Beauty Confessions: These Are the Weird Brushes That Have Changed My Beauty Routine
I have a beauty confession to make: I’ve always used super basic makeup brushes with the exception of a couple of brand-name brushes I’ve had for years (don’t judge me; I clean them regularly). I’m here to tell you I’m a changed woman, though, because I’ve come to realize that the brushes you use to apply your makeup are just as important, if not more important, than the makeup itself. Think about it: You can have the best product in the world, but if your application tool isn’t up to par, the product won’t look its best either — it’s like using a blunt knife to slice anything when you’re cooking. That’s why now, I’m a firm believer in investing in a set of high-quality brushes that will last you a long time and ensure you have the best possible application, and I’ve officially found ones I can call my holy grail makeup brushes.
I was introduced to Artis Makeup Brushes in June, and I can honestly say these brushes are unlike anything I’ve ever seen or used. First of all, just look at them: they look more like hairbrushes than your typical makeup brushes. But the design isn’t just about standing out from the crowd. While standard makeup brushes were designed for makeup artists to do makeup on someone else, these were designed to do makeup on yourself. That means the grip is totally different than typical brushes — you hold these like you would a pencil (yes, it feels really weird at first, but this grip ends up giving you much more control thanks to the brushes’ ergonomic design).
The Artis brushes work with any type of product: liquids (foundation, skincare, highlighters); powders (pressed, loose); balms; shadows; liners and even lip products. They’re designed to only keep product on the very tip of the bristles, which results in a faster, more even and smoother application — some people claim they’ve cut their makeup routine in half when using these babies (challenge = accepted). The brushes feel more like tools, as they should, and I’m totally obsessed with them. Here’s why:
WHY I’ll NEVER USE NORMAL MAKEUP BRUSHES EVER AGAIN
What They Are: Artis Makeup Brushes ($32 – $72 individually; also available in sets) are ergonomically designed brushes that work with the contour of your face, resulting in a flawless application. Their special brush fibers evenly distribute product across the skin, in less time and with less effort.
Where You Can Find Them: These brushes are available online, at Neiman Marcus and at Bergdorf Goodman.
Who Should Use Them: The Artis Makeup Brushes are for people who want durable, versatile and high-quality makeup brushes. They’re also for those who want a flawless, fast and simple makeup application — and honestly, who doesn’t? You don’t have to be a makeup amateur or a makeup pro for these to work well for you because they’re foolproof to use but still deliver professional results. The way in which you hold these brushes takes a bit of time getting used to, but once you’ve spent a couple days using them, you won’t even remember how you used your old makeup brushes. Promise!
When You Should Use Them: You should use these brushes for basically any makeup look you’re going for; their brushes are multi-purpose and designed to apply different product types + textures. The possibilities are endless with these, so you can get a lot of bang for your buck.
Why This Is My Beauty Confession: I love using these makeup brushes — truly. I use a loose powder foundation every day, and before, it would take me two or three applications to achieve the coverage level I was after. The Artis Makeup Brushes get me there in literally half the time, so beyond the perfect application, I’m allll about how they save me minutes in the mornings. I also appreciate how they offer a range of uses, because if I’m spending money on quality makeup brushes, I want to get a ton of use out of them. I’m pretty set when it comes to these brushes — I don’t see myself using any others for a long time. Artis FTW!
What makeup brushes do you use? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com