Archive for the ‘Eye Brows & Lashes’ Category

Country Strong makeup artist opens up about Leighton Meester’s looks

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Country Strong makeup artist opens up about Leighton Meester's looksLeighton Meester may be used to making headlines for her role as Blair Waldorf on The CW's hit show Gossip Girl, but she has recently been thrust into the spotlight for her portrayal of an up-and-coming country crooner in the soon-to-be-released film Country Strong, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

While Meester may be known for her chic, east coast style, makeup artist Sherri Laurence transformed the young brunette into a true Nashville gal for the movie.

"The country look these days is very put together – not a hair or a lash out of place," Laurence told Allure magazine. "[Meester's] character is a Dallas beauty queen, and in the beginning, she was very over-the-top. She had hard, hard blush, bright eyeshadow, and frosty lip gloss. She looks like country Barbie."

She also used faked lashes in the movie, on both Meester and Paltrow, and offered women who want to don faux fringe a few tips.

"Trim the ends if they're too long. Nothing looks worse than fake lashes that stick out past your natural ones," she advised. "And attach them as close to the natural lash line as possible."

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearance

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Makeup tips for a more youthful appearanceWhile it can be fun to learn about the hottest trends that are gaining popularity around the world, sometimes practical makeup advice is even better. After all, beauty products are supposed to help you look your best, and sometimes painting your lips the newest shade of fuchsia isn’t as flattering as you might have hoped.

Women who want to look a few years younger may want to stop looking toward the runways and try a few basic techniques that can create a more youthful appearance.

It’s often said that eyes are the window to your soul, so making sure that your peepers look their brightest is an important step when trying to appear younger. But before you stock up on beauty products, you may want to make an appointment with your eye doctor.

“Ninety percent of the time when women in their 30s come in for Botox, I send them to the opthamologist because they need a stronger prescription,” Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch told Harper’s Bazaar. She added that when women can’t see properly, they squint, deepening frown lines. In addition to visiting the doctor’s office, a high-quality eye treatment, like Babor Sensational Eye Cream, can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving elasticity.

There are also a few cosmetic tricks that can help open-up your eyes and make them appear younger. Instead of thick liquid liners, use a soft pencil to emphasize your eyes. Youngblood Intense Kohl Eye Pencil boasts bold pigment but remains soft enough to smudge and blend.

Additionally, don’t neglect your eyebrows, as Harper’s Bazaar reports that full arches are a sign of youth. For a natural look, use a pencil to enhance sparse brows, opting for light, short marks as opposed to filling in the area completely. Look for a pencil with a spool on the end, such as Sothys Eyebrow Enhancing Pencil, as the brush can help smooth out and break up the color to create the appearance of fine brow hairs.

When selecting a lipstick color, opt for lighter shades, makeup artist Matin Maulawizada told the news source, adding that darker hues can be unflattering on more mature women because lips get thinner with age. Ladies should also avoid peach and orange-toned formulas, which can make teeth appear more yellow. Instead, neutral and rosy-colored lipsticks are great alternatives.

If you do have more pronounced lines around your mouth, which is fairly common as skin ages, use a lip primer, like GloMinerals gloLip Filler Pencil, to keep lipstick from bleeding.

While it may seem that all women have different ways of applying blush, ladies looking for a more youthful appearance should brush on color above the apples of their cheeks. According to makeup artist Sandy Linter, applying blush to the highest point of the cheekbone creates an instant lift. Instead of bold hues, opt for a warm tone that blends with your natural skin tone.

Though a sunkissed complexion is often thought of as young and desirable, more mature women may want to stay away from self-tanner, as it can emphasize age spots, Linter told the publication. Instead, she recommends using a warm-colored foundation to perk up pale skin.

To hide blemishes, Maulawizada suggests using camouflage instead of concealer, as camouflage has less oil so it won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles as easily. Paula Dorf Total Camouflage features two shades of cover-up in one pan, allowing women to create a custom hue that perfectly matches their skin tone.

Common beauty mistakes to avoid

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Common beauty mistakes to avoidWhile nobody is perfect, it's not unreasonable to want to look as impeccable as possible. However, according to Real Simple magazine, there are a few common beauty mistakes that may be keeping you from creating a flawless face.

