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Eyebrow Extensions 101

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Eyebrow Extensions 101Do you ever get tired of filling your eyebrows in during your daily makeup routine? Are you more of a natural/no-makeup kind of girl, but your eyebrows are sparse? Eyebrow extensions could be just the solution for you!

Things to Know before Getting Extensions

There are three things you need to know before getting eyebrow extensions.
1. When you are researching technicians, be sure to ask whether they are licensed. This will insure that they are using the proper materials on your skin and that they were trained to put on the extensions.
2. Cost varies depending on who does the extensions, but they are usually upwards of $100.
3. Prepare to block out a couple hours of your day for the application. They can take anywhere from one and a half to two hours depending on the sparsity of your brows.

Extension Placement

After the technician cleans up your eyebrows with tweezers to remove any unwanted hair, he/she decides on the shape of the new eyebrow by taking into account the symmetry of your face. Then comes choosing the color of the brow hairs and finally, application.

There is no pain involved in the procedure of applying the hair to the eyebrow area. Each hair is applied with surgical glue one-by-one until the desired thickness is achieved. The technician’s ultimate goal is to make your eyebrows look as natural as possible from the moment you leave their chair to when you come back in for a fill (more on that below).

How to Maintain Extensions

If you are gentle with the hairs and do not tug at them or scrub them vigorously with a washcloth, they will last up to three weeks. As the hairs start to fall out, a fill will be needed where the technician goes back in and fills the areas where hair has fallen out of the eyebrow. The process of shedding the hairs is slow, as they do not each fall out at the same time, which allows the process to look more natural. If you decide you no longer want the extensions and do not want to wait for the falling out process, the technician call apply an oil that will remove them quickly and easily.

Overall, if you have the money to spare and a few hours, eyebrow extensions are a great addition to a bare or makeup-enhanced face. They may take a bit to get used to, but you’ll soon have the Kylie Jenner eyebrows you’ve always wanted.

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

High brow or low brow? The best eyebrow shape for your face

Eyebrows are an oft-forgotten aspect of any beauty regiment – but they shouldn't be. Brows frame the eyes and thus can have a huge impact on how certain facial features appear. While some may rock bolder brows well, others might do well with a slender design. "Brow architect" Tiffany Reicosky of Browhaus in NYC told Refinery 29 that an ideal brow depends largely on a person's face shape. By following these tips, you can flatter and enhance your best features while drawing attention away from flaws.

Round-faced ladies should consider an angled brow with a high arch. By cutting the tail of the brow short, you can give the illusion of an elongated face.

A more square-jaw calls for a sharp peak. Give the brow a thicker, fuller shape and enhance the color with the Arch Rival Brow Defining Essentials Kit by being TRUE.

Slim a diamond-face shape by creating a curved brow, which can make the widest part of your face appear more narrow. Create a natural contour with the Linea Perfetta Brow Pencil by Borghese.

A rounded brow shape with a feminine arch can soften a pointier chin on heart-shaped faces.

This face shape is already proportionate – so you have the freedom to experiment. Try a variety of brow styles with Paula Dorf's Brow Stencil Kit.

Avoid high arches and go for a more flat, horizontal line to balance out the vertical length of the face with some width.

Easy tips for keeping your lashes curled longer

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Easy tips for keeping your lashes curled for longer

If you have elegant, long eyelashes, chances are, you want to show them off to the world! This means curling them to perfection and applying volumizing mascara to give them the beauty treatment they deserve. However, not everyone is a pro at the curling process. If you can't get your lashes to stay intact throughout the day, no matter how much you curl, here are some key tips to help you along.

First, states that it's crucial to hold the curler on your eyelashes for at least 30 seconds. This can ensure that they stay crimped for longer – no straightening out later in the day! Next, think about using a lash primer once you've given them the shape you want. This may also increase your chances of keeping them curled for an extended period of time.

Finally, consider investing in a heated eyelash curler if all else fails. Heat can help you get the lashes you desire and make it easier for them to stay perfect. By taking these tips into account, you'll be happier with your peepers every time you leave the house.

