Here is another awesome post from Genevieve Schatz rocker babe/indie frontwoman and killer of the style game, on coloring your brows to match your hair.
When I got hip to the world of colorful eyebrows I felt like my face became the most upgraded canvas for self-expression ever! Eyebrows are one of my favorite ways to communicate- they really set the tone. A furrowed brow, an inquiring brow, a concerned brow, a relieved brow- these are all beautiful and deserve to be any color you’d like them to be!
How to Dye Your Eyebrows to Match Your Hair
The best way to match your brows to your hair color is to bleach your brows.
*Note: if you have not been educated on how to do this safely, PLEASE for the LOVE of the world and yourself and your delicate eyes and skin, go see a professional stylist.
Apply a clear mascara to your brows.
Find your desired color of eye shadow!
Use a clean mascara wand or find a disposable mascara wand (at a makeup counter, sample area of a cosmetic store, or you can purchase some but they are very easy to clean so you only need 1 or 2) and gently roll the brush into the pot of eye shadow allowing it to pick up the pigment.
Apply the eye shadow to your brows, gently brushing the pigment upwards and following the direction of hair growth!
*Note, if you are rocking pink or red or some other color that is hard to find in an eye shadow, go ahead choose a lip liner pencil because they are beautiful, bold and stay on even longer! Just gently fill in your brows in the direction of hair growth.
Use makeup remover to clear away any loose pigment that might have gotten on your cheeks or any runaway liner that made you look like Frankenstein’s cousin. No worries.
Experiment with this, get weird! Its already weird enough that you have felt compelled to change the color of your hair and eyebrows, so own it, will ya?
*Fun note, I went through a hot pink phase recently where I used a bright pink eyeliner on my brows everyday and there were some mornings when I left my apartment looking like a muppet. It was glorious.
Sparkles are wonderful. There was once a day in my life where my vials of loose colored glitters were as precious to me as almost anything. I used to use them to add some shimmer to my eyeshadow, and as the magical finishing touch to my baby clips and on the toes of my Doc Martens. The carpet in my room was a mess of glitter, and everything I owned had the telltale trails of my sparkle obsession.
But lets be real. Loose glitter is a mess, and it is impractical. And some people are total glitter haters, and they don’t want you anywhere near them with the stuff, for fear that it will end up all over them.
One of the lamest parts of being a grownup is not having a sparkle covered life. But I miss my glitterbuzz. That being said, I recently stumbled upon some amazing looking ways to incorporate sparkles back into life…..While keeping them relatively mess-free and contained.
Check out these awesome tutorials. This first one is a Glitter Hair Gelthat you can use to add some shimmer to your strands.
And lastly, The Glitter Part. I will rock this look one of these days. I first saw it on my co-worker Sarah B. She wore a golden glitter part to this years Vainiversary Holiday Party, with long wavy 70’s hair and I nearly died.
The Manic Panic Die Hard Styling Gel in Stiletto is pretty amazing, BTW. It is a silver shimmer/glitter gel that goes on thick and looks like solid sterling when it is in your hair. One of these days I will do a silver curly ombre short hair tutorial with it for ya;)
Recently, I sent this email out to my VAIN coworkers.
‘I’m working on an article about beautyrules that are meant to be broken and I would love to involve any of you in the conversation, and add your quotes and names…
I’m looking for examples of out-dated beautyrules, or beliefs that people have about ‘beauty‘ or style that don’t serve them. An example I can think of is when a client has always wanted a short haircut but thinks they are ‘too fat faced to pull it off.’ But you know it would look fabulous on them.
Please let me know if you can think of more, and tell me why they are and why they no longer serve.’
I got some great responses. Like Really Great. Here is one of them, from stylist TT Amen-Asia
‘These questions just brought back a flood of childhood memories and self reflection. There are soooo many things with the beautyrules that still go on for African American women, dark-skinned vs. light-skinned, good hair vs. bad hair, relaxers vs. natural…it’s all so old school and convoluted, it makes me want to scream sometimes.
There are 2 major things happening right now, in my opinion, in the Black beauty community, that weren’t happening when I was younger.
1: Seeing more and more women of color in main stream media, Hollywood, print, etc. The standard of Black beauty when I was growing up was non-existent. You had to be tall, thin, long hair that blew in the wind, white or light skinned…that is what we saw in the media and that is what we based our standards of beauty on. But now…you have these beautiful Black women playing leading characters in movies and on tv, modeling…embracing their skin in every shade of blackness from darkest dark to albino…it’s beautiful! And not just in media, women all over the country loving skin their in.
2. The natural hair boom. More and more Black women are embracing their natural curls, some loving it, some not, which has been amazing because this was also unheard of when I was younger or even 10yrs ago.
But on the flip side of this it’s also created more labels and division within the natural hair community. Team natural vs. Team straight, your hair is not considered natural if you color it or aren’t using a completely all natural homemade hair product. If you have a big ‘fro or TWA, long vs. short and the always good hair vs. nappy hair.
