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5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try

       
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

5 New Lust Worthy Beauty Products to Try
Spring is in the air, and along with warm weather and flowers in bloom, it also means new collections and makeup from top beauty labels. This year in particular has already seen an impressive new selection of products with an emphasis on bright; bright eyes, bright nails and even bright skin. Here are some of the most sought after products right now:

Deborah Lippmann Spring Reveries Nail Lacquer Collection

The formula used by in Deborah Lippmann nail polishes is known for being chip resistant and providing a durable manicure, so they are well worth the price of admission. The Spring Reveries collection is made up of muted pastels, providing a bright and fresh pop of color. There are a total of five new shades:

theBalm – Cindy-Lou Manizer Bronzing Luminizer

The latest in the Manizer line, which also includes Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer, this product promises to brighten your skin and give you a sun kissed glow. The rose gold shade is so versatile it works with practically every complexion and can even be used as an eye shadow. Thanks to being incredibly finely milled, it makes skin appear luminous without being shiny or glittery.

Too Faced – A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette

After their success with the Cholate Bar Palette, Too Faced continues the theme with the A La Mode Eyeshadow Palette, featuring warm-toned shadows with a shimmer finish. This eye shadow palette comes with a selection of nine complementary shades that enable you do either create a neutral day or eye-catching night look. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, blend well and are crease resistant, even without primer.

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigments Palette

If you are interested in a day-glow look, the newest offering from Urban Decay should be at the top of your most wanted list. Urban Decay is known for their buttery soft and incredibly pigmented colors, and this palette is no exception. Colors are true to pan, and they wear well, refusing to fade or crease even after hours of wear. The 10 pigment collection features a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.

Philosophy – Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Moisturizer

Your face is your canvas for makeup, so you want the most clear and perfect skin possible. Whether you are noticing signs of aging or want to delay their onset, Philosophy’s latest moisturizer is a must for your beauty regimen. It is designed for all skin types, and it is able to gently but effectively soften skin while protecting skin and repairing damage.

Spring Manicure Trends

       
Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Spring Manicure TrendsSpring is the traditional time for rebirth and renewal, which makes spring the perfect season for trying out new styles. Along with donning shorter skirts and outfits in brighter hues, trendsetters may want to experiment with unique colors and nail art techniques this spring. The word for Spring 2014 nails is “subtlety,” so step outside the box and elicit compliments wherever you go with the following understated spring manicure styles that are easy to do at home.

Tortoiseshell

The ombré nail trend is still going strong, but the coming of spring gives you the opportunity to play with it a little and make it your own. Try the tortoiseshell, or ecaille, technique as an alternative. Recently demonstrated as a hair technique by celebrity fashionistas including Jessica Alba and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, tortoiseshell fading also looks great on your nails. With this technique, two nail colors, usually complementary, fade into each other much more subtly than with traditional two-tone ombré contrasting.

Pearled

Who knew that the timeless elegance of pearls could come to life on your nails? For a simple touch of luxury that works perfectly with your favorite little black dress, coat your nails with two layers of a sweet-colored polish, like bubblegum pink or sky blue. Using tweezers, carefully add pearl rhinestones at the base of each nail, covering about one-third of the surface.

Textured

Textured nails were on display at New York Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 runways, and adding a bit of texture is a great way to have fun with your nails without being too gaudy or over-the-top. Start with a light pastel or Earth-toned polish. On a paper plate, mix the polish with a few teaspoons of coffee grounds or coarsely-ground sugar, then apply. Make your three-dimensional nails shine by finishing with a topcoat.

Radiant Orchid

Radiant Orchid, 2014’s color of the year is bold and striking, and it’s perfect for those who like to stand out. On your nails, use the tortoiseshell technique with Radiant Orchid and a lighter violet or lavender hue, or accent a neutral-toned outfit with Radiant Orchid polish and lipstick. Because nothing about Radiant Orchid is subtle, a small touch is all it takes to turn heads.

Pantone Color of The Year: “Radiant Orchid”

       
Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Pantone Color of The Year:
The color of 2014, Radiant Orchid, is diametrically opposite to 2013′s emerald. Radiant Orchid is a perfect brew of purple and fuchsia with hints of pink. It exudes elegance, mystery and charm. Pantone 18-3224 is a dramatic hue that has already made its way into spring fashion trends, providing an energizing element that expresses confidence and vivacity.

Who can Wear Radiant Orchid?

