If you are a 2015 bride, now is the perfect time to start growing out those brows. I know it's hard, but if you're unhappy with your brow shape, growing them back in now will only help you to achieve the perfect shape for your wedding day. Every few years I do it. Trends come and go and each year there's something new in the way of brows. Growing them back will only give you more options. Here's a few coping strategies....
1. They are sisters, not twins
This gem has gotten me to put the tweezers down on more than one occasion. They don't have to be perfect. They don't have to be exactly symmetrical.
2. No one sees your brows the way you do
When you are getting ready chances are there's less than a foot between you and the mirror. Does anyone really get that close? You will always have the most critical eye. Take a step back, finish getting dressed. If it still bothers you, then you can go back and deal with it.
3. You don't have to give up the tweezers completely
Tweeze the lowest most offending hairs. Leave the rest. Fill in with powder.
4. When you're ready, find a good brow professional
Another person has an objective perspective when it comes to the shape of your brows. They see many face shapes and hair textures. Whenever I like anyone's brows I ALWAYS ask what they do. More often then not, they get them threaded. Threading allows you to take hairs out and see the progress as you go. Waxing is a one shot deal. Ask your friends, ask strangers, you will eventually find your own brow guru!
Here are some of my favorite brow products:
A stiff, angled brow brush will help comb product through your brows and get a better shape
Shapes your brows and also will comb out excess product when you finish
Colored Brow wax
Color and shape in one product. Use with the angled brush to fill in. The wax will hold them in place.
My brides are always asking for skincare tips. Sometimes lips are overlooked. Everyone wants bright sparkling eyes and glowing skin. But did you know that taking care of you lips not only helps your lip products wear better and stay on longer, but also reduces fine lines?
Now that winter is here, it's important to keep your lips protected and hydrated. Here's a few of my recommendations....
Hydrate & Protect
Every jacket pocket and every drawer (at home and work) should have something to hydrate your lips. Going for a run? Sitting inside? Going to bed? Getting ready to go out? Put something on your lips. When you're outside, it's the cold dry wind. When you're inside it's the dry heat.
I keep it simple, I stock up at Whole Foods or my local health food store. They have a great selection of inexpensive and effective lip moisturizers. My favorite continues to be the original Burt's Bees. Coconut Oil is another perfect option. Scoop some into a small container and keep it in your night table. There's also a lot of high end treatment products out there specifically targeted for pluming and reducing lines. Dermalogica makes a nice one.
Getting the dead skin off your lips helps your moisturizer work better. It also provides a smooth surface for your lip color.
I love fancy sugar scrubs. They come in all flavors and are so much fun. Lush has a lot of really fun ones. If you're feeling crafty, here's a recipe for a DIY:
DIY Lip Scrub
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
1 tsp oil - use whatever you have - Olive oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil all work well
1/2 tsp honey (optional)
You can also add a few drops of mint oil if you choose