Posts Tagged ‘brows’

MAKE IT LAST

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

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

I have very light brows and love darkening them a few shades. But I hate it when it fades throughout the day. Hate. It! I got them tattooed last year (see my before and after here) and get the hairs tinted on the regular, but everything fades and I still have to shade them in each morning (oh well, there are bigger problems in the world). But I’ve learned that if I apply my eyeshadow primer before I fill them in, the shadow doesn’t move. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

tbd brow longevitySTEPS

Make sure you press hard enough with the primer to hit the skin behind the hairs, since that’s where the shadow is going to go.

BROW INSPIRATION

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

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

This is what you’re going to love about this brow: it’s defined, but you can still see skin behind the hairs. A departure from the stenciled-looking brows that everyone was rocking last year. How do you achieve this? You line the perimeter lightly but instead of filling it in with shadow or pencil strokes, you use a tinted brow gel to darken the hairs while leaving the background skin bare. I cannot tell you how happy it makes me! Here’s how to do it yourself:

TOOLS:

Brow Sophisticate STEPS

For my avid makeup mavens, this is the eye shadow quad ($$) I used on Leah and this is the lash strip ($$) I used.

LIFT AND LIGHT

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

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

I love this trick because it accomplishes three beautiful things. First, the highlight above the brow creates the illusion that the brow is slightly raised. Second, the highlight below the brow creates the illusion that the lid is slightly raised. So both areas look “lifted”. And third, both actions draw attention to the brows, lighting them up with a halo effect. Genius! It’s subtle, as it should be, but worth taking a few seconds to do. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

TBD browlighterSTEPS

STEPS:

  1. After applying foundation all over your face, start just above the brow and sweep the brush from the distance of the beginning of the brow to the arch of the brow.
  2. Continue from above the arch of the brow to the end of the tail.
  3. Blend with your finger or a Beauty Blender.
  4. Do the same thing just underneath the brow, starting at the beginning of the brow to the end of the tail.
  5. Again, blend it in by tapping with your finger or a sponge.

For inquiring minds, Charlene is wearing BareMinerals Moxie Lipstick in Go the Distance and this Marc Jacobs #7 Style Eye-Con Eyeshadow Palette.

A LITTLE BROW HELP

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

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

This little quick tip is much more powerful than you might think. If you only shade over brow hairs, you are filling in but you’re missing the chance to also define. But if you move the brow hairs temporarily by brushing them down, you expose the skin behind them, giving you the chance to draw directly on it. Then you simply brush the hairs back up and the illusion is done! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • A Dual-Ended Brow Brush — Look for one that has a spoolie (looks like a clean mascara wand) on one end and a stiff angled brush on the other end, like this one ($$) used on Brook above or this one ($).
  • Brow Shadow — My favorite brow shadow palettes are these ($$$) but you can also use this one ($).

STEPS:

  1. Here’s the trick! When you get to the arch, brush all those hairs downward with the spoolie. This exposes the skin so you can draw directly on it.
  2. Now load up the angled brush in the brow shadow and draw the arch directly on this skin.
  3. After you’ve drawn it in, switch back to the spoolie end and brush the hairs back up.
  4. Now finish filling in the tail.

For the fashionistas out there, this is the cozy chunky knit sweater ($$$) that Brook is wearing above but this one ($) is on sale!