Posts Tagged ‘pencil’

BROW OPTIONS

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

Ever wonder the difference between brow products? Some shade and fill in while others define… Because we live to simplify things for you, the lovely Bria Murphy is back to showcase four different brow products (all roughly the same shade) and how the brows (and face!) change with each.

TINTED BROW GEL: This creates a soft, groomed look with a hint of shading. This one is our favorite because it builds brow fibers that create a fuller-looking brow.

MECHANICAL PENCIL: A pencil is great because you can lightly shade (like I did above) or you can make really straight lines for a very strong brow. I also love pencils when using a brow stencil. This one wins for best shades and self-sharpening tip.

BROW SHADOW: Filling in the brow with a shadow is the easiest way to fill in any “holes” or sparse areas. This duo is universally gorgeous on most.

BROW POMADE: Pomades might be my new favorites because they shade like a wet shadow would with a lot of color payoff. This formula is one of our favorite mousses.

Which one(s) do you use? We’d love to know in the comments below!

 

STREET MODEL EYES

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

I’ve always loved the way models do their makeup on their days off. OK, on most of those days they don’t wear any makeup to give their skin a break, but when they’re out and about on the streets of New York and Paris, this seems to be their “I don’t care, I don’t try” makeup look. And it’s effortlessly amazing! Here’s how to recreate the look I did on our model Alyssa above:

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Kohl Pencil: I’d go longwear so once it sets, it stays. I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Colour Pencil in Tarred because it’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free and highly pigmented.
  • Cotton Swab: I used a classic Q-tips cotton swab but feel free to use whichever you have on hand.
  • Your Favorite Mascara: I used Mally Volumizing Mascara and can’t begin to tell you how obsessed I am with it. It gives the biggest, longest lashes I’ve seen in a long time.

STEPS:

  1. Line the Upper Lid starting at your inside corner all the way to the outside corner.
  2. With your opposite hand, reach around over your head and gently lift the eyelid upwards. With your writing hand, tightline the upper inner rim by merely tracing the pencil back and forth along it.
  3. With your opposite hand again, gently pull your lower lid downwards with one finger. While still holding it down, rim your lower inner waterline with the pencil in your writing hand.
  4. Grab the cotton swab and gently smear the upper liner back and forth.
  5. With the same cotton swab, gently trace it along the lower lash line to smear that as well.
  6. Finish with a couple coats of mascara.

Pair it with a nude cheek and a nude lip and undone hair and you’re good to go!

 

BROW FINESSE

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

Brow adventures come in many shapes and styles. Some of us need to draw in a whole new brow. Others just need a little gel to hold things in place. This is for those who don’t want to look too “done” but can benefit from a little definition. Here’s how:

TOOLS:

  • Brow Spooly or Disposable Mascara Wand — I love the Laura Mercier Brow Grooming Brush (and the fact that it’s reasonably-priced at $10).
  • Brow Pencil — I used MAC Eye Brows in Lingering because of its ashy-yet-warm shade and fine tip.

STEPS:

  1. With the spooly brush/disposable mascara wand, brush your brow hairs downward.
  2. Continue brushing downwards all the way to the end of the brow.
  3. With the pencil, start a few millimeters from the beginning of the brow and draw a line along the top of the brow hairs to the peak of the arch.
  4. Continue and draw a line from the peak of the arch to the end of the brow.
  5. Switch back to the spooly and brush the hairs back upward along the first half of the arch and brush the hairs outward along the second half of the arch.

UPDATE: For those of you asking for the eyeshadow color, it’s Lancome Color Design Sensational Hold Shadow in Drama!

GET SOME PERSPECTIVE!

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

This is the biggest secret to gorgeous brows that I can share with you. A client actually taught it to me back in 2003 and it blew my mind! It seems like it wouldn’t make much of a difference but I promise you, it’s a game changer. Brows are such an important facial feature because they frame your eyes. And people shouldn’t be able to see the work you did to fill them in and define them. It’s not  detail work like the wing of a cat eye or your cupid’s bow. It’s about the big picture. So you need to take a step back to get perspective and fill them in from there. Here’s how:  (more…)