Beauty Q&A: I just had my brows arched and now they are a disaster. How can I fill them in without them looking drawn on?

Q: I just had my brows arched and now they are a disaster. How can I fill them in without them looking drawn on?


A: You must fill, fix and feather. First, pick a pencil or powder that matches your brow color. Fill in the entire brow, not just bald spots — this is key to making sure everything blends together. Then fix extra thin areas (like where your outer brow connects to the arch) with more pencil. Finish by feathering out the color: Brush a clean mascara wand through each brow in short strokes to diffuse any harsh lines. What’s your beauty question??

Inbox Sherita Leslie to have yours answered.

Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Dishes on the Star's Best Beauty Looks Over the Years

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As Beyoncé's makeup artist, Francesca Tolot  is the artist behind some of Beyoncé's most amazing looks to date. Into the Gloss scored a one on one with Francesca picking her brain about working with Beyoncé for over a decade. Her is a repost of the entire article.

ITG: Beyoncé's makeup artist...How does one land a job like this?
Francesca Tolot: We met on the "Crazy In Love" set back in 2003 [1-3]. She was very nice; she's a very approachable and warm person. We hit it off from the beginning. Right away I felt very comfortable, and very appreciated, too, because she loved everything we did. The makeup is barely there for some of the shots; that was a new look for her. But then we transitioned to a very beautiful, glamorous, strong look.

ITG: Before we move on, I should know what Beyoncé's no-makeup look actually consists of.
FT: It’s so easy. She is beautiful, first of all, so even if we have to do a bare look —like for "If I Were A Boy"—there was really practically no makeup there [11]. For that, I use moisturizer and maybe a little bit of concealer and lip balm. I like Amazing Concealer. It’s very intense, very rich. It really covers a big problem if you need it to, and I like that. Otherwise, I really love La Mer The Radiant Concealer. It’s nice—enough coverage, but it’s very moisturizing and it doesn’t dry or crease. Believe it or not, one of the hardest looks to do was for Cadillac Records when she looked so distressed [10]. Can you imagine—because, you know how beautiful she is—to make her look like that? Somebody with perfect skin, beautiful almond-shaped eyes, very luminous and happy and full of joy—to make her look so bad? Also, it’s not like she was supposed to have no makeup, no. She was supposed to have some makeup on, because in the scene she got drunk and drugged out and overdosed the night before. I don’t know how I did it; it was very, very hard to make her look like that. But you know what? I think she looked so cute. It’s like you wanna grab and hug her and say, 'It’s OK baby!' [Laughs]

ITG: Are you considered a full-time employee?
FT: I just try to be available as much as I can. I’ve been around the world with her, I just go with the flow. Sometimes projects are scheduled ahead of time, and sometimes they happen overnight. So yes, I'm just ready to go whenever they call me, because I love being with her and working with her. It’s weird because I love traveling and my time on the plane. Take me anywhere, I live to see new places. Well, maybe the most difficult job, and the one I enjoyed the least, was Nigeria. She was there for a special concert. It was scary—we had armed guards by each door. Not because of Beyoncé, but because that’s the way they live there. Think about it—you walk out of your room and you have a military guard with a rifle. That’s probably the only job I haven't enjoyed.

ITG: What were you doing prior to working with her?
FT: I did start by taking a makeup class. It wasn’t a school, it was a six-month program in Italy from a very well-known makeup artist at the time. Then I worked in Milan before moving to America. Milan, especially at that time, was the center of fashion. So that’s what I did—fashion shows and magazine editorials. Zero celebrities.

ITG: And suddenly you're doing music videos. I wonder if you can explain the relationship between music videos and baby oil.
FT: In the "1+1" video in particular—that’s an extreme use of baby oil [17]. Again, no makeup on the skin because it would be gone in two seconds. But the ultimate use of baby oil, yes. After you shoot, you just wipe it off with a towel and your skin is so nice and smooth and soft, so it’s actually really good, you know? And sometimes I mix in some shimmer to the oil or moisturizer. I also like the Nars Body Glow. But do you know this product RCK Luminous Body Glow? It’s a body shimmer that comes in three colors, and it dries, so it doesn’t bleed into the clothes. But the "Single Ladies" video—I’ll never forget that day—it was the hottest day in New York and the studio's air conditioning broke down [13]. So as you can imagine, dancing in the heat like that, the glow was all natural. [Laughs] It was tough for the girls, but they did it.

