Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Frame the windows to your soul..

I was inspired to put out this blog posting after a beautiful model inquired about brow shaping. I can't tell you how many times I see women with "bad brows", and how it takes away from their beauty.

Let's first talk about what a bad brow is, and then we will discuss how to get the perfect brow! Note: All photos were captured from online sources.

Bad Eyebrows
Overly tweezed brows, then re-drawn on poorly.

Twin Bad Eyebrows
No, no, no!

Same thing here..

Love Madge, but her brows even in in the 80's were a no-no. Overly grown, un-kept, and penciled way too dark!

So how do you get the perfect brow shape?
Remember, everyone's (males too)brows should begin at the point shown above, and the arch should begin right above your pupil. The end of the brow should be a smidge thinner, and end at the outer corner of your eye.

People try to do all kinds of things with their brows, like forcing a high arch to lift the face. No, no! Your brows frame your features. If you over-tweeze, and show too much brow bone, all of your features will look out of proportion. Additionally, don't listen to anyone who says there's a trendy shape right now. ALWAYS follow your own brow bone, and shape. A perfect eyebrow can add a lot of impact to your eyes. They frame the shape of the eyes, and so can either make you look old, and harsh, or soft, and young.

I highly recommend growing your eyebrows out completely, and letting a professional shape them. After that point, you can simply maintain. If you should decide to do it on your own, here are the steps you will want to follow:

Purchase some high quality brow stencils. I prefer to use the celebrity artist Anastasia's: www.anastasia.net

These amazing stencils are fool-proof, and will allow you to get the perfect shape. If you're tweezing on freshly grown brows, they are perfect, or if you are filling in your brows (your own brows won't grow anymore) they are for you.

1. Brush brows upward. Carefully trim any excess hair above the top of your natural arch. Be careful not to take off too much at the ends or you'll have brow "bald" spots.
2. Look closely at the shape. Your brow should begin at your tear duct, peak at the outer edge of your iris and end at the outer corner of your eye.
3. Prep: Soaking a cotton ball in astringent and wipe the brow area.
4. Hold a pencil in line with the outer side of your iris and note where the peak of your arch naturally occurs. From the arch to the outer corner of the eye, your brow should fall in a straight or slightly curved line, depending on the look you're trying to achieve.
5. Hold your tweezers at a 45 degree angle and pluck the stray hairs below the brow line. Pull in the direction of the hair growth, or you may end up breaking the hair mid-shaft. Follow your natural brow shape, not the trends. It's very difficult to let your brows grow back into their natural shape after you've plucked them to death trying to achieve a particular look.
6. Fill in sparse areas with a freshly sharpened brow pencil ; use light, quick strokes to draw in hair. Brow powder will give thin brows overall definition, and is great for a more natural look. Using the brow brush, sweep powder up and outward over brows. If you're a brow novice, a tinted brow gel is a foolproof way to keep brows in place. Lightly coat brows using upward and outward strokes. Wipe off any excess and allow it to set.
Check out the below examples of before/afters. This isn't my work, but rather examples I found online.

Brows that are barely there, have been filled in, and look gorgeous. Opt for soft natural colors.

A great fill in. Her brows are measuring nicely.

Another nice example..

Not only are her brows shaped, but they were lightened too which softens her look. Lightening of the brows should always be done by a pro. You can blind yourself with the dye!

Uh-oh! Her brows were overly tweezed. A nice fill in took care of that.

She is covering her gray hairs. A great dye job, and soft brow powder does the trick :)

Source of before/after photos: http://www.eyebrowz.com/creating.htm

So to sum it up, here are the tools you will need:

A sharp, precise tweezer.
A great pair of brow scissors, and brow comb.
A great brow powder.. Visit Sephora to find the best on the market. The above shown is by Anastasia. You will also need an angled make-up brush. Don't spend an arm, and a leg please. Your local art supply store has just what you need.