Top 10 fall makeup trends to get you in the autumnal spirit

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Here are 10 of this fall's hottest makeup trends!Chances are, you had a ton of fun this summer playing with the season’s neon eyeshadow colors, shimmery bronzers and bold lipsticks. But who says that the excitement has to end now that fall’s almost here? While you won’t be using all the same bright shades and summery applications, there are plenty of awesome makeup trends to rock this season. Here are 10 to try out A.S.A.P.!

1. Dark lipstick. Whether it’s black cherry or plum, Allure Magazine points out that dark, vampy lips are super hot for fall. When paired with a neutral blush and eyeshadow combination, it really makes your pout pop. Buff your lips to get rid of flakes, apply clear lip balm, then try using Jane Iredale – PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 in Bridget.

2. Natural, rosy cheeks. Elle Magazine reports that one makeup artist said “It’s the look after a morning of skiing, an hour in a hot tub or some good sex.” Concentrate a cream blush (or even a lipstick if you want serious color) on the apples of your cheeks and blend well for a soft finish.

3. Purple smoky eyes. Yes, black and gray are standbys when it comes to bold smoky eyes, but purple looks pretty and unexpected. Use a light shade across your entire lids, then elaborate the color with a richer shade in the crease and along your upper and lower lash lines. Finish with plenty of black mascara, then line your inner rims with black eyeliner.

4. Green eyeshadow. According to Allure, the type of green you should be going for is an emerald jewel tone or one that’s deep and sexy – not neon or grassy. Try using a charcoal or gunmetal eyeshadow first, then apply Youngblood – Crushed Mineral Eyeshadow in Spruce on top. A slightly winged-out shape is chic.

5. A fresh, natural face. While this look is usually reserved for spring, Harper’s Bazaar Magazine points out that undone skin made an appearance on fall runways. You’ll need a foundation and concealer that matches your skin tone perfectly, then shades of blush, highlighter and bronzer that are fairly similar for a somewhat monochromatic look. The BORGHESE – Bella Colore Minerali Face Kit can give you what you’re looking for.

6. Souped-up cat eyes. A little eyeliner flick at the outer corners is always stylish, but if you really want to go for the gusto this fall, make yours a bit more noticeable. Try carrying your liner farther up your lids or going farther past the outer corners. Just be sure to keep the rest of your makeup toned down – this look is intense!

7. Colorful French manicures. Forget about white – Elle reports that colorful French manicures are the way to go this fall. Try deep shades like Lippmann Collection – Razzle Dazzle Nail Lacquer for an autumnal vibe or get a little wild with a glittery shade.

8. Big, bold lashes. Cosmopolitan Magazine suggests that you should always go for drama in the lash department. Use falsies to get super extended lashes or try volumizing and lengthening mascara formulas for glamorous fringe.

9. Groomed brows. This season’s brows (which are equally perfect for any time of year) frame your face beautifully and aren’t pencil thin – they should be pretty thick. Use a brow pencil to fill in any sparse areas and tame them with a brow gel for control.

10. Under-eyeliner. According to Cosmopolitan, under-liner is hot this season. Try using a black eyeliner along your upper lash line, then add a pop of color with Pixi – Endless Silky Eye Pen along the lower lash lines.

How to maximize the defining effect of your lashes

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Make your eyes pop with a set of gorgeous lashes!Eyes are often the first thing people look at. When you take in someone’s face, you’re not going to hone in on their lips or notice the shape of their nose. You’ll be taking in their eyes – what color they are and what kind of vibe they’re giving off. Some people say eyes are the windows into people’s souls, so if you want to tweak just one thing about your makeup look, you may want to consider defining your eyes.

A set of fabulous fringe will definitely do the trick to getting your eyes even more attention than they normally get, but not everyone was born with thick, full lashes. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can upgrade your lashes and make them look as full and lush as you wish they were.

All you need are a few tools and products and you’ll be on your way to luxurious eyelashes in no time. The first thing you want to invest in is a good eyelash curler, like Talika – Heated Eye Lash Curler. Curling your lashes will make them look fuller and longer because they’ll be more noticeable than if they were sticking straight out. A heated curler gets you fast results that will last all day, but even the regular curlers, like Paula Dorf – CURL-UP Eyelash Curler work great.

