Posts Tagged ‘eyebrow’

TWO SECRETS TO STUNNING BROWS

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

You have to try these two brow tricks! First, instead of just one tool, use both a pencil (for the perimeter) and a shadow (to shade). And second, combine a warm shade (the shadow) with a cool shade (the pencil). Just like painting, it adds dimensions when you mix mediums and tones and gives a much richer result… so why not employ the same theory with your brows? Here’s how:  (more…)

A TRIO OF BROWS

POST + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN: EUNICE CHUN

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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RAISING EYEBROWS PART III

Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

This is another handy trick from years of doing red carpet makeup that’s undetectable at first glance but helps to create the illusion of an eye lift. Typically we raise the brows by highlighting the brow bone underneath (revisit my Brow Lift Tutorial) or by filling in the brow with the concentration on the arch (revisit my High Brow Tutorial as well!). But no one thinks to highlight just above the arch! Why would we do that? We have to go back to Art Class 101 to the theories behind shadows and light. If you’re painting on a flat canvas, you need to add dimension with dark shades to push a feature back (away) and light shades to pull a feature forward. If you highlight just above the arch of the brow, it creates the illusion that the arch is raised, therefore making the whole eye area look lifted. It’s subtle but quick and easy and we’ll take all the help we can get! 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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