ITG: Any other favorite products to use on Beyoncé?
FT: One that I find myself using on her a lot is MAC In Extreme Dimension Mascara. To me, it's the best mascara right now, so that’s kind of a constant. My other favorite mascara is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes. Definitely that one. Let’s see… Eyelashes. Whenever I use eyelashes—not only on Beyoncé—I get them at the drugstore. I think they’re Ardell. But I don’t use lashes a lot on Beyoncé anymore. Except for that look in the "Blow" video, when we went for a really ‘70s look [30]. But we stopped using lashes quite a few years ago. At one point I brought up the fact that I feel that false eyelashes are dated, unless you're going for the retro look. So I talked to her about that, and she totally agreed.

ITG: What are some other beauty looks you try to avoid?
FT: There isn't really a look she doesn’t like. She’s very smart—whatever we do is her project. It’s her. Usually there’s a message in the song, which influences the way it’s going to be filmed, and the wardrobe, and the choreography. That's all information that I have beforehand, and that will inspire the look for the makeup. She trusts me, and we even have the same kind of taste, which makes it very easy.

ITG: So I'm guessing she actually bleached her brows for the '4' album?
FT: We bleached it absolutely. Yes, yes, yes. I loved doing that to her. The look was very ‘70s-inspired. So I was referencing a very famous singer in Italy back in the ‘70s named Mina—she used to do that, or even shave the eyebrows. Beyoncé's eyebrows were bleached on the W cover, too, because that happened at the same time [22]. She had so much going on, shooting the video and the images and such. She tried to keep them bleached for as long as she could. I’m telling you, she is very professional and she feels confident. She's good with herself, so she’s not afraid of what somebody else would think. If it’s needed for the project, then she’ll do it. But it’s hard to go around with no eyebrows in real life. It was good for the time, we got some good images, then I guess we moved on. [Laughs] And in 'Video Phone,' we used the whole wax and glue technique to cover the outside part of the eyebrows, and drew them in a different way [15]. It was so clearly Bettie Page—I love that look; it’s one of my favorites.

ITG: What have been some of your other favorite looks over the years?
FT: I worked with her on Dreamgirls [6, 7]. That’s what I call the 'dream job' for me, absolutely. I was actually so scared stepping into it because I’m not good at going into the same place every day and spending so much time with the same person, in a way. But the freedom of creativity was spectacular. The director gave us the freedom to create each look.

ITG: And then you worked very closely with her over the past year on the visual album. It's crazy how it dropped so unexpectedly and nothing leaked beforehand. Was that a concern?
FT: I believe in privacy, and if somebody has a project, it’s their business to talk about, not mine. That’s what makes our team a good one. And I guess she appreciates that we are on her side no matter what, because she is a very, very loyal person. So I return that. And obviously in the past few years Beyoncé has kept me very busy.

ITG: So busy—you did almost a dozen videos in one year, for one album. What was that like, creatively?
FT: Helmut Newton's images were a huge inspiration in this last project. His images are so iconic, and he always represents a very powerful woman, a very strong woman, but sexy at the same time. Like the 'Haunted' video for example, it’s Helmut Newton but, you know, adapted to today and to Beyoncé. And, by the way, I used to work with him a lot. So a lot of images in his books and stuff, I’ve worked on. Including that iconic picture of Elizabeth Taylor in the pool—it was for a Vanity Fair shoot, but they didn't use it, so it ended up being the cover of one of his books [37]. He was the one who requested me for that, because we used to work together in Milan for Italian Vogue. So he brought me to that photo shoot, and I met Elizabeth there for the first time. And she was probably my most loyal client next to Beyoncé. From that day, I worked with her for over 20 years.

