Monday, 26 October 2015

Makeup Monday: My Signature Brows

Hello and Happy Monday! Coincidentally, today is also my birthday! I had a lovely day with some family and friends, which has pretty much been the trend all weekend. I'm so fortunate to have some amazing people in my life, and I am thankful for all the love and support they provide!

Enough of the mushy stuff now, and back to business! I've received several comments and questions about my eyebrows recently, so I thought I would share a bit about my daily brow routine. I'm mostly going to discuss my favourite products in this post, so bear with me. For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you've probably caught a glimpse of my brows close up (I love a good selfie and/or makeup shot). You also may have noticed that I love a full brow. I love bold, full, thick brows. You can probably blame icons (like Cara Delevingne) for their brow inspiration.
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Of course, it all starts with grooming. Personally, I make a trip to the salon for a brow wax every two to three weeks (depending on my schedule usually). When I go into the salon (I'm picky with and loyal to those I trust), I ask for a standard brow wax. However, I skip the tops (so, only middle and under arch clean ups for me). In between waxes, I pluck strays outside the natural line of my brow (often under the arch). Usually every 4-6 weeks, then I will ask for a little to be taken off the top, but ask to keep the fullness and the shape. You will develop your own favourite, and soon to be, signature look in no time. 
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The final step is to sculpt those beautiful stray hairs on our face to create a masterpiece, because seriously, we'd all look weird without eyebrows (all I can think of is Jason Biggs sans brows in My Best Friend's Girl). Let me speak the truth for a minute, I am all for Anastasia Beverly Hills. One look at their Instagram account, you will see why. It's mostly plastered with women who have exceptional brows.
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So needless to say, after trying many products to create my signature brow, I've found comfort in Anastasia Beverly Hills. The Anastasia Brow Powder Duo retails at Sephora for $30 in Canada and $23 in the USA. Although, in my opinion, having beautiful brows is an investment. I do have to say, that this brow powder likely won't produce your "everyday brow" in the sense, that it provides full coverage and it can look a little bold on a fresh minimal-makeup face. I have a more masculine face, so this is likely what causes this to be. However, if you have the courage to rock it, then more power to you! Don't knock it 'til you try it.
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Left: filled in
R: natural pre-drawn in brow
 I am currently using Medium/Brown (taupe) which I like because it is the same shade of my brows (although it doesn't necessarily match my blonde hair). I use a small angled brush (via Too Faced) to enhance my brows by filling them in. I start with lining the middle section of the bottom of the brow, fan out to the tail then do the same at the top. I create an arch following my natural hairline and then try to create even inner corners (usually rounded, but sometimes square).

Among some of my other favourite Anastasia brow products: Dip Brow and Brow Gel.
One of my other all-time favourite brow products is the Maybelline Define-a-Brow Pencil (in Dark Blonde). However, this shade currently *only* comes in Medium Brown (grrrr!). From my understanding, they are sadly phasing this product out to replace it with the Master Shape pencil (which I am super disappointed with to be honest). Another favourite of mine, is Benefit's Gimme Brow, I've used this in both in light/medium and medium/deep, both of which are lovely. I personally use the medium/deep shade because, no surprise here, I like a bold brow. Gimme Brow is the perfect eye hack for busy girls like myself-- it's a quick glide on for instant results. 
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some of my favourite bold-brow looks on myself
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