Today we are going to talk a bit about brows and how I personally like to fill them in. There are SO many products, techniques and tools to use when it comes to brows, so I’m just going to talk about what I find works best for me! Let’s get started…
Dip Brow by Anastasia Beverly Hills: I use this product in Blonde.
NYX Eye Brow Cake: This product comes with clear brow wax and 2 powders (one that’s a darker shade and one that’s lighter); I tend to mix the brow wax with my Dip Brow to achieve MY desired results. Don’t be afraid to mix your products! I mix pretty much every step of my makeup to really customize the look!
A Concealer: Whatever you favorite concealer is, use it here. I tend to grab a brightening concealer that will highlight the brow nicely.
A Setting Powder: I use MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, but feel free to use whatever powder you have handy. Usesomething a bit lighter than your skin or something translucent.
Start with a clean brow. Tweeze and trim the brow and make sure there are no stray hairs. Brush the brow out with your spoolie to smooth down the hairs and help them run in the same direction.
Pick up your brow product
Create the same sort of guideline on the back portion of the brow where your arch is. I find that that’s where I need to apply a bit more product as I have less hair on the tail of my brow.
From both of the angles you’ve drawn, take your brush and blend them up and down, softening the line into the body of the brow.
Take your spoolie again and brush gently brush through the brow, softening any areas with excess product. *Don’t press hard, lightly touch the spoolie to the brow!*
Take your concealer brush and line the brows (top and bottom) cleaning up any smudges and highlighting the nice brow you just created. Then take your powder and set your concealing work.
If you have any comments or questions please leave them below!
Hopefully if are regularly using makeup brushes for your foundation, blush and eye shadow you are also equally cleaning them!? Washing your makeup brushes should almost be as regular as showering (let’s hope you do that more than once a week). Bacteria, oil, dirt and makeup all get trapped in the bristles of your brushes, and if they aren’t cleaned regularly this will lead to clogged pores and annoying breakouts.
Conventional brush cleaners often contain a ton of alcohol, which can be hard on your brushes and your skin. Luckily for you, you can clean your brushes like a pro at home even if you are on a budget! Do this deep cleaning once a week and do it after you’ve applied your makeup because the brushes will need a couple of hours to dry.
You will need:
• A bowl
• Any gentle Paraben free shampoo (ie. baby shampoo) or Dawn hand soap works well too
• A cloth
• A sink
First begin by rinsing your brushes under warm water. Pay attention to just wetting the actual bristles and not the part where the bristles meet the metal handle. Getting this part wet often will loosen the bristles over time.
If your brushes really need a deep clean you can soak the brush heads (facing downward) as long as the brush is not completely submerged.
Squeeze your shampoo or Dawn into your bowl filled with warm water, gently swirl your brush tip in the water. You might also want to swirl your brush in your clean hand to work up lather the soap into the bristles.
Then rinse the tip of the brush under warm water. Repeat step 2-3 until water runs clear.
Using a cloth, wipe your brush clean while paying attention to keep the shape of your brush.
Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry or if you can create a see-saw with a towel and a round object (balance the handles of the wet brushes so they are slightly angled downward). It is very important that they do not dry standing upright, the water will drip into the handle and loosen the glue holding the bristles in.
Is it time to clean your brushes? Do you have a DIY brush cleaner recipe to share?
A DIY Cucumber & Clay Mask That Will Remedy Your Breakouts
If you’re “blessed” with acne-prone but sensitive skin, this mask should be right up your alley. Clay is incredibly useful for fighting acne and overly oily skin because it soaks up excess sebum without overdrying your skin. A dash of honey provides natural antibacterial properties, and adding a little bit of cucumber will create a calming, soothing effect. We recommend using this mask once a week after cleansing and exfoliating. Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup green clay
1 teaspoon honey
A fruit/vegetable juicer (optional)
Cut the cucumber in half, width-wise. Cut two thin slices (you’ll use these later). Then, juice the cucumber with your juicer. If you don’t have a juicer, just pour some cool tap water into a bowl, then slice the remaining cucumber and let them sit in the water for about 15 minutes.
In a bowl, use a fork to mix the cucumber juice and honey with the clay until you have a thick paste. You can add more juice or water to get the consistency the way you like it.
Apply the paste to your face and place the remaining two cucumber slices over your eyes. Then go rest and relax! When you remove the mask after 10 minutes or so, you’ll see clearer, smoother, calmer skin.