ITG: And now you can relax?
FT: Actually, I’m not really taking it easy. I’ve always worked on other projects between her things. I have a book that’s going to come out soon. It's a coffee table book—not celebrity-driven, not instruction—just a beautiful book with beautiful images of the work that I've done through the years with my husband—Alberto Tolot. He's an amazing photographer. [Ed. note: Scroll through some examples of his work if you haven't yet met your daily fill of...icons.]

—Annie Kreighbaum

New Work!

Here are few recent images for a photoshoot that I worked on. A couple of weeks later after the shoot one of the images was published on Vogue.IT . Along with doing the makeup for this photoshoot I also made the headpieces. The headpieces are actually made out of large pieces of fabric which I gathered and secured in sections with bobby pins.

I'm Back!

After a long three year hiatus I'm finally blogging again! I can't wait to share with you how much I have learned, my best beauty finds, news and my experiences. Thank you to those who have pushed me to start blogging again. Let this beautiful journey begin.....

Competition Looking for Nashville's Next Great Designer

Great opportunity for Nashville Fashion designer's. nD festival looking for Nashville's next emerging designer. Winners will be featured in the runway show,a film,given stipend prizes, and a mentoring sessions with established designers.

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Belcourt Looking for Next Top Nashville Designer for their 2011 nD Festival

Nashville seems to be finally getting serious about her fashion talent. In addition to the official Nashville Fashion Week finally taking place this year March 29, the Belcourt continues with its second nD Festival, a grassroots celebration of fashion, film and music that showcases local and regional designers in what amounts to a happening neighborhood hop. Last year they highlighted both regional and local style with Billy Reid, Alabama Chanin and Imogene + Willie, and took patrons to boutiques for a sip-n-shop and back to The Belcourt for a fashion show.

This year, they're doing it all again in late September with fresh faces, and you could be one of them. They're currently on the hunt for Nashville's next emerging designer, whom they'll feature at the festival's runway show next to two national designers who haven't been named yet. It's great exposure from lots of well-connected local folks who hope to elevate Nashville talent to national and international heights. The winner not only gets to show their stuff, but they'll also be featured in a short fashion film made by a local filmmaker, and receive a stipend, prizes, and — the invaluable prize — mentoring sessions from Imogene + Willie owners Matt and Carrie Eddmenson, and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. (If you don't know who those folks are, you can't call yourself a Southern designer.) Apply at starting next Friday, Jan. 28. Deadlines and deets after the jump.


MAC and Mickey Contractor Spring 2011 Collection

MAC and Mickey Contractor Spring 2011 Collection

Beauty brand MAC and Mickey Contractor, one of Bollywood’s best make-up artist/Director Makeup Artistry for MAC India are going to launch a Makeup Collection for Spring 2011.

MAC and Mickey Contractor Spring 2011 Makeup collection includes fresh and dazzling colors for all those who have olive skin tone. MAC & Mickey Contractor Makeup collection is all about Bollywood glamor and style.

mac and mickey contractor collection

Mickey Contractor is more than an icon to a glamorous Eastern audience and now his exclusive collection with MAC is going to dazzle the whole world. MAC and Mickey Contractor makeup collection for Spring 2011 offers olive-friendly shades that are compatible with darker skin tones.

MAC and Mickey Contractor collection features lipstick, lipglass, eye shadow, eyeshadow quad athma, fluidline, select moisturecover concealer, select moisturecover concealer, studio fix fluid SPF 15 foundation, powder blush, brushes and prep + prime transparent finishing powder.

mac and mickey contractor spring 2011 collection

MAC & Mickey Contractor Lipstick ($14.50) comes in four amazing shades i.e. deep neutra, dirty blue pink, bright fuchsia and peachy yellow-brown. MAC & Mickey Contractor Lipglass ($14.50) in two sizzling hues for shining lips.

MAC & Mickey Contractor Eye Shadow ($14.50) offers bright and eye-popping shades for an elegant party look. Wear these beautiful shades with matching attires for night parties. Also, check out MAC Jeanius collection for Spring 2011.

mac and mickey contractor collection for spring 2011

MAC & Mickey Foundation ($26) for enhancing one’s natural beauty and glow. Powder blush ($18.50) makes a girl look younger and beautiful. This collection includes perfect blush colors for darker skin women. Those who love wearing bright and dark shades, this makeup collection from MAC is must-have. Everything is pretty wearable in collection for parties and functions.

