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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Drop that takeout menu, and walk away from the fast food. These tips will make you an ace at Monday-to-Friday dinner prep.
Set for success
Shop once, eat all week
If it's Sunday and you haven't thought ahead to what you'll have for dinner on Thursday, you're missing out on the world's simplest time-saving tool: meal planning! Write out a list of what you'll need to prep your family's meals for the entire week, and get it all in a single supermarket trip before your busy weekday cycle begins. There's no need to worry about wilted veggies when you have a Bosch refrigerator that is equipped with the special VitaFresh system. It maintains just the right level of humidity and helps keep produce fresh longer.
Call in the troops!
You don't have to handle meal prep alone: enlist your family's help. Even young kids can gather ingredients from the fridge, and Bosch's large-capacity drawers and shelves mean it's highly unlikely the broccoli will have been flattened by a jar of pickles. (Everything in its place!) Plus, the efficient LED lighting system keeps items in clear view without hogging a lot of electricity. Once your ingredients are on the counter, kids can shift to sous-chef mode. Safe tasks for little ones include tearing lettuce, crumbling cheese and whisking dressing. Older kids can peel veggies and stir sauces or brown meat on the stove.
Love your leftovers
Plan to make a double batch of your favourite casserole, soup or stew, allowing you to easily transform leftovers into lunches or use them as a base for tomorrow's dinner. Consider cooking more than one recipe at a time: Bosch stoves have five burners and three oven racks, so you'll have space for it all. Don't your weeknights feel less stressed already?
Label and date all freezer foods so you can know at a glance what you have on hand at all times. This minimizes waste, as you're less likely to buy items you already have, and makes it easier to put dinner on the table efficiently by using up leftovers.
Thaw frozen dishes in the fridge, as opposed to on your kitchen countertop, to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. To avoid freezer burn and keep food at its best, use airtight storage containers or large bags that are designed for the freezer.
To maximize storage space in your freezer, package items like soups and sauces in resealable freezer bags so you can flatten and stack them on top of one another.
Freezer staples—like peas, edamame, corn, bread, ravioli and puff pastry—make weeknight cooking easier. Have these on hand at all times and make a note when one of those items is running low so you never run out.
For more on how Bosch appliances can make prep, cooking and cleanup easier, visit bosch-home.ca.