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How to Avoid a Wedding Makeup Meltdown: Guest Blogger

We love surfing Heather Walczuk’s blog, Beauty Unbiased, for her smart and on-point makeup reviews, pretty photos and her upbeat insight. The resident New Yorker always has great tips for making the most out of your products, which is why we’re excited that this week she’s sharing tips about her fave summer finds, makeup-artists must-haves, and how to get a gorgeous top knot.

Photo Credit: Photography by Tim at Ronca Productions, Marisa Nicole Weddings and Events

Ever wonder how stars manage to keep their makeup flawless on the red carpet? No one knows how to keep a look fresh in the hot weather better than celebrity makeup artists. Tina Turnbow, whose clientele includes stars like Claire Danes and Brooke Shields to name a few, chatted with me about the affordable beauty tricks she uses. It’ll help ensure you have a flawless face throughout your wedding day or your friends’ wedding day. (Hey, us serial bridesmaids have to be photographed, too!)

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The Man-icure a.k.a. Ryan Gosling Nail Art is a Thing

Unwearable or irresistable? RadNails unveils the “Hot Man-icure” featuring male heartthrobs like Rob Pattinson and Zac Efron. (Photo: RadNails)

—Caroline

The busy girl’s answer to a manicure? Nail Strips. Here’s our quick and easy tutorial.

Want Fuller Brows? The Tip You NEED to Know

Above: The interior of Sania’s Brow Bar. Below: Paul & Joe eyebrow pencil.

Over the weekend I got a brow consultation from New York City-based brow trainer, Sania Vucetaj. I had never had my brows done by anyone in Manhattan before (I hail from Chicago and had always relied on makeup artist and brow expert Nicole Jacob), so I did my due diligence before booking my appointment. I looked for a salon that preferred tweezing to waxing (wax can stretch the delicate skin around the eye) and, ideally, that specialized in brows. Sania’s Brow Bar fit the requirements and came highly recommended (New York called it one of the top 5 brow-shaping salons in NYC). Sold.

I sat down with the Vucetaj for about fifteen minutes, in which time she cleaned up my brows and provided some super helpful tips. First things first, Vucetaj warns against haphazardly slathering moisturizer all over your face because it clogs eyebrow hair follicles, preventing them from growing back the way they should. Given that mine were a little uneven and I need to work on filling in certain areas, I am now trying to be more careful about how I apply my moisturizer. 

The second major bit of advice she offered up was filling in my brows with a pencil, especially to help even them out. I’m planning to buy the one Vucetaj used, it’s by French beauty brand Paul and Joe. The shade (#2) matched my arches perfectly.

The consult was absolutely worth the price ($55 including tip) — especially considering the great tips I picked up. I’ll definitely be going back in four to six weeks to see her again—and I’ll post an update about whether or not the moisturizer trick is working!

For more brow grooming advice, click here to watch our video on eye-opening brows.

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Meredith