What colour eyebrow pencil should you be using?

In a society obsessed with eyebrows, it can seem like having the perfect brows is the most important thing in the world. Its not. But it can be a nice bonus. If you are blessed with naturally good eyebrows, finding the right eyebrow pencil is as simple as just matching it to your brow colour. But if, like me, your natural brows are almost nonexistent, you have to start with practically a blank canvas.

There are two basic rules for eyebrow colour.

  • If you have light hair, select a colour one or two shades darker than your hair colour
  • If you have dark hair, select a colour one or two shades lighter than your hair colour

Its that simple.

For example, when I was blonde I used Mac’s eyebrow pencil in Lingering

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I went two shades darker than my blonde hair.

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And now my hair is mostly brown, I can use the same shade of pencil because it is one shade lighter than my current hair colour!

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So that worked out pretty well.

And remember, these are just guidelines. If you want blue eyebrows, have blue eyebrows. Its only eyebrows.

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Beauty over 60

One of the great double standards of society is that men are allowed to age, and are seen to get better looking with age, whereas women aren’t allowed to show any signs of ageing. However, if we are seen to be trying to conceal signs of ageing, we are equally criticised. There needs to be a re-think on the way we perceive women over 35. Women over 60 who wear obvious makeup (bright lips, lashes, bold eyeshadows) are often judged and seen as ‘dame’y’

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This comes from the misogynistic panto dames who portray an image of an older woman trying desperately to cover up the ravages of age. But with the rise of the older beauty (Helen Mirren, Meryl Streep, Judie Dench), hopefully we can rid society of this image and replace it with a more modern outlook that recognises makeup is not worn to cover up or hide, but to express and emphasise.

Eyeliner

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If your teenage years were spent in the sixties, the eyeliner decade, you are lucky. You know exactly how to replicate this look and it is a flattering one. Jo Wood (59) still pulls of the rocker chick look with tons of smudged kohl liner. Its easy, its cheap, and it looks just as good in your 60s as it did in THE 60s.

Colour

Colour over 60 is ALLOWED! Whatever you want is allowed. There are some looks, however, that aren’t flattering at any age. With bold and dark colours, there’s always a risk (again, I’m talking about at any age) of looking harsh. With these kinds of colours, mistakes can be spotted a mile away. Bold and dark colours on your lips can make them look thinner. And a red lip, having its big moment in the 40s, sometimes looks better on the over 80s.

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Steer towards the browner, more mauve end of the red spectrum for a more flattering look, alla Helen and Joanna.

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They also know how to rock the false eyelashes.

Hair

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There is absolutely no reason to cut your hair off once you get past a certain age. This is a myth perpetrated by the patriarchy. Women are terrified of looking ‘witchy’, but does Meryl Streep look ‘witchy’? Does Lindsay Duncan? The whole notion of the Witch is an image that society created in order to demonise intelligent women, so I for one would be honoured to be called ‘witchy’.

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I’m not saying you have to do any of these things, but I am saying you shouldn’t feel like you can’t. There are no ‘rules’ and don’t let anyone tell you that there are.

Inherent Vice inspired beauty look

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Inherent Vice is a fantastic film set in the sixties, based on a Thomas Pynchon book, full of great female characters. Last night I found myself subconsciously imitating their sixties glam.

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These women knew how to wield a liquid eyeliner pen.

The look was all about a thick eyeliner flick on the upper lid, at least one pair of big false eyelashes, and cut crease eyeliner. This would be paired with nude matte lips and some dark brows to balance it out. The front of the hair was parted on the side, and the back of the hair was usually centre parted or just poofed up.

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My attempt.

I wore a black turtle neck dress to complete the look. Its not quite a Shasta Fay but it was good enough for me.

How to rock black lipstick

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Khloe Kardashian posted this picture of herself earlier rocking black lipstick, and it got me thinking about all the other celebrities who have worn black lipstick and looked great doing it.

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You don’t need to be any kind of famous to work this look, however. Lime Crime have a gorgeous matte black in their Velvetines collection ($20)

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The colour is called Black Velvet, and the gloss wand makes it really easy to apply.

The trick with black lipstick, and with any dark lip colour, is to have Q-tips and concealer on stand-by for clean ups. A dark colour is very unforgiving with errors. With a light colour the edges aren’t so defined or noticeable, but with black your edges have to be crisp. Which is why is it important to go round the lips with concealer and a decent brush after you have applied the colour.

With a bottom heavy makeup look like this, it helps to balance it out with bold brows. But with your eyes, anything goes. Whether you want to stick with just a simple cat eyeliner or go for a more sultry smokey eye, you can get away with either of these with a black lip. And if in doubt, just think: what would Rihanna do?

