The Perfect Eyebrow

To me a perfectly shaped and maintained eyebrow is one of the most important parts of a beauty routine, after daily cleansing and moisturising (with high SPF) and weekly exfoliation and masks.

Neat and tidy brows open up the whole eye area, creating a guideline for makeup.  A well defined brow also makes you look younger.

There are many brow trends, for instance the 1920′s shaved and drawn in brow, the ’80′s bushy brow, the extremely thin brow which, for some reason, is still quite popular.

Although there are a basic shape/guideline to shaping a well defined brow, it still needs to go with your facial features.  Following your natural brow line and just enhancing your natural shape is ultimately what you want to go for.

Most notable natural eyebrow shapes

My natural brow shape is rounded, which I hate, but I am learning to live with it.

Shaping a classic eyebrow

The Classic Brow

  • The brow starts (line D / 1) a little bit in towards the centre of your face from the corner of your eye. It ends at line F / 3, which is roughly a 45 degree angle that starts at the brow beginning and runs alongside the outside edge of your eye. Use your brush to estimate this.
  • The bottom of the brow (line B) is at the same height as the top of your eyelid. Both ends of the brow should be at roughly the same height, with the tail end perhaps a little higher.
  • Your eyebrow’s arch (line E / 2) should be in line with the outside of your iris (the coloured part of your eye) when you’re looking straight ahead, or measured from the corner of your nose angled to somewhere between the outside of your pupil and the outside iris.
  • Your brow height (line B to line C) should be about the same height as from the top of your eyelid to the bottom half of your iris (line A to line B). Another way to look at this is while looking straight ahead with your eyes open normally, the height of your eyelid should be about half the height of your eyebrow.
  • To help you, you can draw the measured guite shape with a white eye pencil.  Tweeze hair outside of the perimeter.

Tweezing Tips

  • Sterilize your tweezers with peroxide or at least wash well with antibacterial soap. It’s a good idea to sterilize your brow brush as well.
  • Wash your eye area gently but thoroughly. Do not put cream or anything around the area as it could cause infection. If your eye area begins to swell while tweezing then stop immediately.  Rose water can be applied to alleviate redness and irritation.
  • Brush your brows straight up so you can find the bottom line. You want to tweeze below the main brow line, not above it.
  • Pull skin out to tighten, this will get you closet to the root, and lessens pain
  • Tweeze one hair at a time.
  • Tweeze in the direction the hair grows with one fast, smooth motion.
  • Always start at the beginning of the brow and tweeze outward. Tweeze in rows and alternate brows as you go; tweeze one row from the right brow, then one from the left. Brush them constantly so you can see how you’re doing.
  • Grab the hair as close to the base/root as possible. This is where it is thickest and less likely to break.
  • Don’t get carried away and over tweeze.
  • Between sessions, stand back a little farther to inspect/evaluate the work.

Have fun creating your perfect eyebrow shape.  Remember not to over tweeze.

The perfect fringe for you

Fringes seems to be doing its rounds this year, from celebrities to myself trying different looks.

Adding a fringe is a fantastic way to update your image and bring a fresh perspective to your style without making too drastic a change.

A well-cut fringe will draw attention to pretty eyes, cover up an uneven hairline and can even make you look younger.  But not all fringe cuts/types suits all face shapes or hair types.  The wrong choice of cut is likely to draw attention to prominent features (you know, those features you actually want to hide).

The key to a fab fringe is to take your face shape and hair type into consideration and work with them to create a great look that’s easy to maintain.  A good hair stylist will be able to advise you on this and help you avoid bad hair days for months, until it’s grown out again.

Here’s some of the more popular fringe cuts


Kim Kardashian Rings in the 2012 New Year at TAOSleek and Bold.  Straight, thick and severe, this fringe is cut to, or just above the eyebrows.  It’s a fantastic way to hide a large forehead or draw attention to beautiful eyes. The look is bold and retro and works best when it’s groomed to a sleek and shiny finish.  Avoid this particular fringe if you don’t have time to style your hair in the morning.  This fringe is especially suitable for oval, heart or long face shapes and straight, medium or thick hair.


