TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Brows frame the eyes. Big brows really frame them! And for some of us, more is more and bigger is better. This tutorial is for you and you alone! So please don’t hate on it if it’s not your cup of tea, because it might be someone else’s and there is no shaming on TBD! Makeup is an expression and all of us express ourselves differently so let’s respect and support each other! With that said, here’s how to pull off big beautiful brows:
- A Flat & Wide-Tipped Brow Pencil: I used Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner because it’s has an amazing flat and wide tip, and spooly brush on the other end.
- A Fine-Pointed Brow Pencil: By now you know my favorite all-time fine-point brow pencil is MAC Eye Brows in Lingering.
- A Highlighter: Try Benefit High Brow for the perfect matte highlight.
- With the flat-headed pencil, draw a line on the base of the brow from the inside corner to the bottom of the arch.
- With the same pencil, draw a parallel line across the top of the brow as demonstrated above.
- Switch to the fine-pointed pencil and draw the “wing” part of the brow.
- With the same pencil, go back and fill in the brow by drawing individual hairs using upward strokes.
- Highlight underneath the brow with the matte highlighting pencil by starting at the inside corner and tracing all the way to the end.
- Blend the highlighter by smudging it with your finger.
TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Summer is here but our tans may not be yet (or if you’re like me, you fake it all summer long while loading up the SPF). So here’s a perfect makeup look for summer… bronzed cheeks, gilded lids, a lined eye and a pink lip. Simple and gorgeous. Here’s how:
- First apply the tinted moisturizer all over your face and neck with the egg sponge.
- Next bronze the hollow of your cheeks, your temples and the two sides of your forehead with the cream bronzer using a blush brush, foundation brush or a sponge.
- Don’t forget to bronze your jawline and neck as well so it all matches.
- Smile and apply blush to the top portion of the apples of your cheeks with a blush brush.
- Blend everything together with the egg sponge.
- Apply the pink lipstick all over the lip area.
- Swipe your finger across the gold glitter shadow and press it all over the lid and crease.
- Load it up again and sweep it across the lower lashline.
- Line the upper lashline with the kohl pencil.
- Rim the inner waterline with the kohl pencil.
- Finish with a couple coats of mascara.
TUTORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE; GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN
Brow mousse is often overlooked, which is a shame because it’s perfect for those who want to darken their brows and bring more attention to them without looking like their brows are “done” or “drawn on”. One of my favorite client’s number one request when I first worked on her years ago was to make her brows bigger without anyone knowing I’d touched them. I’d never had that kind of request before but it opened my eyes to a different aesthetic and got me determined to find a way to define and accentuate the brow without an angled brow brush or pencil. That’s when I discovered brow mousse and learned how to make my own. Here’s how you can too:
- Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
- Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
- Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
- Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
- Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
- Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.
If you don’t want to make your own, my favorite waterproof brow mousse is MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Brow because the shades are amazing and it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for summer’s steamiest days. Apply it with a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush as demonstrated on Alyssa above.
PHOTOS/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS
Sometimes when I’m cruising the ol’ www, I get a major case of texture envy when I see these beautiful blondes with so many swirly colors wearing these braids that look so dimensional. My own hair is solid red and to be honest, I love it and I have no interest in changing it by adding highlights or lowlights. I do, however, want to see more texture when I braid my hair. I’ve tested this method a few times now and I’m so hooked on it and I wanted to share. I’ve been using tape extensions, sometimes called “skin wefts” to get color variation without adding another color permanently.We’ve talked about tape extensions before right HERE. I use them in a temporary way which last about 1-5 days depending on how oily your scalp is. I’ve tried getting color variation with clip-ins, which works, but it’s just not the same. Clip-in extensions can make the hair look bulky and sometimes you can’t get the braid the way you want it because a clip-in is in the way. To find tape extensions, you’ll have to visit your local hair extension store or order online. I always send people to The Hair Shop which you can shop online if you don’t have a store near you.
Okay, so below you see a photo of some tape extensions in-hand. See how they’re all slightly different colors? Pick 2-3 colors and get 4-6 pieces total. They don’t need to match the color of your hair because that’s the whole point! If your hair is warm, go with lighter warm colors. If your hair is neutral or ashy, go with something lighter but stay in that family. To apply them, peel the adhesive off and stick them to the root, I always say: “like a post it”. You’ll still have to work around the place where you stick them, but they’re nowhere near as hard to deal with as clip-ins. I often plan out my braid first and then apply them in a way that works with the braid. For example, I laid them horizontally in the image below to do the fishtail braid. Then when I did the crown braid I laid them vertically so they would be going the same direction as the braid.
To remove them you don’t need the hard core remover that you need when you’re wearing these in a permanent way. I just spray THIS leave in conditioner or THIS one, let it set for 3 min and then they peel right out.
Below I’ve created 2 examples of braids without tape extensions and 2 with tape extensions. And for the record, I still think the ones without extension are beautiful. The extra color just adds so much texture and makes the braid look a bit more fun. If you try it out, I’d love to see a photo! Tag @thebeautydept on your instagram pictures!