How Not To… Eyebrows

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Brows can make or break a face and now gone of the days of super-thin brows. It’s all about embracing your natural brows.

There are common mistakes people make when shaping and maintaining their brows. In this week’s blog post find out why they’re no-nos, and see if you’ve been making these mistakes yourself! We want to help you create the best-looking eyebrows this year with our professional top tips.

Over-Plucking Brows

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How Not To: 

Over-plucking your brows until they’re just a thin little line of hairs prevents your brows from framing your face , and makes it difficult to get natural-looking results. You should learn your brows’ thickness so you know how far will be “too far.”

Over-plucking your brows until they’re just a thin little line of hairs prevents your brows from framing your face , and makes it difficult to get natural-looking results. You should learn your brows’ thickness so you know how far will be “too far.”

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And, while it’s nice to be able to tweeze and pluck your brows at home, we highly recommend getting them professionally cleaned up once in awhile to shape your brows to suit your face shape.

Matching Your Brow Colour to Your Hair

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How Not To:

Less is more when it comes to your eyebrows. Going thick and dark with your eyebrow products won’t give you definition, it can make them look harsh. Eyebrows should complement the face, not overpower your features.

Less is more when it comes to your eyebrows. Going thick and dark with your eyebrow products won’t give you definition, it can make them look harsh. Eyebrows should complement the face, not overpower your features.

How To:
Stick to short, feathery strokes when you applying any colour to your brows. Always step back from the mirror after applying to ensure you didn’t go overboard. Using Power Brow Sculpting Gel in a shade lighter than your brows to tint them slightly lighter. This gives the appearance of fullness and definition while still looking natural,

Natural Shape

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Everyone’s eyebrows are slightly different, so don’t try and change the shape of your brows completely or it will look unnatural. Trim and shape, by all means, but sticking to your natural brow shape will always look much better.

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Now the bold brow is in, we know that thin brows don’t look good on anyone.Eyebrows should be classic. You want to look at a picture of yourself in 20 years and say, ‘Wow, beautiful!’ If you look at pictures of Marilyn Monroe she is a classic beauty. She could walk into the room today and look great with her eyebrows.

1. The beginning of the brow should align with the centre of the nostril.

2. The arch of the brow should fall at the back third of the eye.

3. The eyebrow should follow the length of the eye but it shouldn’t extend into the temple area. The basic rule is that the front part of the brow should never drop below the back part of the brow.

How to Apply Eyebrow Makeup

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1. Brush the brow up with E6 Eyebrow comb

2.Follow the basic shape of the existing brow

3. As much as possible, work only with the hair that is there. The idea is to shade rather than draw on eyebrows.

4.Fill in only at the front or underneath the brow, or through the brow itself.

5. Do not place your brow colour, whether it is pencil or powder, more than one-quarter inch away from where the natural hair growth stops. This would accentuate the fact that there is no brow there in the first place!

6. Do not forget that eyebrow colour should look shaded and soft, not like a straight, hard line.

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How Not To… Highlight


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How Not Look Oily

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No one wants to create the moon effect when they highlight, so ensure you don’t overdo it with product application. To achieve a more “glow from within” look that doesn’t play up your natural oily skin, apply your highlighter after your foundation but before your blush. This will reduce the shine while still giving you an illuminated appearance.

How Not To Look Like the Moon

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Some people are making the mistake of putting too much shimmery powder on, and it looks frosty, instead of a subtle sheen. It should reflect light and look fresh, not dull. Undress Your Skin Powder Highlighters are extremely creamy, which blends seamlessly into the skin naturally.

Applying Highlighter Wrong

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Applying highlighter all over your face and not in the correct areas of your face will not only make you glow too much; it will also make you look oily. Shiny all over isn’t natural looking. Apply to the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and right above the lips on the Cupid’s bow.

Highlighting For Your Skin Type & Skin Tone

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Highlighter is a product that can completely change your look. If applied correctly to suit your skin tone, it gives you that glowing look where people can’t place what’s different, just that you look like a glowing mermaid! When you’re choosing a highlighter you have to think about your skin tone & skin type; The goal when applying highlighter is to get a reflective dewy look that makes you look like you just moisturised your skin.

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This is a very important step to make you look natural and radiant. If you’re medium- or dark-skinned, make sure you use highlighters that range from peachy golden shades to bronze tones so the highlighter blends in, as opposed to clashing with your skin tone. People with pale skin should go with more translucent, ivory-pink tones.

Watch this week’s video on Karla’s professional tips applying highlighter in action.

 

 

How to Create Faux Freckles and More!

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Did you think eyeliner should only be used as eyeliner?  This week’s blog post shows that the possibilities are endless with brow products and eyeliners. This week we are getting creative with Faux Freckles, Lipliner as lipstick & Reverse Eyeliner.

Faux Freckles

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Want to try out freckles for a day? Freckles instantly make the complexion look fresh and healthy, as if you have no foundation on! It’s a beauty trick many make-up artists use to transform skin instantly.

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Think about where the sun would hit your face when applying faux freckles. Choose a brow pencil (or better yet, two) that is a shade darker than your natural skin tone. Lightly apply scattered speckles across your upper cheeks for a youthful and fun look.  Simply tap the pencil around your face, almost bouncing it across your nose and cheeks, with a few specks on your eyelids and top of the lips. The trick is to not make the spots too perfect—if they are oddly shaped they will look more natural. For a bolder freckle look,use a small brush dipped into a Brow Gel. In the same way as with the brow pencil using a light hand, create small freckles across your nose and cheeks for a definite standout look.

Reverse Eyeliner

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Try this Cleopatra-style reverse eyeliner inspired by the Nicholas Kirkwood New York Fashion Show. So what is this trend? It’s a winged eye that flicks out from the bottom lash line instead of the top. Apply Duo Eyeliner Kohl pencil in black, on the lower lash line and softly flicked it out and gave it a smudged, lived-in finish. Finally sweep Precision felt Eyeliner along the lower lashline and take it slightly beyond the corners of each eye. Voilà, your Cleopatra-stlye eye, done!

Using Eyeliner as Lipliner

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When I create lip looks for photo-shoots , I always want something that’s my signature style and custom blended. I discovered mixing eyeliner and lipstick together could give me a custom unique blended lipstick that not only doesn’t exist in the market, but that no one makes!  If you want your own signature lip color, blend it yourself and experiment with your eyeliners.  The possibilities are endless! Apply Duo Eyeliner in Brown to the outline of the lips , blending the liner toward the centre of the lips. Finish your look off with a similar shade to the liner. I have used Limited Edition Paint Box Palette in Sugar & Spice. 

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Learn how how to use Brow & Eye Liners in a creative way in this week’s tutorial.