MAC and Mickey Contractor Spring 2011 makeup collection will hit the MAC counters stores on January 6, 2010. Stay connected with and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more beauty products launches and latest fashion trends.

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Why You Should Keep Your Hair Dryer Attachments?

I know most of us fail to comprehend the need for keeping hair dryer attachments, because first of all we don't even know how and what's its use, all we know about hair dryers is the fact that it dries your hair fast, and helps in keeping your hair according to the style you want. But that's just all about it, we don't really care what these attachments are for, if that be the case then hey! you might be missing something out.

These hair attachments are made with a purpose, manufacturers spent a fortune in research and development just to make things perfect and deliver the needs of their clients, so in short, hair dryers are more than just blowing out hot air. If you'll scrutinize closely, you'll see that these hair attachments are made to deliver results according to its specification. I have here a list of these hair dryer attachment and what they can actually do to the hair.

The Concentrators- Although they come in various shape and size the word itself describes how this hair dryer attachment works which is to help you concentrate air flow into a specific area on your head, enabling you to have more control while you are styling. For shiny locks, direct the flow of the nozzle from the roots to tips. When doing this, use a lower speed setting with a higher temperature to not only speed up drying, but to keep your hair from blowing all over.

The Diffusers- This type of attachment usually aims in giving the hair a lift and more body. It is circular in shape made either of plastic or metal that has finger like protruding from it, which then allows such to brush through your hair while blow drying, and is also beneficial for the scalp because it creates a massage like motion while blow drying. This is used to create waves in straight hair or defines natural curls.

The Picks- This has the same effect as to when using a hair pin, it creates volume too. There's a wide range of Picks to choose from that comes in different shapes and sizes. For shorter hair, it is best to use a shorter pick; while long hair needs longer prongs to achieve that hair volume that you want.

The Styler Dryers- Again, this type of long-and-lean type of styling dryer comes in different styles. Although the attachment varies, a typical boar bristle brush for providing shiny results (especially for thick hair); a fine- tooth styling pick, for smoothing hair, and a wide-tooth styling pick for detangling is what Styler dryer comprises of. This is also known as the comb and brush attachments.

In today's time it is no secret that women are more conscious with their appearance, and that includes having their hair styled, dyed or accessorized. The hair is said to be the crowning glory of every women, which is true in its very sense. When you're hair is nicely fixed and done, people notice you. Even if you are the average type of looking person, having a beautiful hair makes a whole lot of difference. That is why, knowing what's the best style for your hair is a must, and blowing drying your hair properly should also be put into consideration. And do not content yourself with just blow drying, knowing the appropriate hair dryer attachment will do the job of making you look stunning even on a regular day. So keep your hair dryer attachments because this will save you a lot of trouble in styling your hair.

Madonna’s Makeup Artist Spills Madge’s Beauty Secrets

Here in this post I hold the secret to getting everything you've ever dreamed of, and the secret to Madonna's fountain of youth face. First of all, to gain great riches while working at your dream job, complete with prestige and stardom, apparently all you have to do is ask for it. At least, that's how it happened for Gina Brooke, Madonna's personal makeup artist and Shu Uemura's eyelash-obsessed artistic director. On the morning of her big move to Los Angeles, determined to make the big time in Hollywood, Brooke laid out her makeup portfolios on her bed, and in her authoritative, native New Yorker tone, made it explicitly clear they were not to be touched. This was a New York moving company, so naturally the collection of all of her life's work disappeared. She began desperately reaching out to LA acquaintances for test work, immediately connecting with Caroline Murphy and landing and an agent who helped grant her two initial wishes: to work at the top at Shu Uemura, and to be Madonna's personal makeup maven.

It may simply be that Brooke has a touch of magic in her fingertips, and if that’s the case, then you’re going to want to book an appointment with her at Bloomingdale’s tomorrow between 11am-7pm for her personalized (magic) makeup tutorial. Until then, learn how she keeps Madonna forever young.

