Armed with a brush, pencil and tweezers, we learnt how to map out our eyebrows. Your face also tells you something about the right 'angle' your eyebrows should take. We are going to listen to these suggestions...
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The right eyebrow is essential to give depth to your expression as well as balance. Find how the perfect brow shape balances every face and can even correct it.
Square, heart, oval or round. As beautiful as your natural face is, we know you secretly wish to sharpen those cheekbones or soften your jawline. Here again, the right eyebrow will do the trick. Every face shape has a perfect eyebrow match. To find it, seat straight in front of your mirror - again - and look at your 'oval'. Your face might not be a perfect oval, so follow our guide to find the eyebrow shape that can create harmony.
If you have an oval-shaped face, your lines are symmetric and balanced. Your eyebrows should have a slight arch and a softer shape. There is not so much work to do. Just remember to start and end them at an equal level.
If you notice that your face has almost the same width and length, then your face is round. To sharpen and lengthen your oval, opt for a lifted arch.
The main feature of a square face is a defined and angular jawline. The width and length are almost the same. Lift your eyebrows with a defined yet soft arch by keeping the body of your eyebrows fuller and natural-looking.
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In this type of face, the length is prominent, almost double the width. To give more space and breathe to a long face, elongate your eyebrow and keep the arch low.
A rectangle face is long but has a more defined, squared jawline. Focus on the body with full and natural eyebrows with a soft curve.
If you have a diamond face, your forehead is short, and your contours are well-sculpted with high cheekbones and a pointed chin. Make your face more delicate, choose softer and rounded eyebrows.
If your forehead is narrow, but your jawline is strong, then you have a triangular face. Here as well, it is all a matter of adding sweetness: your best-friend eyebrows should have a low, curved arch and a full body.
If your forehead is larger than your jawline and your chin is pointed, you likely have a heart-shaped face. Keep your eyebrows straight and a rounded arch without playing too much with your pencil. Do not over-change this shape.
You can also take celebrities with a similar face shape as an example to style your eyebrows. This beauty task is a fine game of balance.
The roaring '20s wanted them super thin; the '80s loved them full and wild. How to have your eyebrows on point? Trends and decades aside, your face suggests the right shape for you. Learn how to use face mapping to find the brow shape that feels truly yours.
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Before plucking away those bushy brows, learn everything about face mapping and how to find the right eyebrow shape for your face. Then, you can take your trusty tweezers...
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Try to imagine yourself without brows for one second. Something will look odd; your face will be rather blank! Your face tells how your eyebrows should be and the technique to decypher 'this message' is called face mapping. Face mapping allows you to find where your eyebrow should naturally start, arch and stop.
To practice it, you will need a mirror and a brush with a thin handle, plus a spoolie brush and an eye pencil. Then a sturdy pair of tweezers to get the work done.
How To Face Map Step-by-Step
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Start with makeup-free and brushed-up eyebrows. Sit straight in front of a mirror with your brush and pencil at the ready.
- Place the handle of your makeup brush - or alternatively an eye pencil - parallel your nose. Where the handle meets the inner corner of your nose, that is the starting point of your eyebrows. You can mark this first point with a light coloured eye pencil.
- To determine where your eyebrow should arch, point the handle of your brush in the outer corner of your nose to form an angle. Keep looking straight ahead. The handle will draw a line crossing the centre of your iris, follow this line and mark your second point.
- Now, always from the outer corner of your nose, place the brush diagonally. The handle will reach the outer corner of your eye, there is where your eyebrow should fade to stop. Mark this third point.
- Use these three points to pluck what grows beyond the imaginary contour. Use tweezers with a comfortable grip like Rubis Gold Slant Tweezers (£22.50).
Rubis Gold Slanter Tweezers
Bobbi Brown once said 'Rubis is the Ferrari of tweezers'. Tweezers should be an investment for years to come. If you are sick and tired of cheap, a-couple-of-use-only pair of tweezers, this is the tool your beauty kit is missing.
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The temptation to get rid of every stray facial hair may still feel very strong at this point. Start gradually with your professional tweezers until you are pleased with the result and see your face harmoniously shaped.
Investing in a quality skincare line may just be what you need this Autumn. Aviela are a 100% natural African shea butter brand helping you transform your skin through the colder months.
The autumn and winter months are bearing down on us quickly but that does not mean that we should abandon looking after ourselves and keeping our bodies in tip-top condition especially when it comes to our waxing.