Colors belonging to the purple family are associated with nobility because in ancient times, these colors were difficult to produce, limiting their use to royal garments. Today, Radiant Orchid can be reproduced as fabric dyes and cosmetic pigments.

Practically anyone of any age, male and female alike, can wear Radiant Orchid. Already, spring 2014 clothes and accessories are sporting variations of the orchid theme. It takes chutzpah to get away with an all-purple outfit, but it can be done. For those who favor subtlety, accessorize with orchid-inspired fashion elements.

Radiant Orchid on Your Face

The eyes love orchid-tone shadows. Play up your eyes by blending closely-related shades of orchid and pink eye shadows. Start with orchid-tinged eyeliner followed by a brush application of orchid eye shadow in the inner corner of the eye. Blend with an applicator. For a smoky look, apply a darker shade on the outer corners of the eyes.

Radiant Orchid lipstick is sultry and sophisticated, but it may be difficult to pull off. Opt for a delicate application of eye makeup,and the rest of the face should be velvety and flawless, which can be achieved with a mattifying foundation. Ensure that orchid lipstick remains run-free by applying lip primer or concealer on the lips prior to outlining with a lip liner and filling in with lipstick.

Radiant Orchid on your Nails

Nail fashion has never been this much fun before the Radiant Orchid trend. Add drama to the most drab outfit with nail polish that complements your outfit and your makeup. Choose a shade that does not clash nor match your outfit too perfectly.

Radiant Orchid on your Hair

No one can get away with a full head colored in Radiant Orchid, but this shade provides perfect highlights for a playful look. For a more sedate appearance, choose deeper shades of orchid and streak your locks only in strategic spots.

The Secret to Wearing Radiant Orchid

Pantone’s 2014 color of the year speaks to independent and innovative spirits. Avoid using a single hue on everything you are wearing. Monotone does not quite cut it when it comes to Radiant Orchid. Instead, choose different tones from the same purple palette to balance drama with high style.

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World

       
Monday, February 17th, 2014

The 7 Blunders of the Makeup World
Some women can make it look effortless, but don’t let them fool you – using makeup correctly is a skill acquired over years of practice and study. The stars can seem to set an impossible standard of beauty, for example, but what you’re really seeing is the handiwork of talented makeup artists who have gone to school for exactly what we’re going to talk about here. Fortunately, you don’t need to hire a personal makeup artist in order to look your best; in fact, sometimes its as easy as avoiding the 7 blunders of the makeup world:

1. Mismatched Foundation

All too often, the shade of a woman’s foundation is just a shade or two off – and it shows. Foundation isn’t intended to make you appear paler or more tan; instead, it is only meant to smooth out the minor imperfections that everyone’s face has. Try matching it on your jawline rather than on your wrist next time you’re buying foundation!

2. Overplumped Lips

While some believe that if you use lip liner just outside your lips’ natural lines, then fill it in with your lipstick, your lips will appear plumper. This effect is rarely achieved, however. Leave this one to the professionals.

3. Chunky Eyelashes

Dark, smoky eyes are supposed to entice and attract, but more often than not, you’re just applying too much mascara and eyeliner, which leads to chunks of eyelash and a haggard appearance.

4. Too Much Blush

People like to try and sculpt their faces with blush, or add vibrancy and youth, but that’s not the end result when you go overboard. Instead, you end up drawing attention to your makeup, rather than your natural beauty.

5. Overdone Eyebrows

We pluck them, pencil them, shape them, and shade them – eyebrows receive quite a bit of attention, but they’re better left alone (for the most part). A small amount of shaping is acceptable, but a natural brow is not just acceptable but attractive.

6. Light Pollution

Some products have luminous particles in them that are intended to give your face a fresh glow. It’s easy to use too many luminizing products, though, which can result in a powdery look to the makeup under certain lights.

7. Before Makeup Even Touches Your Skin…

Too many women make the mistake of applying makeup onto dry, unmoisturized and even flaky skin. The result is a dry, unfinished look to the makeup and even flakier skin. Smooth, moist skin means smooth makeup!

Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips

       
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Seven Winter Tips For Soft Lips
The cold days of winter can be the perfect inspiration for pulling out those gorgeous sweaters, chic boots and attractive scarves. You might even reinvent your makeup strategy and skincare regimen to look and feel your best during the most frigid of days. In the middle of all the frenzy, we often tend to ignore our precious pouts. Achieving soft, kissable lips, all through the year, does not have to be a mountain of a task. With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way to flaunting those absolutely attractive lips, no matter what the season.

