Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bridal Beauty: Brows 101

Today I'd like to share my first post on bridal beauty. Before I start posting about bridal makeup, I thought I would share tips on grooming your face to create a good base for your wedding makeup. If you haven't groomed your facial features, your makeup won't look as good and it definitely will not cover up your laziness ;) That is where close attention to your brows comes in to play. Well groomed brows can completely change the way you look and can balance your features out. So, here's a little tutorial by none other than Lauren Conrad (my favorite) for your viewing pleasure. I hope you like it and make sure to practice a bit so you don't end up looking like a chola on your wedding day. Not that I have anything against cholas, I'm just not a huge fan of their brows (or lack thereof). I swear...google it! Anyways, it may be helpful to get your eyebrows done professionally once, so you have a guide to follow after that. Having a brow kit will also help with brow maintenance as it typically come with a brown powder to fill with, a wax to keep hairs in place, tweezers, and brow scissors. Two of the best brow kits I know of are the Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings which you can get at Sephora and the e.l.f. brow kit which can be found at any drugstore. The Benefit kit costs an arm and a leg more than the e.l.f. one, but they both work equally well. Anyways, here's the tutorial and I hope it helps. Have a browtastic day! Sorry I had to do that :)

Spooly brush or disposable mascara wand, cuticle scissors, angled/slant tweezers, pointed tweezers, brow shadow (taupe for blondes, brown range for everyone else), stiff brow shadow brush, pencil (to line up the angles).
1. With a disposable mascara wand or spooly brush, brush the hairs upward to prepare for Step 2.
2. With a pair of scissors, trim any hairs that are longer than your brow shape.
3. With angled tweezers, pluck areas above and below the brows, grabbing a couple at a time.
4. With pointed tweezers, grab stubborn single hairs and shorter ones.
5. To determine where your brow should start, hold a pencil or make-up brush along one side of your nose.  Where it crosses the inner corner of your brow, that’s where it should begin.
6. Now angle the pencil across the iris; that’s where the arch should begin.
7. Angle it to the end of the outer corner of the eye; that’s where the brow should end.
8. With those angles and lengths in mind, fill in the brows using light, feathery strokes as if you were drawing individual hairs.

(images & tutorial via thebeautydepartment.com)

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