I also looooooove Brow Duality. It is a nice high lighter for underneath the brow. Definitely a must have.

Lastly, you may use the brow stencils, and you're on your way! Any questions? You know what to do! I'm only an e-mail away!


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Dull & Uneven Skin?

As you go about your daily business, your skin is going about its own. Skin cells that have been around for about 25 days are starting to shed, making room for the new skin cells that will be taking their place. Sometimes the old skin cells remain attached to the surface of your skin, which can create challenges for the new skin: blackheads, whiteheads, rough texture, or an uneven appearance of the skin tone.

When the natural process of shedding the dead, dry skin cells doesn't work, you need to step in and help it along. Keeping the skin exfoliated helps ensure that your other skin care products, like serums and moisturizers, are more effective. When they don't have to penetrate a layer of dead skin cells, they can target the new skin cells, which is where they need to work.http://i.ehow.com/images/a05/2o/l2/home-remedies-glowing-skin-800X800.jpg

A product I have used for years, and LOVE is by a line called Strivectin. www.strivectin.com


It really is a super-exfoliator, but very gentle. It has made my skin pimple free, and baby smooth for years. When applied nightly, the Overnight Facial Resurfacing Serum gently, and effectively corrects multiple surface signs of aging while you sleep---truly! You see, when we sleep, our body is a RESTorative process.


The bottle retails at about $59.00, and you can buy it directly through the company's website, or at my favorite place, Sephora.


If you want vibrant, luminous, skin this product is truly a must-have. Additionally, if your pores are large, you have dry skin flakes, or your skin color is uneven, you will find that this product can turn your skin around.


Make-up can only do so much, and by caking foundations, powders, concealers to cover your skin imperfections is the fastest way to create more issues! I always tell my brides that to really get that beautiful, healthy glow on her special day, the goal is to start off with a fresh palette. Let the make-up enhance what is already there :)


Well, big hugs Cookies! I'll be back very soon :)

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Get, "Come Hither Eyes", Now!!!!

They say your eyes are the windows to your soul. Well, why not make those "windows" as beautiful as possible? Before you roll up your sleeves and grab that shadow, it's important we do a bit of diagnosing and shopping first. Here are some helpful hints you can follow when shopping for your items....

The very first thing to take notice of, is the skin quality around your eyes. Do they appear sluggish, dry, or have dark circles? Do you have crows feet, puffiness, or broken capillaries? These symptoms can be contributed to genetics, stress, or nutrition. If you are not able to get the optimal eight hours of sleep, there are other ways to combat. Drinking plenty of water (8-10 glasses a day), flushes our system of toxins that can show up under the eye. Investing in a great multi-vitamin, balanced out by great nutrition is a must as well.


I personally love, 'Womens One A Day', but would recommend consulting with your primary care physician of course. Now that we have dealt a little with what is within, finding a great eye cream is a must. You may ask, "Why can't I just use my normal moisturizer?" The answer is, the skin around our eye's are much more delicate, and should be treated accordingly. For example, we wouldn't put the same cream on our hands, as we do on our feet.

If you are looking to treat puffiness, dark circles, or have oily skin, I recommend a gel based eye cream. Gel based creams have a natural caffeine agent, yes, caffeine, and so they help to de-puff, and reduce swelling. I love, 'Clarins Eye Contouring Gel':


If you have drier skin around your eyes, and want to combat/prevent crows feet, or wrinkles, I would recommend a rich emollient cream like, 'Shiseido Benefiance Eye Cream'. You can also try their eye patches. They are absolutely wonderful. I just leave them on for one hour, once a week. They provide an instense replenishing of moisture to the eye area.


So, how do you apply eye cream? Remember to use PATTING motions. A dime size should be plenty for both eyes. AVOID the eyelid, as we do not want to get in product in our eyes. Just pat, pat, pat, under neath the eye area. Always use clean hands or a q-tip, so as not to get bacteria in the product.


