Many talented beauty gurus such as James Charles, Patrick Starrr, and Manny MUA proved that makeup isn’t exclusive to ladies. These bold personalities brought revolution to the world of beauty by making men in makeup more represented and accepted. It seems that the beauty industry is finally realizing that men deserve to play with makeup as much as women. The latest brand to bring innovation into the crowded beauty market is Chanel. The luxury label is working on a launch that is aimed towards men. Boy de Chanel is the upcoming makeup line for men by Chanel.
It’s inexcusable to have bad brows in 2018! So many products and pro tips are available nowadays that everyone can have perfect arches. In the sea of eyebrow tips, we gathered the ones that probably no one told you about. Learn more about these life-changing tips in this short video.
The beautiful Barbie Ferreira is one of the most inspirational young ladies on social media. We got to know her thanks to the successful modeling career and voluptuous looks. Now Barbie filmed a 5-minute beauty routine video that will “make you look like you didn’t spend way too much time at the bar last night”. Since we all need those tiny hacks from celebrities, watch the video and learn how to get that fresh-faced look without much effort.
Many women will find Babie’s first step relatable. The fierce model/actress likes to speak out loud and tell her opinion about everything. So, Barbie revealed that she starts her beauty routine by removing her mustache. A lot of ladies don’t feel comfortable to speak about unwanted hair. But Ferreira is not one of those influencers that are trying to present themselves as perfect.
The next step for the model is applying a primer. She uses only several drops to keep her skin fresh, hydrated and smooth. The primer will also help you to visually get rid of pores. It will fill in the irregularities and make your skin look smoother. The next thing she does is applying foundation. First, the Insta star pumps several drops on the back of her hands, before blending it with a brush. Ferreira ended up using her fingers to finish the job.
Once she’s done with the liquid foundation, she moves on to blush and cheeks. For this step, the model once again uses a brush and a liquid soft peach blush. This is a great way to naturally accent your cheekbones and very easy for everyday use. Don’t forget to add a little glow with a highlighter. The last move in perfecting the look of your skin is to set everything with a powder. Barbie keeps the eye makeup very simple and natural. Her essential products are a white eyeliner for the inner lash line and an eyelash curler.
One of the biggest hacks we learned from Barbie is her super-innovative way of getting her brows on point. The eyebrows are the feature that accents your face, especially if you have thick ones that stand out. She uses an old mascara and goes through her brows with the brush. For when she wants a more toned-down look, Ferreira has a clean wand to just brush her eyebrows. This is such an easy and inexpensive trick for ladies with darker brows. Always finish off with a good lip stain for a touch of glam on your lips.
In the past several years we saw many women with naturally beautiful eyebrows. The years of thin brows over. Now is all about enhancing the natural brow shape. Cosmetics companies offer many products to shape and style the crown of your face-your brows.
Bold, thick eyebrows are a huge trend right now. If you are one of these ladies that own a pair of those, don’t be afraid to show them off. Just let them grow, and find a professional cosmetician to give you the right shape. If you have beautifully shaped brows you don’t even need too much makeup. Statement brows will do the job.
Cara Delevingne has been blessed with the best brows in Hollywood. Everyone can recognize her thick, bold eyebrows that grace Cara’s face. The model and actress recently confessed that she doesn’t spend much time on them. Her secret for perfect eyebrows is very simple. Good genes are responsible for her brows. Delevingne only lets them grow and plucks her brows from time to time. Cara doesn’t trust other people with her brows, so she does the job herself.
Lily Collins is another beauty with magical brows. The British actress is known for her porcelain skin and perfect eyebrows. She has a tendency to accent them with quality products and add an eye-catching lipstick. That is all you need to look amazing.
Let’s take a moment and enjoy the most beautiful Hollywood brows. Take a cue from these celebrities that are rocking perfect shapes. Starting from Lily Collins, Taylor Hill, Shanina Shaik, Lucy Hale to Selena Gomez, here are some of the best brows in Hollywood.