The next thing you need is a great mascara. There are plenty of different kinds out there that do exactly what they say they’re going to do, whether it’s adding volume, lengthening, thickening or defining. Some kinds, like ModelCo – Fiber Lash Extreme Lash Extension Mascara Kit have fibers in the formula which bind to your lashes and make them look much longer. It’s like fake lashes in a tube! Finding the right kind for you just depends on what kind of look you’re going for. Once you find a mascara that you like, you may want to invest in a shimmery topcoat that you can add on top of it for a little extra sparkle on special occasions.

When you apply mascara, it’s always a good idea to apply two or three coats. This will make sure every one of your lashes is covered and you’re getting the effect you want. It’s important to allow each coat to dry before adding more on, otherwise you won’t be building the product. Use a lash comb like Youngblood – Synthetic Eyebrow/Eyelash Defining Brush after each coat to make sure your lashes are separated and don’t have any clumps.

For really special occasions where you want to go all-out with your fringe, you may want to try a pair of false lashes. All you have to do is apply the glue either to your lash line or on the edge of the falsies, then use a pair of tweezers to hold the lashes and press them onto your lash line. It’s crucial to get them as close to your own lashes as possible. If you don’t want the full effect, ModelCo – Lash Out Individual Lashes + Glue can give you just a hint of length by adding a few lashes into the middle of your lids or on the outer corners.

After you apply false lashes, cover up the line by smudging an eyeliner over it, then using mascara to blend the fake lashes with your real ones. Your eyes will pop and you’ll feel like a supermodel every time you blink.

As long as you choose the right mascara for your lashes and take the time to curl them before you apply it, you’ll hardly need any other eye makeup to make your eyes look wide awake and beautiful.

The thick eyebrow trend

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Put down those tweezers!If you've been paying attention to runway fashion, chances are you've noticed the increasing size of many models' eyebrows. Since eyebrows serve to define your eyes, growing them out doesn't seem like a bad idea, as long as you don't let them turn into unruly caterpillars.

Overly thin brows can make you look older, which is why you may want to consider putting down the tweezers for a while and letting yours grow back to their natural thickness. It's fine to pluck the occasional stray, but don't touch any hairs that are growing more or less where your eyebrows are supposed to be.

While you're growing them out, use something like Paula Dorf – 2 + 1 for Brows to fill in sparser areas. It comes with two colors and a light wax, so you can mix up the perfect shade that will last all day.

Once your brows are grown out, use a Colorescience – Eyebrow Stencil to help you find the perfect shape. You may want to keep your brows a little thicker than what the stencil suggests – just use the guide to help you figure out how long they're supposed to be and where the best arch is.

How to play up Asian eyes

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

No more worrying about which eye makeup trends will work for you!Many Asian women get frustrated with eye makeup, which doesn’t always play up gorgeous eye shapes and might not show when your eye is open. Fortunately, there are tons of tricks, techniques and looks that you can use to pull off fabulous eye makeup that will enhance your unique features.

Techniques to try

1. Use foundation or a makeup primer on your eyelids. This will make sure your shadow stays on and lasts all day.

2. Eyes will look bigger if you layer your eyeshadow. Use darker colors close to your lash lines and lighter colors as you go upward on your lids. This gradual change of tone will give the illusion of depth.

3. When using an eyeliner (like Sothys – Waterproof Soft Eye Pencil, which comes with a smudge tool) to define bottom lash lines, smudge it out. This will prevent your eyes from looking smaller and bring your outer edges forward, creating a larger look.

4. Full brows and lips will keep your eye makeup looking natural. Use an eyebrow pencil to shade in sparse areas and a plumping gloss to amp up your pout.

5. If you have monolids, there’s no need to fake a crease with eyeshadow if you tailor your look to work for you.

6. Do your eye makeup before the rest of your face. This will prevent any loose shadow or mascara clumps from falling onto your cheeks as you’re applying.

7. If you’re going with false eyelashes, use individual lashes for a more natural look that will make your eyes appear wider.