If you want to tint your eyebrows at home, DO NOT use this product

I have an eyebrow deficiency. It makes no sense seeing I have dark hair and dark eyes, but for some reason my eyebrows are completely see through. They’re a weird clear grey colour so I often have to rely on tints and makeup to give myself brows. I have never died my eyebrows at home before but I thought it would save time and money so I bought Eylure’s Pro-Brow Dye Kit.

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These were my brows before:

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Excuse their state, you can’t use dye on freshly plucked brows so I have grown them out.

These were my brows during the dye:

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And then this is after…

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Seriously. And I left the dye on for 5 minutes instead of the recommended 2. They are tinted but it is so light and so subtle that it is hardly noticeable. If anything my eyebrows looked better before. Maybe the black tint would have worked better than the brown but I won’t be wasting my money on finding out. In future I’ll just let the professionals work their magic.

Another Hair Chalk Review or How To Get Kylie Jenner Hair

So I’ve tried a good few hair chalks in my time. I like that they offer you the opportunity to experiment with colour without the commitment. Because I don’t like commitment.

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These guys are designed for more precise decoration.

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As you can see, I got some chalk on my jumper. Thats why you wear a towel when you’re applying it! These are way better than the Superdrug Spray chalk and even better value than the Kevin Murphy colour bomb at £7.50 for two different colours. So try the Hair Artist Hair Chalks for a bit of extra colour in your life. Do the whole Kylie Jenner thing.

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The ULTIMATE Kylie Jenner lip tutorial

So I did one of these a while ago, but I have to say that this is the ultimate Kylie Jenner lip tutorial:

Jenna absolutely nails it. Watch it. Its hilarious.

Types of eyeliner looks

Eyeliner is literally a pencil or brush, like any other, used to create art. Makeup is art. The proof is in these pictures of all the different ways you can do your eyeliner:

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Whether its a classic cat-eye or a simple flick, eyeliner can drastically change the shape and look of your eyes. My favourite is the arabic look. Lining all the way round my eyes accentuates their almond shape. I always like a long exaggerated flick to make my eyes look extra feline. These pictures are great for offering up some inspiration if you are bored with your go-to look. Subtlety isn’t always best when it comes to liner. EXTRAVAGANZAAA

DIY Makeup Tips from Prison!

I am a HUGE Orange is the New Black fan. HUGE. That show gives me life. I am counting the days till series 3. So inspired by one of my favourite shows, I thought I’d compile a list of real beauty tips from ex-inmates.

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Eyeliner is apparently available in commissary, however it is one of the more expensive items. So inmates have to get creative.

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Although not necessarily with a sharpie…

Some inmates heat the ends of coloured pencils by soaking them in hot water and then apply as they would a normal kohl liner.

Just like in the show, Kool-Aid can come in handy.

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Mixed with vaseline, Kool-Aid can make a substitute lip and cheek stain. In fact you can even use it to dye your hair, but it won’t do it’s condition any good. For lip gloss, some inmates prefer the more subtle colours that Crystal Light provide.

As mentioned in the show, coffee grounds really can be used as eyeshadow. Just mix with a bit of water and dab it on your lids. Applying vaseline to the lids first acts as a primer. And thats not all coffee can do! Add coffee to face cream or moisturiser for a homemade foundation…apparently.

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Another alternative for a darker lip stain is to harness the natural staining power of cherries and beets. Dwight Schrute eat your heart out!

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And my favourite tip of all: Literally rub the T-Mobile advert in the newspaper on your cheeks. According to inmate Annie Burchard, its the perfect pink!

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I hope none of you ever need these tips, but if you do at least you won’t have to worry about how you’re going to keep yourself looking fabulous!

Miracle product: Body Shop Body Butter!

Body Shop Body Butter is officially the best moisturiser I have ever used! Its been around for a while but this is the first time I’ve owned any. I remember a friend in school who used to apply it religiously and she had the softest skin. Now I own some for myself, I feel like I’m finally in on the secret.

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I put it on last night after my bath, and this morning my skin feels like it did 5 minutes after applying it! My skin still smells like coconut, its ridiculously soft, and my feet still have that gooey post-pedicure feeling. My hands are softer than they’ve been in months, and I apply hand cream regularly. Normally 5 minutes after moisturising, all traces of moisturiser are gone. But 12 hours after using this product and my skin still has that luxury goddess feeling you get after a hot bath and good moisturiser.

There are so many flavours (scents) that there is bound to be the perfect one for you amongst their vast range. In this house we are coconut heads. We have coconut shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap…and in the kitchen cupboard theres coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream. But if coconut isn’t your jam theres shea butter, cocoa butter, mango, satsuma, strawberry, hemp (!?), olive, honey, pink grapefruit and many more.

If this is already your staple moisturiser, well done. If not, don’t waste any more time! This really is a miracle moisturiser.