Monday, August 13, 2012

Makeup Monday: Define Your Brows




BeautyMint is sponsoring Makeup Monday for the month of August, so it's all about skincare and minimalist makeup that showcases great skin. This week, we're talking about brows. My friend Holly (pictured) wears very little makeup, and as you can see, she doesn't really need it! She's gorgeous just as she is, but I've been dying to see her with a more defined brow, just to see how she liked it. 

I'm crazy about brows, and don't leave the house without them filled in. I'll skip everything else - but having my brows defined makes me feel more put together, more awake. Since I am in Los Angeles, where my dear friend and favorite makeup artist Roland Viado resides, I asked him to give Holly a mini makeup lesson on how to get great brows. Guess what? She loved it, and walked out with a new brow pencil so she can practice at home.


Before: Naturally gorgeous, but as Holly said, "A little blurry." She wanted to look more "in focus", but without a lot of makeup.


 Fill your brows using short, soft strokes in the direction of hair growth, following the natural shape of your brow. (If you need more tips on shaping your brows, check this post). Roland used MAC Lingering brow pencil.


Use a brush to comb your brows. This will help tame and blend the color to make it look more natural. Roland uses a Frends brush, but any stiff bristled brush will do.


Set with clear brow gel.


Repeat. Or, do that asymmetric look at the top if you're feeling kooky (don't).


See what a difference that makes? This is without blush, lip color, or even mascara. Just great skin and strong brows. 

Thank you to BeautyMint for sponsoring this Makeup Monday, Holly for modeling, and Roland for lending his talents. See more of my posts featuring BeautyMint here and check back next Monday for more skincare tips and makeup tricks!



29 comments:

  1. As an Asian women, I tend to feel makeup tutorials in the blogsphere don't really apply to my looks (esp when it's eye makeup), but thank you so much for this!
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  2. A year ago I never did my brows.
    But now I am simply in love with it.
    It makes such a diffrence :)

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  3. I have very light colored eyebrows, and they're definitely not what one could consider "full", so I must try this!!! Holly is gorgeous. :D

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  4. omg I so needed this! I have been obsessing over my eyebrows lately. They're really light but I have never tried filling them in before. Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. Oooh I've only recently come back onto your blog! I totally love your new layout it looks just right with the colour palette and cute icons!

    Love this post, eyebrows are always so difficult to shape at times

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  6. supper cute! Brows are extremely important, they really shape a face.

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  7. my eyebrow are so dark and thick that I would look like groucho marx if i did this. my waxer always tells me how great they are but I think she just says that because i'm always there! darn little things are so thick and they grow so fast! Mexican problems.

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  8. Looks like a pretty easy routine!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Such a gorgeous make up and tutorial! This makes a huge difference! Eyebrows are very important part of every girl's face.

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  10. Thank you for this post! I have the WORST eyebrows and I have been struggling on how to fix it. This gives me a peace of mind ha

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  11. Love this post...and I totally agree...a "done" brow is the best thing you can do to your face without actually having to do full makeup.
    Brows, mascara and lipgloss...voila! You're ready for the day.
    XOXO

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  12. I absolutely love this post, keiko!

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  13. So true, Keiko! If I'm planning on going out with no makeup, I make sure to at least do my eyebrows, and it makes a huge difference!

    Your friend looks great!

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  14. Enjoyed this post! Eyebrows are the one thing I always like to do before leaving the house. To fill I use a matte eyeshadow instead of pencil, because I think it creates a more natural daytime look.

    Leah
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  15. This is awesome, thank you for posting this!

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  16. I think the power of beautiful eyebrows can make or break a look. I was raven-haired for 5 years but now am a more copper color and I am lost as to how I should fill them. Mine are naturally very dark brown. I lightened them with a little bit of creme bleach, and it looks better, but not on point. Any advice will help!

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  17. Thank you for this tutorial! I've been struggling on setting a polished brow routine, and this helps a ton.

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  18. Yikes, I actually think she looks much better before. A little shaping does go a long way – I agree with that much – but the end result here is FAR too "made up," I think. Somewhere in the middle of either extreme would have been lovely. As it is, I much prefer her natural brows :)

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  19. So true! She is breautiful but the brows were a huge improvement

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  20. Hey Keiko. I'd love it if you could do a tutorial for people with "downward drooping eyes". I tend to look sleepy with neutral eye shadows, and winged eye liner looks are SO difficult to achieve because the extra skin in the lids droop down towards the ends of the eyes, covering that precious wing you worked so hard to create.

    It's a problem Keiko. I really hope you could help me out here. To this day I haven't found a single tutorial for my eyes.

    By the way, I'm loving the new blog design.

    Greetings from Miami,

    -Nathy
    http://earnestyle.blogspot.com/

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  21. Oh I never fill in my eyebrows, but this post has convinced me to try it! Looks AMAZING!
    xoxo
    Obviously Obsessed 

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  22. Such a difference it makes, this looks great!

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  23. I love your blog, just discovered it today. Lovely tips and a lot of interesting things to learn.

    Ivana
    xoxo
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  24. love!
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  25. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 4 post on Aug. 14, 2012. Thanks again.

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  26. As an Asian girl, I'm very happy to see an Asian girl featured on your post! I think her brows look a little too overdone and unnatural though.

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  27. Love it! She looks fantastic -thank you for the brow inspiration :)

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  28. I'm with you, brows are the ONE thing I can't leave the house without doing. Great tutorial...definitely need to try that pencil! xx

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  29. amazing brows! i share your brow obsession haha

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