Looks to try

1. Everyday glamour. This style works great if you don’t want a heavy makeup look or are just starting to experiment with eye makeup. To create defined eyes, sweep on a cool brown or plum eyeshadow, like one from Pixi – Eye Beauty Kit, along your top and lower lash lines. Go up your lid a little bit so it will show. Use a dark brown liner on your top lash lines, curl your lashes and apply a lengthening mascara. Chic and easy!

2. Modern smokey eye. This edgy look works great on all skin tones and even on close-set eyes. Use a warm brown eyeshadow all over your lids and slightly above the creases. Extend the color straight out beyond the outer corners if your eyes are closely set. Do the same with your lower lash lines, then apply dark brown or black eyeshadow over the top and bottom lash lines, without extending outward. Go over the top of the lash line with a black eyeliner, curl lashes and use plenty of lengthening mascara. Pair with pink lips for a cute touch.

3. Glowing goddess. An allover glow will give fair-skinned ladies a touch of radiance. Use a shimmery light gold shadow three-quarters of the way up your lids as well as on your inner corners and lower lash line. Use an olive green eyeshadow along the upper lash lines, making it thicker as you get to the outer corners. Go over the top lash line with a black eyeliner, then line the inner rims of your bottom lids. Curl your lashes and top with mascara for a fresh-faced look.

4. Bronzed babe. This, warm, monochromatic look compliments a tanned skin tone. Use a nude eyeshadow all over your lid, then apply a cool brown shadow from your lash lines to just above your creases. Sweep a dark brown or black eyeliner over your upper lash line and on your lower inner rims. Curl your lashes and use a brown or black mascara. Finish with a bit of bronzer and an apricot gloss.

Fall makeup trends to try

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Glossy red lips are in this fall!Just when you’ve mastered the summer makeup look, September rolls around and it’s time for a seasonal update. Luckily, this fall’s trends are easy to create and wearable with just about everything in your wardrobe, so making the switch should be effortless.

1. Metallic smokey eyes are totally in for fall and ready to spice up your night-time look. Just use your regular smoky-eye makeup (dark liner, dark shadow) and add a pop of a metallic shade like gold, bronze or silver to add a smoldering touch. Too Faced – Smokey Eye Kit can help you master the effect.

2. Dark red lips are bold but perfect for a bit of glamour. Keep the rest of your makeup simple to avoid any color competition, and make your lips the center of attention. Choose a wine-inspired color, and add a touch of clear gloss to achieve your own pout perfection.

3. Eyeliner is your best bet for adding definition, but rather than creating a perfect line, smudge it up a bit. Use a powder instead on your top lash lines and go over it with a wet brush for a soft, blended look.

4. Neutral colors are always in, but this fall’s version uses matching shades for a monochromatic look. Use a product like Jane Iredale – In Touch Cream Blush Stick for eyelids, cheeks, and lips. You’ll have a fast, easy application and a simple, pretty glow.

5. Ultra defined lashes are in for fall, so pick your favorite mascara and go a little overboard with multiple coats to make those peepers really pop. Skip the eyeliner and play up just your top lashes for a wide-eyed effect.

6. Matte lipstick is all the rage, and pretty pinks and corals are your best bets for making a serious impact. Use a lipstick brush to start at the center of lips and wing it out into the corners. Apply a bit of powder on top for a shine-free finish that will leave your lips looking soft and kissable.

7. Flushed cheeks are cute for any season, and fall is no exception. For a lasting impression, use a cream blush, which will stay put and make your skin look dewy. Use on the apples of your cheeks to define your facial shape.

8. Nude lips are extra sexy when you keep them glossy. A nude lipstick and matching gloss will warm up your face without making you feel naked, and you won’t have to worry about a perfect application because it will blend right in!

9. A glowing, candlelit effect on your skin is perfect for fall, as long as you stay away from overly shimmery or frosty shades. Choose a warm, peachy highlighter to smooth on the tops of your cheekbones, brow bones and the inner corners of your eyes for a fresh take.

10. It may seem a little strange at first, but glossy eyelids look fresh and pretty. Just put on your normal shade of eyeshadow and top with a touch of lip gloss. A clear shade will let your eyeshadow shine through, but if you’re feeling a little daring, use a tinted lip gloss for a little extra oomph.

