27 Jan 2012 16:37 PM | Posted by bh'sLeanne
While fashion has always shaped eyebrows, from Marlene Dietrich's fine lines to Brooke Shields-style tufts, Sydney brow technician Beatriz Viasus echoes beauty buffs the world over: "[Eyebrow shape is] like dressing for your body. Forget fashion - follow your bone structure and hair colour instead."
Hear, Hear Beatriz, we’re with you. Of course, if you want to follow Beatriz’s advice you need to understand which is the perfect brow shape for you. Luckily, we're on hand to help...
The perfect shape for you
You can be a little experimental with thickness and colour, but you should find the basic shape that complements your face - and stick to it.
Characteristics: A gentle curve with an unpronounced arch
Fits: Narrow faces of a diamond or oval shape. It also accentuates a heart-shaped face beautifully
Know this: Rounder dials (those widest at the cheeks) should avoid this brow at all costs
Who's wearing it: Cate Blanchett does round brows as impeccably as she wears everything else
Characteristics: A strong shape with a sharp angle at the arch
Fits: Round, broad faces benefit most from this shape, though it can also work to balance a square jaw
Know this: As long as you place your arch correctly, this shape can really 'lift' your eyes, but too much of a point can take you into scary Jack Nicholson territory
Who's wearing it: Emma Bunton uses this brow to elongate her baby face. Reese Witherspoon's angled brows offset the wide cheek area of her heart shape
Characteristics: The classic, feminine brow shape. The arch is defined and prominent, but the point is kept soft and rounded
Fits: The LBD of eyebrows, the versatile soft angle suits all face shapes. Tailor the thickness and height of the arch to your facial structure. Delicate features are overwhelmed by thick hedgerows but a stronger bone structure can take more weight. A rounder face can support a higher arch
Who's wearing it: Penelope Cruz balances her prominent bone structure with a heavier soft-angle brow
Characteristics: A horizontal line that slopes gently upward, it may remain flat or have an ever-so-slight arch. A generous thatch of hair gives it body
Fits: The horizontal line shortens long, oval faces, giving them a softer, rounder look
Who's wearing it: Hilary Rhoda is the current heavy brow poster girl, but Audrey Hepburn also wore them to perfection back in the day
Making your point
"There are three sections that you need know about to create the right brow for you: the start point, the arch and the end point," emphasises Linda Ayoub, a brow specialist from Shimmer Face & Body salon in Sydney. "These points help you get length and proportion correct."
1. "To find the point where your brow should begin, hold a brush or a pencil against the flare of your nose, pointing upward," she instructs. "The spot where it touches your brow bone is where your eyebrow should start."
2. Then, to find the high point of your arch, look straight ahead and extend the pencil from the flare of your nose to the right of your pupil. Where the pencil touched your brow is where the arch should be.
3. Finally, align the pencil from the side of your nose to the outer corner of your eye to pinpoint where your eyebrow should end.
The golden rule of brow colour is to keep it natural. Icy blondes (of either a natural or bottled origin) should go a little darker for definition, while golden blondes can venture as far as a lightest brown. Dark-haired girls, however, should always match the shade of their locks. Home tint kits like 1000Hour Lash Eyelash & Brow Dye Kits ($17.95) make matching your shade easy, but professional advice is always preferable the first time around.
Do you have any brow tips to share or a favourite brow technician in your area you'd like to tell us about?
Excellent article! It is SO important to get the right eyebrow shape for each face shape, it really makes such a difference. I fill my brows in each morning so they are more defined and frame my face better (i have been growing them out for a while now, i over plucked while i was younger :( really regret that now)
Posted on: January 30, 2012 (Jan 30, 2012 5:22am)
Unfortunately brows tend to diminish as you age, and I often see some older women pencilling in their eyebrows with a harsh thin line, which makes them look even older - the secret is to use a lighter pencil or powder (especially if you are grey), use feathery strokes to create a little more fullness, then go over the application with a brush to soften the edges to achieve a more natural look :-)
Posted on: January 30, 2012 (Jan 30, 2012 5:26am)
02 Mar 2012 17:01 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
We’ve got the date and now all we need is the die-hard beauty buffs to make beautorium – your loyalty rewards redemption event – a success. We know you’ve been waiting with baited breath and the time has finally arrived. I think this calls for a drum roll….
This Wednesday (March 7) beautorium will go live. (Please, hold all screams until the end.)
We’d love you to come and take a look and, if you’re a Beauty Buff or Beauty Guru, cash in some of your hard-earned points for some truly amazing beauty products.