If concealer is applied too soon after moisturizer, the creamy lotion can cause the concealer to thin out, which can result in blotchiness and limit the amount of coverage the product provides, makeup artist Laura Geller told the news source.

Instead, wait for your skin to absorb the moisturizer (roughly 60 seconds) or, if you're in a rush, blot your face with a tissue and apply concealer.

When plucking eyebrows, be careful not to stand too close to the mirror, as the news source reports that this causes women to pay more attention to each hair, and not the overall shape of the arch, which can result in uneven brows.

Beauty expert Ramy Gafni suggests using a large mirror near a window, standing close to the mirror to tweeze and taking a few steps back after every few hairs to survey the symmetry and shape of your brows.

Bold brows are hot for fall

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Bold brows are hot for fallMake no mistakes about it – this fall, bold brows are in. However, the look can be a tricky one too master, as there is a fine line between Brooke Shields-like arches and Groucho Marx brows. Luckily, creating fuller arches doesn’t have to difficult, as long as you follow a bit of expert advice.

Before you begin, make sure your brows are well groomed. Use Tweezerman Slant Tweezers to clean-up the shape of your arches and remove any stray hairs.

Next, you are ready to begin applying color. “Brush brows upwards then lightly draw dashes to fill in gaps that are between your natural hairs using a brow pencil…that is one shade lighter than your natural hairs,” reports. Follow by using an angled brush to apply a powder that is the same color as your brows to deepen arches.

Finally, finish by dusting brows with a bit of gold eyeshadow, as the news source reveals that the shimmery powder will make brows appear fuller.

While this new trend may be surprising to some, many women may want to give it a try. “I think that brows are one of the most important features of the face,” celebrity makeup artist Molly Stern told the website. “In a bold brow lies the strength and character of the face.”ADNFCR-3538-ID-19933823-ADNFCR

How to create fuller, natural-looking brows with a pencil

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

How to create fuller, natural-looking brows with a pencilWhile some women are blessed with naturally full brows, other ladies require the assistance of makeup to enhance sparse arches. Unfortunately, it’s no secret that crafting defined yet natural-looking arches can be difficult.

However, when armed with the right products, filling in your brows can be relatively simple.

Let the color of your arches determine the shade of brow pencil you select. According to O Magazine, ladies who possess light-colored brows should opt for a pencil that is two shades darker than their hair color, and those who have dark arches should use one that is two shades lighter.

Lightly line the upper and lower edge of your arches with a pencil, and fill-in your brow with short strokes, the publication advises. Next, run a spoolie – a wiry brush, similar to an unused mascara wand – over brows to soften and blend the color. Finish by brushing on a clear brow gel or mascara to keep the color from smudging.

GloMinerals gloPrecision Brow Pencil is available in four shades and features a spoolie on one end. If your pencil does not include a brush, however, the news source recommends using Tweezerman Brow Shaping Brush.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19930261-ADNFCR

Do-it-yourself solutions for removing unwanted hair

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Do-it-yourself solutions for removing unwanted hairHair removal can be overwhelming for women, especially when tackling the delicate areas of one’s face. From eyebrows to upper lips, what are the best, do-it-yourself ways to rid skin of excess hair?

According to, eyebrows can be easily maintained with simple tweezing, as long as you have the right tools at your disposal – a white pencil and a good pair of tweezers.

“Hold the pencil against the side of your nose and put a line where it hits your eyebrow,” the website suggests. “Tilt the pencil diagonally so it touches the outer corner of your eye and mark that spot [as these will be your brows’ parameters]…Finally, put a dot just above the outside of your iris – that should be the highest point of your arch.”

Once you have connected the dots and marked your brows, use a sturdy but precise pair of tweezers, such as Tweezerman Slant Tweezers.

To eliminate superfluous upper lip hair, women could easily wax stray strands away, but the news source reminds women to stick to low-temperature products intended specifically for facial use, as wax kits designed for other body parts can burn the face. Moom Express Pre Waxed Strips for Face & Bikini require no additional heating as the product melts with your body temperature and comes with a cucumber and jojoba finishing oil to soothe and moisturize skin.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19920745-ADNFCR

Get fuller-looking eyebrows like Whitney Port

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Get fuller-looking eyebrows like Whitney PortWhen it comes to brow maintenance, ladies are often worried about finding the best ways to trim down their arches. But what about women with sparse brows? Whether they are naturally thin, or a result of accidental over-tweezing, girls seeking thicker arches may want to take a hint from reality starlet Whitney Port.

