No-Fear Brows for 2014

by 2 January 06, 2014

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In last week's Fashion Friday post, Darcy encouraged a "New year, no fear" mentality in regards to your individual clothing style. I thought her post was so candid and inspiring and it got me thinking: this mantra can just as easily be applied to your choices in makeup for the new year. Now I'll resist getting on my soapbox about the power and self-confidence that comes with proudly wearing new makeup trends; you all already know that I believe that wearing fun and inventive makeup is for the benefit of the wearer, not the viewer. But for today's Makeup Monday post I wanted to continue Darcy's "Just go for it!" line of thinking, and encourage you all to try out this simple power brow tutorial.

I've written several articles lately about my love of intense eyebrows, but this will be my first true tutorial. The products used are as follows:

Instant Brow pencil (by Benefit)

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Speed Brow gel (by Benefit)

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And the Boudoir Eyes shadow palette (by Two-Faced)

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To begin, I used the bristled end of my Instant Brow pencil to comb my brows into a manageable shape.

[caption id="attachment_5022" align="aligncenter" width="381"]don't judge these wild brows. they clean up real nice, i promise. don't judge these wild brows. they clean up real nice, i promise.[/caption]

Next I used the Instant Brow pencil to line the bottom of my brow to create the general shape I was shooting for.

[caption id="attachment_5029" align="aligncenter" width="381"]this little line is the beginning of something FIERCE; once i do some serious blending, of course. this little line is the beginning of something FIERCE; once i do some serious blending, of course.[/caption]

After I drew that first line,  I did the same along the bottom of my other eyebrow to make sure they were the same shape and had the same arch. I continued to use the pencil to fill in any gaps or thin areas in my brows using light, upward strokes.

[caption id="attachment_5030" align="aligncenter" width="410"]i just used my fingertip to gently blend the pencil marks upwards into my natural lashline. i just used my fingertip to gently blend the pencil marks upwards into my natural brow line.[/caption]

Once both brows were filled in with the pencil, I used the Speed Brow gel to set the look. Nothing's more distracting than a rogue eyebrow hair. This gel not only freezes your individual brow hairs to prevent flyaways, but is also tinted, meaning it gives your eyebrows a little extra fullness.

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="aligncenter" width="432"]the gel sweeps on easily and isn't too dark, so it doesn't smudge all over your forehead or your brow bone. again, i used a delicate, upward motion. the gel sweeps on easily and isn't too dark, so it doesn't smudge all over your forehead or your brow bone. again, i used a delicate, upward motion.[/caption]

Using these two products (and about three minutes of my morning routine), I was able to double the volume and fullness of my eyebrows.

[caption id="attachment_5026" align="aligncenter" width="496"]all they need now is a little eye shadow to soften the look. all they need now is a little eye shadow to soften the look.[/caption]

I used soft rosy-gold shadow (Satin Sheets) all over my lid with a deep green (Garter Belt) smudged around the lashline. I blended the shimmery base shadow up into my lashline and softened the harsh lines of my brows a little bit.  A little brown liner and some black mascara complete the look.

[caption id="attachment_5024" align="aligncenter" width="448"]what up, 2014? what up, 2014?[/caption]

True, this tutorial doesn't describe the process behind some of the bigger brows you've seen me wear on this website. But to intensify the look above, just play around with different shades of pencils/gels (the darker, the more dramatic), or draw your initial lines farther outside of your natural brow shape. The more you practice and play around with this facial feature, the better you'll get at accentuating it.

And remember, when you're about to walk out the door and you ask yourself, Are these brows too big/intense/extreme/dramatic?, grab your keys and proudly wear those power brows like fuzzy badges of honor. New year, no fear. 

Balance out those brows with some lipstick.

Katie-Signature

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