Nowadays brows are extremely important and get a lot more attention than in the past. Therefore we don’t suggest any extreme long-term brow transformations that you could possibly regret.
It’s 2017, there are numberless good brow products that work wonders and there is no excuse to walk around with badly shaped brows.
We also have to admit that we witnessed many brow trends on Instagram lately. Most of them were labeled as unwearable and too dramatic. But if you think deeper, many of those trends aren’t permanent. That leaves us a space to experiment and easily wipe off the makeup if we aren’t satisfied. Some of those trends are really comfortable and easy to try. It’s finally time to give some of them a chance.
Take a look at these beautiful brow upgrades that can change your brow game forever, or at least for a day.
Accent Your Brows
Nothing defines the face better than neat, freshly plucked eyebrows. When your brows are in a good shape your eyes look bigger also. Your job is to enhance the good brow shape even more. We are not talking about overfilling your brows. You need something that will keep your brows in place and enhance their shape and color. Brow tints are an excellent option to accent your brows. Products such as Butter London’s Tailored Brow Tint have a lightweight but well-pigmented formula that creates an illusion of fuller brows in seconds.
Ombre brows are a life changing technique for filling the brows. You have probably seen this trend around or you might have even tried it without knowing its name. The ombre brow technique is basically everything that the regular ombre is: a gradual blending of one color to another, usually going from light to dark. That’s exactly what you need if you prefer natural-looking brows. To achieve the ombre effect, you need to lightly fill your brows at the beginning and gradually darken them towards the ends. Some people like to use two different brow colors for a better effect. If your brow product of choice is buildable, you don’t have to bother with more than one color.
Sparkly Brow Highlight
What you would normally do is highlight your brow bone with concealer or highlighter. On the other hand, if you want to make that brow bone really pop try the sparkly brow highlight. You will need glitter or makeup pigments to try this trend. Moreover, you can use your regular eyelash glue, or special glitter glue to recreate this look. The Manic Panic eyelash adhesive paired with their Glam Dust is perfect duo to get the sparkly brow highlight right.
For those who are bold enough to take the previous trend even further, the glitter brows are a great option. With the 90s trends back on the scene, the world has fallen in love with the glitter again. Instead of using in on your eyes or on your body, make a fierce choice and try the glitter brows. We don’t have to wait for the festival season to try such a beautiful trend.
The metallic brow trend is also very effective and reserved for the bold ones. You can try the metallic brow trend with makeup or with the temporary hair color styling gel by Manic Panic. If you decide to use makeup products look for highly pigmented metallic eyeshadows or use gold and silver pigments.
Whether you want your brows to match your hair or want to add a splash of color on your face, this trend will do the job. An unexpected pop of color on the brows looks absolutely gorgeous. You can dye your brows in pastel pink, blue, purple, red and anything that you could imagine. If you want to skip the dyeing procedure, try this trend with eyeshadows that you have in your makeup kit.
The brow carving is like a smokey eye for your brows. If you are really proud of your arches now you can embrace them even more with this technique. The “frame of your brows” can be achieved with eyeliner to create the defined edges and matching eyeshadow to create the smokey effect.
Nowadays most women have to balance between work, family and themselves. We would all love to have a full hour in the morning to get ready and couple extra hours a week for scrubs, masks, manicures and pedicures but rarely who has that privilege. On the other hand, we all want to look good and presentable when we go out in the world. If you are a busy woman who needs the fastest and the most effective beauty routine, we’ve got some awesome time-saving tricks that you should try.
When you have a tight schedule you can’t really go through all the steps you saw in a beauty tutorial on youtube. We understand that a lot of products nowadays look appealing and you want to try them all, but leave them for the weekend. Instead of using different colors for your eyes, cheeks, and lips, get a multifunctional product that can do all. There are many multipurpose sticks on the market that you can use as a blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow. These products are usually very sheer and you can’t mess up your makeup.
