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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.

Tips for rocking bold brows

       
Friday, August 30th, 2013

Tips for rocking bold brows

Move over, pencil-thin eyebrows: bold is back. Though you might have been too scared to rock this trend, it’s time to embrace it. Not only have runway models and celebs alike been sporting thicker shapes, but the style can be incredibly striking and truly eyebrow-raising. Still hesitant to let them grow out for fear of giving up your neat look? Just follow these simple tips for full, polished brows.

First, you need to figure out what brow design is best for your face shape. For example, round faces look better with a high arch, while flatter, horizontal shapes look better on long faces.

Next, Cosmopolitan magazine explained that it’s crucial to groom your brows with a brow brush. Brushing in an upward moment will emphasize a high peak. Next, use a neutral colored brow pencil to fill in and define the shape. When choosing a shade, it can be helpful to mix colors. Allure magazine explained that darker hues help to emphasize the arch at the center of the brow, while lighter colors are great for softening up the shape at the outer edges.

Cosmopolitan noted that drawing upward results in a far more natural look because that’s the direction that your hair grows in. Keep building the pencil until the color is as bold as you’re willing to make it. Allure recommended applying the pigment more heavily on the outer two-thirds of your brows. Finally, pick up your brow brush again and graze it gently across the hair to soften the pigment.

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
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.

Square
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.

Diamond
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.

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

Oval
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.

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

Bold brows still popular as spring rolls on

       
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Bushy brows still popular as spring rolls on

True makeup can help you fine-tune everything from your peepers to your pout, but it’s worth taking a look at up-and-coming trends to stay on par with what’s hot in the current season. MSN reported that bold brows are all the rage on the runway, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere in the near future. You can expect to see more celebrities with fuller brows this summer as the style continues to reign supreme in Hollywood.

If you’ve always wanted to ditch your tweezers or skip your waxing appointment, now is the perfect time to do so. Achieving a beautiful, bold brow is also simple, according to SheKnows. All you have to do is let it grow, then get to sculpting!

A professional can be consulted if you’re used to pencil-thin brows and want a few pointers on how to go bigger. Then, think about investing in an at-home hair removal product to eliminate stray hairs as your brows grow out. Doing so can help you eliminate the process of plucking if you want to avoid pain. In the end, you’ll fall right in line with spring’s hottest trend!

Three steps to perfectly filled-in brows

       
Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Filled-in brows are easier to get than you think!Even if you're a pro when it comes to plucking and shaping your brows, you might not have perfectly filled-in arches. After all, you don't have control over where those little hairs grow (or don't grow)! But getting the brows you long for isn't as hard as you think. In fact, it only takes three steps!

1. Outline with brow pencil. Use a brow pencil like BABOR – Maxi Definition Eye Brow Pencil and a straight-edged object to outline the general shape of your brows. The Beauty Department recommends holding the straight edge against all of the sides that make up your brows, then using the liner to trace the edges.

2. Fill in with powder. Now that you have a good shape to work with, shade it in with brow powder, like being TRUE – Brow Definer. Use short strokes in the direction of your brow hairs so it looks as natural as possible.

3. Set with brow gel. Once your brows are outlined and filled in, you can set them with brow gel to ensure that they stay put all day and night. Brush the hairs upward and out for a flattering effect.

Are you eager to add more definition to your brows?

       
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Are you eager to add more definition to your brows?Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and wished you had better, more evenly defined brows? While plucking and waxing arches into the perfect shape can be a hassle, it's even more difficult determining which shape is the best for your face!

According to Elle Magazine, the careful art and science of brow shaping boils down to the placement of your brow bone – if you've got a high set brow bone, you should let your arches grow in thicker, since it's bound to be more flattering on your face. Conversely, those with smaller, more delicate features can be easily overwhelmed by full brows.

If, even after plucking, you're still not getting the definition you crave, try using a brow emphasizer that features a tinted gel formula. A product like this helps carefully sculpt brows, which in turn can frame your face to perfection!

For an added allure, you can also create the appearance of lusher brows with a mineral pigment brow kit that blends seamlessly with your complexion. You're sure to look radiant once you're through with this regimen.

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.

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.