Sunday, 12 January 2014

Before/After: My New Go-To Natural Face/All About The Brows

Hello! What better way to start the new year with a Before/After about a natural look and brows. Whilst chatting to people on social media, I realised that brows were another hot topic. Just like contouring. There's loads of how-tos and what not to do etc and to be honest, I suppose they are all right. It  boils down to personal taste. When I was assisting, the artists I worked with all hated that drawn in brow look, I suppose the extreme of this would be that "magic marker" Scouse Brow look so favoured by many women. Once again I will repeat it's personal taste and this is my humble opinion. I hate it! Haha I think there really is a way to make brows more defined and fuller and not have it look like a side effect of being an Essex/Liverpool/Manchester Girl !

Anyway first of all, the natural look. I do this look most often I suppose. It's a versatile look that emphasises a woman's features without drawing attention too much to any feature. It's designed to catch light and bring out a woman's natural beauty. To me anyway. Meet Emilia.
Face Prep: Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Moisturising Fluid, Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Serum, Sisley Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm.

Emilia is stunning without makeup and I really wanted to keep her skin clear and sheer and capture those stunning eyes. So I opted for very sheer nude, skin-tone shades. Here's the after.
Foundation: Givenchy Hydra Sparkling Nude BB Cream, Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Foundation.
Eyes: Givenchy Ombre Couture in No 5 Taupe Velours & No 9 Brun Cachemire, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, Max Factor Excess Volume Mascara.
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Pencil in Seal Brown, Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in Brunette, SUQQU Eyebrow Liquid Pen in Brown, MAC Brow Fix in Clear.
Cheeks: MaqPRO Fard Creme Stick in 117, MAC Taupe Blush.
Lips: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer, RMS Living Luminizer, MAC Cream Colour Base in Pink.
Powder: Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder.

What do you think? Pretty isn't it? Now let's have a close up Before/After of the brows shall we?
There really isn't an easy way to describe how I do brows. So to keep it simple I shall attempt to explain. I look at my model's brows and brush them up and out with a spoolie or an old clean mascara wand. Then I usually start with a brown shadow (not always) to create a very soft blurred shape of the brow I'd like to achieve. I do this with an angled brush and very little brown shadow and smudge it about to create the general shape. I then go in with a pencil and start lightly drawing brow hairs in the direction of growth. If you do this correctly, you will end up with brows that look full and natural and you don't see the strokes. Finish off by brushing a clear brow gel or sometimes I use hairspray with a mascara wand to brush upwards and outwards to create a fuller brow. 

I hope that made sense, just remember it's better to start lightly and also I love fine-nib pencils that are slightly harder in formulation to really be able to draw fine strokes. Good ones I also like are Tom Ford Brow Pencils and MAC Brow Pencil in Lingering.

Have a go, I will be more than happy to hear your comments and help answer any queries. I don't plan on doing a video, that's an avenue I don't think I have the time to explore yet. Maybe one day I will.


19 comments:

  1. I love these kinds of looks; it seems effortless and beautiful. The brows are stunning, brushing them up gives a younger and wilder look. Gorgeous! XX

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    1. Thanks Gaya! Isn't it amazing how brushed up brows to make them fuller instantly gives a younger look? Thank you for the comment as always x

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  2. Love the brows, and your method which reminds me of concealing (all over base first, fine detail work over top).

    Also, what do you think of the Givenchy shadows? I can't wait to try them!

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    1. Yeah I see how it's so. Thanks for the comment. I love the GIvenchy shadows, find that it layers well and adds depth with each layer. Without looking too caked up.

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  3. Great tips. I have full brows naturally and it's hard to keep up with them. Will try the hairspray/brow gel avenue and see how it works!

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    1. Haha I know some girls have really stubborn hairs and I find that a strong hairspray is the onlyl thing that works! Thanks and good luck x

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  4. Love this. I have full brows naturally and have a hard time keeping up with them. Great tips.

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  5. I VOTE FOR A HOW-TO VIDEO!! Even in the close-up photo, I can't tell the brows are drawn on o.o Amazing!!
    Celine
    p.s.I have that Givenchy BB Cream, might have to try the skincare next... :)

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    1. Haha who knows, maybe one day. It's really hard as these are done during real jobs so I don't have time to film let alone take pictures! Lol. Will definitely think about it though. The skincare is good, esp Hydrasparkling. Love the BB Cream! Thanks x

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing! This was perfectly explained. Hopefully with some practice and skill I can perfect doing my brows like this.

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    1. It's all about practice! Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  7. I love this look. She looks amazing. Can you please tell me what shade of the EL foundation did you used?

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    1. It will be Vanilla I think. Hope that helps.

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  8. My brows grow downward which I hate. Will hairspray give them the upward affect. Lovely work by the way.

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    1. Sorry for the late reply Sylvia! Right it is hard to say without looking at your brows. You might have better results with a combination of strategic plucking/shaping and then filling in. Good luck x

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  9. Hi Kenneth, I absolutely love your work! I was wondering where have you used the EL Max Cover on her skin?? As it looks amazing with the BB cream but still so natural - I know this is a very high coverage foundation and I find it too much for all over. I'd love to know how you achieve this look. Thanks so much xx

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    1. Hi Chloe, it is indeed a high coverage one but it is also extremely beautiful. I use it under the eyes to cover up the darkness and find that if I blend a drop of it with the BB cream then buff it on or sponge it on to really get the sheerest finish. I find that this way it looks natural and sheer still. Hope that helps. x

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