DIY BROW MOUSSE

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
  2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
  3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
  4. Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
  5. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
  6. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.

If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I never really appreciated toner for some reason. I thought it was something companies made to get us to buy more but wasn’t really necessary. And I still feel that way about some of them, but apple cider vinegar does something in a way that lotions and face washes don’t. It tightens pores, helps clear up acne and fights future breakouts. It’s anti-bacterial and an antiseptic and helps to re-balance your skin’s pH level after it’s been disrupted from washing it. I have yet to find a toner out there that can duplicate its properties. Here’s all you need to know:

TOOLS:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar– Look for an organic version (with Mother in it if you can as it’s full of enzymes).
  • Distilled/Filtered Water
  • Container — preferably a glass bottle
  • Chopstick or Spoon
  • Cotton Ball/Pad/Square

STEPS:

**Optional: If you are the very thorough type, you can first sterilize the glass bottle by boiling it in water.

  1. Fill half of the bottle with water. Again, if you’re the thorough type, you can certainly measure both the water and the apple cider vinegar. I prefer to eye it! Then shake the bottle of vinegar and pour it into the remaining half of the bottle.
  2. Give it a good stir.
  3. Place a cotton pad on top of the opening and turn it upside down to load it up.
  4. After you wash your face, sweep the cotton pad all over it (chest and back too if needed).

**If you have sensitive skin, instead of equal parts, try one part vinegar to 6 parts water to dilute it more. You can keep it that strength or eventually work up to 1:1. Some people can handle the vinegar undiluted, straight from the bottle!

SOFTEN UP!

TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

The best way to transition from Spring into Summer is with a Pastel Eye! It’s light and airy and really compliments the pastel fashion of the S/S14 runways. There are many ways you can pull this off and today I’ve narrowed it down to three: lashline only, upper lid or both lids. Of course you can swap any of the colors with any of the applications. Or choose a pale green or another pastel that you love! Here’s how to do each:

TOOLS:

LASHLINE ONLY:

  1. Trace the liquid liner along the lashline from the inner corner to the outer corner.
  2. Go back over it (I had to a couple of times) to make it more intense and less sheer.

UPPER LID ONLY:

  1. Apply the shadow all over the lid and crease with a shadow brush.
  2. Repeat if you need more intensity.

UPPER & LOWER LIDS:

  1. Apply the shadow all over the lid and crease of the upper lid with a shadow brush.
  2. Sweep the same shadow along the lower lashline as well.

Please tag us if you try one of these or a pastel of your own!

 

TRENDING

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Now that you’ve all nailed the cat eye, why not try lining your liner?

TOOLS:


  • Your Favorite Colored Liquid Liner: The best ones that I’ve found are Lime Crime Uniliners and MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liners because they’re incredibly pigmented. The Uniliners have a fine brush while the Aqua Liners have more of a felt tip.

LIQUID + LIQUID:

  1. Line the lash line with the liquid liner (start at the inside corner and sweep the brush to the outside corner). Let it dry!
  2. Line directly above it with the other liquid liner color. If you accidentally go over the bottom color, don’t sweat it. Let it dry then go back along the bottom line with the first color.

PENCIL (TOP) + LIQUID (BOTTOM):

  1. Start with the pencil and trace it along the lashline. Then trace above it (with the same pencil) so you’ve made it much thicker. Technically, try to make it twice as thick because you’re about to go back and half it.
  2. Now trace the liquid liner along the lashline so it’s half the width of the thick line you just drew with the pencil.

PENCIL + PENCIL:

You can do either method above. I prefer to line the bottom color first and then switch colors and draw the top color above it, but you can draw a thick line with the top color then draw a thinner line along the bottom half of it. **Tip: Perfect the line with an angled liner brush to smooth it out before it sets!