Category Archives: Eyebrows

Trend alert: Spring looks for eye make up

beautyspotblogAs we prepare for a new season, it’s time to go through our wardrobe, and – of course – our make up bags. This Spring eye make up is all about being subtle and natural with a hint of colour. In the case of Matthew Williamson’s Spring Summer 2015 catwalk show, for example, the chosen colour was pink, but you can go for any shade you like as long as you keep it very light, and focus on that barely-there look. Work on your eyebrows and get the best shape you can (I highly recommend Shavata in Marylebone, London, for a fabulous shape) and keep your lipsticks and highlighter or blush natural by using nude tones. It’a all about clean, healthy skin and hair. Eyelashes are also big this season but, again, I recommend that you opt for a natural look (as opposed to a more TOWIE vibe). If mascara isn’t enough for you when framing your eyes, you can use some  Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes from Younique, which will attach to your existing lashes like a thick beautyspotbloglaiafarrangravesmascara once you apply some primer gel on your lashes; it will then stay on like a normal mascara to give you that great, defined look. I also tried some  Moodstruck Mineral Pigment Powder and loved the shimmery finish and hydrating feeling it gave me. Curious is a great white colour that works well with that of-the-moment barely-there look and Confident is a lovely coffee shade that blends into your skin tone effortlessly.
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Know your brushes!

Know your makeup brushes

With so many different makeup brushes around, it can be difficult to know which brush to use and the technique for best application. Here is a simple guide to show you how they can be used to ensure that you look fabulous at all times…


Liquid Foundation Brushes


Foundation brushes can come in different shapes and sizes depending on the finish you would like. Their bristles are generally soft and dense to help apply liquid foundations evenly. One main design is the flat brush (right), this helps to sweep on foundation giving a finish that is perfect for day time! On the other hand, a buffing brush (left) helps to build layers if you are going for a heavier finish or applying makeup for a night out.

Mineral Foundation Brush

beautyspotblog1A mineral foundation brush is much softer with flexible bristles. This gives lighter coverage for a natural look that helps to brighten your skin without overloading it.


Contouring Brush

beautyspotblog2A technique that has recently become very popular in the beauty market is contouring; its slanted brush with rounded corners helps to bring out features of your face with different shades. This can be used for your face, cheeks and nose to create a shadow or highlighting effect and can be used with liquid, powdered or gel makeup.

Blush Brush

beautyspotblog3This is another brush which is designed to lightly add colour to your cheeks. The flexible rounded brush is perfect for sweeping over the apples of your cheeks to add instant colour. The soft and densely packed bristles help to build up a colour without becoming too overpowering and can come in different sizes to help suit the shape of your face.

Fan Brushes

beautyspotblog4Perhaps one of the most distinctive brushes, the fan brush, is a versatile brush that can be used to apply loose powder, contour and apply bronzer. The bristles are spread to ensure the powder is lightly applied and an even finish is given over all of your face.



Powder Brushes

beautyspotblog5Powder brushes are large, soft and full of bristles to help distribute power over your face evenly. You use this brush to sweep the powder over your face and set your foundation giving you the appearance of flawless, velvet soft skin!



 Eyeshadow Brushes

beautyspotblog6There are a whole range of eyeshadow brushes that help to create diferent effects. Three that we have homed in on are the blending brush, the small eyeshadow brush and the flat angle eyeshadow brush.

The blending brush (top) helps to  blend colours together and highlight the areas such as the brow bone or corner of your eye.

The small eyeshadow brush (middle) helps to apply a colour over your eye without dragging the skin or irritating the eye, the small shape also helps to build up colour in particular areas that can then be blended.

The longer haired flat brush (bottom) is perfect for giving an even finish over the eye socket. The densly packed bristles are perfect for giving a full, vibrant colour.

Eye liner

beautyspotblog7If you are an eyeliner fanatic then there are a range of eyeliner brushes to help suit your style. The fine tipped brush helps to create a small and precise line and is perfect for gel liner. Whilst the small, flat angled brush helps you to build up the colour and blend for a smokey eye effect!



Brow Brushes

beautyspotblog8We are all loving the Cara Delevigne style eyebrows at the minute, so the best way to help define and create full eyebrows is using a slanted eyebrow brush (left). The design helps to control the application and fill in any sparse areas.

The way to tame large eyebrows and ensure there isn’t a hair out of place is by using a spiral eyebrow brush. Pictured right, it has stiff bristles to help create a distinct shape!


 Lip Brush

BeautyspotblogThe lip brush is specially designed for precise application. The small bristles are firm in order to help outline your lip and build up a heavy application, both of which ensure that your lips look flawless!

For more information about the perfect brushes for you, visit House of Fraser’s Makeup brush buying guide and get the most out of your tools!


Love your eyebrows

laiafarrangraves-beautyspotFew beauty treatments have the effect of a great eyebrow shape. It can instantly give you that groomed look that is so subtle and can also take years off you. A bad eyebrow shape, however, is also quite effective for very different reasons and can take a very long time to correct, so it’s important to think about your shape and your therapist before you get them done. I’ve been getting my eyebrows threaded for a while now because I like the precision the method provides, but I made the mistake of going to a cheap salon (when in a hurry !) and getting them threaded too thinly, so a year on – and thanks to Tira from Urban Retreat – my shape is almost back to its former glory. I came across Tira after doing a lot of research and asking around. I met her at a press launch at London Fashion Week, took one look at her eyebrows and knew she was the therapist for me. Tira beautyspotblog-laiafarrangravesworks at Harrods’ Urban Retreat as a general therapist, but he eyebrow threading is absolutely superb. The experience of going to Harrods in the first place is very special in itself – the waiting room, with all the latest magazines, velvet seating and a and purple carpet is to die for, and the room she took me to was a simple, restful beauty room. It took all of five minutes and made an enormous difference. I have to go back in 6 weeks for a further shaping session, but I’m finally getting close to the perfect shape for my face. And in the meantime I can use a pencil or powder to fill in any spaces I still have, using a slightly lighter shade (remember that if you’re brunette and want to colour your eyebrows you should go for one shade lighter than your hair colour, and if you’re blonde you should try one shade darker). If you want ‘new eyebrows’ I urge you to go and see her, you won’t be disappointed.

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Achieving brow perfection

I recently had my eyebrows threaded too thinly, and it’s taking me ages to grown them out back to their former glory. So while I wait for the perfect shape, I am having to colour them in and using the Eyes & Brows Professional Stencil Kit by Wow Pamper Lounge. The kit comes with two different stencil shapes – one thinner and one thicker – which you can base your eyebrow shape on. Once you’ve chosen the one that suits you best, place it firmly over your brow and fill the gaps using the powder. There are two shades in each kit so you can either chose one colour or mix them up to get the perfect match. There are three matte shades to choose from: blonde, brunette and dark brown. Each mirrored compact comes with two contour colours and a small brush for greater definition. It really makes a big difference so if you have the same experience as me and your threader is a bit too keen, make sure you cheat and get those brows looking great ‘between shapes’!

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