to replace your makeup sponges constantly so you can rock a makeup without impurities.

Beauty at Any Cost

As a teenager with Hispanic roots, Victoria Banuelas has experienced first-hand the physical demands of a Hispanic female. Banuelas is a high school junior who feels that while in El Paso her “culture” focuses on the importance of being “religious and educated”, but soon found “that experience opened [her] eyes to reality” and that she was the minority in a society that is all about “appearance, brands, and other luxuries”.

In a recent report released by the Young Women’s Christian Association, also known as the YWCA, “Beauty At Any Cost” outlines the “narrow beauty standards” representative of beauty products, cosmetic surgery, and diet programs. These social beauty norms are adopted in one way or another by most young girls in our society.

The YWCA report stresses that “every woman in the United States participates in a daily beauty pageant, whether she likes it or not”. From the overwhelming advertisements (in magazines and on television) about the best mascaras or the most beautiful nail polish to reality shows such as “Dr. 90210”, which focuses on cosmetic changes like breast augmentation surgery, girls don’t stand a chance.

“Girls are taught that only one type of beauty is acceptable,” Dr. Ann Branan Horak, a Women in Literature and Religious Studies Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), declares. Dr. Horak expresses that this superficial standard “creates incredible pressure to become the acceptable version of beautiful”, which also becomes “incredibly damaging” to how females feel and see themselves.

Dr. Horak stated that the image of beauty for most of society is “tall, white, and thin” and the outside of a girl is all that is seen and focused on. This shows how the idea of beauty is really shallow and wrong, especially for Hispanics and other minority girls whose physical features may not always fit the “normal” beauty standards.

Still, most beauty products, such as make-up, nail polish, and fragrant lotions, are no secret to females of any age. In fact, if we were to walk down the toy aisle of our local grocery store or shopping center there is sure to be several sets of play make-up and children’s vanity sets. How can this not send a powerful message to young and impressionable girls?

Banuelas believes that it is every female’s personal choice whether or not to buy or wear make-up. However, Banuelas states that while “society promotes it as important to be beautiful…beauty products are not necessary.”

The popular beauty industry represents an unrealistic view on life and the expectations put on girls. Solange Guillaume, a junior at UTEP, shares her satisfaction in wearing make-up almost daily and carrying a travel size bottle of her favorite fragrant lotion, Black Raspberry Vanilla.

Guillaume admits, “These things (beauty products) are not a necessity, but I like the way it makes me feel; pretty and girlie…The problem is really when girls overdue it,” says Guillaume about breast augmentations and other cosmetic surgeries.

It may be said that young girls and women feel the need to wear a certain “beauty mask” in an effort to gain (or keep) approval. But where is the line drawn? Will the popular phrase “no pain, no gain” continue to hold value in a world where beauty equals success, self-worth, or love?

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