The sixteenth week of #365BeautyTips has come to an end and as promised, I have put together a round-up post which puts all the beauty tips, shared this week, in one place. The idea is to share any extra information and answer the questions that you may have asked on my social media posts. Remember that if you want to stay up to date with my 365 days of beauty challenge, then follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS… TIPS AND TRICKS FOR GROOMING BROWS
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 112
I was always so afraid of doing my own brows but after my dad bought me the Billion Dollar Brow Kit, for my birthday, which included their infamous Brow Buddy, I have never been more enthusiastic about shaping and grooming my own brows. Yes, it is a little pricey but every single person who visits me, leaves with good looking brows and is sold on the ever useful Brow Buddy, which ensures the perfectly shaped brows every. single. time.
You start by positioning the Brow Buddy so that it is still closed and sitting on either side of your nose, using an eyebrow pencil to mark the inside of the prongs – this is where your brows should begin. Now, look straight ahead and open the prongs until it lines up to the outside of your iris (that’s the colour part of your eye) make a little mark with the eyebrow pencil – this is your arch. Now finally, extend the prongs so that it lines up with the outer corner of your eye, which is where your brow should end. Using this technique means that both my eyebrows match and start or begin where they should and they are never too close or far apart any more.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 113
I know that waxing and tweezing can be a little scary but it really doesn’t have to be! If you’re scared of the pinch or struggle with really sensitive skin, use teething gel around your brow area before waxing. Apply the gel, wait 2 or 3 minutes and then wipe it off. If your skin tends to flare up, try rubbing an ice cube around your brow area before AND after waxing, to help soothe swelling and avoid redness. The next few days will include video clips of my own brow grooming routine, so be prepared for funny faces
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 114 – 117
The Brow Buddy isn’t an essential but it makes the guess work a lot easier and as you can see it helps guide me as by using the markings to wax and shape my brows. I use Veet strips and yes, I know that they have special strips for the face which are smaller but I found them to have a horrible border that doesn’t any wax on the edge making it difficult (and inaccurate) to judge where your wax strip should begin. So I opt for their leg strips and then cut them into smaller pieces that are about the 1,5 cm wide, for a more precise wax. Rubbing the wax strip between your hands warms up the wax and makes it more effective (and less painful) so don’t skip out on this step. The rest is pretty simple, gently rub on the strip, and pull off in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Veet also includes little wipes which help in removing the sticky residue left after waxing.
Tweezing is the next step in my grooming routine. It is SO important to remember that tweezing is ONLY for picking out small, stubborn hairs that the wax didn’t grab and for tidying up the edges. The rule is not to pluck more than 1 row of hair from the top, and 1 row from the bottom as this would lead to the inevitable overplucking. Don’t forget that your brows eventually stop growing one day so always treat them with love and respect .
SO many people skip this step all together but I find it to be just as important as any of the other steps. I don’t like having to gel my brows in place and if I can skip yet another product in my daily makeup routine, then I will. So I start by brushing my brows directly up, and use a eyebrow scissor to trim the hairs into place. It can be tough to keep my scissors steady, so I usually press it gently against my forehead to steady it out.
#365BEAUTYTIPS – DAY: 118
Everyone is scared to try grooming their own brows in case they overgroom, which is completely understandable but you also can never learn if you don’t try. I learnt the hard way but discovered my very own quick solution for when you over groom those brows. RapidLash is an amazing lash serum that also works at strengthening and stimulating the growth of your brow hairs. A few months ago, I did a good job of overwaxing my brows. It was frustrating as I had mismatched brows for a little while and perfected drawing them on but when I started applying my usual lash serum on my brows I noticed an almost instant boost and within 2 weeks, I was able to attempt the reshaping all over again.
And that is a wrap on the last 7 days. Whoop-Whoop! Remember that I love any feedback – what have you enjoyed seeing, what would you like to see more of and perhaps if you have any suggestions, questions or products you would like me to chat more about. I really enjoyed the themed days – what themes would you like to see next?