Don’t Overdo The Lip Balm
Believe it or not, too much lip balm or gloss can actually dry your lips out. Our lips are conditioned to produce natural oils for protection and nourishment. By constantly applying a lip balm, you are reducing your body’s need to generate its own essential moisture. Choose a deliciously flavored lip balm for instant revitalization, and always remember that less is more.

Remove Those Dead Cells
Smiling with chapped and dry lips can be painful and embarrassing. Keep them smooth and supple by exfoliating with a quality lip scrub, once or twice a week. Empower your lips to sport that perfect shade of lipstick, all day and night, with a gentle scrub and intense moisturizing treatment.

Lip Masks Are In
A rejuvenating lip mask can be the perfect way to get rid of dead cells and heal your lips inside out. Make your own by combining a tablespoon of sour cream with a few drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of olive oil. Apply on lips and wash off after 20 minutes to reveal beautiful baby soft lips underneath. Follow with a lip renewal treatment in your favorite shade and flavor, such as Le Couvent des Minimes – Smile Lip Balm Honey.

Don’t Just Settle For Any Lipstick
Not all lipsticks are made the same. Choose yours wisely. Many lipsticks are infused with moisturizers that can boost the appearance and health of your lips. For a high-gloss look that is packed with all-day hydration and flavor, try Philosophy Fresh Cream High Gloss, High-Flavor Lip Shine.

Tap Into The Benefits Of Vitamin E
Your lip care routine does not have to be elaborate or time consuming. For an instant boost, dab a few drops of vitamin E oil on your lips to restore a youthful texture and negate the signs of aging. Vitamin E is loaded with antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect against sun damage. Choose lip care products that contain vitamin E for added benefits, such as Yu-Be- Lip Therapy or Dermalogica- Age Smart Multivitamin Power Firm for Eye and Lip Area.

Resist The Urge To Lick Your Lips
Licking dry and sore lips can worsen the situation by depleting the thin layer of natural oils on the surface. Never rub, lick or pick on your irritated and chapped lips.

Find Lip Balms With SPF
Your lips are exposed to the sun as much as your skin. Lips do not contain the protective pigment called melanin, found in your skin, and are equally prone to damage from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. A lip balm with SPF can be an ideal choice for protective coverage all day long. Try Kamins Chemist- Lip Balm SPF 20 for an intensive moisturizing lip treatment.

Beauty Must Haves for 2014

       
Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Beauty Must Haves for 2014
It’s time to put on your freshest face and update your beauty case for the new year. With so many products and looks, finding your favorite makeups, lotions, and cleansing products can be quite the chore. To help you pick the best items we’ve come up with a list of beauty essentials for 2014. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite things:

Beautyblender: The Duo Kit
If you’re looking for an easy flawless application tool, the Beautyblender is what you need. Its unique elliptical shape allows you to apply foundation, blush, or other liquids without fear of lines. With this sponge, your makeup is undetectable thanks to the absence of harsh edges. The fully rounded applicator makes perfect and undetectable application fool-proof. Aside from its effectiveness, these sponges are reusable and able to be laundered. We all feel good about saving the environment – even if it is just one makeup sponge at a time.

Buzzing Beauty Buffer by POP Beauty
If you prefer something more tech-savvy than Beautyblender: The Duo Kit, The Buzzing Beauty Buffer works with every makeup medium to create your most flawless face. Using gentle vibration, this buffer stimulates circulation while blending liquid, cream, mousse, or powder seamlessly. It’s a simple, ingenious product designed to take your makeup application to the next level. The vibrating function not only improves the look of makeup, it improves the natural glow of your skin, too. Simply dip the buffer into your choice of medium and apply in a circular motion. Voila! Beautiful, glowing skin is yours to behold.

Easy Pack from Baby Foot
While winter keeps your toes covered, summer is right around the corner. Don’t wait until it’s too late to fix your feet. The Baby Foot Easy Pack is one of our 2014 favorite beauty products because it delivers amazing results with minimal effort. Just apply, soak, and wash away. Your dead skin will peel away within a week leaving skin that’s baby smooth and sandal ready. You’ll be pedicure perfect in no time.

Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder
For those days when oil control is a must, Dermablend’s Loose Setting Powder is the icing to your face. It sets foundation without altering tone and provides a natural glow. This powder is smudge resistant, fragrance-free, and strong enough to last the entire day long. There’s no need to reapply or worry about break through shine. Basically, this powder is a life saving makeup setter. It controls shine, is lightweight and easy to apply, and blends beautifully with other products.

Snow Angel Duo from Philosophy
The holidays are over but that doesn’t mean the holiday spirit has to end. Combat the dull, dreary January days by incorporating a festive shampoo and shower gel/bubble bath into your routine. With the smell of soft snow and moisturizing power of shea butter, you’ll be on your way to blissful relaxation. Who doesn’t love soaking in a hydrating bubble bath to soothe dry winter skin? It’s a wintery escape in your own home, and you’ll love the shea butter skin benefits.

Le Couvent des Minimes – Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes
Instead of simply masking scents, purify your body and soul with the essential oils found in this daily deodorizer. Blood orange, lemon, and mandarin oils work in harmony to purge and prevent unpleasant smells. The sprig of rosemary adds an extra dimension of warmth and comfort. Everyday Deodorant with Alum Stone Eau des Minimes is simple enough for casual events, yet inviting and interesting enough for those special romantic evenings. No matter the occasion, this scent is sure to make – and leave – a lasting impression.

Our 2014 beauty must haves will put a smile on your face all year long. Although we emphasized the benefits during the cold winter months every beauty junkie knows the importance of oil-free skin, flawless makeup application, and soft, smooth skin at any time of year. We love using the Snow Angel Duo during especially hot summer days; it reminds us to keep a cheerful spirit and enjoy the summer sun. If you’ve forgotten about your feet, the Easy Pack from Baby Foot only takes a week so you can clean up those calluses at the last minute. When the heat opens your pores keep your face looking flawless with setting powder, Beautyblenders, and buffers, because beauty does’t have a season: beauty is eternal.

10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer

       
Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

10 Benefits of Using a Makeup Primer
Proper makeup application is an art. It takes special skills, the right tools and a suitable selection of cosmetics to enhance your best features while downplaying flaws and blemishes. In the quest for perfection, makeup primer has emerged as one of the most useful products in preparing the skin for makeup application.

What is Makeup Primer?

Makeup primer is applied to prepare your skin’s surface to accept various layers and different types of makeup. Applying makeup primer is like preparing a blank canvass for the artwork. Primers are made with waxes, silicones and polymers enriched with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and emollients. It is applied after the moisturizer but before the foundation.

Benefits of Using Makeup Primer

The condition of your skin varies depending on the climate, your skincare regimen and your overall health. Fortunately, your skin’s condition can be transformed with the magic of skincare products and cosmetics. In this regard, applying makeup primer can have many benefits.

1. Skin Softener
Makeup primers that contain vitamin-enriched emollients have a moisturizing effect on skin, improving texture and providing a smoother surface for makeup application. Philosophy’s The Present Clear Makeup is a multitasking makeup primer that creates a velvety surface so that cosmetics glide on much better.

2. Pore Minimizer
Moisturizers are formulated for optimum skin absorption. When foundation is applied directly after the moisturizer, your pores may show through the foundation. An application of makeup primer such as the Too Faced Primed & Poreless Pure Oil-Free Skin Smoothing Face Primer will resolve this problem.

3. Non-comedogenic Pore Sealing
Effective makeup primers create a silken surface on your face because they seal the pores. However, stick with non-comedogenic formulations that will not clog pores and cause skin irritation such as Age Smart Skin Perfect Primer made by Dermalogica.

4. Anti-aging Effect
Some face primers may contain antioxidants and other anti-aging ingredients. However, the youthful glow that comes from including makeup primer in your regular routine comes from the skin polishing effect of primers. Although the effect is temporary, primer application will minimize fine lines upon application. However, products like Dermablend’s Skin Perfector Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Primer may help make the skin look and feel younger if used regularly.

5. Reduce Redness and the Evidence of Acne
Primers intended for sensitive skin contain soothing ingredients. While primers are not formulated for acne treatment, using some of this product under your foundation will cover up unsightly acne. Radiant skin is possible with the blend of cucumber, cactus extracts and antioxidants in Skin Calming Face Primer SPF 20 by Colorscience.

6. Mattifying and Anti-flaking
While some primers can moisturize the skin, others are formulated to reduce oiliness that can lead to streaks in your makeup. Primers will also prevent absorption of talc from makeup products.

