Today I’m debuting a new section in which I will provide step by step beauty guides called, rather uncreatively, “Beauty How-Tos”. Today’s issue is on getting perfect brows at home – no spa or nail salon required!
Step 1: Prep. Start with a clean face and generally gnarly brows. Rinse your face with hot water to enlarge the hair follicles if you’re going to be plucking. Pat dry with a washcloth.
It’s hard to find a good powder – striking the balance between thickness and coverage level, matteness and shimmer… then of course, you’ve got to find a color that matches your foundation. That’s why I prefer powders like this, which use multiple colors to give you a natural results. Victoria’s Secret Very Sexy Finishing Powder Duo is great: you can use the lighter color to powder your concealer in problem areas, and sweep your brush over the whole palette to give you a natural, multidimensional look over your whole face.
Trends may come and go, but super-straight hair is always in. Celebs like Selena Gomez and Jennifer Lawrence are seen sporting the style all the time, so I thought it’d be helpful to share my definitive guide on getting stick-straight locks at home, no salon blowout or split ends required.
Step 1: Get a professional grade flat iron. Things have come a long way since the Chi, but it’s still a powerful choice in this arena. Other heavy hitters include the Proliss, InStyler and Sedu (my personal favorite). Regardless of which you choose, a professional grade straightening iron is absolutely your best friend. I know they’re expensive, but you’ll use it constantly, and it can straighten even the kinkiest curls.
Most of you ladies probably have colored hair, and likely have also had your once brilliant color fade or look different from when you left the salon. I’ve got bad news for you – there’s no way around that. It’s just going to happen. The good news is, companies like Matrix make great products like this. Matrix Color.smart Conditioner is excellent on colored hair for several reasons. Number One: it’s extremely moisturizing.
I first tried Maybelline’s Age Rewind foundation just after I’d turned 22 and was not remotely in need of age-defying makeup. Five years later (yes readers, do the math), even after they added the eraser and the swirl and all that jazz, I’m still in love with the Nude Light #4 as something with nice coverage at the drugstore. I’ve tried far too many filmy Covergirl foundations in the past, so I rarely pick up base at the drugstore, but this one is amazing!
This foundation’s coverage is full and it feels creamy and rich, but blends out neatly without feeling too thick. The bottle is ingenious – its pump tip is by far the best solution to the gloppy foundation rims and overspill of product onto our counters we’ve all experienced. The color is perfect for my skin and blends out every flaw, which is surprising considering I didn’t try it on before I bought it.