To many women are still comparing themselves and their hair to their favorite beauty blogger or someone on IG or Facebook. They follow all these people on YouTube in hopes of their hair looking like the other persons, spending endless amounts of money on the products they use, just to be disappointed when it doesn’t look the same.
It doesn’t look the same because it’s not the same…It’s your hair on your head, not hers/his. You need to find your own routine, what products work for you, love and nurture it your way, not someone else’s way.That saying ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’ is total malarkey. Your grass could be just as green if you spend the same amount of time nurturing it your way like your neighbor does their way.
When I first went natural (or stopped relaxing my hair) was about 13 or 14yrs ago. There wasn’t all this information that was out now, it was all trial and error for me. And when I did my first set of locs 12yrs ago there were a few people I could ask questions about my loc journey but it was still trial and error on figuring out what worked best for me. I’ll admit I did get pulled in and started comparing my hair to others and wondered why it wasn’t growing as fast as this persons or why my curls didn’t look like that persons. Then I had to take a step back and ask myself ‘why do I care? I didn’t care when I did it 13yrs ago, so why do I care now?’
Once I stopped doing that and started having fun with my hair again it became easier. In another words, figure out what works best for you and stop comparing yourself and your hair journey to others. Some other beautyrules: Being a dark-skinned woman and wearing bright colors or patterns, be it makeup or clothing.
I feel like any woman, any color, can wear whatever the hell she wants. You find the right shade that works with your skin tone and rock the hell out of it. It’s all about confidence…if you think you look good, you feel good and other people will notice that as well. I love wearing bright clothing, it makes me happy! And after years of believing I wouldn’t look good in red lipstick I finally bought my first tube last year and it’s amazing on me.
All women in general being afraid to have fun with their hair. I’ve had so many women of all ethnicities tell me they could never pull off a short cut, funky colors, certain reds, etc., etc., which is not true. I tell them, “you can pull off whatever you’re willing to pull off.” If you want short hair get a short cut, if you don’t like it it’ll grow back. You want to do a fun color start off with a hidden streak in the back or side of your hair. You want a red color, we just have to find the right shade of red for you.
My 2 favorite motto’s have always been “Have fun with your hair while you can. It’s just hair and it will grow back!” and “Don’t be afraid to shake the box up a bit!” The last one meaning, it’s ok to go against the status quo, it’s ok to wear a little color or put patterns together that you wouldn’t have thought of doing before, wear a bright lip or eye color, add a fun print scarf to your all black ensemble, dye your hair bright blue or shave it off. Just have fun!’
These words are so wonderful. I asked TT if she would let me publish and share them here, and she was down. I decided to also ask her about her current hair routine, and get the scoop on her favorite hair products, while on the topic of her hair. Here is what she said….
Uninspired by your own hair and lusting after those cute messy bobs you keep seeing around? We’ve all been there, right? Stuck in hair — and stuck in life. When your hair doesn’t feel right, nothing seems to go well. Something tells you that it’s time for a major change……
Gray mist blurs line between land and sky, so thick you can hear it’s whisper.
Slick pavement, mud and moss. Creeping weeds emerge from concrete cracks, reclaiming their land among other living things.
Dew drops collect in palms of a cupped leaves, ready to race down veins and jump to safety in a wet grass carpet.
When the civilized world is willed to disappear, and all is quiet but the mist, the plants begin to speak in dialects you can almost understand. You are a queen in a foreign land of living green.
Hey babes. I wrote this little poem to try and illustrate how much joy I get from plants and the world of flora in general. There is nothing that brings me more peace and inspiration than walking in a quiet place and looking at, touching, smelling, chewing on, listening to plants. It is a literal orgy of sensation and beauty.
We will bring the series back in the Spring, though. I am hoping that it will become a seasonal series that just keeps going and going.This lovely hairstyle consists of a crown lace braid……Or in simpler terms, a french braid that goes around the head, adding hair in to only one side of the braid as you go. This is the difference between a regular french braid and a lace braid: When doing a french braid, you will add hair into your braid every time you overlap. In a lace braid, you add in to only one side. This creates a braid that is connected on one side but appears to be floating on the other. In the case of this hairstyle, you will add hair only to the under side of the braid (the bottom edge.)
1. Make a side part, and start your braid on the heavy side. Start with 3 braid sections, and begin adding in hair from the bottom as you braid down the side of your head.
2. Continue towards the back of the head, guiding the braid around the head. Don’t worry about it being messy or loose, it will look better that way!
3. Keep braiding towards the other side of the head. You should run out of hair to add in right around the temple.
4. Continue braiding down the free end of the braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic.
5. Now starting at the end of your braid, pull it apart from either edge. Work your way around the head, pulling apart the braid to widen it and rough it up a bit.
6. Now pull the end of your braid across the top of your head and tuck the end under the lace braid to hide it. Use several bobby pins to secure your braid to your head. Stick more pins in as needed.
Now, use sticks and leaves and berries to finish off your braid. Just stick them right in by their stems, and use bobby pins if you need to. Remember, you are queen of the plants today. You are wise to choose only plants that can spare foliage without causing harm, even forage from the ground. Be wild and free. Get it.