11. You can relax when it comes to plucking your eyebrows this fall. A strong, defined brow is the new shape this season, and it’ll bring attention to your eyes. Don’t pluck too much, and try using a brow pencil in a shade darker than your brows to amp up sparse areas and give more definition. Your eyes will be loving the flattering effect.

Fixin’ up your brows

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Achieve perfect brows with an eyebrow pencil.You wax ’em, you pluck ’em, maybe you even dye ’em – for many women, dealing with their eyebrows is a hassle. No matter how often you head to the salon or break out the tweezers, it feels like your stubborn brows are never just the right shape. How do the stars achieve such a perfect look every single day? They’ve got a secret – and it’s called a brow pencil.

Whether you have whisper-thin, barely-there brows or naturally dark, thick ones that don’t mess around, a brow pencil can help you define shape, add color and fill in bare patches for a flawless look in no time. The right brow shape can frame your face, bring out your eyes and soften (or toughen!) your look, so follow this tutorial for perfect brows every single day.

This isn’t art class

First, it is important to remember that your eyebrows should be natural – you don’t want to look as though you’ve drawn them on with pencil (although you essentially have, of course!). This means no picking up black brow pencil when you’re a natural blonde. Blondes and redheads, if your eyebrows are barely noticeable, you can opt for a light brown that will give added definition without looking too extreme. This tip works excellent for ladies of a certain age who are starting to gray, too.

And remember, absolutely no shaving your eyebrows and starting from scratch with your new art tools. A brow pencil should enhance your natural brows, not drastically alter them. Drawn-on brows never look natural, so stay away from anything too severe.

The right color makes all the difference

Pick a color that’s close to your natural shade. Blondes and redheads can go a few shades darker, while deep brunettes may want to go a shade or two lighter to avoid creating jet-black brows. The hue you choose should be able to easily blend into the surrounding hair. You don’t want it to look as though your natural eyebrow hair is sitting on top of a paint-shop swatch of color!

Keep a light touch

Brow pencil isn’t eyeliner, so don’t apply it like you’re lining your lids. Additionally, don’t draw an outline of your ideal eyebrow and start shading it in – it’ll look far too heavy-handed. Instead, you should gently draw tiny hairs by using short, staccato strokes in and around your existing brows. If you’ve got an area that’s overplucked or awkwardly sparse, you can fill it in by using a slightly heavier hand while drawing.

The trick to pulling off this look perfectly is making sure that eyebrow pencil is sharpened before you begin. With a sharp brow pencil, you can draw realistic hairs that’ll blend in with and enhance your natural brows.

Don’t forget to set!

To make sure your brow pencil doesn’t smudge or fade throughout the day, set your now-perfect brows with a hint of translucent powder or a makeup setting spray. Just be careful not to apply too much, or your brows will look dusty and clouded.

Finish up with your usual makeup routine, applying eyeliner, shadow and mascara. If you find yourself making a little extra eye contact with that hottie at the coffee shop today, don’t be surprised – he can’t help himself! Thanks to your flawless brows, all his attention is focused right on your peepers, so he just can’t keep himself from looking into your beautiful eyes.

We love Michelle Williams’ dark eyebrows

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

We love Michelle Williams' dark eyebrowsWhile recently praised Emma Stone for tinting her brows to match her red color-treated hair (the actress is a natural blonde), we can't help but applaud another starlet for doing the opposite. At the premiere of Blue Valentine, Michelle Williams stepped out with platinum locks and dark brown brows.

Williams' dark arches did more than complement her strands, however. The well-manicured brows effectively framed her face and made her green eyes pop. Of course, it didn't hurt that the blonde beauty wore a few coats of volumizing mascara.

Though tinting your brows to match your hair can create a natural-looking appearance, given Williams' porcelain complexion, light-colored arches would have washed her out.

Ladies looking to enhance their brows have a multitude of products to choose from, including pencils, powders and gels. If you use a pencil, select one with a spool on the end, like Sothys Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil, as the spiral brush will help pencil lines better resemble real hairs.

You should also make sure that the formula is water-resistant, like blinc Eyebrow Mousse. Trust us, runny brow makeup can look just as bad as smudged mascara – maybe even worse!