A couple of weeks ago I was invited along to a brow class with Illamasqua and Three Mobile to get snap happy using the new Samsung Galaxy Alpha, which you can find here – link. I’m not normally one for attending workshops like this, but I was swayed by the fact that it was being run by Illamasqua and the fact that it was focussed on brows – I do love a good brow! The course was so much fun and extremely informative, so I’ve done a complete 180 on workshops and have spent the morning picking other courses to do!
Whilst the idea of the session was to teach us more about brows and how to enhance, define and colour them, it was also an opportunity to play with the Galaxy Alpha. I love my iPhone but the one thing it’s rubbish for – no matter how many times they promise it’s improved – is taking selfies! I always end up with murky, grainy, unclear photos, whereas, having used the Alpha, I can see that decent selfies are a lot more achievable with it. Consequently, all the photos in this post are taken with the Alpha.
The Eye Brow Effects Course is a perfect balance of self-teaching and gentle guidance from the make-up artist who taught the course. You’re first taught how to gently define brows by filling in sparse areas with a soft liner brush after first creating a template with concealer; that latter element is the biggest thing I took away from the course as drawing in the shape with concealer makes the biggest difference and leaves brows looking so neat!
After learning how to gently define, we’re then shown how to add more definition alongside a flattering ombre effect. You can see my Instagram shot of this here. This was achieved by drawing in a template on both the upper and lower brow line with concealer before adding colour with a sturdier brush. You then add a darker colour to the final, outer third of the brow which gives a subtle yet effective definition.
Lastly, we learned how to add colour to the brow, and when I say colour, I mean colour! I thought I would hate it but I actually quite liked the finish, not that I’ll be wearing it out and about any time soon. I went for green brows and to achieve this, I was given a blue pencil to fill in the brows and give the powder something to attach to, before adding green powder. The blue and green colours together created a real colour pop, as you can hopefully see in the image.
With every technique, we were first shown a demonstration on one of the class members before being encouraged to try it ourselves, whilst the MUA kept an eye on us to see if any of us needed help. I would heartily recommend this course for anyone who needs to brush up on their technique or learn a bit more about creating the perfect brow shape. I have absolutely put my new skills into practice on a daily basis so the class proved extremely helpful. Find out more about it here – link.
*I was guest of Three Mobile and Illamasqua