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What is the right way to fill in brows?

The Right Tool To Fill In Your Brows

Most women get their eyebrows waxed, plucked, threaded, or shaped. An extra way to add a little shape to your face is to fill in your brows with a brow powder. This is especially important if your brows are sparse or fair.

Find a brow powder that matches the color of your hair. Or, if you are a very light blonde, go a couple of shades deeper for added definition. Redheads sometimes have a hard time finding a reddish-brown brow powder, but there is a wider selection of colors available in eye shadows that can double as a brow powder. Just make sure the eyeshadow is a matte shade and doesn't have any shimmer to it.

Keep a brow brush in your makeup bag. The perfect brush tool has angled, stiff bristles that are short and will allow you to brush the powder right into your brows. When you add the step of filling your brows with powder to your makeup routine, you'll be amazed at how extra polished and professional your makeup will look.

   
How can I make my eyes appear larger?

Eyes Appear Larger

To make your eyes appear larger, apply two coats of mascara to top and bottom lashes. Using a lash curler will also help. Use a concealer below the eyes to brighten. Use a light shade of eyeshadow on the lid for a wide eyed look.

   
How do I quickly fix make-up mistakes?

Correcting Minor Mishaps

Did you smear your mascara? Is your blusher or eyeshadow too dark or the wrong color? For a quick and easy spot removal, use a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover. It's easy to get into a small area without having to start all over and it works great!

   
How can I emphasize my eyebrows?

Define eyebrows

To define your eyebrow arch, apply white eyeliner to the line just below your eyebrow and blend.

   
What is the best treatment for puffy eyes?

Treating Puffy Eyes

If you have puffy eyes the first thing you should do is determine what is causing the puffiness so you can come up with the best treatment option. If you eyes are puffy from allergies you might want to try eye drops or change your allergy medication. If your eyes are puffy from lack of sleep then you may want to correct the cause by getting more “shut eye.”

Some other treatment suggestions would be to use an eye mask or cucumber slices to draw out the swelling. A cold cloth or certain eye creams might help keep the inflammation down.

   
How do I apply eyeliner and which type is best?

Great Looking Eyebrows

Keeping your eyebrows regularly groomed by either waxing or tweezing improves the overall appearance of your look. Great makeup can look garish when set up against the backdrop of unruly brows. For the best shape, shade in your brows first and then tweeze the outline of what you don't want. This makes for a perfect, no mess-up look.

   
How can I get rid of bags and puffy eyes?

Puffy Eyes

Some of the causes of puffy eyes are: lack of sleep, alcohol, allergies, aging, stress, poor diet and genetics.

To decrease the appearance of puffy eyes use a thinly sliced cold cucumber or a slice of raw potato and place a slice on each eye. Use any cold compress on your eyes for a few minutes, but do not place ice cubes directly on your skin. Cotton wool pads soaked in witch hazel (which reduces swelling) or iced water should also do the trick.

Do you know that salty foods cause water retention which can accumulate in the eye area? Sodas and alcohol drinks are high in sodium (salt). Drink water instead.
Do you drink enough water? Remember you should drink 8 glasses of water per day.
Exercise will help your overall circulation, including your renal circulation and will aid in the elimination of water.

A concealer or highlighter can do wonders to hide puffiness under your eyes. Pat your concealer on first and blend it in so it looks natural. Then apply your foundation and set it with a light dusting of loose powder.

There are many eye treatment creams on the market today that are formulated specifically to reduce bags underneath your eyes. Try finding a gel and leave in the fridge. Dab a little on in the morning and the coolness of the eyegel will reduce swelling.

   
Why do I have undereye darkness?

Dark Circles

Darkness under the eyes can be due to heredity,lack of sleep, smoking, drinking, and/or allergies. If due to heredity, camouflage is your only option. Use a concealer that blends with your skin tone. You may want to use a corrective color (green or yellow) underneath the concealer. This can be applied under the eyes and sometimes on the eyelid if the concealer is not too creamy. If the darkness is due to lack of sleep and/or allergies, an anti-puffiness eye product will help circulation and may lessen the darkness. Try using an eye gel and leave in the fridge for optimal results. The cold will help to reduce puffiness.

