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The Right Way To Give Your Brows An Instant Lift

Put that shimmery shadow down.

When it comes to eyebrows, a kilay routine is never complete without applying highlighter on the brow bone, or just below the highest arch. We’ve been taught to do this step to instantly give our brows a lift, so they'll frame the face better.

But during a recent interview with Benefit Cosmetics’ Global Brow Authority, Jared Bailey, we learned that we may have been committing a huge brow highlighting boo-boo.

As it turns out, it’s not ideal to use a white shimmery eyeshadow to highlight the brow bone. “That makes you look so dated. It’s like 1982 called and they want their brow highlighter back!” he said. Using shimmery shadow—that is often times white—can look too harsh and stark against your skin, defeating the purpose of giving your brows a "natural" lift.

Instead, Jared suggests using a matte linen pink eyeshadow or pencil to highlight your brow bone. “Pink is the way to go. In portrait studios, they use pink lights because it looks good on every skin tone,” he said. When applying the highlighter, Jared suggests to take your ring finger and feel your orbital bone. Then begin to apply the highlighter on the part of the bone that isn’t covered by your brows. “Don’t highlight all the way—that might end up looking too much and your brows looking too lifted,” he adds.

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If you're wearing eyeshadow, Jared says not to forget to blend in that highlighter with your shadow to make it look more natural. "Marry those colors together!" he adds. That way, your eye makeup and brows are flawless!

Totes hiding that shimmery white shadow now.

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