I think we’re all pretty convinced that the best compliment a woman could get about their appearance these days has to be “Wow your brow game is so strong!” or “Brows on fleek!”. I’ve never been one to be caught up on the latest slang terms but the word fleek has exploded on social media mostly followed by an image of perfectly sculpted brows. In the last few years, the big bold brows are back and are an amazing way to frame your face and bring out your other features. If you check Instagram, you will see even women with the thinnest brows have perfected the perfectly shaped, bold and defined brow. I think this is the closest I have been to actually witnessing magic. However, giving yourself a great brow makeover doesn’t have to be unachievable. Here are my 3 tips on how to make your brow game stronger than Chris Hemsworth.
1) Less is more!
The eyebrow shape and fill is a fine makeup art. It requires good product, great tools and lots of practice. The biggest thing I can say about brows is don’t go overboard! If you haven’t quite mastered extending or shaping your brows with makeup I wouldn’t recommend going all out. The worst mistake I see with eyebrows is when women (And men) go too far and wind up looking cartoonish. Makeup is meant to enhance your natural beauty, that’s what we all want to see! If you’re just starting out with filling in your brows, go with a product that can give them a pop and tame them. Something with a mascara-like wand is super easy to use. Once you get some practice with some more products you love, go nuts, but remember it’s all about bringing you best features forward not hiding them!
2) Shape your brows to your face
I know we see Cara Delevigne’s to die for brows and want to replicate them exactly, but a celebrity’s brow shape may not be the best for your face shape. As eyebrows help to frame your face, you want to go with a shape that is right for your facial structure. For example, if you have a longer face go for a flatter eyebrow or else it will exaggerate the length of your face. A round face? You can play with more dramatic angles to give your face some more defined shapes.
3) Shape right!
If you’re nervous about getting the shape of your eyebrows right, make sure to go to a professional. Whether its waxing, tweezing or threading they have the experience to do it properly. If you’re feeling confident to do it at home here’s a few suggestions. Firstly, make sure you take a step back every few plucks so you can get the bigger picture of what your brows look like on your face. Also make sure to get a great pair of tweezers that can get precise strays. Lastly never ice the skin! I Believe me I know it hurts but the cold will cause the pore to tighten around the follicle making it even worse. Try to do your brows right out of the shower and if the pain is too much try a numbing spray.
Brows can be amazing if done properly you just have to find out what works best for your style, face shape and level of makeup expertise. Once you have that down you will be rocking brows even Kylie Jenner would envy. We do brow tinting and shaping at Ooh La Lash so we are able to help you get the brows you desire.
The list of things I love includes (in no particular order) cheeseburgers, wine and re-watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix for the third time. However, the little voice in my head tells me that if I indulge in these things as much as I’d like to it may not be the greatest. While too many cheeseburgers will do a number on your arteries, some of your unhealthy habits are doing serious damage to your beauty routine too! In this day and age there is beauty product for everything, but there is no fix like healthy habits. Seriously, if you’ve ever watched those documentaries with vegan, marathon running, juice enthusiasts, you can literally see them glowing through the screen. So here are my tips on getting healthy on the inside to look ah-mazing on the outside.
Sleep is one of the best things you can do to look refreshed and feel refreshed. As you sleep, your body produces human growth hormones that you need to produce collagen. You need collagen for smooth, tight looking skin. Sleeping also allows your facial muscles that cause lines to relax, so a little extra shut eye could seriously reduce wrinkles. When you sleep, your blood flow also increases giving you that glowing complexion and fresh look.
We all know exercise is going to make our bodies look slimmer and more toned, but there are also other beauty benefits. Exercise gets your blood flowing allowing you to improve circulation and flush out toxins from your skin. Regular exercise also increases blood flow to your scalp giving you that luscious shiny hair you’ve been dying for!
Similar to exercise, healthy eating will not only make your body look better but has some serious beauty benefits. Eating plenty of protein will give your skin the amino acids it needs to look and be healthy. And too much sugar? Awful for your teeth and your acne! Stick with sweet foods with a low glycemic index like fruits! The best foods for you skin? Avocado – for supplying your skin with healthy fats and nutrients. Tomatoes are another great food for sun damage, they contain the antioxidant lycopene that reduces the free radicals produced from sun exposure.
While tomatoes are great, not wearing sunscreen is a beauty no no. Of course your health is the most important thing and proper sun protection will also protect you from skin cancer, but if you need a little extra motivation, sun damage is also terrible for beauty. Sun exposure will cause premature aging, lines, and that leathery look with continued exposure. I know tans look amazing, I too want to look like a bikini model basking in the LA sun, but it won’t be so cute in 20 years. Be proactive and wear sunscreen! If you always forget, try and get a moisturizer or foundation with SPF protection, 30+ is ideal! And for that California glow all year long, invest in a great self tanner. Most of the good ones look completely natural (no orange palms) and are quite literally “life savers”.
I wouldn’t expect you to become a gluten-free dairy-free sugar-free wheat-free yoga instructor, but consciously working on some healthy habits like these are a simple way to keep yourself looking and feeling beautiful all the time. So please, continue to gush over McDreamy with a glass of pinot, but get some sleep, try a green smoothie and toss in a light jog! Your beautiful self will thank you!