Back to Basics, Beauty

Get your brows in shape!

We have all seen brows of many shapes and sizes. You may have wondered how do I get my eyebrows to look fuller or put together? I have very thick eyebrows and was in need of shaping tips to keep them in control. If you have thinner eyebrows you will want to get the most out of them so shaping is very important. Here are some tools you will need and great tips on proper shaping.

Tools you will need to get perfectly shaped brows:

  1. white pencil
  2. tweezers
  3. eyebrow pencil
  4. spooley brush
  5. brow powder
  6. angled brush
  7. clear brow gel or wax
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Shaping your eyebrows

To find out where your eyebrow should start, take the white pencil and put it against the side of your nose facing straight up. If any hairs are outside the pencil they can be plucked. Use the pencil to mark the line. To find where your eyebrow should end, line the pencil up with the outer corner of your eye. Mark it and pluck any hairs past the line. If your brow tail is too long it can drag your eye down. Look straight ahead and hold the pencil just to the outside of your iris. This is where the arch of your eyebrow should be. It needs to be right on the pencil line, not in front or behind it.

Tweezing and Coloring

Now that you have your shape, begin tweezing. You also want to tweeze the baby hairs above and below your brow to make them look fuller. Don’t raise your eyebrows when tweezing as it distorts the shape. After you are done use the eyebrow pencil with short strokes to add extra volume. Focus more color on the arch and sparse areas. If you don’t know what color to use a good tip is if you have dark brows go a shade lighter and if you have light brows pick a shade darker.

Now, run a spooley brush through your brows to blend the color.If you want fuller brows, use the powder with the angled brush to follow the shape of your brow. This helps further soften and blend the pencil into the hairs. Last, but not least, use the clear gel to add volume and hold your brows in place.

It is important that you don’t go crazy and over-tweeze your eyebrows. One of the worst things you can do is thin them too much. The hair will have to grow back to fix it and sometimes it comes back spotty and weird. Over time it may not grow back at all. If you follow the suggestions above you will be able to get the best look for your brows, full or thin.

Thank you for reading. If you have any suggestions or questions please leave them. I love hearing from you!

 

 

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Beauty, Makeup

Could your makeup habits age you?

For most women makeup is an essential part of the morning routine. It is when you get to cover up what you don’t like and accentuate what you do like. You probably didn’t think that if you used the wrong products or applied it wrong that it could actually age you, or make you appear older than you really are. Yikes!

As women age we tend to fall into two groups, those who go too bold in an effort to hang on to their youth and those who are just trying to cover it up and stay too neutral. Neither extreme provides the benefits you want. This may not be something many of you are worried about now but you will be so I have gone out and found some great tips to help you avoid making these mistakes.

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1. Skip foundation powder. You may be using powder to set your makeup but what you may not see is that powder settling into fine lines and wrinkles. Powder also absorbs oil and moisture, which can over-dry already dry skin. Keep in mind as you get old your skin tends to be drier. If you don’t want to give it up there are translucent powders that will function the same way as your old trusty.

2. Relinquish your black eyeliner.  Eyeliner is great for making your eyes pop and appear more open, however black can be too harsh. One major trend is moving away from black as the end all be all color for eyeliner to browns and other darker, jewel toned colors that compliment your eye shadow. You get the same effect without looking overdone.

3. Don’t overdo the eyes. This goes for putting too much eye shadow on the lid as well as over concealing under the eye. If you put too much on the eyelid it can make them look heavy and weighed down. It can also create a crepey appearance. Apply a thin layer of primer, let it dry and then apply eye shadow. The primer allows you to use less. On the other side, concealer seems like a good way to get rid of the dark circles under your eyes. While this is true, if overdone it accentuates wrinkles and lines in this area. Use a moisturizing eye cream and pat it in with a finger. This helps it melt into your skin.

4. Keep lip liner and lip color light. As we age our lips lose their pigment and color, making lip color more and more important. What you don’t want to do is overdo the liner or the color. Heavy lip liner went out with the 90’s so to avoid this dated look use a liner that closely matches your lip color and follow the natural lip line. Another way to prevent your lip color from going astray is to use a brush instead of applying from the tube. Applying from the tube tends to apply more than you need so instead use a brush by dipping it into the lip color and apply, starting from the middle and working out.

Those are some easy, natural way to retain youth. If you found this helpful please share or leave a comment if you have suggestions or questions.