Recreating eyebrows with make-up video

Here’s another awesome tutorial from EyelinHer blog uploaded to Youtube on May 23, 2011 about “how to use cosmetics to recreate eyebrows lost to alopecia or chemo (or even just over-zealous plucking…)”


Eyebrows: A love/hate relationship

Eyebrow pencil tutorial

© Yuri Arcurs

Aging causes changes in our facial features that can be distressing for some older women to the point where they may give up on applying makeup all together.  The goal is to define the good features and keep it simple.  As we age, our eyebrows thin and in some cases there may be no hair growth on the entire brow or sometimes from the mid-arch outward.  The eyebrow is important because it provides the frame for the eyes, “the windows to your soul”.

Step 1:  Find the right shade of eyebrow pencil without going too dark, hold a credit card or brow pencil along the nose and where the brow would naturally begin above the nostril and tear duct and place a dot there. Accommodate for flared or skinny nostrils so that the brow doesn’t start too far or too close.  To make close set eyes appear farther apart, make  sure the dot isn’t past the tear duct.

Step 2:  Then place a dot where the arch would be above the outer edge of the iris (the colored part of your  eye), use the card or pencil to align the edge of your nose with the outer edge of your iris, use your brow bone as a guide.   Finish by holding the credit card at the edge of your nose and the outside corner of your eye, place a dot where the brow should end 1/4 – 1/2 inch past the outer eye.  Stand back and make sure you have 3 dots as a reference point

Step 3:  Create your eyebrow using the dots as a guide, working the pencil outward with short feathering strokes.

Step 4:  If you have eyebrow hair to blend, use a clean mascara wand to soften the pencil lines.  Follow this with some eyebrow powder, using a small angled brush, and set with an eyebrow wax to hold and give some sheen to the eyebrows.

Step 5:  Apply a luminzer to the arch to give an extra lift.


Natural tip for lash and brow wellness

Topical use of castor oil for lash and eyebrow wellness from

If you are in the market for lash extensions, skip this post – using oil on extensions is not advised.  If you are recovering from effects of chemo, this may be for you.  I was skeptical about using castor oil on lashes and brows until I read some reviews of users on the Makeup Alley website.  I did some research and found it’s a pretty remarkable substance.  Castor oil is a unique glyceride in that the fatty acid portion is 87-90% ricinoleic acid, which enables the oil’s solubility in alcohol.  It’s actually a seed, not a bean, that can be cold-pressed to release the oil.  The seed casing may sound familiar if you’ve watched Breaking Bad.  But don’t worry, the toxic protein ricin found in the casing is non-transferable to the oil.

Samantha Mill praises its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.  She also notes it won’t congest pores or trigger reactive sensitive skin types.  In addition to the non-comedogenic properties, it’s also a humectant, attracting H2O from the environment and trapping it next to the skin.  She states it effectively pulls dirt from the epidermis and is a great addition to cleansers.  I like the idea of using it as a eye makeup remover.  Additionally, sufferer’s of psoriasis may find comfort in its analgesic properties, the support  in removing flaking skin, and the protection of new skin according to the Natural Skin Revival website.

I’m not crazy for the clumpy mascara look, but I like this video because it’s anecdotal, informative, and love the accent!  I also like how she uses a clean wand each time: