Perfect Brows, Makeup for Glasses + a Sigma Brushes Giveaway! (Giveaway Closed)

There’s always something new to learn about how to do makeup.  Every time I pick up a new tip, I wonder how I got by so long without it!  Eyebrow shaping is one of those things.  I remember going to get my makeup done when I was in my teens and the artist asked me if I had ever “done my eyebrows.”  I had no idea what she was talking about so I said no!  She then showed me how to shape my brows and WHAT a difference it made.  Ever since then, it’s part of my weekly beauty routine.  It really freshens up your entire face while making you look more awake – and who doesn’t want that?

Brow shaping ties right in with today’s tutorial: how to do makeup if you wear glasses.  I’m not a glasses wearer, but I LOVE the glasses look so I started experimenting with “glasses makeup”.  I noticed that glasses seem to dull down eye makeup significantly between harsh glares and dusty/smudged lenses, yet they draw attention to the upper half of your face – so it’s important to have your brows and eyes looking tidy and defined!

Here are the products I used in this look – clockwise from the top left: CoverGirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation in “Buff Beige”, Loreal Full Definition Voluminous Mascara in “Black”, Revlon Grow Luscious Lashliner in “Onyx”, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Medium Ash”, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Concealer in “Cream”, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality Matte & Shimmer Highlighter in “Camille” and “Sand”, Mac Plushglass in “Bubble Tea”, Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner in “Glam Brown Eyes”, Lorac Perfectly Lit Highlighting Powder in “Luminous”, Mac Paint Pot in “Painterly”, Benefit Bronzer in “Hoola”, Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush in “Flaunt”, The Balm Eyeshadow Palette in “Nude ‘Tude”, Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”.

I’m sticking with neutral tones for my first few tutorials to kind of treat them like “base recipes”.  Once you find a neutral look that fits your face and style, you can jazz it up with any colors you want!  I’ll definitely be having fun with some color later on, as anyone who has been reading knows I am color-obsessed!

If you saw the Subtle and Pretty Everyday Makeup Tutorial, a few of the following steps are repeats so feel free to skip them!  There are a few extra steps though that will help to enhance the eyes and brows.

First you’re going to wash, exfoliate and moisturize your face!  In the last tutorial I told you about my favorite Ahava moisturizer.  Definitely invest in a quality facial moisturizer because keeping your skin conditioned is key if you want your makeup to look natural.

Now you can apply your foundation.  I put 2 pumps right onto my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush.  I dab it on the center parts of my face and buff it outwards.  Be sure to buff until the foundation is blended smoothly at the edges of your face and down the neck.  You don’t want any harsh lines!

The Brows

Tweeze any obvious stray hairs.  I love my Tweezerman tweezers for this!   Then I use my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz brush to comb my brows downward and trim them with eyebrow scissors.  You want to trim any hairs that extend beyond your brow area.  Once you’re done trimming, you should be able to push your brows in the opposite direction that they grow without seeing a bushy mess.  Repeat this step combing upwards and trimming above the brow.

Then you’re going to fill in your brows with a brow pencil or powder.  I use the pencil end of my Brow Wiz for this.  Just lightly draw (or brush) through your brows, filling in any holes and straightening out any jagged edges.  If your brows get extra thin near the outer corners, feel free to extend them a bit.

Once your brows are filled in, you want to set them with gel.  I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel.  Brush upwards at the inner corner of your brow, then curve outwards towards the center and outer corner.

Now you’re going to apply a base highlight to your brow bone.  I use “Camille” from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality stick.  Keep the highlight just under the brow and only on the points of the brow bone that naturally catch the most light.

Blend out your brow highlight with your finger by dabbing and smudging lightly.  Now your brows are shaped!

The Makeup

You’ve already done your foundation, so now it’s time for concealer.  I use concealer for covering blemishes, dark circles and redness (of course), but also for highlighting.  I put it under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, around the corners of my nose and on my chin.  I blend it out smoothly with the Sigma F86 Tapered Kabuki Brush.

Next, prime your lids!  I use the Mac Paint Pot in Painterly because it has a great texture and applies really well with the Mac 252 concealer brush.  This will keep your eyeshadow and eyeliner in place all day long.

Eyeshadow time!  Take the “Eyelid” shade from the Wet n Wild trio and apply it all over the lid.  I use the Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush.  If you don’t have the Wet n Wild trio, GET IT! It’s only $2-3 and the pigments are great.

Now apply the warm brown “Crease” shade from the same trio and focus just above the crease.

Next you’re going to lightly blend out the crease shade to keep the color soft and natural.  I use my favorite brush for all eyeshadow blending – the Sigma E40.

Then you’re going to apply eyeliner.  I like to use a gel liner and a very thin eyeliner brush for this (Sigma E11).  Using a brush and a good gel liner makes it a lot easier to keep your line thin and even without making any major mistakes.  Start from the center of your lid and line to the outer corner.  Be sure to keep the line very close to the lashes.  You don’t want a gap between your liner and your lashes.  You can wing the liner at the outer corner but to keep it subtle, it’s best to just intensify your natural lash line.  The line should get gradually thicker towards the outer corner of your eye.  Once you’ve lined the outer half of your lid, lightly extend a very thin line to your inner eye corner.  I used the black gel liner from the Physician’s Formula gel liner stack.  I used to use Blacktrack from Mac, but the Physician’s Formula gel is a total dupe and much cheaper.

Next you’re going to line your waterline.  I only line the outer half since I have very round eyes and I want to create an almond shape.

Now you’re going to set your upper lid eyeliner with a dark eyeshadow.  I used “Sleek” from the Nude ‘Tude palette.  Using powder to set your liner will make it last longer and prevent smudging.  I use the Sigma E21 to lightly press the shadow over my eyeliner, starting from the outer corner and blending inward.

Time for some lash curling!  Curling the lashes will pull them away from the lenses of your glasses while making them look long and luscious.  I love the Sally Hansen lash curler.  Clamp your lashes close to the lash base (without pinching), and pump 5-8 times to set the curl.

Now you’re going to apply mascara.  I like to wiggle the brush from root to tip to prevent clumping while coating the entire lash.

Face time!  Contour your cheeks with a bronzer to accentuate your cheek bones.  Suck your cheeks in and trace the hollow that runs from your ear to your mouth, but stop halfway to your mouth.  Blend up towards your temples and then down under the jawline.  This adds definition and a little lift.  I use the Sigma F40 for contouring.

Now take a highlighter (I use the Lorac Highlighting Powder in “Luminous” – IN LOVE with this product!) and with a smaller face brush (Sigma F05), sweep the highlight over the tops of your cheek bones, down the bridge of your nose, over your brow bone (just below your brows), a little on the chin and on the cupid’s bow (just above the center of your upper lip).  The idea is to highlight areas that will naturally catch the most light which will add a slight shimmer and a beautiful glow.

Next you’re going to add some blush.  All the neutral tones in this look are very warm which keeps the eyes from looking tired, so on the cheek I used a cooler pink to avoid looking too orange.  The “Flaunt” blush from Lorac is one of my favorites!  I applied it with the Sigma F30 blush brush to the apples of my cheeks and up towards the temples.  Be sure to blend well and use a light hand.

Finally, lip color!  Because the eyes are a bit more dramatic for this look, I stuck with a nude tone for the lips.  The Plushglass from Mac is great because it’s a little bit plumping and not too sticky.  All Mac lip products smell amazing too, so I’m a big fan!

Now you can sport those glamorous frames!  The added definition to the eyes will fight through the dulling affects of your lenses and your perfect brows will give lift to your whole face.  The contouring and highlighting will give you a pretty glow and with the neutral tones, people might not even know you’re wearing makeup!

The Giveaway

With more and more ideas for makeup tutorials popping into my head, we thought it would make sense to host another giveaway and this time the prize will be makeup brushes!  I’m obviously obsessed with my Sigma brushes, so it’s only appropriate that the prize be an Essentials Travel Brush Kit from Sigma (a $59 value!).  With these quality brushes you’ll be able to complete most looks and they’re a great start to any brush collection.  I have one of these kits and absolutely love it.  The winner will get to choose between these 4 ADORABLE sets (same brushes, different colors)…

Once the winner chooses their color, we’ll order the brushes and have them shipped directly from Sigma.

To Enter

There are 2 options for entering (you can do one or both!):

1.) Subscribe to our blog via WordPress or with your e-mail address (on the right sidebar) and comment below with a beauty tip of your own and/or a makeup look you’d like us to feature on the blog!

2.) Follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: “I just entered the Sigma Beauty Brushes giveaway from @offbeatinspired – Check it out:”

If you don’t have Twitter, entry option 1 is for you!  If you have Twitter, you can enter twice – once on Twitter and once by subscribing to us and commenting below with a tip or a look you’d like to see.

This contest will run from now until Friday night at midnight (Oct. 12).  We’ll announce the winner on Saturday, October 13. Winners are picked at random using and prizes can only be shipped within the United States.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to know the winners of the giveaway!

Outfit Credits
Top: Anthropologie – Hanalei Buttondown, Floral (Pink)
Jeans: Ann Taylor Loft – Modern Skinny Jeans
Boots: Sundance Catalog – Laser Cut Tall Boots
Belt: Ruehl No. 925 (no longer in business)
Necklace 1: Jewelmint – Femme Fortune Necklace
Necklace 2: Marie Chavez via HauteLook
Glasses: Target

The giveaway contest has ended.  Congratulations to Emily for winning a set of Sigma brushes! Thanks so much to everyone who followed us, commented and tweeted! We really enjoyed reading your comments and seeing your tweets!

140 responses

  1. I am admittedly terrible with make up. I seriously just never learned how to do it. Just reading this one post taught me a lot! I’m a glasses wearer, so I was very appreciative of the eye make up and brow advice. (adorable glasses by the way)

    I would especially love to see a rundown on eyeliner – the different types, dos and don’ts, etc.!

  2. Loved this, it’s a great way to look nice on the days you don’t feel like wearing contacts. Also, that is a super cute outfit. 🙂
    I would love to see tutorials for doing your makeup on days when you have very little time in the morning.

  3. Hi! I love your makeup tutorials and I find them very inspiring! My request for a tutorial is something Halloween related of your choice. Thanks 🙂

  4. Very timely tutorial for me as I will soon become an eyeglass wearer! I have also found that as I get older (ugh) my lashes are thinning and I use a little loose powder on my eye lashes before applying mascara to plump them up a bit.

  5. i subscribe via email and my make tip is this: for girls with acne, use clinique redness solution foundation, then set it with powder. It’s seriously magic in a bottle.

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. Email subscriber!

    My tip is for those with smaller eyes – use lower liner sparingly, and don’t connect lower liner to upper lashes if possible. Leaving a little gap will help open up the eyes.

  7. Just subscribed! My tip is for the fair and fined haired ladies: close your hair follicles with cold water after shampooing and conditioning, and fully dry upside down! Plus Sheer Blonde is a must.

  8. I love all of your make up posts! A make up tip that I use is to put a dark purple eyeliner along my lower eyelid instead of black. I find that it gives a nice contrast to the black mascara and eyeliner on my upper eyelid and works to really brighten the whites of my eyes, especially since I have a dark skin complexion.

    • You can use a smooth medium to full coverage foundation and blend it out with a kabuki brush! My favorite full coverage foundation right now (that works well in flash photography) is Make Up Forever HD foundation. You should swatch it at your local Sephora and see how you like! The Sigma F80 is my go-to face brush for applying foundation.

  9. Love this blog! I’m an email subscriber and I would love to see some dramatic darker looks for Halloween! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Great tutorial! I’ll keep this in mind next time I can’t wear my contacts. The best beauty tip I’ve got is a bit boring but it works–drink lots of water! Hydration keeps your skin healthy and gives you the best possible canvas to start with.

  11. email subscriber…I dont really have any makeup tips. Except throw out your old makeup, ladies…makeup can go bad and be a health risk, especially stuff you put near your eyes! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

  12. I subscribe via email! My tip is to mix your foundation and moisturizer together on days where you don’t need heavy coverage or where you need some coverage but are feeling too lazy to go through the entire routine.

  13. subscribed and tweeted 😛 yeahh!!! i think this is a very detailed article and i love reading it. Can u show us some more tutorial like halloween easy but scary / pretty looks and a faster way to do our make up… i always take a long time of doing it….is there any beauty tips you have and plx share with us ^^ thxxxxx

  14. I’m loving your blog and these tutorials!

    I think I’d like to see something on how to use colour in an everyday/work look. I find myself using lots of neutrals for workdays, but would love to know how to somehow incorporate colours while still being office appropriate. 🙂

    Another tutorial on foundation and concealing would also be super helpful!

    Keep up the amazing work!

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