Organize Your Makeup
The last thing that you need in the morning is to run like crazy looking for your foundation or mascara. Don’t keep all your makeup in one place. Separate and organize the products that you use every day in the order you are using them. This will cut the unnecessary waste of time when you go through your beauty bags or every corner of your bathroom to find what you need.
Multipurpose Skincare Products
If you are extremely busy you know that you can’t really commit to a 5-step skincare routine. You will start to skip steps, get lazy or tired and end up with nothing. Find a multipurpose moisturizer that has SPF and acts like a primer at the same time. Luckily there are many hydrating sunscreen gels that nurture the skin and provide the needed protection from the sun. On the top of that, the sheer consistency doesn’t leave residue behind and prepares your skin for a flawless makeup application. You should never fall asleep with your makeup on. Get an effective facial cleanser to remove your makeup and apply moisturizer afterward.
If you are on a tight schedule you must own a dry shampoo. First of all because regardless how hard you try sometimes you won’t have the time to wash your hair and style it all over again. Dry shampoo is the fastest solution for your oily roots. Make sure you spray at least 8 inches away from your hair and distribute it into your hair with a brush or your fingers. Sometimes dry shampoos leave you with splotches of powder. If you sprayed more that you should use a blow-dryer and move your fingers through your hair for an even application. Dry shampoos will make your hair clean in literally seconds.
This is probably the best advice we could give to all busy women. It may sound a bit extra at the beginning but it’s the most powerful shortcut to your beauty routine. Nowadays many semi-permanent makeup methods are available. The best for busy women are the lash extensions and the microblading. The lash extensions will make your eyes appear larger and you won’t need mascara at all. If you already have long lashes you could do a lash lifting on your own eyelashes. On the other hand, the microblading is a semi-permanent technique for filling your brows. With your eyebrows and eyelashes always on point, you will cut your beauty routine in half.
Focus on Eyebrows and Lashes
If you don’t want to try any of the semi-permanent makeup options you can still save some time in the morning. Make sure your eyebrows are always in shape and you will instantly look more presentable. Nicely shaped brows are easier for filling as well. Lashes, on the other hand, bring a refreshing note to your look because they open your eyes and make you look more awake and rested. Make sure you use a mascara that has a precise wand that won’t mess up your makeup.
The curling iron is very time-consuming and rarely who has that much time in the morning. The good news is that you can still get those beautiful beachy waves without any effort. Simply wash your hair at night and braid it while it’s still wet. Make about 4-6 braids depending on how tight you want your curls to be. In the morning you just need to unbraid your hair and you will have those beautiful office-approved waves. Lastly, spray your hair with some hairspray to keep the curls in place.
At one point or another, everyone has to make a decision about their brows, and everyone has an infuriating brow moment. In many cases these infuriating moments are just from regular grooming, they do not even have to be extravagant to be difficult. Simple cleanup or arching can mean completely a different thing from one person to another, and frustratingly it can mean different treatments of the left brow and the right.
Brows are an important part of any polished look, but their necessity only increases the likelihood of vexation every time. Regular maintenance gets better with practice but tackling an eyebrow trend takes a whole other level of confidence. If you have that confidence or want to give a new look a try, feather eyebrows could be just the thing, or at least the newest thing to try on your brows.
Eyebrows have seen a lot of trends, like incredible arching, glitter brows, highlighting, thinning, and bejeweling just to name a few. Brow art takes a lot of forms after all, it just requires creativity to create.
The feather brow trend was started just this past week by Stella Sironen, a Finnish Makeup artist who decided to turn her well-endowed brows into twin feathers above her eyes. The origin or inspiration for the look came from a friend of Sironen named Leevi, whom Stella Sironen credits for dreaming up the avian themed eyebrow look.
To create the feather brows, she split her eyebrow in the center with an ordinary glue stick in order to create the look of the feather. Thanks to the direction of the glue and the style of the design she was able to shape her brows to look like the barbs that swerve off from the shaft of a quill.