According to, Port’s makeup artist uses Talika Eyebrow Extender on The City’s leading lady, to give her brows a boost. The formula is packed with natural-looking fibers that fill in bare patches and stay put all day. While each shade boasts clear gel, the fibers come in three separate hues, to match any woman’s coloring.

However, ladies with sparse eyebrows may not have a defined arch to use as a guide when applying the product. Those who would like a bit of assistance can use Colorescience Eyebrow Stencil, which is available in three different shapes, as a guideline when creating the perfect arch.

Even women with thin eyebrows have the occasional stray hair that must be eliminated. Tweezerman Point Tweezers boast hand-filed tips engineered to grab even the finest hairs.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19912175-ADNFCR

Let your face shape influence your arches

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Let your face shape influence your archesGrooming one’s brows is an important part of creating an overall great look, but many women may not know that they should sculpt their brows according to their face shape. Luckily, released some insider tips to help women find their most flattering arches.

Women with a round face should aim to frame their visage with thicker, more angular brows to deemphasize fullness and provide balance. But, when crafting the perfect arch, beware of over-plucking – a too-tweezed brow does not give the appearance of a thinner face!

Those with a heart or square-shape should opt for a different approach. Because their faces already boast exquisite angles, ladies should create softer, more delicate brows.

Finally, girls with oval faces have a bit more freedom, as they can pull off medium or full brows and prominent arches, but should remember to pluck evenly to maintain symmetry.

The right tools can make creating perfect brows a breeze, and products from Tweezerman will help you to pluck perfectly. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are angled to provide a comfortable grip, but those with finer hairs may prefer the Point Tweezers for increased accuracy.

To craft the perfect shape, Tweezerman Facial Hair Scissors can be used to precisely trim longer hairs.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19895261-ADNFCR

Tweezerman tweezers and the right techniques make great eyebrows easy

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Tweezerman tweezers and the right techniques make great eyebrows easyMany women are borderline fanatical when it comes to keeping their eyebrows perfectly groomed. Some have standing appointments with their waxers that are never (under any circumstances) missed, while others choose to attend to their brows themselves.

For ladies who dare to pluck their own arches, there are a few simple ways to assure that their eyes look just as striking as those of the women who choose to be professionally tweezed, waxed or threaded.

One of the golden rules of plucking your own brows is to be certain that you only pluck from the bottom – pulling from the top may make it difficult to keep the natural shape of your brow line, which should be flattering to your face and features.

Most experts recommend tweezing from just above your eyelid and up toward your arch. While well-groomed eyebrows are attractive, overly thin may be just as bad as overgrown, so don’t go overboard!

After you’re done, brush a swab of antiseptic over the area to reduce redness or inflammation, and to keep blemishes from popping up.

Using the right tools can also be extremely helpful. A pair of high-quality tweezers, like Tweezerman tweezers, will allow for precise plucking, which may reduce skin irritations.ADNFCR-3538-ID-19864828-ADNFCR

Eyebrow Care and Makeup Techniques

Friday, January 5th, 2007

Eyes are naturally shaped and categorized into three categories: oval, round and slanted. Then they are subcategorized into smaller groups including small eyes, large eyes, hooded eyes, deep-set eyes and wide set eyes. Eye shape does not play a huge role in shaping your eyebrows. Your eyebrow should look well groomed and not too thick or too thin.

The best place to start when shaping your eyebrow is to look in the mirror and determine where you brow begins. Hold a pencil vertically against the out side of one nostril, where the pencil hits your brow is where the brow should start. Do the same on the other side. Then hold the pencil again at the outward nostril and aim it vertically to the outer corner of your eye, this is where your brow should stop. You never want to have “bushy eyebrows” but over tweezing can be detrimental. Your eyebrows can change the look of your entire face and expression, so tweeze carefully. If aren’t sure about it go to a professional and have them start the shape for you and you can keep them maintained at home.