Fuller eyebrows and thick eyelashes are very fashionable these days. Although you can find many products on the market that promise you dreamy results, you can try natural homemade remedies first before browsing the drugstore aisles.
A hot beauty trend seen on magazines, beauty blogs and Instagram is sporting fuller brows paired with feathery eyelashes. To achieve naturally full results, you can try these three well-known homemde remedies.
How To Grow Your Eyebrows With Olive Oil
Olive oil is a God-sent ingredient for your beauty because it contains vitamins A and E, which will increase the growth of your hair. Vitamin E nourishes each hair strand, while vitamin A promotes the production of natural body oil, which helps hair development.
How to: apply a drop of olive oil on the tip of the finger and then gently massage the eyebrows, leaving it for a couple of hours and then rinsing with a face cleanser. This step can be part of your beauty routine at least once a day to see its effects in a matter of a few weeks. Need more intensity for your eyebrows? You can always opt for a brow tint for more colour and drama at the end of your treatment.
Egg Yolks For Healthy Eyebrows And Eyelashes
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Hair is made of a protein known as keratin, and eggs are an excellent source of proteins. Moreover, egg yolks are also a good source of biotin, which stimulate the growth of your eyebrows and eyelashes. As you can spot in many haircare products for hair loss and hair growth, keratin and biotin are two natural allies.
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How to: separate the egg yolk from its white, the beat the yolk until the consistency is uniform. Next, apply the mixture to your eyebrows with a brush and, for the eyelashes, a clean lash wand. Leave it for 20 minutes, and then wash it off with warm water. This homemade recipe can give you a faster growth rate if you use it twice a week. Be careful: use it in moderation because egg yolks can clog your pores and cause acne.
How To Grow Your Eyebrows and Eyelashes With Milk
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Milk has well-known benefits for your skin and hair. Milk is used in many dermatological products because it contains casein and serum, two vital proteins that stimulate the development of healthy hair.
How to: moisten a cotton ball in milk and gently apply it to your eyebrows and eyelashes. When applying it to your eyes, remember to remove excess milk by gently squeezing the cotton. Keep it for 15 minutes and wash it off with water. Doing this every day will give you the desired results.
Day after day, you can admire longer and healthier eyelashes and brows because the simplest beauty solutions are a step away from you... in your kitchen.
The desire to travel was going to peek out sooner or later. Now that you can travel with more freedom, how to pack your luggage with confidence? We have searched and put in practice smart tips that will change once and for all the way you prepare your suitcase.
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Travelling is an enjoyable experience but getting ready to reach your destination can be rather stressful. Packing your luggage is not always as straightforward but with these 15 tips, you are going to pack like a pro traveller.
Maybe you are not used anymore to pack for long distances, maybe you wish to bring all your wardrobe with you or you want to fly with peace of mind. Between strict regulations and security checks, without mentioning airlines' endless policies, packing your suitcases is never that easy. The tip list unrolled in this blog will show you how to pack your luggage as a game. 'Playing Tetris' turns your luggage into an easy-to-solve puzzle and also allows you to save some space for extra souvenirs. Shall we play Tetris?
1) Find The Right Luggage
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If you plan to travel by plane, your suitcase may need to have specific dimensions to fit properly and safely inside a cabin. In any case, hard-shell luggage is the most reliable and lasting choice. It is an investment over time that will protect your belongings and also suggests you when much is too much. 4-wheel models are the easiest suitcases to carry around. A little push goes a long way!
2) Make A List And Check It
This game needs some logic. Exactly like you do your usual grocery list, write down a list of essentials and clothing you will need. As the packing day approaches, do a final check to make sure you do not forget important items on your way.
3) Lay Everything On Your Bed
This elementary tip will prevent you to throw everything instinctively in your bag. Place your essentials, toiletries bag and especially your clothing selection flat on your bed. Now you have a clearer view of what you want to bring and what you need. From here you can start your final selection.
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4) Build Your Outfit Ahead
Much depends on your travel destination but always try to pack as light as possible. Wear your bulkiest clothes on the plane and pack garments that you can layer up for the breeziest nights. Plan your underwear based on the days of vacation and include a 'fancier' outfit. Remember: never bring too much with you. Most of the time, those 'just in case' outfits will sit undisturbed at the bottom of your luggage.
5) 'Shoe Tetris'
Let's the game begin! You will soon realise that packing your suitcase is like Tetris: once you know your pieces, you can turn them to stuck them neatly. You can save extra space if you put your shoes heel to toe and stuff them with your socks. Make sure to wrap them in a plastic bag and place them at the bottom of your suitcase to keep dirt away from your nice clothes.
