Makeup – Eyes


In one of my beautube marathon sessions, I discovered the hairspray makeup hack for brows. I’m sorry I can’t remember who the beautuber was (credit to whoever thought of this genius idea).

The hack:

If you run out of brow mascara, groom your brows with a hairspray by spraying the latter to a spoolie brush and combing the brows.

Bench Fix Professional Clay Doh Hair Molding Clay
Bench Fix Professional Clay Doh Hair Molding Clay

I didn’t own hairspray at the time (I still don’t), but I remembered that I owned a mini-tub of hair wax that I haven’t been using since I stopped caring for baby hairs that keep sticking out from my head.

If hairspray could work for eyebrows, hair wax might work, too.

It was a little bit tricky during my first few tries. I had to figure out the right amount of product to use. If I don’t put enough, my eyebrow hairs will not hold. If I put too much, there will be white lard-looking residue clinging on individual hair strands.

I went to a wedding
Hack in action. This is a photo of me coming home from a wedding. I was too lazy to trim my brows so I used hair wax to keep my brow hairs in place. It held well for 4 hours. (Anyway, see the baby hairs?! I think I should use the hair wax again.)

The best thing about hair wax is that it looks like there’s nothing on the brows. My brows are already dense and tinted brow mascaras usually look off with my black hair. I also like that the hair wax doesn’t look wet (as most clear brow mascaras do) and doesn’t make my brows “crunchy”.

I either put the wax on the spoolie or directly on the brow hairs and comb my brows ’til the white lardish looking wax disappears.

This trick is perfect for people with dense unruly brows who usually go for the no makeup makeup look. This, plus a little bit of brow powder for definition is a must-try.

I used to get my eyebrows shaped and threaded every two weeks. But I decided that I should just learn how to shape and groom my own brows to save time and money.

The first thing I did was watch hundreds of youtube tutorials and read as many blog posts as possible. After consuming all those resources, I still couldn’t get it.

All I keep hearing was:

“go this way”

“start from this point until you reach that point”

In my head, I’m like “where is THAT way?” and “what POINT is that again?”

I don’t know how to draw and I absolutely do not have any art skills.

My brain doesn’t and can not process information from an art or drawing perspective. So even if I slow-mo a video of someone drawing an eyebrow, I won’t get it.

I had this brilliant idea of looking at it from a math perspective, geometry to be specific. I looked at pictures of good looking pairs of eyebrows and tried to see what they all have in common.

After what seemed like a million pairs of eyebrows, I reached a light bulb moment.

So, if you can relate to not getting it, like I once was, I lovingly dedicate this to you.

If you’re one of the lucky ones who gets it, you might find my technique very silly, please consider not reading through, this is potentially embarrassing. :D

Also, disclaimers:

  • The post is for grooming the hairs only, shading and defining will be discussed in the next installment(s).
  • This is catered more to someone with dense & bushy eyebrows.


You know those angled-arrows guideline from the nostrils? It doesn’t work for my anatomy.

Eyebrow Arrow 2014-09-11 06.30.37
Just imagine if I shave all of my inner brows to follow the nostril line. THE HORROR.

I think I was compliant with the 3-products-a-month-only rule (if I only count the net increase of 4 items in my stash). I bought 5x as many as my self-imposed limit.


Additions = 3; Deductions = 2

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in N30

Chanel Les Beiges Powder 2014-08-02 01.44.56

Here’s the story behind this purchase (aka my excuse): It was a choice between this and Hourglass Diffused Light. Between the two, Chanel ranked higher, but Hourglass released the Ambient Lighting Palette which I thought was a better deal since I’ll be getting 2 additional pans of product. Lesson learned: I should improve my indistractibility skills.

Recently, I’ve been feeling like I already have A LOT of makeup. But when I took an inventory of my stuff, I realized that the only product that I own an unreasonable number of is foundation (and maybe eyeshadows — I relatively have few, I think, but since I seldom wear them, I consider them a lot.)

Since I’m really good at rationalizing my makeup purchases, I’m better off setting hard rules than arbitrary guidelines (no buts).

I already did something like this more than a year ago but my rules were too tight (e.g., 3 lipsticks at a time? Uhmm, yeah, riiight.)

Starting June 2014, I have a new rule: I’m only allowed two product purchases a month (regardless of price). It’s still quite a stringent rule but it comes with an exception (of course). I’m allowed to buy one more IF I’m below these numbers.


The achievable count would be:

FIVE = 1 cream + 1 medium-full coverage liquid + 1 sheer liquid + 2 powder foundations (or any combination as long as I keep it to 5)

I could’ve brought it down to three but who am I kidding.

Foundation Wants List:

  1. L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable (4.5 Fresh Beige)
  2. NARS Sheer Matte (Stromboli)
  3. Maybelline Fit Me (220 or 250, not sure what my shade is yet)
  4. Urban Decay Nake Foundation (I think I could be #4)
  5. Any of the Becca face bases with the shade Olive

Note: Tinted Moisturizers and BB Creams are counted as foundations.

Current Stash = 7

Foundation and Powder Collection

FACE POWDERS (i.e., setting, finishing, blotting, and over-all highlighting powders)

I don’t set my foundation with powder. I used to think I’m extremely oily but I have a feeling that I rate ‘moderate’ in the oily skin spectrum. I’m very tolerant with shine on my face, as long as I don’t look sweaty. I think that the contrast between shiny face + matte everything else is acceptable.