Jennifer-aniston-bang-hairstyleGlamorous.  This is the longest type of fringe and half-covers or completely falls over one eye.  It is glamorous and feminine and works best in an undulating wave.  It helps to soften angular features but is best kept for special occasions as it is not always practical.  Luckily a long fringe can easily be swept back into a ponytail or behind the ear for everyday wear. This particular fringe suits all face shapes and works best with thick and medium wavy hair.


short_layered_hairstyleJagged but soft.  Cut to different lengths to give lots of texture and a casual, slightly messy look, this stylish fringe can be soft or slightly more jagged and severe looking.  It draws attention to the upper half of your face, and helps to balance a heavy jaw or chin.  This particular style works best with layered cuts, while highlights or lowlights help to bring out the texture.  Suitable for square, long and oval face shapes and wavy, curly, medium or thick hair.


The perfect all-rounder.  This fringe is soft, feminine and usually fairly long blending into your hair.  The feathered fringe works best with layers around the face, as the fringe gently ‘flows’ into the layers.  It is very popular because it is a great all-rounder and suits all face shapes and hair types, as long as the hair around the face is layered.


Short and daring.  Just like the micro mini skirt, this super-short fringe will definitely raise apl-021-kid-awds-720x1024eyebrows.  It usually falls just below the hairline, or somewhere on the upper half of your forehead.  The micro fringe can be cut square (almost like the cleopatra) to suit rounder face shapes, or curved to suit square faces.  It showcases your face and works perfectly with elfin styles or longer layers.  Round, square, heart and oval shapes with medium to fine straight hair types can try this.


jessica-alba-bangsBoho Chic.  This type of fringe is cut to give the impression of a shorter fringe that has grown out.  Long enough to reach the eyebrows or even lashes, it focuses attention on your eyes, making this look laid back and stylish.  Because of its length, it is very versatile. You can pin it back, or part thereof, sweep it all to one side or part it in the middle.  This style can be worn by round, oval and square face shapes and suited for all hair types.

( Info: Essential Guide to Beauty 17, Images: Google Images)

Highlighting & Contouring

Highlighting & Contouring according to your face shape.

Just a quick recap on highlighting and contouring as per my previous blog post.  Highlighting and contouring basically means bringing forward sunken areas or areas you want to stand out using a lighter colour than your natural skin tone (highlighting) and pushing back features you want to make appear smaller/further away using a darker colour than your skin tone (contouring).  For instance bags under your eyes:  contour the actual baggy/saggy part of the skin with a darker colour to push it back, while highlighting the sunken/dipped skin to bring it forward using a lighter colour.  You can use cream or powders to contour or highlight. Creams are easier to blend and tend to look more natural. Avoid using bronzer to contour. You are creating a “shadow” so think of a colour that’s similar to an actual shadow, which tends to be a cooler tone. Use Bronzer to warm up your skin and make it look sun-kissed!


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Oval Face Shape


Diamond Face Shape


Square Face Shape


Oblong Face Shape


Round Face Shape


Heart Shaped Face


(Face shapes from Robert Jones, Looking Younger)

Corrective contouring make-up to ‘fix’ flaws
Through contouring & highlighting ‘facial flaws’ can be minimised or hidden.
  • Thick neck: shade the sides of the neck.  This will make the neck appear thinner.  Highlight the middle of the neck with a vertical line.  This will bring the “verticalness” forward and make the neck appear thinner.
  • Long Neck: shade the middle of the neck.
  • Saggy skin around the jawline/double chin: shade the extra/excess skin around and under the jaw. This will push it back and make it less noticeable.  A highlighter can be put on the jaw bone to bring it forward.
  • Pointy chin:  shade the pointiness and highlight the area where the thin is ‘supposed’ to start.
  • Large forehead & high hair line: shade along the hairline, and fade it out towards the brow.
  • Wide forehead: shade the temple sides where it’s too wide.
  • Narrow forehead: highlight the temple edges to bring out and appear more oval.
  • Sunken in/too high cheekbones: only highlight where the face looks sunken in.  No shading underneath the check bone.  This will push the ‘sunkenness’ back even further.
  • Short nose:  highlight on top, especially the tip of the nose.
  • Long nose:  shade the tip of the nose to appear shorter.
  • Nose with bump:  shade the bump.
  • Skew nose: shade the area that stands out (the skew part).  Highlight a straight line down the middle of the nose.  It is important not to follow the skew curve of the nose with the highlighter, as this will bring it forward and accentuate the ‘skewness’.
  • Fat nose:  Shade the sides, highlight the top of the nose.