7. More Polished Makeup
Staring your makeup routine with a velvety canvas means makeup is applied more easily, creating a professional finish on your face.

8. Makeup Stays on Longer
Sweating is minimized on your face as the primer acts as a temporary pore sealant. This keeps your makeup in place much longer than if you bypassed primer application. Primers such as Borghese’s Prima Viso Face Primer create a uniform surface for your foundation, preventing the dreaded makeup melt off.

9. Easy Application
If you dislike heavy makeup, makeup primers were created for you. Makeup primers are lightweight gel or cream formulations, colorless or lightly tinted, that dry easily after application, keeping your preparation time to a minimum.

10. A Primer for Everyone
Regardless of your skin type, tone and condition, there is a makeup primer formulated for your skin. With a diverse selection of makeup primers available, feel free to experiment until you find the right match.

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

       
Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Beauty trends to toss and try in 2014

As the year draws to a close and 2014 rapidly approaches, we’re all looking forward to new makeup and hair looks to try out. However, there are some trends that simply aren’t worth embracing – or have had their time in the spotlight and no longer look as eye-catching. Just because something becomes a fad for a brief period doesn’t mean you should stick with it. In fact, some of the most popular crazes in the beauty realm aren’t universally flattering.

Aiming to update your appearance for the new year? Here’s a guide to which tired trends you should avoid, and which new looks you should adopt:

Hair
One thing’s for sure – you saw a lot of ombre in 2013, from hair to manicures and even on lips. While there’s definitely a convenience factor when it comes to this trend as it allows you to grow out those highlights without worrying about your roots, there’s a slightly different twist that’s emerging for 2014. Glamour magazine called this new technique “Ecaille,” or “Tortoiseshell coloring.” The method was developed by the London-based colorist Jo Hansford, and has been seen on both Jessica Alba and Scarlett Johansson. It’s a slightly softer look than the high contrast two-tone ombre. The finished effect is multi-tonal, meaning darker shades fade more naturally into lighter hues on the ends.

Those with wavy or curly hair will rejoice in the fact that it’s time to put down the straightening iron – the pin-straight look is getting a rest this year. 2014 will be all about volume as opposed to flat ‘dos, which can tend to look a bit boring. Embrace your naturally tousled texture with the right hair products and you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

As far as hair colors go, you can say goodbye to rainbow hues. Kyle White, the lead colorist at the Oscar Blandi Salon, told StyleList that he is seeing fewer clients ask for pinks, blues and other bright hair colors – which is probably a good thing as these pigments tend to fade after just a few washes and look less than stunning. Instead, he noted that more women will be opting for platinum hair. As Miley Cyrus, Elle Fanning and even the traditionally brunette Kim Kardashian are going for a cooler blonde, White expects more women to try this trend.

Makeup
Not all pink lipsticks are created equal. While bubblegum may have had a major moment in 2013, a new shade will be taking its place this year: fuchsia. As The Huffington Post pointed out, bubblegum is not flattering on many skin tones, but fuchsia can complement any complexion.

While dark lips were everywhere this year, Glamour noted that in 2014, more women will be reaching for rich berry shades in a sheer tinted formula. The advantage of these products is that they provide slightly less pigment so the final look isn’t quite as intense. Still, you can layer them if you want more drama. This is a subtler approach to the trend that is far more wearable than the grungy effect we saw in 2013.

Also, 2014 will be the year to lay off the bronzer a bit. This doesn’t mean you’ll be ditching your glow, it’s just that everyone is stepping away from the overly tanned look. For a natural radiance, try a light-reflecting tinted moisturizer and only use a bronzer that’s one to two shades deeper than your skin tone.

Although nail art isn’t completely out this year, it will be going through a major transformation. Instead of over-the-top graphics, try out some simpler designs like stripes, color blocking and a half-moon take on the French manicure in neutral lacquer hues.

Shine at all of your holiday parties

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

Shine at all of your holiday parties

Your social calendar is looking stuffed – and while you couldn’t be more excited about all the upcoming soirées, you’re also already strategizing your look. After all, with the twinkling holiday lights, festive decor and glitzy party dresses, it’s not easy to stand out. However, with a touch of the right makeup, you’re bound to light up the room.

