All About: Brows

Brow Raiser

Your tweezers called. They want a vacation. They need a vacation. There’s been a lot of over-plucking going on. Big brows are back and there are new products to help you enhance your face framers.

A full brow looks younger, softer, more modern. Consider just a little shaping and grooming. Notice I said a little. That means the next time you’re getting a pedicure and you’re asked if you want your brows waxed, politely decline.

The thing to keep in mind is this: the brows you were born with work naturally with your face shape.

Now, how to make the best of what you were born with …

First, look at yourself. Step away from the magnifying mirror and look at your entire face. The top of your brow is the natural line you should use as your guide and is best left alone. Your brows should begin near the inside corner of your eye. The thickness is dictated by this starting point and should be consistent until you reach the arch (at the outer third of the eye), where it tapers slightly. Step outside of these guidelines and you’ll be making it harder than it has to be. Plus, you’re less likely to be happy with the result. It’s that easy.

Next, do some careful cleanup. Grab your Tweezerman and remove any hairs that are crowding your arch or hanging out between your eyes. Maintaining the shape should be part of your daily makeup application, so things don’t get out of control.

TROUBLED BROW

Need to fill in a bit here and there? Here are products and tools to help you help Mother Nature.

 

Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro a tiny jar of multitasking goodness. It can be used to fill in your brows and act as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and root touch up. It can also make dinner but won’t do the dishes. Typical.

The colors are great and have the slightest shimmer, which works beautifully in your brows because your brow hairs aren’t matte. The result is really natural.

Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Eye & Brow Shaper tool has a spiral brush on one end and an angled brush on the other to fill in brows and line your eyes.

Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama is a brow tint and gel in one. Just run the rounded brush through your brow using short strokes.The shade selection is limited but they’re lightly pigmented so they work well on a range of brow colors. When in doubt, always choose a lighter shade. Ideally, your brows should be a shade lighter than your hair color. Blondes should choose the shade closest to their brow color.

L'Oreal Sculptor by Brow Stylist is a pencil with brow color on one end and a wax and brow brush on the other. Again, tiny strokes with the pencil are key, followed by a brush through to get everything in place.   A quick pass of the wax is last, for staying power.

HEY, NICE BROWS

The goal is a look that is refined and natural and it’s achieved by doing less, not more. Don’t you love it when that happens?

Birthdays And Makeup Party Tricks: Bronzers

SHOW AND TELL

I was at a birthday party with my friends. A gaggle of girls doing what girls do. Catching up on the latest, well, everything. Someone mentions makeup and then everyone shuts up and stares at me. They want answers and they want them now.

They want their buck’s biggest bang, the fastest fix ever, the mother lode of all beauty tricks. No pressure, no pressure at all.

Thankfully, I had it wrapped up and it was ready for the birthday girl: Bronzer. A sun-kissed, healthy glow and chiseled cheeks … in two minutes or less. Happy Birthday! I patted and blended bronzer all over her, right then and there, and she loved it. I love a party trick.

CONFESSION

A few months after receiving the bronzer, the birthday girl confessed that she hadn’t been using it. When she applied it she felt like she looked muddy and bruised. So my gift was buried in the bottom of her makeup bag.

I’ve given a million makeup lessons over the years and this isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. When we’re having our makeup done, we get it.  When we try it at home, it’s another story. You need to do what it takes to help you remember how to recreate the look. Get one of those finger-painted illustrations from the makeup counter. Take notes. Take a selfie. Whatever works!

So, here’s the rundown on bronzer beauty…

TEXTURES

The first trick is choosing the one that is best for you. This is based on personal preference and skin type, of course. But here are some rules of thumb…

  • Bronzing powders will give a set look. Matte, polished. If your skin is oily, this is your best bet.

  • Cream and liquid bronzers will give a dewy finish and I generally recommend them for dry skin.

  • Textures have to work together. Mixing powders with creams can create a mud pie.

  • Powder bronzers and highlighters go on after foundation or tinted moisturizer has been set with a loose powder.

  • Cream and liquid bronzers and highlighters marry well with moist skin that is free of powder.

OPTIONS

My favorite powders:

My favorite creams:

 

HERE COMES THE SUN

  • Bronzers belong where the sun naturally hits your face. Start slowly.

  • Forget the giant bronzer brush. It’s too difficult to control. Instead, use a chiseled, blush brush.

  • For creams and liquids, use what the Goddess gave you. Your fingers.

  • Blend bronzers around your hairline, the bridge of your nose, your cheekbones and chin.To get a slight chiseled look, push the bronzer under your cheekbones a bit.

  • If your bronzer comes with a highlighter, add contrast by popping a bit on the bone itself.

GIFT OR REGIFT?

Whew! All worked out.  Bronzer saved. It takes a tiny bit of practice and practice makes … well, I’m not a fan of perfect. But I am a fan of easy tricks that make you feel beautiful, at parties, in private, with your girlfriends or pretty much any day.

4 Makeup Must-Haves When You Travel

Planning a trip? Let me help you pack.
 

Here’s the challenge… it’s hard to have that romantic “it’s all about the journey” feeling when you have to fit your beauty arsenal in a plastic sandwich bag.

Here are the things worthy of that space that will give you the biggest payoff.
 

1.  BLUSH

You know that luminous flush on every heroine in a Jane Austen adaptation? It comes in a bottle:

RMS lip2cheek in Modest (Mr. Darcy not included. Damn.)

It looks good on everyone. Yes, everyone. Blend this all-natural formula on the apples of your cheeks, slowly building the color. Then add it to your lips. Using your fingers diffuses the edges perfectly.

 

2. SHINE

Tatcha’s ORIGINAL ABURATORIGAMI blotting sheets absorb shine without disrupting your makeup.They are formulated to keep the moisture levels of your skin balanced, so you look fresh, not dry or powdery.

3. GLOW

I’ve recommended these little lifesavers before but here’s one to add to your travel bag.

Dr. Dennis Gross alpha-beta glow pads for the face.They’re not kidding about the glow. Your complexion will get an instant boost, and the hint of color makes dark circles and any redness less noticeable. That means you’ll need less makeup.

 

4. REVITALIZE

Juicy Bamboo’s natural facial cleansing cloths are individually wrapped and biodegradable. They’re enriched with vitamins and remove every trace of makeup.

My fellow travelers, it’s about simplicity. Whether you’re going on tour or just trying to lighten the makeup bag you carry in your purse, these things will make your life easier. Try them.