Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Perfect (Updated) Eyebrow Tutorial!

After months of chaos, I finally have the time to show you your top, most requested tutorial to get that perfect brow! The following is a pictorial, including each step, and each product used.

I am a believer that EYEBROWS either break or make your face. They shape your face and eyebrows are NOT sisters. I've been searching for the best products out there and finally, I feel like I can stop searching. So start learning and define your look to get the perfect brow!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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The Perfect (Updated) Eyebrow Tutorial!

STEP 1. (Products used: Laura Mercier's Mattifier, MAC Fix Plus, MAC Fluidline Liner in Dipdown, MAC 266 Angle Brush)

On a fresh clean face, apply a very small amount of Laura Mercier's Mattifier to avoid any smudging from the gel liner to your eyebrows. Take your MAC fix plus and 266 brush (any angle brush) and spray the brush with the fix plus to make the pigment richer and the application smoother. Dip your angle brush in the fluidline and make sure the brush is as thin as possible for precision. Line the bottom of your eyebrow, following the natural shape of you eyebrow (for thick eyebrows). If you have thin brows, feel free to create your shape!

STEP 2. (Products used: Sonia Kashuk's Lash Brush)

Everyone is different but I'm not a fan of super dark and heavily shaded eyebrows, therefore I lightly brush out my eyebrow after filling it in, very lightly! Don't worry if there are a couple smudges or if you didn't line up the bottom of your eyebrow perfectly... that's the next step! (Alternative: Instead of filling your eyebrow in with gel as a more dramatic brow, you can also use eyeshadow/brow liner! Which was my go to before discovering gel liner for my eyebrows!) 

STEP 3. (Products used: MAC  195 Concealer Brush, MAC Studio Finish Concealer- I use NC25)

Take your concealer brush and with your favorite concealer, very thinly trace the bottom of your brow and drag the brush downward. Follow the same steps on top of the eyebrows as well but drag the brush upwards.This step makes it the 'PERFECT brow' since your cleaning up your eyebrows of any hair or smudges from filling them in. Doing so will make them appear as if they were freshly waxed. 

STEP 5. (Products used: MAC 217 Blending Brush)

Important last step! Before, I use to use my finger after applying the studio finish concealer to my brows to blend it in, BUT it never really blended the concealer. So, take a blending brush and lightly blend in the concealer so that you won't see any harsh lines. Trust me, it makes a HUGE difference!

and there you have it, your perfect (updated) eyebrow tutorial!

Products Used:

(Top left clockwise, to the bottom left) MAC Fluidline Liner in Dipdown (As an alternative Makeup Forever's Aqua Brow is just as the same but more natural and it is waterproof meaning no smudges!) , Laura Mercier's Mattifier, MAC Fix Plus, MAC Studio Finish Concealer- I use NC25.

(Left to Right)  Sonia Kashuk's Lash Brush, MAC 217 Blending Brush, MAC  195 Concealer Brush, and MAC 266 Angle Brush. 

I am in love with the results of using gel liner for my eyebrows, it's another great alternative next to your usual eyeshadow for eyebrows and pencil!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

My top 3 face primers!

If you have oily/combination skin... this is a MUST READ. Thanks to my genes and always being super busy, one of my pet peeves when it comes to makeup is OILY skin, especially after spending time in humidity or running around running errands, my makeup needs to be kept FRESH. 

Before face primer sprays, I always used Neutrogena's Shine-Control Blotting Sheets. To some degree, it worked but I felt like it would just swipe away my foundation or bronzer and I hated adding MORE foundation/bronzer onto my face. (Which therefore causes more breakouts the more you build and cake it on! Yuck! )

My very FIRST primer was Skindinavia's Makeup Setting Spray in No More Shine. If you were looking for something to keep your feeling makeup fresh, I would give it a 8 out of 10. However, if you were looking for a more Matte finish, I'd give it a 5. The hype built around it pushed me to try it out, but it didn't workout based on my needs. After a couple hours, my T-Zone already began oiling up.

My second primer earlier this year, I tried Mac's Fix Plus spray and let me first say this smells AMAZING and if you combine it with Mac's Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, it works and creates a matte finished look! But after 5-6 hours for me, I would have to re-apply powder to prevent my face from getting oily AGAIN. To re-apply foundation and layers onto my face is way doing way too much and I've been searching for a primer that will stop me from doing so.

and so FINALLY we get to the best part. Victoria's Secret Face Prime, Makeup Primer and Setting Spray. So WORTH my $12. It doesn't smell as great as Mac's Fix Plus spray, but after 8 hours of spending time in 80 degree weather, driving back and fourth running errands, my face did not feel greasy nor did my makeup feel like it would smear easily. I didn't even have to pick up any face powder to refresh my T-Zone area simply because this setting spray actually WORKS. So if you have oily skin, and are tired of having to re-apply powder foundation throughout the day or tired of using blotting sheets... THIS IS YOUR LIFE SAVOR! Thank you Victoria's Secret for not only making boob and booty look luscious but for making my makeup feel fresh and matted allllllll day.