Spring Beauty Trends Tutorial Part 1 : Strong Brows & Side Buns

June 4th, 2012 by Sandra Chung

Spring Beauty Trends Tutorial Part 1 : Strong Brows & Side Buns

Reblogged from Pointytoeshowcrew.com

Coveted Cosmetics recently had the wonderful opportunity to team up with the fab ladies from the popular fashion blog team Pointy Toe Shoe Crew for a Spring Beauty Trend Tutorial series! Check out Part 1 of the series – Strong Brows & Side Buns:

Seen on models at Theyskens’ Theory, Kenzo, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam (and I could go on…), a nearly-naked eye anchored with a bold brow made a major beauty statement for S/S 2012. It’s a simple way to add some depth to your look without too many products.  Paired with a messy bun, it’s a perfect look for a carefree and casual occasion or even a more glam warm-weather event: you won’t have to worry about melting makeup or limp locks with this look!

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For the perfect canvas, start with these complexion-prepping steps:

1)     Apply a primer, blending evenly over your whole face (try Laura Mercier Foundation Primer).

2)     Apply Lioele Beyond Solution bb cream to entire face (available at liliesshop.net; it’s their #2 best-seller!), followed by MakeUp ForEver HD High-Definition foundation.

3)     Using concealer, touch up any blemishes or under-eye circles.

4)     Using a mixture of dark rose blush (try NARS Dolce Vita) and a peach blush (try MAC Melba), blend colour on the apples of your cheeks and up cheekbones in a V-shape.

5)     Use a bronzer to contour cheekbones and your jawline (try MAC Refine Golden bronzer), and finish with a dusting of iridescent powder on your cheekbones (Sandra used MAC Belightful Iridescent powder, or you could try MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle).

For the strong-browed look, follow these easy steps:

1)     Apply a basic brow pencil in a soft brown colour to make stray hairs stay in place (try Lorac Creamy Brow Pencil in Blonde)

2)     Use an eyebrow brush (or a clean mascara wand) to comb out brows, brushing hairs in their natural direction.

3)     Use a small brush to fill in brows with brown and grey eyeshadows, such as bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in The Enlightenment.

4)     Apply MAC Untitled paint all over eyelids as a base colour, followed by MAC Vanilla eyeshadow all over the lid and under the eyebrows as a highlighter. For added depth, concentrate MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow at the outer corner of the eyes and blend it inwards.

5)     Using a flat, broad shadow brush, smudge a dark brown shadow (like Laura Mercier Coffee Ground eye colour) along top lash line to create a smoky liner look. Do the same along the bottom lash line, and sweep it downward at the outer part of the eye.  Clean things up with a taupe eyeliner (like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Underground) and a quick sweep of taupe eyeshadow (MAC Satin Taupe will work again nicely!) over the whole eyelid to blend everything together.

6)     Curl lashes, apply a couple coats of mascara and apply Coveted Cosmetics False Lashes in Maiden for a natural look. If you’re unsure how to apply false eyelashes on yourself check out these tutorials here

For subtly beautiful lips:

1)     Line lips with MAC lipliner in Subculture.

2)     Apply MAC lipstick in Brew.

3)     Finish with your favourite clear lipgloss!

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And there you have it, the first segment of our Spring Beauty Trend Tutorial, stay tuned for the next three segments!

Much love, Madison Blake

All photos copyright KatelynD.