Perfect Brows by Anita Isaac August 05 2013, 0 Comments
|Start by feeling the centre of your brow bone with your fingers and draw a little mark. This is the starting point for the middle of your brow.|
Using a straight object like a pencil line up the beginning of your brow.
Hold the pencil upright against the side of your nose, resting on the outer edge of your nostril. The beginning of your brow should be in line with your nose.
|Next mark out where you want your eyebrow to finish. With the pencil still in place by your nose, rotate it over your eye until the end of your pencil reaches the edge of your eye. This is where your brow should finish.|
Mark out the highest point or arch of your brow by bringing the pencil to the centre of your eye.
The highest point should be just above the brow bone and higher than the start and finish marks.
|Now for the fun part! Join up your three points! Start off thin and then build and thicken the line to suit you. A natural look will be about 0.5cm wide with the end trailing off to a slight point.|
|Colours! Brow pencils come in an array of colours so there's plenty of choice. For a natural look try to match the pencil colour with your hair colour or go a shade darker. If in doubt, default to dark brown! The effect will depend on your skin tone so have a play and find out what works best for you.|
For a softer and more natural look, use eyeshadow to fill in your brows and then go over them with pencil to get a darker effect. This method is especially great for those who don't have eyebrows at all. With the pencil use small stroke to mimic the way real hair looks.
Eyeshadows I love to use are Mulch or Omega by MAC. If brows are something you need to do everyday then I would invest in a good quality eyeshadow and brow pencil.
|Now set your brows! There are a few setting sprays you can get from high street makeup brands. Lipcoate, originally designed to make lipstick application last, is a great find. A coat of this will help keep the brows in place all day long! x|
Makeup Recomendations for Women experiencing Hair Loss by Anita Isaac April 15 2013, 0 Comments
Anita Isaac is a makeup artist based in North London. Inspired by the effect makeup can have on the confidence of women she spoke to us about her top beauty products for women who are affected by hair loss. Her in-depth advice and genuine care for the self-esteem of women is truly uplifting. Enjoy!
The secret to every great makeup is great preparation! You've heard it before but nutritious foods and plenty of fluids is the best possible start. If you are undergoing chemotherapy or have to take a number of medications you will be especially dehydrated so it is very important to drink plenty of water. Sometimes eating is something that you don’t feel like doing, in which case maybe try to take some vitamin supplements. For overall boosts I like the Centrum vitamin tablets which also come in a fruity, chewable range too!
Well-moisturised skin is your perfect makeup base. If you are receiving chemotherapy you will be advised to stay away from
products that include parabenzene. Good ones to use are Oilatum and my special favourite is a plain aqueous cream! Not only is it very inexpensive, it moisturises the skin very well!
The last step for preparing the skin is primer. Many high street brands have launched primers but I would especially recommend one which has a slight shimmer or brightening property. I use MUA Primer but I would also recommend No7 Brightening Primer or a similar one from Smashbox as they have a complete range of primer for all different skin types.
I don’t like to wear heavy makeup on an everyday basis so for my base I use BB cream. These creams give more coverage than tinted moisturiser but are not as heavy as foundation. They are quick and easy to apply and the one I am currently using is L’oreal’s Nude Magique BB cream which adjusts itself to match your skin-tone.
Eyeliner should be an essential step of makeup for those who have incurred eyelash hair loss of any degree. This is a very good item to use to give the impression of a thicker hairline. There are many different types of eyeliner that can be used but my favourite is the gel eyeliner from Maybelline for lining the top and bottom waterline as well as lining the eyelid. I have to admit for those who are not familar with this product it does take a while to get used to however the brush that comes with it does make application much easier! This product will not budge all day! It is 100% waterproof and comes in a range of colours. If gel eyeliner is too hard to work with, then pencil is also great. The best brand that is on the market right now is the Rimmel Waterproof Eyeliner. They are incredibly creamy and feel great on the skin.
False eyelashes are great to even-out or replace lashes that have been lost. They now come in array of shapes, sizes and colours! My personal favourites are Eylure. They have a huge range from light natural-lookng lashes to big, dramatic lashes. The stem of these eyelashes is light so they are unnoticeable and light on your eyes. My top tip for applying eyelashes is to cut them into individual sections and put on as many of them as you like or need.
Blusher and bronzers are probably the best products to have in your makeup kit. They brighten and bring colour back to the skin and are so light you do not feel as though you are wearing makeup. If I am in a rush or not looking my best I turn to Maybelline's Cream Blush or Collection 2000's Bronzer for an instant boost.
Lipstick or liptints are also a great product to give your overall complexion a nice lift. At the moment Bourjois have a great range of lipsticks called 'Rouge' and their colours are amazing! From bright pink to subtle brown/nudes these lipsticks are very creamy and are more moisturising than other lipstick brands. I like the bold, bright colours the best! For liptints, Clinique have a wonderful range of 'Chubby Sticks', a more purse-friendly version is Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. Liptints are great as they stain your lips which means that the colour will not move!
Lip glosses are great over lipsticks or liptints or even just by themselves! My favourite brand and colour is Natural Collection's Turklish Delight. It is not sticky and adjusts itself well with whatever lip colour you are wearing.
Eyebrows play a role in framing our faces so I can understand that women with hair loss might really miss them! There is however one great advantage to having thin, partial or no eyebrows and that is the blank canvas to create different looks with your brows and the power to change your overall look! I love products by Anastasia Beverly Hills. It is a little on the pricey side but they do a complete pack that includes brow gel, brow pencil, brow powder, tweezers and (my favourite part) a selection of stencils to help those that are not sure or need abit more practice at their eyebrows.
People often underestimate how important it is to sanitise your makeup brushes. This is especially important for women receiving chemotherapy who may be at higher risks of infections. Most makeup brands sell brush cleaners but you can also use shampoo and conditioner. Keep your hands clean too. I especially love Carex Aloe Vera hand gel.