I am sorry I have not been MIA from posting makeup blogs; with going back to work full time after being off on Maternity Leave and most weekends making up brides. It hasn’t left me much time to post blogs, especially helpful makeup tips. So I wanted to post a makeup tip that I have done recently after a summer of wedding makeup. Now wedding makeup has started to wind down for autumn/winter 2015, I can start concentrating on the blog and do some more makeup looks on myself.

My makeup is used a lot, I am very hot on hygiene and preserving the life of my makeup as it is very expensive to replace. After a summer of weddings some of my powdered makeup has hardened. This is due to me using fixing products when applying makeup and dabbing it into the eyeshadows and powders.

Some of my eyeshadows and blushes have started to lose their pigment, so when I swirl or dab my brush into the powdered makeup products, the pigment is not as strong as what it once was when new. This is because a hard film has developed over the surface and hardened it. Mine is down to fixing sprays on my brushes as my brushes are sanitised each time on a new client.

For everyone else who is not a makeup artist and realistically does not wash their brushes after every use, the hardening can be down to oil buildup which has been transferred onto the powdered makeup by makeup brushes. So here’s how to bring back to life your old powdered makeup without scraping off the top layer and possibly making the powder press crack.

So my tip is…..a strip of sticky tape can bring those powders from the brink. Tear off a piece of tape and press lightly over the top of the product. Gently press down on the tape to pick up the hardened area of oil. Then, gently pull of the tape and there will be no more hardened area and you're back in business.

So I used this tip on my MAC eyeshadow in Brun. This shadow colour I use a lot due to its dark pigment, which is great for lining the eyes with for those smokey eyeshadow looks. I sometimes wet my makeup brush in water or a fixing spray to intensify the pigment and apply to the eye. So as you’ll see from my eyeshadow pot pictures, this tip does work.