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Bold Brows

The days of plucking until there’s nothing left have been thankfully left in the past. Taking notes from the likes of Cara Delevingne women are now embracing big brows or at least ditching the ‘few hairs in a straight line’ look.

Cara: Bold Brows

Cara: Bold Brows

Even if your eyebrows are reasonable in colour, they will never look as good as they can with a little extra colour and a fuller shape. You don’t have to have eyebrows as full and dark as Cara’s to achieve a big brow, it all depends on what you have to work with.

Recently I’ve used a HD brows palette (€30.00) until it fell and broke into little messy pieces. The palette was handy it had a light blonde colour along with three shades of brown so allowed for mixing-this creates a more natural look. The powder worked but often the application was difficult. To avoid the cost of another palette I opted for a very affordable eye brow pencil from Catrice (€2.99). A cheap solution that works, it is not to heavy or too light and comes with a brush on one end to fix stray hairs.


Don’t over-pluck. Remove hairs to create a natural arch which should peak at the outer edge of your iris.

To avoid the unintentional angry eyebrow look ensure you brush your pigment onto the hairs of the brow and not the skin.

Start applying from just before the arch of the brow and continue to the end. Use a brush to blend the pigment already applied into the corner of your eyes to maintain a natural brow.

Statement Eyes

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Fuchsia, violet, azure and crimson- shadow shades that demand attention. Designers sent these colours and more down the catwalks at their Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion shows, embellishing the models’ eyes. From bright shimmering hues to deep matte tones make up artists at Jason Wu, Gucci and Dior played around with their colour charts this season to set statement eye looks in motion.

Your eyes are the focal point of your face because of their movement, colour and the emotion they show when talking. Framing your features with bold shadows naturally draws attention to the area enhancing the emotion they already show. Metallic shades are another way to get your eyes noticed, the particles in the shadow reflect light creating an urban effect.

Urban Decay Palette
Urban Decay Palette

If you don’t know where to start when choosing a striking colour to suit you start by looking at the colour of your iris. For green eyes for example like mine, purple hues are the best to compliment this colour and make it pop. Warm browns and pinky golds also work. Women with hazel eyes are lucky in that most colours compliment their eyes because of the different flecks of colour in the iris like brown, blue and green. Blue eyes are nice to contrast with warm colours, whereas blue shades on blue eyes will take from your eye colour. Brown eyes can pretty much be teamed with any colour but navy blues and deep greens give them distinction and even more depth.

Urban Decay Palette
Urban Decay Palette

Urban decay stock great eye shadow palettes ranging from the Naked Palette to ones with a range of strong bright colours suitable for this season to try out your own statement eye look.

Berry Pout

This Autumn/Winter season the daring bold red lip has been cast aside and replaced with a darker hue-the berry lip.

Whether it’s a lip stain, stick or gloss wearing red of any shade is not for everyone. The statement you make is a bold one adding an air of confidence to your ensemble. The darker reds such as velvety wine and berry tones can be even more of a challenge as they add depth and richness to your beauty look. Don’t shy away however there are plenty of versions to compliment every skin tone and this petal stain could be your next big beauty love.

The catwalks of this season saw many designers opt for deep reds, dramatising the models pout. Once a big trend in the ’90s, berry is back with a bang. Both Vera Wang and Zac Posen gave their models either a gothic dark lip or a voluminous berry to accompany their Autumn/Winter designs. Prep your lips with a matte (not glossy) lip balm to ensure they are well moisturised. The colour you choose will then not stray from the lip line.

For lighter skin tones choose a red with a blue base. This won’t over power your complexion by being too dark, instead it will give you the perfect winter berry colour. If you have olive or darker skin then a red with a brown base is the way to go. Very dark skin tones can mix a brown or black liner with their colour also to further dramatise the look. For a vintage feel, go for romantic, deep hues with purple tones.

This trend is not only dramatic but also festive so build your lip colour as the build up to Christmas continues and make an instant impact.