School glue sticks have been used in eyebrow art for a while, as this glue is non-toxic, temporary and washes off without pulling out any of the hair. Here it holds the shape better than gel, creating and maintaining the carefully curated feather appearance.
Here Stella Sironen paired her new feather brow art trend with a holographic eye and another trend – blue mascara. In another photo she released on Instagram, and even more carefully curated feather realistic eyebrow was shaped with the help of Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade.
This second image was probably posted in response to the comments, but more likely than not it was the more defined look that warranted anther post. If you decide to try your hand (and your brows) at this look, make certain to tag it #featherbrow!
Photos courtesy of @stella.s.makeup, @kelseemarie
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Known as “eyebrow extensions”, this is by far the most natural looking solution to making eyebrows bolder and more voluminous. If you have sparse, uneven, patchy brows this might be a great temporary solution!
Eyebrow extensions were a natural segway from the uber popular eyelash extension procedure. Similar to eyelash extensions, eyebrow extensions are done with tiny fibers of mink or synthetic hairs. The brow extension fibers are then attached to either bare skin or to existing hairs, giving them a fuller, stronger look.
An eyebrow extension session takes around 1-2 hours, and can utilize up to 200 new hairs per eye. If you want to take a break from filling your eyebrows in using different brow kits and products, keep reading!
How Long Do the Eyebrow Extensions Last?
Eyebrow extensions last anywhere from one to 3 weeks. It all depends on your own personal habits, as well as how much hair you’re starting out with. If you are starting out with absolutely no hair, the eyebrow extensions might fade away after less than a week.
How to Make Eyebrow Extensions Last Longer
With eyebrow extensions, like with most cosmetic treatments, proper aftercare is very important for their longevity. Here are some key parts of the eyebrow extension aftercare:
• Keep them dry for the first 24-48 hours. This means no showers, no pools, no heavy exercise, and no saunas.
• Avoid putting anything on your eyebrows that contains oil, especially oil-based makeup removers.
• Avoid rubbing your eyebrows too much when cleansing the face, and definitely avoid exfoliants.
• Be careful when changing clothes. Make sure shirt and dress collars don’t come into contact with your eyebrows.
• Sleep on your back or on your sides. Avoid resting your face on the pillow.
What Materials Are Used for Eyebrow Extensions?
Like with eyelash extensions, the hairs used for eyebrow extensions are usually made of mink, although good synthetic options also exist. Hairs are available in a variety of natural colors, including dark and light brown, black, blonde, red, and auburn. The most frequently used hair lengths are 5-8mm.
When it comes to adhesive used, you want to make sure the salon you go to uses a formaldehyde-free glue, preferably made in North America or Europe.
How Do I Choose My Salon/Aesthetician?
When trying to find an eyebrow extension technician, look for a mixture of pictures and reviews. By looking at your future best friend’s picture gallery you can make sure that you like their eyebrow design style, and you can become confident that they will give you exactly what you want.
When you read reviews, you want to specifically see what people say about the longevity of their eyebrow extensions. While you should remember that a big part of the eyebrow extension longevity has a lot to do with the aftercare, if you see that many people complain about hair coming off too early you can know that the problem might be with the salon itself.
How Much Do Eyebrow Extensions Cost?
Eyebrow extensions normally cost between $80-$400. Refills are recommended after about 3 weeks, and will normally cost between $40-$150.
• Eyebrows look very full and natural.
• The procedure is totally painless.
• Extensive aftercare.
• Terrible for fidgety people.
• Doesn’t last for a very long time/requires frequent touch-ups.
I think eyebrow extensions are the perfect solution if you have serious commitment issues, if you only need your eyebrows looking good for a special occasion, or if you’re prepared for monthly/bi-monthly salon visits. If your eyebrows are completely missing, or if you have large bald patches, you might be better off looking into eyebrow microblading, which lasts for much longer and also looks quite natural.