Every bash has a different mood, so they require varied makeup products, tricks and tactics. Here’s how to create a flawless look for all your upcoming affairs:

The family party
As you gather around the fireplace with loved ones, singing carols and exchanging memories from years past, you’ll surely be all aglow, and your makeup should reflect the same warmth. For a bright-eyed look, dab some highlighter with light-reflecting particles just at the inner corners of your eyes. Your look wouldn’t be complete without that just-in-from-the-cold fresh-faced flush, so sweep a light layer of rosy pigment onto the apples of your cheeks. Go for a sheer lip color that simply enhances the natural color of your pout.

The office party
The key at the company party is to look sophisticated and polished but still approachable, meaning a bold red lip and elegant golden eyes. If you have cool undertones in your skin, reach for a blue-based red like a rich berry. Warmer complexions can rock a brick red or a shade that errs on the orangey side. Next, rub a gold cream eyeshadow onto your lids and use a blending brush to distribute the pigment until your eyes are glimmering just the right gilded hue. You can also apply a warm medium brown shadow in the crease for some added allure.

The girlfriends party
Girls just want to have fun, so why not embrace some seasonally festive shimmer for a shindig at your BFF’s? Whether or not it’s snowing outside, sparkling silver eyeshadow promises a winter wonderland appeal. Dust a pale slate gray loose powder onto your lids and then to further illuminate your eyes, apply highlighter along the brow-bone. Lining your upper lash line with a charcoal pencil will give you subtle definition, while a layer of sleek black liquid liner will make your eyes pop more dramatically. To finish the look, sweep two layers of volumizing mascara onto your upper lashes and apply a neutral lip gloss, which will give your pout a glossy sheen but won’t compete with your glittery eyes.

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

       
Friday, December 20th, 2013

All about brows: Your guide to bold styles

2013 could very well go down as the year of the eyebrow. Of course, not just any style of eyebrows was making a splash – it was the bold look that seemed to be everywhere. With starlets, singers and other celebrities sporting this trend and fashion models strutting down the runway with it as well, one thing became clear: Over-plucking is out. In fact, women began to pay more attention to their eyebrows in their beauty routine, reaching for pencils and stencils to achieve the right shape. Meanwhile “brow bars” opened up across the country, helping fashion-forward patrons to groom theirs to perfection.

While fuller brows may look easier to achieve and maintain than slender ones, there is still some work that goes into this look.

Follow these three simple steps and you’ll be rocking a striking shape in no time:

Step 1: Trim and tidy
Whether you have brazen brows that tend to look overgrown quickly or only have to deal with eliminating a few strays, you need to tidy up the shape before you go bold.

Start by sweeping a brow brush upward through the hairs. Look for any hairs that poke out above the arch, and then carefully trim the very ends. Then repeat the same process but brush the hairs downward this time. Don’t get scissor happy, either. Remember that you can always go back and trim more off – but if you overdo it, it’ll be hard to get the full look you’re going for.

Don’t put the brow brush down just yet. Comb it through your hairs upward and across once again to create some lift at the arch. This will help you to see the natural shape, which you’ll enhance in the next step.

Step 2: Fill in the gaps
You may see some sparse areas in your brows, or perhaps the hairs are so light that they almost seem to blend in with your skin. Either way, there are plenty of ways to boost your brows so that they stand out.

First, you need to prep them for the pigment. Founder of The Beauty Bar and brow expert to the stars Kristie Streicher revealed her signature feathered technique for tinting and shaping to Refinery 29. She recommended swiping a tinted brow mousse or gel through the hairs in an upward motion. Then, she suggested applying a second coat going in the opposite direction. The key is to press the tip of the applicator to each individual hair to make sure they all get coated. Afterward, it’s important to brush the hairs back to smooth them out.

Step 3: Color contrast
Now it’s time to reach for an eyebrow pencil that matches your natural hair color. Make light, short strikes in an upward motion to ensure that the look mimics the direction of your hair growth and the pigment doesn’t go on too heavy. One of the biggest mistakes that women make is applying the pencil to the skin, when actually you want to focus on the hairs themselves. It’s best to concentrate on the outer two thirds of your brows. Your brow brush comes in handy once again to blend and soften the color.

If the look you get with a pencil is too dramatic, you might opt for a brow powder, which creates a softer, feathered effect. If you can’t find the perfect color to match your hair, you can always blend several shades. Brush it along your hairs from the arch outward, avoiding the inner third of your brows. Then go back and gently blend the pigment toward the inner corners.