Add pattern to your floor without breaking the bank.
A rug can help define a space, ground a room and add much-needed colour and pattern, but they can be super expensive! So, we went on a search for fabulous but frugal rugs. With many budget-friendly options, these websites prove you don't have to empty your wallet to add some patterned goodness to your floors.
Crate and Barrel
Crate and Barrel has a sophisticated selection of rugs in a variety of patterns and colours. Afraid to order a rug online? Order a 12 inch by 12 inch swatch to try before you buy.
Our top pick: Olin grey striped dhurrie rug
West Elm’s offerings (in mostly muted tones) include a stunning selection of custom rugs. Want to see how the rug will look in a styled space? Click on the #mywestelm photos below the main rug images to see photos shared by West Elm shoppers.
Our top pick: Ashik wool rug.
This online-only shop has a huge selection of over 10, 000 rugs in endless shapes, sizes and patterns. With free shipping over $75 and an excellent return policy, you don’t have to fret over making the wrong choice!
Our top pick: Zanzibar multi area rug
Land of Nod
If you are in the market for a rug for a child’s bedroom, playroom or family room, Land of Nod has your floor covered. Their selection of colourful, geometric and neutral floor coverings means there is something for everyone. You can order a small swatch to test a rug’s colours and pattern at home.
Our top pick: blue indoor and outdoor rug
They are known for their on-trend selection of geometric and kilim rugs in the prettiest selection of colours. Make sure you check back often for new styles.
Our pick: Pala textured loop rug
This site has over 200, 000 rugs in stock, with 75% off retail prices! Every rug includes free shipping and a 30 day return policy.
Our pick: Monaco rug (available in 10 colours)
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If you have the right tools and the know-how, you can create almost any eyebrow shape. Benefit Cosmetics's Jared Bailey and Maddox Lu reveal their tips and tricks for mastering the most iconic eyebrow looks.
The new neutral (a la Rooney Mara)
"In Asian culture, women favour the straight eyebrow, so there's less of an arch," says Maddox Lu, regional education manager. "It's not expressionless, but it's more neutral." Rather than reshaping your eyebrows to get this effect, fake it. "Apply product below the arch and slightly above the brow," advises Jared Bailey, global brow expert. "It will create the illusion of a straighter brow, without manipulating the shape." He recommends using brow gel; it will sculpt and define your brows and leave a matte finish.
The bold and beautiful (like Cara Delevingne)
"This brow shape is very feline and sexy," says Lu, "and it's probably the most sought-after, thanks to Kim Kardashian West and Cara Delevingne." These brows are known for their colour gradation: "They're lighter at the beginning, then more dense toward the middle of the arch and the end," says Bailey. Real talk: These high-maintenance brows take a slew of products to achieve. Lu recommends creating a clean baseline so you have a fresh lift at the arch Then, fill in the brow with a pencil, a powder or a wax, always applying in the direction of hair growth and tapering off at the end. Finally, use a highlighting product above and below the brows. "The shape will become more defined and crisp," he says.
M.A.C Cosmetics Big Brow Pencil in Spiked, $25, maccosmetics.ca. Hard Candy Look Pro! Illuminate & Strobing Face Duo Stick in Lighten Up, $8, walmart.ca. Maybelline New York Eye Studio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara in Soft Brown, $12, maybelline.ca. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $30, sephora.ca.
The rounded arch (like by Jada Pinkett Smith)
Curved brows give the ultimate lift to your face; they have a natural arch that's free of harsh angles. If this isn't your natural shape, you'll need to do some serious grooming. Lu suggests using brow mascara or clear setting gel to help guide hairs into a round orientation. An eyebrow pencil and a brow brush can help fake certain areas," he says. "You can also brush the hairs up at the start of the brow and down at the tail." Focus on the top edge of each brow to create more lift, then add definition by elongating the tails to bring them in line with the tops of your ears.
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|This story was originally titled "Higher Learning" in the September 2014 issue.|
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