Photos courtesy of Stylebistro
Whether it’s called “microblading”, “eyebrow embroidery”, “microstroking”, “semi-permanent makeup”, “cosmetic tattooing”, “pigment embroidery” or “3D eyebrow embroidery”, it’s undeniable that this new technique is the new big thing in salon treatments and permanent makeup. When I first started seeing microblading before & after pictures popping up on the Internet, I didn’t really believe them. They were the definition of too good to be true! The before pictures looked a lot like the eyebrows I had seen in my day to day life as a makeup artist and eyebrow technician: sparse, uneven, short, or spaced too far apart. The afters? Perfect, natural looking, lush, symmetrical brows!
So What Is Microblading/ 3D Eyebrow Embroidery Magic, Exactly?
3D eyebrow embroidery or microblading is a “permanent” makeup technique done with a tiny, angled blade made of a row of even tinier needles. The microblading blade is dipped in ink, and then lightly scraped across the skin in delicate strokes, mimicking hair. I put the word permanent in quotation marks because, while it is the technical term, it’s not apt.
Unlike eyebrow tattoos that often look unnatural and unappealing, eyebrow microblading lasts for 3 years at most, providing you with your dream naturally looking bushy eyebrows or any other shape your prefer. For women in their 30s or younger the microstroking will likely not last for more than a year.
Eyebrow Microblading Origins
At first the only person who seemed to be doing eyebrow microblading was a permanent makeup artist out of Vancouver, but soon the technique spread like wildfire throughout salons all over Canada and the US. It’s not surprising, not only because of realistic results, but also because of the semi-permanence.
As Marion Godwin, the owner of Pin Ups & Pompadours Salon in Whitby, Ontario, says “microblading is excellent for women with commitment issues!”
A few years ago an eyebrow embroidery session at one of the few salons offering microblading would have cost anywhere between $700 to $1200, but now that the treatment is more common you are much likelier to find it offered at a salon near your house for under $500. Eyebrow Microblading, from start to finish, takes about two hours, which includes the time it takes to design the eyebrow shape with a pencil, the time it takes to numb the skin, and the microstroking itself.
I was interested in microblading, both on a professional level and as a candidate. For many years I worked at a salon as an eyebrow stylist, which also meant allowing new hires to occasionally practice and learn on my own face. The mistakes of inexperienced waxers combined with a genetic lack of symmetry in my face lead to thin brows that were too far apart, with my right brow distinctly higher than my left. I had become very adept at filling in my brows, but the idea of being able to cut 5-10 minutes out of my makeup routine appealed.
Things to Keep in Mind: The Pros of Microblading
If you are also interested in microblading, it’s important to be well informed! There are a lot of wonderful things about eyebrow embroidery. For example, short of eyebrow extensions (similar to lash extensions), eyebrow embroidery is the most natural-looking way of correcting sparse or uneven eyebrows, without the fear of losing hairs.
The semi-permanent makeup results last for up to 3 years, and very few touch-ups are needed. Because the results are not totally permanent, there is no need to worry about the changing eyebrow trends. One year you can have your brows microbladed to look fuller and thicker, and two years later you can have them microbladed to look thinner and sleeker.
Cons of Going for Eyebrow Microblading
However, there are also some risks associated with microblading. Eyebrow microblading is done with a blade that cuts into the skin, and one session can require over 100 tiny cuts. If the person doing the microblading is not properly trained they could cut too deep or skip important sterilization steps, potentially causing an infection. That is the worst-case scenario with microblading, of course.
Slightly less dangerous, but still scary, is the possibility of the eyebrow microblading technician just not doing a good job, and giving you a wonky eyebrow shape.
There is also some pain and discomfort involved in the process, although most microblading technicians will use a lidocaine-based numbing cream like Zensa before doing the procedure. However, the numbing cream may not be completely effective for everyone, and some discomfort may still be felt.
