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How to bring more attention to your brows without looking like they are “done” or “drawn on”






TOOLS:

. Brow Shadow (or Eye Shadow): Pick one that is the same shade as your natural brow colour if you want to make them look bigger/fuller or a shade darker if you want to go bolder.
. A Disposable Mascara Wand or Spooly Brush
. Water

STEPS:

1. Bend the bristle end of the wand 45 degrees. This is optional but it definitely makes it more effective.
2. Hold the bristle end under running water then give it a tap against the edge of the sink to release any excess water.
3. Sweep the now-wet bristles back and forth over the brow shadow.
Start at the base of the brow and brush upwards.
4. Continue brushing by pulling the bristles through the hairs in an upward motion.
5. Dip the bristles back in the shadow if you need more then finish by brushing in the outward/downward motion of the wing.


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How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger




1. Before you reach for any products, curl your lashes. “It really opens up your eyes,”  Tip: You want to curl your lashes, not crimp them, so use a light hand and apply pressure at two points: the base of lashes and the middle.

2. You may think that dark shadow will make your eyes look smaller, but strategically placed colour actually does the opposite. Using a stiff brush and a matte brown shadow, smudge the colour below your bottom lashline, sticking to the outside third of your eye. “Just press it in,” Don’t apply any colour on your waterline. 

3. You may have heard you can apply white eye liner to your waterline to make your eyes appear bigger—which is true—but not very wearable. Instead, choose a pale, champagne hue. Apply to your entire waterline (the top, too!). If you’re still not getting the impact you want, try layering a champagne colour over white, which will deliver more punch.

4. Next, apply a wash of colour onto your lid using a flesh-coloured hue that corresponds to your skintone. “The colour should be slightly lighter than your skin and have shimmer, but no glitter!” 

5. Apply a thick layer of mascara to your upper lashes. 

6. A fan brush is an easy way to concentrate your mascara on the root of your lashes (which makes eyes look larger), without clumps on the tips of lashes (which makes eyes look smaller). Simply run a fan brush over a mascara wand and gently paint your bottom lashes.

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Wedding Dresses 1775-2014: Which would you wear?


Credit information: Silk brocade gown and petticoat, silk covered straw hat and silk satin shoes, 1780. Image reproduced by kind permission of the Olive Matthews Collection, Chertsey Museum Silk satin wedding dress designed by Charles James, London, 1934. Given by Mrs Alec Hambro © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Satin and layered tulle wedding dress designed by Pam Hogg, 2012. Courtesy of Mary Charteris. Rajputana wool coat by Bellville Sassoon, London, 1970. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
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Basic Bridal Beauty Guidelines - Pre-wedding Shots


The day before the pre-wedding shoot:
+ Get your eyebrows professional trimmed (if you are unable to do it yourself)
+ Slap on a mask before heading to bed // Moisturise as much as you can.
+ Apply a generous amount of lip balm too.


On the morning of:

Step 1: Start with a clean and moisturised face, then apply lip balm and make-up base.

Step 2: Use liquid foundation or cream foundation for stronger coverage.

Step 3: Apply concealer only on areas that need the extra coverage like blemishes, dark and/or red spots. You don’t want to have a caked-up face.

Step 4: If you don’t have bronzer or a darker foundation shade, you can always use brown eyeshadow for shading. Apply it around the corners of your face – near the hair line, the sides of your nose (for a sharpening illusion) and the jaw areas (for a slimming illusion). Once satisfied, set with loose/pressed powder.

Step 5: Using an eye primer to help your eye shadow last longer. For this tutorial, I used pink as the base colour and bronze to overlap it.

Step 6: Apply white eyeshadow just at the edge of your eyebrow bone. Highlighting your brow bone will help define your brows, and give your eyes a fresh and widening effect.

Step 7: Time to draw your eyebrows! Don’t stand too close to the mirror while doing it, you’ll need to see your entire face to ensure it’s balanced out.
For the eyes, I used gel liner before a layer of liquid liner to help create a bold, longer-lasting flick. I wouldn’t recommend water lining; instead line as close as you can, from the top – you don’t want it to start smudging as the shoot (and heat) wears on.

Step 8: If falsies are necessary, I’d recommend those half sets that flare out into a longer end – mostly for comfort and easy application. It’ll also complement your lined eyes.

Step 9: Apply a shimmer stick to help pick up the light in photographs, enhancing the nose and cheekbones for that quintessential bridal glow.

Step 10: For a softer, delicate feel, use gold//silver shimmer for the under lines and brown//pink to finish it the other half.

Step 11: Apply a generous amount of blusher. You’ll need it, especially while taking outdoor shots because a natural amount will not translate in the pictures. Use a lip brush for precision, while applying lip colour.

Choose pink for a softer romantic look …

Or red for a classic chic look!

Alright now, off you go! Work it, you blushing bride, you!

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How To Contour Your Face

You’ll need two different colors of face makeup. You can pick up a contour palette, or just use foundation. Use one shade lighter than your skin for highlighter, and two shades darker for contour.

1. To start, take your lighter color and apply it on the top of your cheekbones, under your eye area, down the bridge of your nose, and in an upside-down triangle on your forehead

2. Next, you need to soften the surrounding areas. Gently blend the edges of your highlighter with a flat foundation brush.

3. Next, apply your darker hue. Apply the darker formula in the hollow of your cheekbones, down the sides of the nose, underneath your chin, in the depth of the temples, and along your hairline

4. Once you have your darker color in place, gently blend the edges, working section by section with a blending brush.

5. Gently blend the color on your forehead up into your hairline to create a halo effect.

6. Contour applied on the side of your nose creates a shadow effect, which makes your nose appear more angular.

7. After you blend with a brush, you’ll want to soften any edges—contour should be subtle! Take a clean, wet sponge, and gently press over your foundation to pick up any extra product. The pressing motion will give a seamless finish.

8. Dry skin can skip powder, but if you tend to get oily, you’ll want to set your work with a translucent powder.

And you’re done!

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French Recipe for Shiny Hair


One for the Recipe Box: Homemade Hair Treatment With Rose Water
1/4 cup of rose water
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup of rum
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
“Beat the eggs thoroughly in a large bowl, add the rose water, rum, and oils. Mix the ingredients well. I apply the mask on towel-dried, not wet hair, which allows it to penetrate better. I start by massaging the mixture into the scalp and work my way down to the ends. Then I secure my hair in a chignon and let the mask soak in for thirty minutes. I finish by rinsing with cold water to seal the cuticle, eliminate frizz, and boost shine.”
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