Highlighting & Contouring (shading)



Los Angeles based makeup artist, Amy Clarke has created A great step-by-step tutorial to detail and demonstrate how to perfect the art of contouring and highlighting using makeup.

Highlighting and contouring basically means bringing forward using a lighter colour than your natural skin tone (highlighting) and pushing back using a darker colour than your skin tone (contouring).

Contouring & Highlight

1.+ 2. Apply one layer of foundation or tinted moisturizer all over face. I used Tarte’s BB Cream in “Medium Light”. Using a foundation brush and a cream concealer (2 to 3 times lighter than your skin tone), apply concealer (the highlight) to the under eyes, down the sides of the nose, and brushed back and upward toward the hairline.

3. Using the same concealer, highlight the center of the forehead and down the bridge of the nose, upper lip, center of the chin and on your brow bone. Lastly, apply the concealer to the jawline, just under your cheekbones.

4. Once you’ve finished with all the highlighting, it’s time to apply the contour. Pick a cool-toned cream concealer or foundation thats 2 to 3 shades darker than your skin tone. Taking a smaller, stiff brush or foundation brush, apply the contour cream to the hallows of your cheeks, just below your cheekbone, all the way to your hairline.

5.+ 6. +7. Apply the same color to your forehead near your hairline, temples, jawline, the sides of your neck and to the sides of your nose.

8. Using a wet Beauty Blender or Duo Fiber Blending Brush, blend all the contour and highlighter together until there is no more distinction between the two colors.

9. Lastly, Apply a light dusting of blush, and set all the highlight with a loose powder using a small natural bristled brush. I used Tarte’s 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blush in “Tipsy” and Make Up For Ever’s Super Matte Loose Powder in “Translucent Natural”.


Tip: You can use cream or powders to contour or highlight. Creams are easier to blend and tend to look more natural. Avoid using bronzer to contour. You are creating a “shadow” so think of a color that’s similar to an actual shadow, which tends to be a cooler tone. Use Bronzer to warm up your skin and make it look sun-kissed!


2013 Spring/Summer Fashion Trends: Woolworths

Earlier this week I did a post on Spring/Summer Fashion Trends.

Have a look at these Woolworths pieces and see how many of the 2013 trends you can spot.

woolies fashionAnd what’s best…most of the major Woolworths outlets do offer online shopping and delivering services.  How much easier can a girl shop?!

My personal style is Dramatic / Bombshell


  •  Your wardrobe is all about playing up your figure and looking as attractive and sexy as possible.
  • You understand your body shape and what to wear to enhance it.
  • You prefer figure hugging silhouetes in glitzy fabrics, bold colours and striking prints, high heeled shoes and dramatic statement pieces.
  • You enjoy standing out in a crowd, wearing eye-catching and daring outfits that draw attention to yourslef.
  • Less is more is definitely not your philosophy.

Examples are Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Pamela Anderson, Salma Hayek

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)

My Personal Style is Romantic and Feminine


  • You have a love for all things pretty and feminine and this is visible in how you dress.
  • You prefer muted or pastel colours, floral prints and tend to choose unstructured pieces with ruffles, flounces or lace in soft floaty silks, voiles and velvet.
  • You know how to layer and normally wear layered clothes with different colours and textures, but always look well put together.
  • Your accessories are usually floral themed, in natural materials such as wooden beads, crystal, pearl, marquisette or any other girly natural materials.
  • You will often wear decorative details not just as accessories, such as a bracelet or necklace, but will take it further and wear decotations such as brooches in your hair etc.
  • You would choose a fringed shawl, pashmina or soft cardigan over a structured jacket and would seldom wear anything tailored.
  • Your look can also tend towards a behemian style, giving you a free-spirited hippy or ethnic look.

Examples are Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Nicole Kidman, Serena van der Woodsen (Gossip Girl).

(Images from Google Images, Concept/Words from The Wardrobe Academy)