   
How can you tell what eye shape you have and the right shape for your eyebrows?

Eye Shape and Eyebrow Grooming

Eyes are usually categorized into three categories. Oval, round and slanted. Then they are subcategorized into more groups including small eyes, large eyes, hooded eyes, deep-set eyes and wide set eyes. Eye shape does not play a major role in shaping your eyebrows. You want your eyebrows to look well groomed and not too thick or too thin. The best places to start when shaping your eyebrows is look in the mirror and determine where you brow starts. Hold a pencil vertically against one nostril, where the pencil hits your brow is a good starting place. Do the same on the other side. Then hold the pencil again at the nostril and point it vertically to the corner of your eye, this is where your brows should end.
To appropriately shape your eyebrows the beginning of the brow should be aligned with the center of the nostril and the arch should fall over the back third of the eye. The end of the brow should be aligned with the corner of your eyes. You do not want to have “bushy eyebrows” but over tweezing can be detrimental. Your eyebrows can change the look of your entire face, so shape carefully. If you're not sure go to a professional and have them start the shape for you to keep up!

   
What would you recommend for thin eyebrows?

Eyebrows

Eyebrows are back. They frame the eyes and give expression to the face. Be careful not to over pluck because over the years the hair doesn't grow back. You can fill in with an eyebrow pencil and use an eyebrow gel to keep the hairs in place. These come in colors to match your hair color or in clear.

   
How do I minimize problems wearing makeup with contact lenses?

Contact Lenses and Make-up

Here's how to minimize the chances of makeup irritating your eyes when you're wearing your lenses. Apply your make-up after inserting your lenses. You must use waterproof eye make-up and it must be hypo-allergenic. Do not apply eyeliner to the inner edge of the lid or above the lash line on the lower lid. Mascara should be used sparingly and only on the outer half of the lashes. Replace all eye makeup three months after opening and stop using any makeup that seems to be causing irritation or redness in your eyes.

   
How can I keep my brows neat?

Eyebrow Upkeep

To keep your eyebrows neat, you can wax or tweeze the hairs. This is a temporary removal. If you want a permanent removal, electrolysis is the best. A consultation with the electrologist would be advisable. You may have some questions before you begin treatments. It is important to feel comfortable with the electrologist as you may require many treatments depending on the amount of hair and if it grows back.

   
Should I try to shape my eyebrows myself?

Shaping Eyebrows - Ouch!

It is very difficult to shape your eyebrows yourself and overcome the pain from tweezing or waxing. Go to a facial salon and have them do the initial hair removal. Then it will be easier to maintain the eyebrows. When tweezing, remember to hold the skin tight as this will decrease pain tremendously.

   
What can I do if I over plucked my eyebrows?

Over plucked eyebrows

The best thing you can do is to have patience. The eyebrow hairs are the slowest growing hair on the body. As long as the follicle has not been damaged, then the hair will grow back as before. In the meantime, you can fill in the missing hairs with eyebrow pencil or shade it in with an angled brush and shadow, this method normally looks more natural. Only tweeze once brows have been filled in, this will ease any pressure of over-tweezing.

   
Could you please tell me how to tint eye brows and eyelashes?

Tinting Eyelashes or Eyebrows

Do not tint or dye your eyelashes or eyebrows at home. Tinting is a job only to be attempted by a reputable professional using approved dyes. You can have your brows colored to match your hair for approximately $15 and your eyelashes about $25.00. Not going to a professional who has been trained in this can lead to irritation and adverse reactions.

   
What type of eyebrow product is best?

Eyebrow Products

If you only need to fill in the eyebrows, a hard eyebrow pencil is best. If you want to define and create a new brow, a softer pencil works well or a cake eyebrow powder. A cake that offers more than one color is best as the colors can be blended to achieve the desired color. A cake product is used with a fine, tapered, makeup brush.

   
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