The Do’s and Don’ts of Brow Shaping

Tips for achieving perfect face-framing eyebrows

We’re in the thick of a full eyebrow trend! Everyone has been growing them out from Gwen Stefani to Beyonce, JLO and Adele—and the results are beautiful. Sure trends go in cycles, and this cycle is about fuller brows that look modern, create a more youthful look and require a lot less plucking. Well-shaped full brows are a standout beauty asset as they frame the eyes and draw attention to the face.  

Whether your brows are thick or thin, ultimately it’s important that their shape and maintenance compliment your features. Untamed or poorly shaped brows can be an unpleasant distraction to our looks and influence the way others read our facial expressions.

Eyebrow Don’ts

The problem with skinny, over-plucked brows is that the look can be harsh or edgy. They draw attention to lines and creases around the eyes. Brows plucked into unnatural half circles - usually intended to make eyes look larger, actually result in what are often called “surprise” eyebrows. Brows that arch upwards at the ends give the impression of “angry” eyes. Set too far apart they make the nose seem larger. When the ends swing downward, eyes look droopy. Brows that stop short and don’t extend to the outer edge of the eye, make eyes appear smaller. Untamed brows or brows that are densely filled in with product are also highly distractive. And pale, sparse brows which have no color, keep a face from standing out.

Eyebrow Do’s

Modern full brows with a natural arch not only draw positive attention to eyes, they also lessen the need for eye makeup. To grow your brows out, hide your tweezers for at least three months before you do any shaping. Then only remove the hairs necessary to open the outer arch of the brow and any strays that appear between them. Brows are such an important face asset that if you don’t find handling tweezers easy, seek out a professional to shape your brows for you once you’ve grown them out. That way it will be easier to maintain them on your own. Just be sure to bring photos of the look you are going for to get the best results.
 

Under-Eye S.O.S

Save yourself from puffy eye embarrassment!

The skin beneath our eyes, (also known as the under eye area) is one of the first features to show the signs of aging: wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles to name a few. While we can hide behind sunglasses outside, the truth is revealed once we take them off inside. Here are some tips to get younger-looking, vibrant eyes everyday:

Check your lifestyle

The first step to younger looking eyes is to make a few lifestyle changes, and the first is to limit the amount of salt in your diet (which can puff you up and dehydrate you) and increase your water intake. Alcohol can also contribute to puffiness and can interfere with much needed beauty sleep as well. Speaking of sleep, try using two pillows at night to elevate your face, which helps reduce puffy eyes because it limits fluid build-up in your lower lids.

Treat wrinkles at night

Under-eye wrinkles and crepey skin are some of the biggest contributors to looking older and tired. Treat these at night with an eye concentrate that deeply moisturizes the delicate skin under your eyes like JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Eye Concentrate Capsules.

Awaken, de-puff and smooth in the morning

Upon awaking, place cold spoons under your eyes (you can use ice cubes as well) to help revive your eyes and reduce any swelling. Follow with an eye cream that will smooth, firm and brighten not only under your eyes, but crow’s feet as well (and prep the area for makeup). One to try is JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Global Longevity Eye Crème - a multitasking anti-aging eye crème that combines their exclusive RoyalActive Peptide with proven anti-aging ingredients to give your eyes a more youthful appearance. 

Create illusions with makeup

Once your eyes are prepped for makeup, choose a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to help camouflage dark circles. Next, avoid dark colors on your eyelid, and instead opt for nude or champagne tones to open up your eyes and draw the focus upwards, away from your under eye area.

How to Master The Dewy Look Without Looking Oily

The steps to know to get the glow

Fresh faced and dewy is a makeup look that highlights your best features and gives your complexion that youthful glow. A little know-how is required to avoid a shiny, greasy finish as the application is about layering hydrating skincare products, creamy-based radiance foundation, and highlighter.
 
Step One
 
The first step is to begin with skincare products that provide the proper hydration for your skin type needs. Warning: If your face is extremely oily or prone to breakouts, the dewy look might not work well on you.
 
To get a head start on morning hydration, use a hydrating mask or brightening cream at bedtime like JAFRA Brightening Dynamics Night Moisture to reveal a smoother, brighter, more luminous complexion when you wake up.
 
In the AM, use a non-drying cleanser, and follow with a hydrating toner or serum, which may be all the moisture you need. Should your skin continue to feel and appear dry, add more moisturizer.  Remember to not overdo the application, and dab more on where necessary, allowing it to soak in, and then tissue off any excess.
 
Step Two
 
If your skin is clear, bright and plumped, touch up your complexion with concealer only, or dab liquid or crème foundation where necessary and blend well. If you prefer all-over coverage, choose a foundation with radiance properties – no mattes for this look.
 
Next, try an all-in-one product like JAFRA’s CC Crème Complexion Corrector, which primes, moisturizes, brightens and minimizes imperfections. Continue with a highlighter that catches light and illuminates your face, dabbing sparingly on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, across your brow bone, above your cupids bow and on your chin –only. Make sure to blend to soften hard edges; the effect will be a soft sheen.
 
With a dewy complexion, don’t overdo shine on your eyes and lips. Use a creamy formula lip color - anything that’s too shimmery or shiny will throw off the look. The same goes for eye shadow. Use a flat shadow if that’s what you have, then dab on a touch of highlighter over the color for sheen.
 
Step Three
 
To keep that dewy glow on your face, refresh your makeup with a hydrating facial mist throughout the day.

Easy, Breezy Summer Updos

3 hot weather friendly hairstyles

In the dog days of summer one of the best ways to beat the heat is to pull our hair away from our neck and face; no one wants to deal with frizz and sweat! This is when unfussy updo’s come to our rescue; they keep us cool and look effortlessly chic. Here are a few styles to try when the temperature starts to sizzle:

Sleek bun

Let your hair style do double duty; look haute while you get a deep oil treatment; this is especially great if you have been in the ocean or pool and need to recharge your hair. Start by washing your hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. After the shower use a comb or wet brush to create a deep side part and now rub a few drops of hair oil evenly throughout your hair. Pull your hair back into a bun at the nape of your neck and secure. Top this look off with a flower behind your ear and you will have the ultimate island girl look.

Messy, beachy  updo

This is a style that works great on 1-2 day old hair since it will have more texture. Start by parting your hair in the middle and pulling the front sections on both sides towards the front of your face. Next, pull the rest of your hair back into a mid-high ponytail and secure with a hair band. Twist the hair towards the back of your head and secure with bobby pins. You also have the option of just twisting the hair and pinning to your head, remember this does not have to be perfect! The final step is to wrap the front sections of your hair vertically (try 1 inch sections) around a 1-1 ¼  inch curling iron, being careful to leave the bottom of each section straight for cool and natural looking beach waves.

Laid-back side bun

This is a style that can be worn anywhere - to work, a wedding, a night out - the possibilities are endless. Starting with dry hair (it can be freshly washed and dried or not), pull your hair back into a low ponytail on either side of your head and secure with a hair band. Next, start twisting your hair until it forms a bun; secure with bobby pins. For a less “done” look you can loosen small sections of your hair. Finish with a spritz of hair spray to set.
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