Tips for Perfect Eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Growing up I absolutely hated my bushy eyebrows. It didn’t matter how many times someone told me that Brook Shields had thick gorgeous eyebrows “just like me”, the only thing I saw when I looked in the mirror was Oscar the Grouch. So naturally I plucked my eyebrows into oblivion. Literally. At one point I think you might have even needed a magnifying glass to see them. It was scary. Like Halloween scary, except 24/7 (#notok). Fast forward a few years and I’ve now come to realize that thick eyebrows really are gorgeous. Instead of wishing my brows looked like anything but Brook Shield’s, I now want them to look as much like hers as possible. Well-groomed and well-shaped eyebrows not only help to define your face, they also make your eyes look bigger and brighter and it’s one thing that should never be skipped in your daily routine. Even if your tight on time, doing just your eyebrows (along with a coat of mascara and adding a touch of concealer) will make such a huge difference. To achieve the perfect eyebrows, here are my tips-

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto A before shot of my eyebrows

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tools of the Trade: Eyebrow brush, clear mascara, tweezers, eyebrow brush/comb, small scissors 

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto First, you’ll want to figure out what the proper shape of your eyebrows should be. Using your eyebrow brush handle as a guide, line the brush straight up against your nose (like the first picture). The end of your eyebrow should line up with the handle so anything to the  side opposite your brow should be plucked. To figure out where the highest part of your brow should be, hold the brush diagonally from your nose to your eyebrow across the farthest side of your retina. Your arch should be wherever the brush hits (see the second picture). To determine where the end of your eyebrow should extend to, keep your brush lined up with your nose but this time move your brush to the farthest corner of your eye. Your eyebrow should extend out to the point at which the brush hits (as in the third picture).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After you determine the shape your eyebrows should be, use the eyebrow brush to gently brush them from the center towards the outer corner.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Pluck any stray hairs using your tweezers.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Next, use the comb side of the brush to comb your eyebrows up and out.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Use the scissors to trim any hairs that extend pass the brow line. I usually only do a trimming once a week, unless it is needed.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto After the brows have been cleaned up, you’ll want to fill them in with an eyeshadow or brow color that is one shade darker than your natural brow color. I use the dark brown from the Les 4 Ombres Chanel eyeshadow palette. (I like to use eyeshadow as opposed to a pencil as I think the color is less harsh and it blends in more easily creating a more natural looking eyebrow.)

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Add on a coat of clear mascara (or brow gel) to lock in the color and keep your brows in place.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To finish the look, I like to add a swipe of a shimmery eye shadow right underneath my brow to highlight the area and really make my eyes and brows pop. Here I’m using Chantecaille in “Marigold“.

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto In this picture you can see the dramatic difference between the eyebrow that has been done (left) and the one that has not (right).

Tips for Perfect Eyebrows @runwaychef #beauty #howto To maintain my eyebrows, I usually follow the plucking and trimming routine once a week, of course plucking out stray hairs as need be. I fill my brows in with the color and gel any time I do my makeup.

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Nautical & Navy

Nautical & Navy || utility jacket, boho shirt & white jeans @runwaychef Just as I’m not ready to give up on my ice cream, I am most definitely not ready to give up on my white clothing. I know, I know. No white after Labor Day…blah, blah, blah….please tell me something I don’t know. Because let’s be real, I’ve got 99 problems but wearing white after Labor Day ain’t one. Of course, that being said, I do have to be practical. Shorts and tank tops in the fall are probably not going to happen (at least where I live). But white in the form of some distressed denim paired with a cool weather utility jacket, that to me is the perfect compromise of summer and fall all rolled into one and the best way to transition from one season to the next.

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Casual Monday Celebration

Casual New England beach attire- cozy sweater, striped shirt, linen shorts & TOM'S @runwaychef I know it’s typically Fridays that are casual, but this week we’re doing Casual Monday. Because I say so. Also, because this week is little ol’ RC’s 3rd birthday and I kind of forgot to plan something (#badblogger). So because I forgot plan an actual celebration, I’m celebrating by having a Casual Monday. Also, I’m gifting you all with the present of a Casual Monday. I’m sure your bosses will totally understand. “Ummm why are you wearing shorts and a tshirt today?” “Oh because, Runway Chef is celebrating her birthday and she said I could.” “Runway who?! Blog what?? You’re fired”. Ok, on second thought maybe I won’t gift you with Casual Monday. But don’t worry, I’ll be celebrating Casual Monday, I mean RC’s birthday, enough for the both of us.

As always, thank you all for your unending support of RC. This little blog has grown so much in its 3 short years and I’m one proud momma. It certainly has been a lot of work (yes, it really is more than just slapping some pictures and words up on the world wide web…who knew), full of lots of ups and downs, but those of you have been a constant support have made it all worth it (and those of you who haven’t been a constant support, well….no Casual Monday for you!). I’m excited for so many upcoming opportunities, projects and continued growth and I’m even more excited to continue sharing this journey with all of you! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

P.S. In case you couldn’t tell, we took these pictures on our Cape Cod trip, which you can read more about here.

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Blazin’

Black blazer & denim shorts @runwaychef When I’ve got a hectic schedule, I need a routine that I can blaze (pun intended) through so that I can quickly get myself out the door. More often than not that routine includes a blazer, because nothing says put together like a good ol’ blazer. I’m convinced if I absolutely had to, I could throw a blazer over my pajamas, run out the door and no one would even notice. Ok well they probably would because I’m me, but if I was Sofia Vergara no one would notice! However, something I can get away with is pairing a black blazer with denim shorts. Luci recently introduced me to this winning combo and I instantly became obsessed. Recently, when I was short on time (read: I had 2 minutes to get out the door), I knew I couldn’t go wrong throwing my blazer over the tank and shorts I was already wearing. 

Speaking of blazing fast routines, I’m always trying to find a better, faster way to keep my nails looking neat. It really bothers me when my nails aren’t done and I think a look isn’t fully complete without nice nails, yet waiting for polish to dry can be such a time suck. Enter Jamberry Nails. My friend introduced me to them and I’m so glad she did. It’s basically a no-fuss way to jazz up your nails in record time. No polish, no waiting for things to dry, no smudging or smearing, and no chipping. I chose the Reminisce nails (I can’t say no to a good floral!) and mixed them in with some of my regularly painted nails. One house cleaning, a few workout sessions, an hour in the garden and a couple loads of dishes and they are still going strong. Also, I absolutely love that they are non-toxic, latex free, gluten free, vegan and formaldehyde free because it means I don’t have to worry about my natural nails getting damaged or my skin allergies flaring up from chemicals. My nails and my packed Septemeber calendar couldn’t be happier! To find out more about the nails and to order your own check out my friend’s Facebook page or her website.

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Denim Skirt Canadian Tux

Denim Skirt Canadian Tux  @runwaychef You know I couldn’t let summer go by without sneaking in my all-time favorite Canadian tux. This version is an ode to the denim skirt trend sprinkled with turquoise and silver resulting in a modern Southwestern look. In other words, denim on denim isn’t as boring and as basic as it sounds.

Hope you’re all soaking in these last few glorious days of summer!

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