This is the follow-up blog to my video posted on Youtube on How to Shape, Define, Color/Fill your Eyebrows.
Perfecting your brows will probably be one of the most challenging tasks you can learn when it comes to makeup. Brows are understated by the average beauty consumer. Yet, unless you have dark, beautiful, bushy brows, most makeup looks will seem very unfinished. So here I have it! Your easy, step by step guide to acheiving that perfect brow! But keep in mind that, most of the time, your brows won’t look exactly the same. But, it is important that they look similar.
- Shaping – The shape of your brows depend mostly on your arch. So start out by shading the bottom portion of your brows. Create the arch that you want, then extend your brows so that they match up with the angle of your eyeshadow. If you’re still not sure, the most natural brow usually ends at about a 120 degree angle, using the outer corner of your eyes as the center.
- Fill – After you have shaped your brows to your liking, begin filling in your eyebrows using small, featherlike strokes. Start from about 1/4 ways in and work your way out. After you’ve done so, fill in the beinning of your brows using small, circular strokes.
- Define – To define your brows, you want to make sure that the edges are sharp and even. Use a Q-tip to help you out. Clean any excess product around your brows to make sure they’re defined.
In order to have good brows, you definitely need to have great products that will do the job right. You should avoid brow products that too soft (kohl-like), or too waxy. Products like these can leave residue in your brow hairs and make it appear very unnatural. Many people like to use brow/eyeshadow powders. Others like to use brow pencils. Some like to use both (pencil to draw and shape, and brow powder set)! Others like to use wax (goes on first to the smooth out the brows). But for me, I like to seal my brows afterwards. I find this works the best for me.
As far as colors go, make sure you use softer colors like soft or light browns. Also, taupe colors are excellent!
Here are some product suggestions that I’ve tried, which works great!
Model in a Bottle has an eyebrow sealer out now (after I made my video). However, I notice that the product turns white (like latex) after it gets wet. So be very careful while putting it on and try not to put too much on. It does not smell as good as the Japanese brand I use in my eyebrow tutorial either. But it does the job and keeps your brows in place.
This is a follow up to my video found on Youtube: Highlight and Contour Your Face: Nose, Cheeks, and Chin (HD)
Some people believe that highlighting and contouring is only used by people who have chubby faces. This statement is NOT true. On camera, your features tend to get washed out more. In order to define or sculpt your face, you must contour and highlight your face.
If you’re like me, I was extremely confused when I decided to take my skin more seriously. Being a makeup artist, I always covered up my flaws with makeup. But as I practiced and grew in my profession, I realized that makeup and skincare really go hand in hand.
If you’re like me, I am waaay to lazy to do all the steps that we’re “supposed to do” as far as skincare. The steps only get longer when you’re trying to take off the makeup that you’ve been wearing all day or all night.
My tip? Oil-based cleansers. They clean your face, and at the same time, they thoroughly take all the makeup off your face. They definitely work!
This is really late news, but I just wanted to give my 2 cents.
Let me just start out by saying, drugstore brand makeup is really stepping up their game. Innovative and able to come out with better products at lower prices, they are ready to take back their marketshare!
Good news, camera is getting fixed within the next 2 to 3 and I will have more time to do tutorials.
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Photos of my smashbox haul.
I bought it around the new year… but I just haven’t had time to post it. Hope you enjoy!
I’ve been doing tons and tons of shopping! Here’s one of my hauls from Shu Uemura. It’s one of my favorite brands!
My first makeup purchase of 2010.
The camera is broken AGAIN! Hence the long absence! My laptop’s still crashed, so I’m unable to obtain any of my VS pictures from previous years (if they’ve not already been lost in the crash).
TEN new year resolutions for me this year (This list may change from time to time lol):
1) See my family more
2) Meet new faces and see different places
3) Have more faith in others.
4) Write in my blog at least 2 times a week.
5) Make a youtube tutorial
6) Tweet more
7) Not be such an introvert online
8 ) Quality over quantity
9) Get my BMI down to average. =P
10) Volunteer more hours.
