Posts Tagged ‘brows’

RAISING EYEBROWS

POST + PHOTOS BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

For those of you who don’t feel comfortable filling in your eyebrows, either because you like a more natural look or because it’s more effort than you’re willing to exert in the morning, this instant and subtle brow technique is for you! The only part that you fill in is the arch, also known as the High Point. You literally are drawing this figure ^ at the top of your arch, leaving the rest of it natural. Then brush brow gel through the hairs in the directions above. It’s a quick technique but has a big payoff: more of an arched and raised brow that makes your eyes look more awake and younger! Here’s how: (more…)

DARKENING YOUR EYEBROWS

This one is for all you gorgeous gals with brows lighter than your hair color. The lovely Hannah was so kind to let me borrow her brows to show you how this is done. Her hair is naturally brown but her brows are fine and blonde. I do this on a lot of my clients in the salon if their brows are lighter than their hair color– often times on a blonde who goes darker. But you can do this at home with a rich brown dye. I prefer to get something in the ashe family when doing brows because ashe combats warmth and keeps your brows from going too golden/red. I also prefer to use something with a lower volume since your goal is not to lift, but to deposit. Try a non-permanent dye like the ones that wash out in 28 washes. I find that regular dye gets too intense and looks a bit fake when darkening brows. These ones by Clairol will do the trick! By the way– this is not the same process as lightening eyebrows (which we’ll get to soon) so keep in mind these steps are only for darkening. Okay, here we go!

You always want to be incredibly careful when using dye near your eyes. If you’re not good with stuff like this, enlist a friend! Keep your eyes closed while the color processes just to be safe.

  1. Start with clean dry brows. You don’t want to do this on brows that have been filled in with makeup because you won’t see the color change as well.
  2. Using a spoolie (which you can buy at any beauty supply) or an old mascara wand that has been shampooed and dried, comb out your brows.
  3. Apply color first to the inside half of the brow as you see Hannah doing above. I prefer doing this part first because I always find that it needs a little more time to process than the outsides. The hairs are usually thicker and more dense on the inside half.
  4. Wait a minute or two and go over it one more time with a little more color to make sure you didn’t miss any little spots– the inside halves of the brow can be really dense!
  5. Clean up the edges with a pointed q-tip. I use professional color remover, but you can also just use warm water. If you see any staining you can use SeaBreeze or any facial tonic to help remove the spot. But the whole reason you clean up as you go is to avoid staining. I would say you should give the insides 5-7 minutes to process before moving to the next step. You should see the color start changing/oxidizing.
  6. Next, apply the color to the outer halves.
  7. Clean up the edges again with a pointed q-tip and wait another 5-10 minutes. The color will probably appear darker than it really is and it can look a little scary. You can always remove a little dye with a q-tip to see where they’re at. If they’re not done, just put a little more color over that spot with your spoolie.
  8. Once it’s to your desired shade, use a dark towel with warm water to remove the rest of the color. You shouldn’t have much staining since you cleaned up as you go.
  9. Check your work in the mirror to make sure you didn’t miss any spots. If you did, just go back in and spot-treat it.

Good luck! Would love to hear your brow darkening experiences or any requests you have below. xo

TRY A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We still get many emails about brows, which is why we’re back to brows again today! If you’ve missed our Brow Stencil and Brows 101 photo tutorials, revisit them here and here respectively. If you still need a little help, maybe this new one will give you your a-ha moment! Sometimes you just need to grab an object with a straight side, like a comb, a skinny long brush or a ruler and use it to guide you by outlining the perimeter. Here’s how: (more…)

OWN IT!

photos: emma tempest + max abadian/post design: eunice chun

All my life I’ve tried to reshape my naturally straight brows to create the illusion of an arch. I know I’m not alone on this one! But just like learning to love short lashes, I’ve not only made peace with my arch-less brows, I’ve found the beauty in them. Most of the time, what we’re born with is how we look the prettiest (ok, I’m drawing the line at unibrows except Frida Kahlo could make a lovely argument on the contrary!). But sometimes we get influenced by what society deems is beautiful and we try to transform our unique features into theirs. So I’m taking this beautiful Day 2 in 2012 to encourage all of us to embrace what we have, starting with our brows. If you were born with a naturally high arch, love it and groom it like Lauren demonstrated in our Brow 101 tutorial. If you were born with straight brows, own them too. Here are six of the countless options you can do with straight brows (and since I’m sharing my favorite tools, all brow shapes can benefit!):

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