If, by some anomaly, you have no idea what beautorium is or what all the fuss is about you really ought to spend less time under that rock of yours! In the meantime though, have a look at some of the articles we’ve posted about our fabulously new loyalty rewards redemption event, better know as beautorium.
What are you most looking forward to about Beautorium?
The opportunity to access great products for [practically] free! Woot, woot!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 5:06pm)
Oh wow! Yay! I just can't wait to see what products are on offer, it'll be fun looking at them and choosing a couple things!
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 5:13pm)
01 Mar 2012 18:42 PM | Posted by Editor
It’s easy to get stuck in a make-up rut; sporting the same colour palette every season, applying your eyeshadow the same way day in and day out. Well guess what? It’s time to shake up your make-up look! But don’t worry, we’re not about to ask you to invest in an entire new make-up kit – just one super-precise liquid eyeliner. Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner to…erm…be precise.
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And the best part? Maybelline New York has a cool new Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner app on its facebook page, that not only showcases an array of eyeliner looks, but also provides how-tos, expert tips and has a function that allows you to create your own Master Precise looks to WIN!
Simply like the Maybelline New York facebook page, click on the Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner app and get designing!
To get you inspired, here are 5 looks you can create with Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner…
Which of Ruby Rose's MNY Master Precise eyeliner looks do you like best?
I love Sultry and Seductive and Love Ruby. I have been wanting to try this as soon as I saw it advertised. I may try Sultry and Seductive, however I think Love Ruby is solely made for Ruby Rose. :)
Posted on: March 02, 2012 (Mar 2, 2012 5:14pm)
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I want to try sultry&seductive. It reminds me of double winged liner.
Posted on: March 02, 2012 (Mar 2, 2012 5:31pm)
02 Mar 2012 12:20 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
Is humidity your worst enemy when it comes to showcasing your best look? It is for bh member Sarah628, who started a thread in our forums because she suffers from oily skin and can’t find a solution. Sound like you? If you answer yes to the following questions, you could probably do with some help too.
Is oily skin the reason your foundation looks blotchy come midday? Do you often have an oil slick where your forehead should be in photos? Do you take dewy to a whole new level when you feel things starting to heat up around you?
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What is your favourite matte make-up product?
Thankfully I dont suffer with oily skin, but on the other hand it can be a bit dry. I never use matte products, but I do like primers and finishing powders.
Posted on: March 02, 2012 (Mar 2, 2012 12:38pm)
YES I have that oily skin and I need matte products...so thank you BH once agin!!!
Posted on: March 02, 2012 (Mar 2, 2012 1:17pm)
02 Mar 2012 16:39 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
It’s my personal motto and belief that ‘the brow maketh the woman’, and it shows. I covet Camilla Belle’s face framers no end and I get more excited about a new brow wow product than anything else that flies through the front door.
Yep, I’m pretty much obsessed, which is why I was up in arms when Benefit told us they were releasing a new book, dedicated entirely to brow grooming. It’s written by Benefit fan and total brow know-it-all Cameron Tuttle, and it’s been described as ‘your personal guide to fabulous brows.’
Are your brows too thin? Over plucked and kind of scary looking? Fear not, read up on how you can check yourself into ‘brow rehab’, and be well on your way to some enviable eyebrows. Plus, you’ll learn the joys of being able to maintain your brows at home once they’re back in action and ready to be groomed again!
The brow bible will also show you how to prep and prime your brows to get the best look ever. You may not know it, but the way you preen your brows can change the way your whole face looks, so it’s important to have some handy insider tips up your sleeve when you pull out the groomers – right? (Handy tips and handy brow tools - like my personal favourite, Benefit Brows a-go-go!)
Oh you like the sound of Raising Eyebrows? Well that’s just as well, because we’ve got 5 copies to give away! Simply tell us your best brow horror story in the comments section of this blog to enter!
Competition closes: midnight 8th March 2012
My best brow horror story is probably when i started year 7 and i wanted to pluck my eyebrows before i started high school, i wasn't getting the right technique so i got out the shaver and tried to "tidy" them up, i somehow carelessly ended with one eyebrow half shaven off, anyway the funny thing was that my i had been tanning all summer, so underneath the hair was all pale white skin and the rest of me was brown!!!! it was super obvious and no joke, i cried:(
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:01am)
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No horror story here. I am growing them in and not removing any hairs. It has been 3 months and I can't believe how thick and nice the shape is. I am glad I never had any loathing over them like I hear about others. They end up removing all their brows and end having to draw them back in.
Posted on: March 03, 2012 (Mar 3, 2012 7:26am)