Now mink eyelashes are the big beauty splurge, but Madonna started it all, correct?
Yes, I wanted to present Madonna with a gift initially, so I met with Shu Uemura and we created a special set of mink eyelashes for her. I wanted them to be singularly special, not mass produced, so it could still be animal safe. Next thing you know Oprah’s people are calling up begging for a pair. They ordered around 200 of them at $1,000 each.

What is Madonna’s best skin fix—the one thing that keeps her looking so youthful?

Madonna is a big fan of masks. We do a lot of the Phyto-Black Lift Lifting Mask, which is a gel-like mask that contains tightening polymers and soybean extract for tightening and smoothing the skin while improving elasticity and fighting against wrinkles. Here’s the trick; she comes straight from the shower so her pores are wide open, then we apply the mask, very detailed. The face contours are instantly and visibly re-defined as if the skin is lifted.

What sets you and what you do for Madonna apart from every other artist?
I’d like to think there are no rules to makeup, there’s no formula, and there’s no one or right way to do anything. With Madonna, she and I are very much alike—we are both detailed perfectionists. When I work with her, I use magnifying glasses and a head light. Madonna has an eye—she likes balance and straight lines and perfect proportions. I do as well, and I think we both see the same things.

What are your biggest magic tricks?
I’m always improving. I love using calendula oil ... I use a lot of Japanese products you can’t get in the states, like Sante FX Neo eye drops. I think one of the most important things to do, that most women don’t get right, is mixing foundation. Nobody’s face is one color, and mixing foundation colors can really add so much, and it looks natural. I mix my foundation with the cleansing oils, which gives them a nice texture, and it goes on smoothly with a foundation brush.

Madonna’s Makeup Bag
Cleansing Oils ($35-$72) - They’re so versatile, there really is one for every skin type.
Farfallina False Eyelashes ($29) - Eyelashes are so important. You can have a totally bare face, put on some lashes, with a red lip and that can be a totally finished look.
Nobara Cream Cover Stick Foundation ($42) - Nobara is perfect; it can be sheer, mixable, or it can be used to cover imperfections.
Mascara ($22-$28) - I am an advocate of mascara, there’s a kind of mascara for everyone.
Red Lipstick ($23-$45) - I think it’s important for every woman to have a red lipstick that’s their color in their bag. It really pulls a look together quickly.
Phyto-Black Lift Lifting Mask ($65) - This mask tones instantly.

To reserve your space for Gina Brooke’s exclusive appearance at Bloomingdale’s, call 212-705-2000.

Article Source: BlackBook Mag

Rihanna’s Make-Up Artist Reveals Her Beauty Secrets!

In the last few years Rihanna has blossomed from a cookie-cutter popstar who didn’t really stand out, to a fashion icon who is constantly reinventing herself.

While Rihanna plays an active part in masterminding each of her new looks, it’s her hairstylist Ursula Stephen and make-up artist Karin Darnell who ensure each look is better than the next.

Karin Darnell revealed to Elle Magazine (UK) the secrets to:

Getting A Smoky Eye Right
“On Rihanna, I like to blend a smoky shadow out under the lower lash line to enlarge the eyes up and out towards the temples. Again, blending is key to getting this right. For me, smoky is a haze, it doesn’t have to be black it just needs to be a wash of color. Dark lilac can still appear impactful once mascara and liner is applied.”

Getting The Perfect Lipcolor
“I use a lot of rich berries on Rihanna. For the Te Amo video I used a deep, dark berry lipstick. I then applied a berry gloss in the middle of the lip to break it up. Light in the center, whether it’s a clear gloss or a hint of pink or red, will give dark lip colors warmth.”

Using Colored Mascara
“I’ve used colored mascara on Rihanna before – a modern way to wear this is to color match the mascara to your eyeshadow. Go for a dark blue, green or purple and pair with a similar eyeshadow shade. It’s a great look for a night out.”

Getting The Most Out Of Your Complexion
“For black skin you can’t beat Iman’s foundations for texture and color. To avoid your complexion looking too flat use a foundation a shade lighter than your skintone to add highlights to your cheekbones, nose and brow bones. One shade will just blank you out” says Karin. “Apply foundation with your fingers and remember the key word is blend!” she adds.