Get ready!! The warehouse sale is finally here! Get there early because the lines are EXTREMELY LONG!!! Load up on those stocking stuffers and christmas gifts, or replace items in your makeup kit!
Don’t forget to watch! I’m excited to see who the model search winner will be…
I guess I AM splurging this holiday season. I just bought my ghd Limited-Edition Professional Hairstyling Iron at www.beautyticket.com tonight. It’s a 50% discount- something you don’t see often.
- Use this coupon to get an extra 15% off!!
The model (or should I say “Angel”) lineup is as follows:
Abbey Lee Kershaw
Ana Beatriz Barros
Dorothea Barth Jorgensen
And of course..
The Model Search Winner
- Some cool highlights-
- Chinese model Liu Wen's appearance on this year's show marks the first by an Asian model since Ujjwala Raut walked the 2003 VSFS.
- Heidi Klum makes a suprise runway walk, only after giving birth a little over a month ago!
Yes- sadly, I will not be doing the show this year. As most people should know, backstage people are contracted per event, and this year we were not contracted. (Probably because the show moved back to NYC).
The live Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2009 – 2010 will be shot this Thursday, November 19th, 2010 at the Armory in New York City. Definitely stop by if you want to have some “angel” sightings. =) And don’t forget to come back and let me know your experience.
I’m also curious to see who will win the model search they’re having this year. I met 2007′s model search winner Katie. She was supppper tall! She actually slipped on the runway during rehearsal. It was horrible! However, she did a good job during the live shows. So good that they gave her a finale outfit! She was super sweet, humble, and.. I couldn’t help but check out her big butt. lol
Here it is again!! Much better discount than Sephora… so go and grab some goodies while you can!
Oh yes, the wonderful 80s! The era of high tops, jelly shoes, rubber bracelets, hair bands, leggings, leg warmers, pumps, neon colors, lace, shoulder pads, tu tu skirts,… etc etc. Need I go on? It’s probably one of my most favorite era’s! So this year, I dressed up as an 80′s Material Girl. After all, the 80′s IS also known as the Era of Madonna!
It is confirmed! Black Eyed Peas is to be the sole performer at this year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City!
“We are in the middle of a really defining time right now,” says Black Eyed Peas co-founder will.i.am. “It’s the end of the traditional era of how we experience and consume music and media.” The Black Eyes Peas are more than happy to test those boundaries. With three Grammys and a fifth studio album called The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies), the LA-based quartet is the best selling hip-hop group in music today, having sold over 26 million albums worldwide. The E.N.D. entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #1, and their songs “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling” spent 26 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart – making Billboard history with the longest successive stay at the top of the chart.
I’d like to dedicate my 50th post to the beautiful Gisele Bundchen
- Gisele Bundchen
Yes, I know what a lot of people say.. “she’s not even that pretty”. Maybe not to the general public, but this buxom baby has one of the most hottest bodies I have ever seen. She may seem to be very thin, but she actually has big bones, which go perfectly with her head-to-toe, toned out body. Her cheekbones are amazing and she is able to work the camera very, very well. It is not by looks alone, but also by talent that she’s able to succeed as the world’s highest paying model in the world!
- Gisele - Ipanema Sandals Ad
This highest paid super model was infamously known for wanting to be paid in Euro’s, as the economy began to sink and the dollar value declined. Rumor had it that she demanded a pay increase from $5 million dollar per year salary in order to sign another contract with Victoria’s Secret. Yes, my blogging about this statement setting, entrepreneur has been LONG overdue!
I first met Gisele while working at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2006 in Los Angeles, California. It was unknowingly (at the time), her last year there. We were at the Kodak Theatre the day before the show for a team meeting. And in walks Gisele.. it was my VERY FIRST TIME seeing a celebrity of any sort. Can you imagine how ecstatic I was? Of course, I tried to not make it so obvious! But she is not one to turn away from-Gisel really has great presence everywhere she goes! The first thing she says to us, “Everybody get down on the floor, let’s do some YOGA!” Me and my team members were just looking at each other like, “Is she forreal?”. “Yes, yes, everyone! Come on!” she says with her accent. A little hesitant, we got on the floor and started to follow her lead. “Now, do you feel better?”, Gisel states after a few yoga poses. Amazingly.. yes, it felt a lot better! It surely eased the tensions from the show and the rush of being around all these super models!
