Thursday, May 28, 2015

Full Brows

It is no secret that I'm not big on wearing a lot of makeup.  I will usually wear powder and mascara but anything beyond that, if requires more effort that I could take or leave on any given day.

However, since I did my own makeup for my wedding last year, I spent some time experimenting on ways I could wear more makeup to look more polished, while still feeling like myself.  I tried a few light, liquid concealers, some eyeliners, lipsticks, cream blush and eyebrow gel.

The only thing that stuck was lipstick - which isn't even a traditional lipstick, it is more of a moisturizing lip colour :)  But it was an educating experience!  (I really took this Elle article to heart)  I realized I like the idea of paying more attention to my eyebrows to help make my eyes stand out, while not piling on the eyeliner or resorting to false lashes on a daily basis.

So began my desire to have better eyebrows.

I wanted my brows to be full while groomed, but the gels and pencils weren't cutting it.  It is an absolute necessity for me that they look natural and not drawn in at all.  So I stopped plucking any brow hairs with the exception of the beginnings of uni-brow or strays creeping toward my eyelid.  For my wedding, I didn't end up doing anything but using a spooley brush to groom...

Months after our wedding, I read about this brow powder on Cupcakes and Cashmere and decided I would give more makeup another shot.  I ordered the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Soft Brown and use this Sephora brush to apply it...and I love it!  

I love it so much that I'm willing to endure some close ups to share it with you.

And you know how much I dig a close up (not) let's get this party started!

These are my eyebrows before any brow powder or grooming...

{ Before Anastasia Brow Powder }

And my eyebrows after a little attention...

{ After Anastasia Brow Powder }

Super subtle.  You could definitely say it is not enough of a difference to bother with the brow powder.  But since I've started tinting my eyebrows I've gotten compliments on... my face.  It is an odd thing to say, I know.  However, I think it is a good thing that I don't get compliments specifically on my eyebrows, even though that is the only thing I've done differently.  I don't want to walk around with obviously drawn in eyebrows.

Most importantly, darkening my eyebrows makes me feel a little more put together.  Like a spot of bronzer or blush on my cheeks, filling in my eyebrows is a super fast and easy way to feel more polished.

To further blend in the powder, I use this Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #12 with a spooley brush for grooming and blending.  (I use the other side, the angle cut brush, when I want to apply eye shadow as an eye liner.)

Since I'm talking about makeup, I have to share my new method of storing my makeup.

I used to store it in a makeup bag and go through the trouble, every day, of dumping all my makeup out on the counter to use it, then either packing it all back in the bag or leaving it all out, looking messy.  That is a lot of wear and tear on those packed powders and brush bristles!

I found this cheerful and feminine tray at Target for $25.  I've had for about a few months now and I'm so happy I decided to make this simple change.  The fabric bottom is a nice, gentle surface to display my makeup on for easy access, and the tray makes a much prettier way to store and easily move my makeup!

Do you have any makeup or beauty tips that you've recently come across or swear by?  I'd love to hear them!


  1. Great tutorial, brow can easily be forgotten. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes! Enhancing your eyebrows is an easy way to frame and draw attention to your eyes but can just as easily be overlooked ;) Thanks for reading!

      - Charlie


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