It took about two seconds today for my afternoon photo shoot to devolve into this…
And then this…
LOL! Yeah (I’ll spare you the other 12).
Despite all appearances, these pics do more than merely document the fact that I’m way too easily amused. They also help us segue into talking about brows.
They’ve been on my mind more than usual lately… First, because they’re all over the promotional pics for this year’s fall makeup campaigns, and second, because of super-spy/former makeup artist Jeremy Renner.
Yes, the new Jason Bourne (or at least, another member of the Treadstone Project).
“Brows, lashes, lips.” Jeremy advises. “Frame the face.”
Also, my friend Cindy asked me a brow-related question while we prepped homemade pasta last Saturday night.
“Where should my brows start, and where should they stop?”
Great question, Chef Cindy! It’s something I think about every day as I’m filling in my brows.
Finding your brow start point
The easiest trick I know of is to take a makeup brush (or a pen/pencil if you don’t have a brush nearby; just be careful not to poke your eye out!), look directly into a mirror, and hold the brush vertically, straight up and down, and parallel with the length of your nose, resting it in the nook where your nostril begins.
Follow the line of the brush or pencil up, and where it intersects with the horizontal line of your brow, for most people, that’s the start point of your brow (and repeat on the other side).
Finding your brow end point
To find the end point of your brow, take your same brush, and again, looking directly into your mirror, hold the brush at a diagonal, with the lower edge touching the outside of one nostril (yup, the side closer to your ear), and the opposite end lining up with the outer corner of the eye on the same side of your face.
Follow that line, and you’ll find where your brow should end.
A view from the side
My brows are naturally uneven, and my left brow (which is what you see on your monitor on the right side in these pictures), is just a smidgen shorter than the right. So, after filling in both brows, I like to double check using this trick to make sure my brow beginning and end points are even.
Here’s another quick way to see if your brows are even: look straight into your mirror, and then slowly tilt your chin up. For some reason, the change in perspective makes it easier to see if things are lining up.
Brow tips for wide- and close-set eyes
Little adjustments to where you start your brows can create different looks, which can be helpful for guys and gals with wide-or close-set eyes.
Say you have naturally wide-set eyes and want to make them appear a little closer. Try filling in your brows just a hair closer to the center line of your face, just inside your natural brow start point. It should make your eyes appear like they’re closer together.
And if your eyes are close-set and you want to make them appear further apart, just do the opposite, shifting the starting point of each brow a hair toward your temples.
For more brow tips, check out…
- Do Your Brows Need a Trim? Here’s One Way to Tell
- Get More Bang for Your Brows With This Eyebrow Makeup Tip
- 35 MAC Makeup Tips for Brushes, Lashes and Brows
Additional makeup worn in this look…
- MAC Concrete Eyeshadow: Brows
- Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor in Espresso: Brows
- NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base: Lids
- MAC Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash: Lashes
- Urban Decay Urban Lashes in Sly: Lashes
- Givenchy Le Prisme Eye Quad Color & Shine for Metallic Eyes in Acoustic Harmony #80: Lids
- L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black: Upper lash line
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion: Upper and lower water line
- NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz: Face
- Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in SB 12: Face
- MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium Dark: Forehead, nose and chin
- MAC Select Moisturecover in NW25: Under eyes
- MAC Studio Careblend/Pressed Powder in Medium Dark: Back of my cheeks
- Becca Flowerchild Blush: Apples of my cheeks
- Givenchy Gelee D’Interdit Smoothing Gloss Balm Crystal Shine in Acoustic Wild Rose #18: Lips
Not brow related but…
Credit: Kevin Mazur, Getty Images
I always like to see what Madonna’s been up to, and apparently Madge has moved on from her signature MAC Russian Red lipstick (here’s an old-school Madonna tutorial with Russian Red from 2008!) and is now rocking with Make Up For Ever.
She’s on tour to promote her latest album, MDMA, and has been spotted wearing the new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #8 on stage ($24). It’s a shade specifically designed for Madge by her makeup artist, Gina Brooke.
“I loved working with MAKE UP FOR EVER to create a custom shade of Aqua Rouge specifically for Madonna. My biggest challenge was to find a lip product that was reliable and long-lasting, and knew choosing something from MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Aqua range was going to be ideal especially with a minute and a half for touch ups between songs.
“There’s no room for mistakes,” said Brooke. “I wanted to come up with a perfect, pure red lip color that would exude confidence and beauty. To me, the shade looks iconic, which is the perfect word to define Madonna and her career.”
– Makeup Artist Gina Brooke
I tried the shade a few days ago and have to say, what a really beautiful red!
It might even be one of those rare reds that deserves the title, “universally flattering.”
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,