The next day, we are backstage and the director of the show was explaining to Gisele of the opening of the show, “You count to 10, and then you come out. Then you make eye contact with Justin (Timberlake) on the runway.” “No” she says, “I count 1, 2, 3, and then I go!” Gisele says stubbornly. But of course, she started at the right time and the opening was awesome! I still remember being backstage listening the “Sexy Back” and my heart was just racing because of the start of show! It was incredible!
During the break (between the first and the second show), everyone went back to the hair and makeup room. As I am getting my lunch, Gisele stands right next to me tasting every single dish.. “What is this?” she says as she puts the food in her mouth. After every taste, she made a comment on whether or not she liked it. It was really funny, but this is the answer to a lot of your questions… Yes, she eats! Along comes a crew worker, asking.. “Gisele, after we eat, do you think I can get a picture with you?”. “Sure, sure” says Gisele. Then came the press and off she went to do another interview.
You know, I really give the models a lot of props. They sit there and answer the same questions OVER and OVER and OVER again. I wish that these press people would be more creative with their questions sometimes!
After the first show, came the second. We were backstage getting ready for the PINK carpet. FYI, the second shows are for the celebrities and VIP. The first show is for people (general public) who have won or bought tickets to the show, and family members of the models.
As we are prepping the contract models for the carpet walk, Gisele pulls out her dress and her shoes. Then she pulls out her accessories and asks, “Isn’t this cool, guys?” as she holds up two arm cuffs. Yeah, it was cool! After she dresses, everyone (important) leaves while I clean up my mess. Gisele puts the arm cuffs on and says.. “What do you think? One or two?” as she turns away from the mirror and looks at me. I just, look around like.. huh? Me? Gisele is asking me for advice? Second guessing myself, I make the PINK carpet fashion decision of my life saying, “One looks better”. I turn to look at a girl standing next to me. She nodds her head with approval. “Okay, fine.” Gisele says.. easily convinced (may I add, lol?). She was just, so chill about it.
- Gisel Bundchen - Pink Carpet 2006
Last came the shoe. She taps me on the shoulder and says, “Can you help me with my shoe?” Of course, that was simple enough! So I took her shoes, got on my knees, and began to put it on. First one, no problem! Second one, uh… the strap did not have a hole where it was supposed to! “I’m running late”, Gisele says looking at the time. Right when she says that, I immediately think to myself, “Oh my Gawd, Gisele is going to be so mad at me because I cannot put on her dang shoes!” I’m poking and poking at the strap, trying to force the little metal piece through. Finally, Gisele can see that I am struggling. She asks me what’s wrong and I tell her that the shoe has no hole on the strap! “Stupid shoe!” Gisele says of her Roberto Cavalli heels. Finally after 5 minutes, I was able to force the metal part through to secure the strap. “Thank you so much” says Gisele. “I have to go, I am running late!” she says frantically.
As she is turning away to leave, the girl that was in the room earlier asks, “May I have a picture?” Even though Gisele was running late, she says “Of course.” Afterwards, Gisele looks at me and says, “Do you want one too?” Now, I tried to be as professional as I could at the show, but I couldn’t pass this one by. “Sure” I said. Then immediately I thought, where am I going to get a camera? Next thing I know, there’s a vibrating sound in the back of my pant pockets!! My sisters were texting me about the show! And then I thought… duh? My camera phone!
- FJ & Giselle - VSFS 2006 (Los Angeles)
So there it is guys, that is the picture.. the only proof that I was there! It was all just so awkward how everything turned out. Gisele can seem to be portrayed as this outspoken and demanding “queen of the …”, but she is the most down to earth, super model chick that I have met. She’s courteous to her fans and thinks about the people who work around her. She’s witty in a not so snobby way. And I do agree that she is much more of a tom boy than she is as this sexy figure everyone percieves her to be.
I wish Gisele the best of luck with the next chapter of her life- her marriage, pregnancy, entrepreneurship, and modeling. In my book, she is definitely worthy every penny that she has earned!