Next, choosing the right concealer is a must. I love Bobbi Browns line of concealers. They blend effortlessly, and do not crease. You can layer the product to get the affect you so desire. They come in all shades, and even the most sensitive skins have no problem using this product.


To apply your concealer, start over the eyelid with your fingers, or concealer brush. Next, lightly pat the product in underneath your eyes. I like to apply three little dots, and then blend. Applying concealer over your lids, will give your eyeshadow more staying power. Additionally, it is perfectly fine to apply concealer over your eye cream.



You don't have to spend an arm, and a leg to find eyeshadows that will enhance your eye's. I personally love, Almay's line of eyeshadows that are customized for one's specific eye color. They come with their own accompanying eyeliner, shadow, and mascara.
If you need an instant pick me up in the morning, and want a subtle shimmer for the eyes, you will LOOOOVE 'Nuetrogena's Soothing Eye Tint'. It has a cooling effect, and instantly awakes the eye. These tints can be found at Target, and come in all different shades.


Women who have loose skin over their eyelid, or wrinkles, should always stay away from shadows that have shimmer. Shimmer highlights every flaw you have over the eyelid, when the light hits. Stick with matte colors.


Your next step should be, an eyelash curler. Don't be afraid! You can do it! Don't let the appearance of this device alarm you. The purpose of curling your lashes, are to open the eye. The first step, is to start with clean, dry eyes. I always curl my lashes after my eyeshadow is applied, but always making sure there is no residue from the previous day's wear of mascara.


Open the curler, and place your upper lashes inside it's mouth. Close your eye slightly, then open it; all of the lashes should move into the curler's mouth. Always hold so that the mouth is parallel to your lashes. Move the curler closer to the eye until the tool comes to the base of the lashes, but not over the skin of the eyelid. Keep the eye open and slowly close the curler. Your eyelashes should fan out evenly across the upper bar. If at any time you feel pinching, readjust the curler. Hold the closed curler for a slow count of five, keeping your hand and face steady. Repeat for additional volume. Repeat with the other eye. Lovely!!!!

Lastly, are you wondering
where some women, including most celebrities, get that certain "je ne sais quoi" in their doe-eyed expressions and come hither glances? Here's their secret: false eyelashes. Did you know that most "lash lengthening" mascara ads feature models who are wearing eyelash extensions so we'll all want to run out and buy that brand of mascara and its wand? Well, no wand waved over the average set of lashes is that magical, but here's how you too can fake your way to luscious lashes. I have attached a video, that will give you step-by-step instructions.

My gorgeous client Amy after lash application.

Well there we have it! A full mini-lesson on how to get those eyes that you have always wanted! You're on your way!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fabulous Venue

One of my favorite places in town to work with (when I am doing weddings), or even stay at is the wonderful, amazing, posh Renaissance Hotel. Located right in the heart of downtown Columbus, this hotel is truly the place to be!!!!


Lobby Sitting Area
The service is top notch, staff is amazing, decor, vibe, energy---OMG!!!!!! I can't get enough of this place..

Their sixteen million dollar renovation to become a Marriot hotel was completed September of 2009. 408 sleeping rooms, 21 floors, 27 junior suites, 3 hospitality suites, 2 deluxe suites---THE WORKS :)

Queen/Queen Guest Room

Standard Bathroom

What sets the Renaissance apart from other hotels for your wedding is that they have an outside pool deck area which is fantastic for ceremonies, or cocktail receptions. The fantastic Latitude 41 restaurant, and their complete dedication to service.

Pool Terrace

Latitude 41

Why book a wedding here? If you are not already convinced (smile), I should tell you that, you are able to upgrade to suites, have breakfast in bed the day after your event, and so much more!!!!!!!

Hayes Ballroom


Contact Channin Holden sales, and catering manager :) 614-228-5050 I hope to see you for your wedding!!!!!!!