“Also, don’t over-powder your complexion. Moisture in the skin is a sign of youth. Simply blot excess oil with a tissue and dust lightly with powder.”

Article Source: Hello Beautiful

Steal the Look: Glamorous Waves

You've seen glamorous waves on Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker. And now you want the hairstyle -- as does everyone else.

According to celebrity hair stylist and Hair Basics expert Ted Gibson: sexy, cascading curls are the most in-demand summer style. The look is natural and effortless, and pairs well with season staples like tank tops, jean shorts or a little floral dress.

And with the right tools and proper technique, you can easily learn how to create this wavy hairstyle -- and look as sultry as the next celeb.

Watch the video below for more of Gibson's tips and tricks on creating sexy, summer waves.

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Inspiration Tuesday-Kevyn Aucoin

I'm starting a new post called Inspiration Tuesday where I bring to you videos,pictures and articles from some of my favorite makeup artists. These are the people who influenced me to become a makeup artist and inspire me each day.

My first pick for inspiration Tuesday is Kevyn Aucoin. Who is by far one my favorite makeup artists. Here is a great video I found on him.

GMA Immerse

I was honored to be apart of GMA's Immerse Event. Immerse is a 4 day music training event for artists who want to grow in the Christian music industry. I was apart of the image workshop teaching new artists how to develop there look. I was one of the three makeup artists there, there was also a wardrobe stylist and a photographer. During our workshop we gave makeovers to a few attendees,answered questions and I had the chance to meet new artists from all over the country. A few of the artists asked me for my advice after the workshop. I'll share a couple of my answers with you.

Maria from Miami asked me-"I love the look when people line their eyes on the bottom. But when I try it the liner always smudges or runs creating dark circles.

My answer- Sometimes the wax in pencils causes it run and smudge on the lower lid. Especially if you have oilier skin. I know personally because I have the same problem. So instead a pencil line your lid with a shadow which often comes off a little softer. Or you can also top your eyeliner with the same color shadow which will help it stay put. Gel liners also work great.

Janice from New York-"As I get older I notice that when I put foundation and powder on the fine lines are more noticeably after I put my makeup on. How can I prevent this?

My answer-What you need is a silicone based foundation such asFace Atelier or Makeup Forever HD Foundation that prevents it from seeping into fine lines. Also Makeup Forever Invisible HD Powder is the only powder I have tried that does not magnify fine lines.

Do you have any beauty questions?? Send me an email I'll be happy to answer them.

New Work

Here's a picture from a photoshoot I worked on. I have to admit I'm a makeup artist who loves black and white pictures. When doing makeup for black and whites you have to be very precise and not a have a heavy hand. Because the camera catches every detail.

My Favorite Makeup Brush

Sometimes the tools you use for makeup are more important than the makeup itself. One of my favorite makeup brushes is from Mally Beauty. Mally Beauty is made by one of my favorite makeup artists Mally Roncal. She is known for painting the faces of Beyonce and JLO. I love her blending brushes because they are the perfect size. Sometimes regular powder brushes are too big to get into smaller areas like around your eye. I usually use this makeup brush toward the end to bring the entire look together.

For more products by Mally Beauty click here

Trend Alert-Minx Nails

I love the new nail trend called Minx Nails. They are the latest trend in celebrity nails. They can be seen on everyone from Beyonce,Victoria Beckham,Pink and Rhianna. My favorite is the Chrome Minx which gives off a metallic mirror finish. The great thing about Minx Nails is there is no drying time so you don't have to worry about smudging or chipping. To get Minx Nails, flexible film strips, inspired by the decals used on NASCARS, are heated and applied to the nail. They stick to your nail like a sticker and the salon tech files away the excess. Application usually takes 20 mins. and they last for two weeks. To remove them you just blow dry your finger nails and peel off.

Only two locations in Nashville offer Minx Nails-
Imagine Hair Studio
1014 18th Ave South
Nashville,TN 37214

What's New Hair Studio
412 Uptown Square
Murfreesboro,TN 37130
615 8905020

To find a location near you visit Minx Nails Website