Saturday, August 25, 2012

Eyebrow Junkies: Save Your Old MAC Dipdown!

MAC's Dipdown Fluidline gel eyeliner has many uses. Its a deep-chocolate shade which has multiple uses as an eyeliner, shadow base, shadow and eyebrow enhancer.

Over time, air begins to seep into the fluidline pot and dry out the product. This tends to happen with most cream products. You can extend your cream shadows by placing a piece of wax paper inside the lid to keep out the air.

One day, as I was sifting through my dingy 'Back to MAC' bag (all makeup junkies have them), I saw my old dipdown. It was half full; but, really thick and tacky. Cream products expire after a few months so don't try this with your Fluidline from 2 years ago (yuck)!

I decided to take my angle brush and see what it would do....Wowsers! Its aged like fine wine. My brows are amazing! Not overly done, but just right. I have more control over the fluid line. I can mimic my brow hairs without feeling like someone can see my strokes.

If you are a brow beginner or expert, give it a try. Let me know how you like it. Its only makeup. Nothing is permanent!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Bleached Eyebrows with Sally Hansen Creme Hair Bleach

Today my friend Bria colored my strands a deep golden blonde. Now as you know, my hair isn't an inch long. I can color every 2 weeks after each hair cut. Personally, I wait every 3-4 weeks. With this lighter hair color, I realized my eyebrows were too dark.

I became aware of the benefits of brow bleaching from studying master makeup artist's Kevyn Aucoin and Sam Fine. They encourage bleaching the brows to soften the face and open the eyes. 

Sally Hansen's Creme Hair Bleach is my go-to "brow" bleach. It's super simple to use. I've used it on myself for years. In my past life, I wore weaves that were always lighter than my natural hair color. Being a beauty connoisseur, meant that I bleached my brows to match.

 I will admit, the process can look intimidating; but, the results are definitely worth it.

The instructions are super easy to follow (I told you it was easy). I would recommend coating the skin directly above & below your brow with a thin layer of Vaseline to avoid contact with the bleach.

After bleaching my brows, I filled them in with the below products:

  • Maybelline Master Shape Eyebrow Pencil (Soft Brown) 
  • MAC Eyebrow Pencil (Strut) only in the arch & tail for definition
  • Ruby Kisses Brow Polish (Shimmering Blonde) **Great dupe for MAC's Brow Set in Girl Boy**
  • Highlighted with a concealer/full coverage foundation 2 shades lighter than my complexion
Try it! You're guaranteed to love it!