Today was such a lovely spring day made all the more beautiful with the arrival of my latest cosmetics purchase. In the famous words of the Pointer Sisters—I’m so excited!!
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been updating my makeup arsenal for spring/summer. One of the things on my list were new lip colors and thanks to a video I saw on Instagram I went with the Mis Amores Lip Palette created by makeup artist and blogger, Iris Beilin, exclusively at e.l.f. Cosmetics.
The six vibrant shades offer a nice selection and with the purchase of the palette, I got a hot pink pouch which will come in handy as a makeup bag. Cruelty-free with zero animal testing is one of the best features of e.l.f. products. However, I recommend checking them on Beautypedia, a skincare and makeup review site, who base their reviews on published medical and scientific research for details on specific products.
Along with the lip palette, I got a new lip and brow brushes, eyebrow stencils and, heaven help me, false eyelashes. I’m quite confident in using everything except the eyelashes because every time I try to put them on I just can’t seem to get the placement right but “nothing beats a failure but a try.”
If eyes are the windows to the soul then the eyebrows are the frames
I am so excited!! Over the weekend I received in the mail 2 tools that I mentioned last Monday to help with applying my eye makeup. Both items come from e.l.f. www.eyeslipsface.com and I can’t wait to share my feedback.
The first tool is the Eyebrow Stencil Kit and my immediate observation right out of the box was the great flexibility of the stencils. No stranger to eyebrow stencils, in the past I’ve tried a couple of different types and they were either too rigid or the shapes weren’t even close to my natural brows.
The e.l.f. eyebrow stencils come in 4 different shapes:
Soft arch – is a gently rounded shape that follows the line of the eyelids. Soft arch eyebrows are perfect for women who have sharp, angular features, as they enhance softness to the overall look.
Structured arch – is noted for a sharp slant upward from the inner corner of the eye, and a downward slant toward the outer edge. Women who have rounder or wider facial features can benefit from the vertical line created for a slimming look with this style.
Curved arch – is a mixture of the structured and curved arches and is characterized by an upward slant from the inner corner of the eye to almost two-thirds distance, and finishing with a slight bend downward along the outside.
Full arch – is depicted by minimal curvature along the length of the brow, and is good for women who have very narrow faces, or widely spaced eyes.
“Knowing your face shape is the first step to creating your most beautiful look” ~Kevyn Aucoin
The very first step in determining the shape of your eyebrows is, knowing the shape of your face. There are 4 basic facial shapes and I’ve provided the arch that works best with each shape:
Oval – forehead is wider than the chin with prominent cheekbones, face tapers to a narrow oval chin (soft arch)
Round – face is almost as wide as it is long, face is widest at the cheeks (structure arch)
Square/long – forehead, cheekbones and jaw line are all about the same widths with the squared jaw line being the most obvious feature (soft arch or full arch)
Heart – similar to oval but the chin tapers to a point (curved arch)
How to apply eyebrow makeup
Run your finger along your eyebrow to get an idea of the natural brow line
Place your index finger straight alongside your nose to the top of your brow line. (This is the start of your eyebrow).
Place your index finger alongside your nose and angle it outwards to the outer corner of your eye. (This is where the eyebrow ends).
Once you have determined which stencil to use, line up the widest end of the stencil to the beginning of the brow line
Likewise with the end of the brow line the thinnest end will be at the outer corner of the eye
Once you are satisfied with the placement of the stencil you can use eyebrow makeup to softly fill in area.
After you have applied the eyebrow makeup you’ll want to use an eyebrow brush to gently groom the brows and blend the makeup color for a more natural appearance.
Practice, practice, practice.
If you are using eyebrow stencils for the first time it is going to take some time to get used to them and you may have to try several different types before finding ones that work for you. I really like the ones I received because I found them easy to use and my brows looked awesome (this compliment from my son who notices little).
The second eye makeup tool I received was the Mascara Guide from e.l.f. I will explain how to use this guide next week but I can tell you that I think it’s a great tool especially for my upper lashes.
Overall for a cost of around $6.00 I definitely feel these two tools are worth the money. I’m still waiting on a couple of other items and once they come I’ll let you know my thoughts.
“I just like playing with makeup and clothes – so I really don’t feel like there are rules, and if there are rules, then I think it’s up to you to break them.” ~Kesha