It’s a fine line between a hint of sparkle and disco ball.
Natural-looking brows is something that all women aim to achieve and the feathering technique is just one way to get the look at home.
So if you’re lacking a few stray hairs, or require a little more texture in your brows, follow our easy tutorial below to achieve natural-looking eyebrows.
1. Wash your face with a mild cleanser, then lock-in moisture with a hydrating cream. If your brows have the tendency to feel a little dry (especially in winter), run the cream lightly through your brows.
Coast to Coast Skin Illuminating Cleansing Water, $24.95
2. Use a thin brow pencil and place it on the side of your nose. This is where your brows should begin to curve outwards. Extend the same brush outwards onto the very corner of your eyes; this is where your brows should end (at the very tip). Keep the guide below in a handy place if you every need to remember these tips for the future.
3. Pomades are ideal for creating natural, wispy-looking brows and they come in a variety of colours. Use an angled brow brush, and lightly dip it into the pomade. Less is more, and you can always layer on the product if it’s too light for your brows.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $26.70
4. Use short, fluid motions to feign the look of real brows. Start by filling in any gaps (this could be at the very tip of your brow) and work your way inwards making sure to use less product as you go.
Sigma e75 Angled Brow Pencil, $16
5. Carefully press the brush onto your skin and release so it won’t make a harsh mark on your skin. Brush through your brows to make them look more natural and don’t forget to set them with a clear brow gel. This will keep them in place all day and is also sweat-proof.
Essence Lash and Brow Gel, $4.10
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Give a modern twist to the classic cat eye look by tweaking just one factor – turning it upside down!
This unique look is easy enough for both beginners and experienced makeup artists, and is perfect for almost any type of occasion you can think of. All you need is a black eyeliner (gel, cream, or felt-tip) to get started.
What you need
- Eyeliner (of course)
- Cotton tips
- Micellar water (or makeup remover for smoothing out any lines)
- Prep your eyes with a primer to keep the colour lasting for longer, and also if you suffer from really oily eyelids.
- Line the bottom water line with a thin, black kohl pencil. This will create the very basis of your look.
- Use an angled brush, then dip it into the tip of the mascara. Carefully draw a line which extends from the lower lash line and outwards into the outer corner.
- To create the cat eye itself, place a sticky note extending from the outer corner, then simply use a felt-tip liner to draw the end. Draw it on as carefully as you can, then fill it in with the same angled brush.
- Simply remove the sticky note and use a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover to tidy up the flick.
Would you try this look at home?
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Create a classic smokey-eye with a twist by using vibrant pops of colour to spice up your entire makeup look.
Not only do shades of purple suit every skin eye and colour, but they’re really versatile and can be adapted for both day and night. Follow our easy purple smokey-eye tutorial for a special night out.
1. To allow your makeup to stay on flawlessly without creasing, use an eye primer and dab lightly onto the eyelid and surrounding area.
Face of Australia Eye Primer, $7.95
2. Create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes by using a highlighting shade on your inner corner. This is perfect for opening the eye, and creating a soft base for the rest of the makeup.
Prestige Cosmetics My Brow Illuminating Jumbo Pencil, $15.95
3. Take a light purple shade and cover your entire eyelid. Buff it well into the skin by using an all-over eyeshadow brush for a flawless look.
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Painted Purple, $11.95
4. To contour the eye, take a slightly darker shimmery shade and concentrate it into your socket. Use a soft crease brush and easily swipe across the outer perimeters of your eyes. Keep blending until there are no harsh lines left on the surface, and it looks perfectly blended or gradient.
Make Up Store Cybershadow in Bordeaux, $33
5. Add a winged liner if you want to create a stronger look; a felt-tip is perfect if you’re a beginner and don’t have quite a steady hand!
Benefit They’re Real Liner, $35
6. Curl your lashes as usual, then apply a generous coat of mascara over the top. Don’t forget to take some extra product and highlight the brow bone area as well.
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara, $27.95
Would you wear this look? Comment below and share your thoughts on purple eyeshadow.
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The Olsen twins are normally known for their quirky sense of style, and ability to wear almost anything and have it work for their tiny frames. This time, we’re looking towards Mary-Kate Olsen’s retro cat-eye which is a perfect makeup look for an evening out.
1. Prep the skin by using a lightweight primer and foundation. If you’re heading out at night, skip the SPF since it will cause a white cast to appear on your face. Buff the foundation well into your skin by using a damp cosmetic sponge.
Marc Jacobs Genius Gel Super-Charged Oil Free Foundation, $48
2. It’s time to conceal any blemishes and dark circles, so lightly dap the product with your fingers and blend it out. To contour under the eyes, use a concealer which is 1-2 shades lighter than your normal shade.
Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, $36
3. Prime the eyes by using a lightweight eye primer. Anything that is too heavy will make it a nightmare to keep your makeup in place.
Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $34
4. Now it’s time to work on the eyeliner. Firstly, line the eye with a felt-tip liner since it’s the easiest tool for beginners.
For the flick, use an angled brush and dip lightly into a gel liner pot. Follow the line of of your bottom lashes, and carefully extend it outwards. Fix up any mistakes with a cotton tip dipped in makeup remover. It makes it so much easier to fix any un-even lines.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $18
5. Fill in any gaps with a liquid liner since this formula is unlikely to wear away. Carefully dab over any parts of the eyes that need a little extra maintenance. Carry this in your handbag if you ever need to fix up your makeup throughout the evening.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, $26
6. Apply a thin coat of mascara onto your lashes, or even use a pair of falsies to make the look more dramatic.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $38
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Now is the best time to make the most of the winter weather and create and fun look using some frosted shades. Any baked eyeshadow palette works for this look, and don’t forget to mix with a splash of water to create a shade that says on and doesn’t budge!
1. Moisturise your skin with a light formula which comes with an added SPF. After the moisturiser has settled into your skin (this could take just a few minutes), it’s time to apply the foundation. Use a flat foundation brush to evenly distribute the product across your face.
Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman Core Collection, $17.99
2. Set any problem areas with a translucent powder – forehead, chin, and cheeks. Lightly dusk across the t-zone or any other place where your skin becomes oily.
It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Ageing Micro-Powder, $24
3. If your eyes are feeling puffy from a lack of sleep, apply some concealer and blend with your fingers. This creates a natural finish which won’t emphasise your pores.
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer, $8.99
4. Prime your eyes with a creamy primer, since this will allow the makeup to stay on for longer. Use either with a flat concealer brush, or for even better coverage, pat with your ring finger until it settles into the skin.
Nyx Cosmetics Eyeshadow Base in White, $6.99
5. Take a flat shading eyeshadow brush apply a neutral colour over your entire lid. To make the product last for longer, buff the product well into the lid.
6. Use a slightly darker shade, and apply this onto the hollows of your eyes. This colour should slightly create a contour on your eyes.
Urban Decay Naked Basics in Naked 2 and Faint, $29
7. For the rest of the lid, use a frosty shade which will make your eyes pop. Apply this with a damp brush, and blend out well.
e.l.f Studio Baked Eyeshadow in Toasted, $3
8. To highlight the inner corner of your eyes, use a shimmery eyeshadow pencil on the tear duct. Blend with your ring finger to create a subtle shade.
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige, $4.49
9. To finish the eyes, curl your lashes and apply a lengthening mascara working from root to tip.
Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara, $7.99
5. Use a wet-look lip gloss to make the attention all about the eyes, or simply just line them with a soft pink colour for a ‘your lips but better’ look.
Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss, $24
Would you try this look?
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