You Have Your Work Cut Out For You, Too
Semi-permanent makeup must be taken care of as much as one would take care of a regular tattoo. The aftercare of cosmetic tattooing is intensive; for the first few days the microblading recipient cannot wear any makeup near or above the eyebrows, lest makeup get in and infect the microblading cuts. They must keep the brow area clean, and well moisturized.
Some cosmetic tattoo artists swear by Vaseline, since it creates a total barrier and prevents bacteria from getting in the cuts. Other microblading technicians prefer natural oils like grape seed oil or coconut oil, since they still allow the skin to breathe and will not pull ink away from the microbladed eyebrow the way Vaseline might. Either way, you must remember to re-apply your chosen microblading moisturizer/protector multiple times a day.
For 7 days after the pigment embroidery it is important to avoid swimming or sweating heavily, since exposure to too much water can cause the microbladed eyebrows to scab over, which will cause the cuts to heal unevenly resulting in patchy eyebrows.
How to Choose Your Microblading Technician?
The key to having an amazing eyebrow microblading experience is to do your research before choosing a technician, and making sure you are ready for the involved aftercare process. When you search for your permanent makeup technician, make sure to look at their Instagram or website gallery for microblading before and after pictures.
Make sure you like their personal style. Some cosmetic tattoo artists have a preference towards longer, bolder strokes, while another might prefer softer, shorter strokes. You might see one microblading gallery filled with precise, artificial looking eyebrows, while another will be filled with more natural looking eyebrows that will be a little messier. The beautiful thing about microblading is that there is no right or wrong style – it’s all up to personal preference.
However, if it seems like the microstroking was done very tightly that’s actually a concern. Some technicians know that very tight microblading strokes look better in the before & after pictures, and might attract more customers, but the truth is that they don’t heal well, and after 2-3 months the semi-permanent makeup will likely look blurry and muddy.
Important Questions to Ask Your Eyebrow Embroidery Technician
Once you have selected your eyebrow embroidery technician, either give her a call first or do an in-person consultation. During an in-person consultation, or even right before the microblading session itself, the microblading technician should fill in your eyebrows with a pencil, giving you an idea of the kind of shape you will end up with.
During the microblading consultation make sure to find out what kind of pigments she uses, and how often she replaces them. Some great permanent makeup pigment brands include the Nano, PCD, and Biotouch. These cosmetic tattoo pigments must be replaced on a yearly basis, lest they expire.
Next ask her how she sanitizes her blades and blade pens. The best answer would be that she doesn’t. A good microblading technician will use a brand new, disposable, sterile tool on every client.
The last question to ask is whether a touch-up is included, and after how long. While some cosmetic tattooing salons like to have their microblading clients come back after 3 weeks, waiting for 6 weeks is preferred.
Why is a Microblading Touch-up Necessary, Anyway?
After 6 weeks, the skin will have fully healed from the microblading. This means that a new layer of skin has grown over the eyebrow embroidery pigment, so it will become anywhere from 30% to 70% lighter.
Many people leave their first microblading appointment worried that their eyebrows are too dark, however by the time their skin has healed the color should be perfect, or maybe even too light.
In some cases the body totally absorbs the ink, and the semi-permanent tattoo totally disappears. In other cases, because of a variety of factors, including body chemistry, medication, or sun exposure, the pigment embroidery might even change color.
The touch-up is an opportunity for the microblading technician to fix any of the changes that may have occurred. And before you ask, yes, even changed ink color can be corrected! It’s also an opportunity for your permanent makeup artist to make any small corrections or changes to the shape.
A lot of the time, during the first appointment microblading clients will be nervous about their brows becoming too dark or heavy, only to completely change their mind 6 weeks later and request stronger looking-brows.
And As For Me?
So as you may have guessed, I went through with the process. I’m thrilled with my new eyebrows right now! They’re even and natural looking. Now let’s just hope I don’t get lazy with my aftercare, and lose all the hard work of my microblading technician.
Photos courtesy of @eyebrowdoctor_, @shaughnessy
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