The eyebrow is the frame of the face. It is easy to “lift” the eye with a couple of quick strokes. Many great beauties are known for their distinctive eyebrows (think Brooke Shields, Cindy Crawford, and Joan Crawford).
Control your eyebrows with an old toothbrush or an old washed mascara wand.
- Thin Tip: Good for grasping small, fine hairs and getting at ingrown hairs.
- Slanted Tip: A versatile tweezer affording maximum control.
- Square Tip: Best used for removing coarse hairs or several hairs at a time.
MYTH: never pluck above your brow.
Whoever thought of that one? You pluck where you need to pluck!
I once did a makeover on a woman who had these ugly hairs sticking up on her forehead. When I asked her why she didn’t pluck them out, she recited to me this silly old outdated “don’t touch those hairs above the eyebrow” rules.
Brush the brow upward and outward to define the natural line. Tweeze under the brow to form an arch. Soften the sting by rubbing the area with an ice cube.
If you’re completely clueless on what shape to make your eyebrow, cut out an eyebrow from a magazine, and stencil it on top of your own. Tweeze to trace the prototype.
Secrets of eyebrows
Eyebrows look best when filled in with a soft pencil or powder. The modern brow is neither too thick nor too thin. Undecided? Go to a professional for your first plucking. It’s most effective to work in bright natural light when tweezing. Soften the look of the brow by patting lightly with translucent powder. You can also substitute pale eye shadow to lighten a brow.
- – Wide-set eyes: To make your eyes look closer together, apply deep-toned shadow to the inner halves of the lids. Light-toned shadow goes on the outer halves.
- – Closed-set eyes: Open up eyes by brushing deep-toned shadow on the outer half of the lids. Blend from the center of the eyes out and up to just above the crease. Use a light shadow on the inner halves of the lids and just under the brow bone.
- – To make the whites of your eyes look brighter, use a light blue pencil under the eyes. Blue eye shadow lightly applied under the eyes works just as well.
- – Separate clumpy eye lashes with a lash comb available at beauty supply stores.
- – To get the best curl out of eyelashes, use a blow dryer to heat an eyelash curler for about five seconds before using.
- – If you need to go from day to evening without starting from scratch, apply an eye foundation before shadowing.
- – Use waterproof formulations whenever possible.
- – Always wipe wands off before using to avoid clumping.
- – When applying mascara to bottom lashes, hold a tissue under the lash so that mascara doesn’t end up on the skin.
- – Are you an absolute klutz when it comes to lining your eyes? Use a shadow as liner, or steady your hand by leaning your elbow on a table when applying.
Applying False Eyelashes
False eyelashes should be applied after foundation and eyebrows.
- 1. Powder eyelids.
- 2. Curl eyelashes to blend in with false ones.
- 3. Apply glue to lashes, being sure not to touch the lashes themselves.
- 4. Use a small stick (a toothpick works well) to be more precise.
- 5. Make sure that the lashes match by starting at the outer corner.
- 6. To blend false and natural lashes, apply a deep liquid liner over both.
- – Make your eyeliner last each time you sharpen it by putting it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes prior to sharpening. This will ensure a perfect point with no crumbling.
- – Bend the tip of your mascara wand until it’s angled to resemble a dentist’s mirror. The wand will be easier to control, and the brush will give better coverage.
- – Pull your eyelid taut when applying eyeliner.
- – It actually helps to keep your mouth open when applying eye makeup. It keeps you from blinking.
- – Always apply liner in short, feathery brushes.
- – Neutral shadows are the most flattering to the eye.
- – Create a V-shape with a soft powder at the outer corner of the eyes to lift.
Source: The World’s Best-Kept Beauty Secrets – Diane Irons