Posts Tagged ‘fill in’

BOLDER BROWSf

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

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

We’ve been trained to use brow gel last, in order to set everything and keep the naughty hairs inline. Makes total sense. But have you tried this? When you apply the gel then the pencil, something gorgeous happens! The hairs are wet, making the pencil more intense (the same way eyeshadow is more intense when you wet the brush first) and last longer! It’s a win-win, everybody! I’m obsessed. Here’s how:

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TOOLS:

Let me know how it works for you in the comments below!

LIGHTEN UP

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

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

If you do a search for brows on our site, you’ll see an evolution from merely tweezing to tinting to stenciling and big bold brows! It’s been fun over the last five years watching the trends come and go and now I’m obsessed with a brow that is defined and filled in but with a light hand. No more overkill stenciled drawn-on brows that are anything but feminine! But still very defined and anything but ignored. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

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Make sure when you’re tracing the lines to do so lightly and in a color one shade lighter than your own brows so it’s barely detectable.

Personally, I don’t see any reason to go bolder than that with the brows. What do you think?

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!

SECRET TO BROW SHADOW

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

This one step reversal is a game changer. Many of us don’t think brow shadow makes enough impact (even after with my side-by-side shadow/pencil/pomade/tinted gel post here). That’s ok! We all have our preferences and makeup is an expression of our individuality. But I would be amiss if I didn’t share this trick with you! Typically we use brow wax to set the brows after we apply shadow, hence the term “setting wax.” But try this instead:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

  1. Brush the hairs up and over with the spooly brush.
  2. Load the brush up with wax by sweeping it across the wax multiple times.
  3. Sweep the brush along the brow with short quick strokes mimicking hairs as you work from the base to the tail coating the hairs with wax.
  4. Dip the same brush into the brow shadow to load it up with product.
  5. Sweep the brush along the brow hairs making the same short quick strokes. The brow shadow will adhere to the wax much better than applying it directly to the brow.
  6. Brush the hairs up and over again with the spooly brush.
  7. Finish by tapping your finger in the cream highlighter and sweeping it under the brow.

For those of you asking about the cat ears, I bought them at BCBG but don’t see them on their site yet!