Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.I know what you may be wondering… “What in the world are those sparkling dots under my brows?” And maybe even, “Who in the world will wear them?!” Well, I did. And 1990s Gwen Stefani did. Although it looks like something that would only probably work in catwalks during Fashion Week, I applaud Benefit for taking the bold brow trend to the next level – making it available for us to try out, even if it seems remotely far from our beauty comfort zones.
“Having perfect brows is like finding the right bra. Think about it.” – Jared Bailey
I, together with Nikki and Sabs, had the opportunity to sit down with the ever-effervescent Jared Bailey – the Spokesperson for Global Services of the brand – and pick his brain for almost a good half an hour. Jared candidly talked about how Benefit began before it even started – a mere carnival attraction where Jean and Jane groomed their schoolmates’ brows to raise money for a project as “they weren’t kissing no boys for a $1!” And even as they opened their first legit store in San Francisco, they continued offering their brow services. And now, the brand is one of the most renowned brow groomers in the world having shaped 2.5 million brows and counting.
Jared discussed briefly their Brow Mapping technique which is a rough guide for brow shaping, done since the 60s until now. It’s also something you and I can follow and do on our own. I asked if such a technique is suited for all face shapes and sizes – and Jared believes it does. Doesn’t matter if you have a larger or smaller nose, closer set or farther apart eyes – the brow mapping technique will follow the natural symmetry of your face. I’ve seen a lot of brow maps that try to emulate this but this is the most basic one – and something that won’t rack your brain too much just to groom your brows.
A few points: 1. The first step’s base point is not outside the nostrils but on the inner corner of your nose. This is what most people missed as they think all three base points lie outside the nostrils. 2. Groom your brows sitting up, not lying down. 3. When having your brows groomed, follow the brow mapping technique/natural shape of your brows. Then if you want to do a trendy brow look (Korean brows, etc), do it with brow makeup.
“If I had to pick my favorite Benefit product? Gimme Brow, been wearing it daily since it was created. -Jared Bailey
Carina asked, “My brows don’t match but they each suit my mismatched eyes. Do I reshape them to match or just stick with the natural shape?” Jared answered, “Suit the shape according to each of your eye. That way it sort of brings symmetry to your face. Don’t focus too much on getting them even. As they said, brows are sisters not twins.”
Gia asked, “What’s the rule of thumb for matching eyebrows to hair color?” Jared replied, “There’s generally a suggestion to keep your eyebrows lighter than your hair, but everything really depends on the look you’re going for. If you want a bolder look, go darker on the brows a la Cara de Levigne. If you want a softer, not too-strong look, go lighter two shades than your hair. So to answer, there is no fixed rule!”
Photos by me. Photos of me were by the event photographer.
So on to the Bling Brow – speckled Swarovski crystals you can style to suit your need to “accessorize” your brows. Yes, that is a thing now – especially with the bold brow trend that I’m sure isn’t bowing out anytime soon. Personally, I shy away from bejeweled anything on the face. I find that I have to check on them from time to time to see if they haven’t fallen off my face yet. And especially Bling Brows because ummm… Swarovski crystals!
But for very special occasions where I feel like I can do with a touch of sparkle, I think I have no qualms sticking these studded crystals on (and maybe share them with my friends so we all look equally blinged up). For everyday wear, though – I don’t think I can get away with it. It’s just not my style. I do believe there are trendy, into-fashion, adventurous girls who will rock this like it’s a set of pearl earrings. I mean, there is a metallic tattoo trend going around that encompasses every kind of girl I know, so who knows? Maybe Bling Brow can catch on.
Bling Brows is available as a complete kit for Php1,300 but you can try the Benefit in-house service which is Php100/crystal. It comes in a few shades – rose and greige being my favorites. Thank you Benefit Philippines team for another successful, always fun and engaging event! I think the photos can definitely speak for themselves, no?
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