6) The Heaviest First
It may sound obvious but the heaviest belongings should be placed at the bottom of your suitcase or backpack. The gravity will push them down naturally anyway. With this tip, you will not squish or break anything else.
7) Rolls And Cubes
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Roll your clothes to gain more space and use packing cubes or cheaper Ziplock bags to keep everything well organised and protected.
8) Dirty Business
The joy of packing is dealing with clean and nicely folded clothes but you will need to pack your dirty outfits at some point. Bring with you some spare plastic bags to store used clothes away.
9) Extra Bag: Allowed
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You may want to bring with you a nice pochette to match that fancy outfit mentioned earlier. Stuff your handbag with soft clothes or use special paddings that will prevent your leather and vegan handbag to crease or lose its original shape. You can try a bag padding like Bagpad that matches your signature handbag dimensions.
10) Makeup Made Easy
'Less is more' applies to makeup when travelling. Minimise your makeup allowance by selecting multipurpose cosmetics and crayons that can work on eyes, lips and cheeks. Slim down your list and forget the most valuable palette in your stash and big liquid products. Opt for a compact face & eyes palette with versatile and neutral shades you can use day to night.
11) Protect Your Beauty
Invest in a padded makeup pouch as makeup artists will do or recycle bubble wraps from other packagings. This cheap quick fix will protect your compacts from impacts and damages whether you are travelling by plane, train, coach or car.
12) The Toiletries Dilemma
It is crucial to know in which bag you are going to store your toiletries: is it your hold luggage or your carry-on?
Hold luggage offers more freedom for what concerns the size of your liquids, excluding nail polishes which are forbidden. Although this should be the rule, always check your airline company policies and list of prohibited items on board. Your carry-on or hand luggage toiletries need to comply with air travel safety regulations: each liquid item must be no more than 10 0ml and must fit in a clear and resealable plastic bag with a max volume of 1 litre, measuring around 20x20cm.
13) Smart Travel Sizes
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Of course, none of your regular liquid treatments or personal care products will fit the above requirements. The bad news is that you cannot take with you your half-used bottles as they will be rejected at the checking area. Travel sizes are the solution but we guess you want to travel both light and smart. Cosmetic travel-size products are easy to find in any drugstore but they are expensive compared to the full-size version. Creating your own travel sizes is cheap and very easy, you can turn any treatment, liquid makeup or personal care product into a travel size with mini containers or sustainable travel sets like this we have tested for you.
14) Toliteries Come First
Now that you have cut down the size of your essential toiletries and prepared your pouch ready for inspection, keep it at the very top of your hand luggage, so that it is easy to reach before entering the safety check area.
15) Tandem Travel, Safe X2
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A fight being cancelled is a nightmare but losing a big suitcase is equally frightening. Here, travelling as a couple is safer for both. Have a spare outfit of your travel companion in your hand luggage and so your friend or partner. In the worst scenario ever, both will have something for a quick change while waiting to retrieve the missing bag.
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Solo traveller? If you are travelling alone with two pieces of luggage, save your trip by having always at least one complete spare outfit in your hand luggage in case your hold suitcase gets lost. Also keep your medications, documents and power charger in your hand suitcase to protect the most valuable items closer to you and keep your mobile always charged.
These tested 15 smart packing tips will drastically cut the time you need to pack your bags so that you can enjoy your journey, seat back and relax.
Where did we get all our information from before TikTok existed?
The ever-growing social media platform has offered us some of the greatest tips and tricks. Be it bargain DIY or trying to become the next Gordon Ramsey, we’ve learnt we can take on any challenge. Perhaps TikTok’s most influential topic is beauty, as focused on by BBC’s Glow Up this year. Below are some trends that are sure to improve our skills, and maybe even prepare us to apply for the next series.
1. Robe Curls
With Covid causing a national shut down of hairdressers, our locks have been longing for some TLC. It’s fair to say the past year has seen a fair few bad hair days, but we’ve persevered, finding solace in online platforms such as TikTok for the latest tips. We’ve even found a new way to achieve that salon bouncy blow dry in the comfort of our own homes – using a dressing gown tie. Funnily enough, this unconventional hair tool provides voluminous curls that require no heat. Less damage to hair and doesn’t cost a penny – we’re sold.
After spending the last however many decades discovering new ways to conceal our eye bags, this beauty trend aims to do the complete opposite. 2021 is all about embracing natural beauty and uniting in the fact that most of us have eye bags – and that’s okay! In fact, now it’s even trendy. TikTokers have been using lipsticks to create an exaggerated eye bag effect. After all, it’s been a long year so it’s no surprise everyone’s feeling tired and not afraid to show it.
