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Posted on September 10, 2014

5 major eyebrow mistakes you’re probably making

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mistakes with eye brows

As you might have already guessed, I am big into eyebrows and if there was an award for the person who pays the most attention to their brows, I’d probably win it! (no jokes).

Not many people know that brows hold centre stage in the beauty world and if you don’t get your brows right, it can cause a lot more damage than you think: if you over tweeze, it can make you look lifeless and if you draw them on too harshly, they can make you look angry (even when you’re not).

Here are some of the big no-no’s when it comes to brows and how to fix them:

1. Trying to match your hair colour exactly to your brow colour
Some people are under the impression that if the hair on their head is black then their eyebrows have to be black as well – WRONG. The same way blondes shouldn’t go around with blonde eyebrows, people with black hair shouldn’t go around with black eyebrows.

The fix: Fair haired gals should opt for something a few shades darker and dark haired gals should invest in something two or three shades lighter.

2. Changing the entire shape of your brow
You wouldn’t be the first to obsess over Rita Ora’s glamorous brows and while they look fabulous on her, it doesn’t mean that her brows on your face would do wonders for you – harsh, but true.

The fix: Remember, everyone has unique eyebrows and it’s up to you to treat your brows as best as you can. Have a look at my tutorial to see how you can shape your brows.


3. Drawing on harsh lines and angles
If you’re using a brow pencil to fill in your brows, try not to lay it on too harshly. It will only make your brows look like they were tatted on – I’m pretty sure that’s not the look you want to go for.

The fix: A few light strokes should be enough to define the shape of your brow and then add some brow shadow to fill in the gaps. Remember to brush your eyebrows at the very end!

4. Not knowing where to end your brows
If your brows are too short they can make your nose look bigger than it actually is and if you don’t know how to do a nose contour, you’d be in a lot of trouble!

The fix: It’s all about symmetry really, but without getting too mathematical on this, just keep in mind that your brows should go as far as the corner of your eyes.


5. Doing your brows first
I might as well admit to this now: I do this quite a lot. I know, shame on me! But it’s mostly because I do my brows without any intention of putting on foundation on afterwards, but then I just end up changing my mind – typical!

The fix: Since your complexion changes after you apply foundation, bronzer or blush, always try to do them at the end (I’m speaking to myself as much as I’m speaking to you here!).

I hope you found this post useful and do let me know if these tips help you with your brows! Just remember: brows, they’ll either make you or break you – it’s up to you to decide.

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Posted on June 18, 2014

How to put mascara on like a pro



During the summer days, I like to keep my makeup to the minimum: a bit of lip gloss here, some eyebrow pencil there and of course, a pea size amount of face primermy holy grail beauty product. Less is certainly more I think, especially when you want to avoid having a makeup meltdown.

However, the one product I do enjoy layering up a couple of times is my mascarawaterproof mascara.  I absolutely love big lashes and I think they really add some life to my face. Not to mention how much little effort put on mascara requires.

If you want to draw immediate positive attention to your eyes, then you can follow these steps:

Step 1: Look straight and put the mascara wand at the base of your upper lash. Wiggle it from side to side while going in an upward direction.
Step 2: Coat the inner and outer part of your lashes until they have the length that you’re looking for.
Step 3: Let this dry so that it adds volume to your lashes the second time you coat.
Step 4: In the meantime, tilt your head a bit forward and then coat the bottom lash from the root to the tips – Don’t forget to wiggle!
Step 5: Repeat the process one more time and then let your lashes dry again.
Step 6: Use the tip of the wand to swipe across the tips of your upper lashes to extend them.

scandel tips

Do keep some cotton buds handy in case you have a little accident!
Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the tube. Instead, twist it in a circular motion until you get the desired amount of product.
Do scrape off any excess mascara from the wand before you apply.

Didn’t I tell you it was such an easy process? Enjoy the sun ladies!

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