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Kate Mara’s Slicked Back Hair Tutorial

Actress Kate Mara might be known for her long brown locks, but her brand-new pixie crop is right on trend at the moment. Not only is shorter hair extremely easy to style, but you can master the slicked-back look in less than 5 minutes with our tutorial below.

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Instructions

1. Apply a shine serum onto damp hair concentrating on the very ends. Blow-dry hair on a cool heat with a round comb in a backwards motion. This will help to give the hair some extra volume.

Kate Mara's Slicked Back Hair Tutorial

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2. Part your hair in the middle (or on the side as preferred), and apply a high shine pomade from root to tip. This will help to give the hair the hold it needs without falling out of place. To distribute the product throughout the hair, use a wide-tooth comb in a backwards motion. If your hair is shorter than Kate’s, you won’t need to use a comb.

Kate Mara's Slicked Back Hair Tutorial

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3. Pin back any longer layers such as bangs or a fringe with a bobby pin, then set it all in place with a medium strength spray.

Kate Mara's Slicked Back Hair Tutorial

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Tips For Thin/Sparse Eyebrows

Whether you’ve over-plucked them over countless years, or simply weren’t born with full, bushy brows, then there’s definitely something you can do about it.

Rather than rocking the au naturale look, fake the appearance of stronger, more defined brows by using some of these miraculous tips and makeup tricks.

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Use a pomade

Rather than using an eyebrow pencil which can often leave harsh lines on your skin, a pomade actually mimics the style of a natural brow. Use in conjunction with an angled brush, then dip the tip into the pomade and apply in small strokes.

For the illusion of thicker brows, take some of the product off of the brush with a tissue and carefully use the remainder on the beginning of the brow. Brush them out regularly for a natural look which matches the colour of your own brows.

Clear gel

If you do have a few hairs which tend to stray, lock them in place with a clear gel. The formula shouldn’t feel too drying on your brows, but still keep them in place for hours on end. Apply onto the tip of your brows for extra holding power, then allow to dry naturally.

Eyebrow marker

If you’ve ever applied a liquid eyeliner before, then this should be a piece of cake. A marker is usually a felt-tip which carefully draws on precise hairs onto the bald patches of your brows. Once you’ve made a mark, leave it to set for 30 seconds then continue with the next hair. Eyebrow markers are typically long-lasting and don’t rub off in water.

Moisturise

You might moisturise your entire face, but don’t forget your brows! The skin can often become dry and flakey (especially in the warmer weather), and needs hydration as well. Use a fragrance-free moisturiser through your brows and pat over dry patches before going to bed. Your makeup will also glide on much easier with extended use.

Growth serums

It might feel a little too good to be true, but there are actually serums which help the growth of your brows. The best place to apply the serum is over your bald patches twice a day, before you notice any big changes. Be careful where you apply these products – they can also make your hair grow in unwanted places!

Increase your intake of Biotin

There is no denying that biotin aids the growth of healthy hair and nails, so focus on food and supplements which will keep them looking strong and healthy. Biotin is most popularly found in eggs, carrots, almonds, berries, and swiss chard.

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