Posts Tagged ‘bare’



There’s only one thing that I love more than a side-by-side diagram. A side-by-side-by-side diagram! This way we can really single out one feature and study the difference between three different application techniques. Yes, I left out a brow pencil, one of the most popular brow products, but only because I’m saving it for my next brow study. Today we’re focusing on bare, brow shadow and wet brow shadow.

  • BARE: This look is for those of us who like a soft and effortless look. Use a spooly brush or disposable mascara wand to follow the natural brow direction: 1. brush the base hairs upward and 2. brush the “tail” diagonally downward.
  • BROW SHADOW: This look is for those of us who like to frame the eyes and define the brow. With a stiff, angled brow brush (my favorite is MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Angled Eyebrow Brush #270) and a brow powder (I love Laura Mercier’s Brow Powder Duo because you can dip the brush back and forth into both shades), draw individual brow hairs in upward motions as you work your way from the inside of the brow to the tail. For more comprehensive instructions, revisit my Brow 101 Tutorial.
  • WET BROW SHADOW: This look is for those of us who like a really bold brow to make a statement. It’s also a great way to change the shape of the brow (see how I made Lacy’s more angular and pointed above). To do this, simply wet the same brow brush (revisit my Retro Brow Tutorial for more details), dip it into the brow shadow, draw the outline of the brow you want, then fill it in. You can also do this technique with a Brow Stencil.

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photos: design: eunice chun/post: amy nadine

Such a contrast this season on the eyes of the runways of New York Fashion Week! We saw either really bright and fun washes of color inspired by the clothes or very minimal eye makeup that let the fashion have center stage. And… we were able to get the 411 from the head makeup artists at a few of the shows to find out exactly what they used in case you want to recreate the looks yourself!


  • Peter Som: Makeup artist Tom Pecheux wanted an ombre watercolor effect on the eyes and used his fingers to apply MAC Eye Paints for a DIY feel (these are our favorites). He focused the lighter version of the shade on the lid, the medium version on the crease and the darker version of the shade on the brow bone.
  • Nanette Lepore: Makeup artist Max Delorme used MAC Pro Paint Slicks by mixing Pure White with the colorful shades to instantly make them into pastels without losing any intensity and applied them all over the lid.
  • Donna Karan: Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury traced MAC Lip Liner in Magenta (no that isn’t a typo!) on both the upper and lower lashlines then instead of mascara, she painted MAC Pro Chromaline in Process Magenta on the lashes. So cool.
  • Monique Lhuillier: Makeup artist Val Garland lined the upper lid with MAC Chromagraphic Pencil in High Def Cyan then followed it with a sweep of MAC Electric Eel Eye Shadow.


  • Naeem Khan: Makeup artist James Boehmer used NARS Madgue Duo Eyeshadow with a couple coats of NARS Larger Than Life Mascara.


post designs by amy nadine

We have a lot of options for our eyebrows these days, depending on our skill level, taste and what moods we happen to be in that day… we can leave them bare or fill them in for definition, or we can go extreme by bleaching them or filling them in darker and wider. Read on for inspiration and tips on each look.

BARE: This natural brow creates a soft and ultra-feminine look. It can be acheived by combing through them with a spooly brush, disposable mascara wand, brow brush or brow comb. Always comb each individual hair in an upward and outward direction. Then set them with a clear brow gel or with hairspray. (Don’t spray directly on the brows though! Spray the brush/comb immediately prior to use.)

DEFINED: This perfectly-groomed brow creates a very put-together look. If you are one who takes pride in making sure your nails are always done, your shoes and handbags match and your outfits are well-tailored, you have to wear this brow. It can be acheived by first cleaning up your brows at home using Lauren’s Brows 101 tutorial or having them professionally shaped at a salon. Then fill them in with a brow pencil or shadow in the exact same shade as your own brow color, using the techinique of drawing dozens of individual hairs with quick little flicks of your wrist, mimicking your own hairs’ growth direction. Spend a little time accentuating your arch and finishing the end with a pointed line.

BOLD: This extreme brow creates a very strong and rigid look that’s really popular on runways and editorial shoots in magazines. So why did I include it? Because for one thing, it shows you how much of an impact the brows have on your face, really framing the eyes. One night, fill in your brows a couple shades darker than your own brow hair color and a little wider than their natural shape. There are brow stencils at your local drug store that can help you play with different arched shapes. You might really like this new look on you (I’m obsessed with it on myself after a decade of insisting on keeping my brows bare!) Or with all the fun camera apps on our phones now, why not create your own photo shoots with friends and see what you look like with bold brows?

BLEACHED: Yes this look is very extreme and won’t work on everyone. But we only live once, so if there’s a side of you that’s always been a little curious about how you’d look with bleached brows, I’d first cover them up with cream foundation (use a sponge and stipple the product over the brows) then step back from the mirror and see if you like it.  If you really like the way it makes your cheekbones more prominent, then visit your salon and have them bleached professionally (please don’t try it on your own at home!).

XO Amy Nadine