As mentioned above, latest beauty trends consist of more natural ways to glow up. For this tip, we’re swapping out needles and saving our pennies for a change in concealer placement. Kim K started the overly bright under eye a few years ago. Now beauty gurus are telling us to switch up this application. Using a concealer one to two shades lighter than our skin tone, place the product in an isosceles triangle shape under the inner section of your eyes. Then add a stroke on the outer corner of your eyes above your cheek bones. This ultimately gives the appearance of a more snatched face.
4. Q-Tip Lipstick Trick
Perfecting the outer corner edges of our mouth are always the most stubborn when it comes to lipstick application. It’s not easy to see where the liner should finish and we can sometimes end up with the dreaded clown lip. TikTok beauty queen Huda Kattan has solved all our lipstick problems offering a q-tip as the solution. By holding the cotton bud in your mouth while applying, the results are smudge free. There’s no need for guessing work with this precise and easy hack.
5. Colour Theory Foundation
Perhaps one of the most shocking transitions, who knew painting your face multi-coloured could result in a flawless personal skin match? This is a beauty trick even a 2-year-old could help you with – it’s that easy. When applying white, red, blue, and yellow dots on the face and then buffing them into the skin, the colours will melt together and disappear. The concept behind this at-first magical trick is that primary colours neutralise your skin tone. All foundations are actually made from the same pigments, so by custom creating your own, you’re finding the perfect match at a fraction of the cost.
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With all those YouTube tutorials and tips on the internet, it is now much easier to master applying makeup. However, it is not enough to just invest in expensive products.
Fashions Finest has come up with some great products which will ensure your nose, mouth, chin and cheeks stay beautiful throughout the mask wearing months to come, as well as the heat waves we are willing our way in the late summer. (We can but hope!)
Upgrade Your Cleansing Programme
The daily, or even twice daily routine of cleansing and moisturising your skin is the first step in ensuring it stays clean, smooth and healthy looking. Especially with the extra heat and discomfort of mask wearing. Take a look at the range of oil based facial cleansers available, and choose the best for you and your lifestyle. Regardless of whether your skin type is dry, oily or a combination, using an oil based cleanser can help to hydrate your skin as well as remove impurities, and cleanse. A great addition to boost your current cleansing routine.
Make The Most Of Your Eyes
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Since your eyes are what you are using to communicate most with, now the rest of your face is hidden with a mask for much of the time, consider accentuating and highlighting your peepers with the Autograph range from Marks and Spencer. These stunning eye shadow palette's will add sparkle and glamour to your brows, and each palette comes with four stunning complementary colours that work together to create a glamorous look. Simply wear your favourite shade on its own, or combine using the lighter colours to highlight and the darker ones to add depth and definition to your eyes.
Less Is More
The saying ‘less is more’ could well be true when it comes to protecting your face from breakouts! Consider wearing tinted moisturiser, BB cream or CC cream depending on what works best for your skin. These products are often more nourishing and much lighter on the skin than makeup.
Boots No 7 city lights tinted moisturiser comes in a myriad of colours to suit your skin, and they contain SPF 15 to protect your skin from sun damage as well. This great – tried and tested product is fantastic to mix, so you can buy two shades, and mix them dependant on the season, and how dark your skin is at that time, or you can also mix them with any other creams and foundations to find your perfect coverage!
Try using a lipstick that is both hydrating and long lasting, like this Stila stay all day® liquid lipstick available from look fantastic. Enriched with Vitamin E and Avocado Oil, this lipstick deeply nourishes and hydrates lips, whilst delivering bold colour that won't bleed or transfer for over 6 hours of wear. Lips are left silky smooth and bursting with moisture. If you want to add an extra ‘pop’ to your lips when you take your mask off, carry a tube of clear lip gloss, and apply that to your lips. It’s easy, quick and doesn’t require a mirror either.
We are expecting much more warmth and sun to come our way before the summer ends, however, if you want a great, natural looking and even tan from your hair line to your toe nails, Fashions Finest recommends a fake bake.
St Moriz 5 in 1 tanning mousse from Superdrug promises to deliver a natural looking healthy glow to your whole body, which develops over time. It's specialist multi-tasking formulation will provide extra moisture, a luxurious luminous finish and a longer lasting golden tan, and a boost of radiance. With an instant guide colour, it ensures ease of application and full coverage, even for a beginner.