How to Regrow Overplucked Eyebrows

Paging Brooke Shields—thick, full eyebrows are back! From caterpillar-browed cover girls like Cara Delvigne and Kate Upton to bushy-eyed beauties like Natalie Portman and Keira Knightly, big, bold brows have emerged as one of this season’s biggest beauty trends. If years of tweezing, waxing, plucking, and threading have you thinking your arches aren’t up to par to take part, think again. Here’s the skinny on achieving lush, natural brows in (almost) no time.

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As tempting as it might be, give your trusty tweezers a break and let your brows grow wild for at least a month or two. It will take approximately four to eight weeks for the hair to grow long enough to where they can be groomed to an optimal shape. If they get too much for you to tame on your own, go to a professional eyebrow stylist, who can help you keep the strays away without overplucking.

Promote New Growth

Exfoliating helps keep hair follicles healthy and promotes growth. Use a soft toothbrush to gently massage your brow area daily. Bonus: it feels great!

Give Your Brows a Boost

Tired of waiting around for your brows to grow in on their own? There are many prescription serums that can speed up the process. We love Rapid Brow Growth Enhancing Serum, which contains powerful peptides that promote hair growth. This is not an overnight solution, though. It can still take five to eight weeks for your full brow to blossom.

Adjust Your Routine

Avoid applying follicle-clogging lotions and eye creams to your brow area. They can slow down hair regrowth, or even prevent them from growing altogether.

Grab a Pencil
While you wait for your thicker, fuller brows to sprout, it’s a good idea to fill in any uneven spots with an eyebrow pencil. Better yet, book an appointment at your salon for a professional eyebrow tinting, which will instantly make them appear fuller.

TIPS ON MAKING YOUR FAMILY PORTRAIT PICTURE PERFECT

Memories are golden and time with family is so precious. Most families invest in a portrait session at some point and with our lives so full, planning wardrobe and getting the family to a location for your shoot can be slightly stressful.

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Here are some things to consider when planning for your family portrait:

Clothing should be well thought out but also comfortable- many make the mistake of being too dressed up. Consider where you will hang the artwork and make sure the colors of your clothes compliment the color scheme of your home.

Plan to get the dad and children’s hair cut a couple weeks before the shoot date so it has time to grow in and look natural.

Make up should be simple and natural.  Use an oil free foundation primer to make sure that your skin is oil/shine free.  If you have large pores, use a foundation primer that will even out the texture of your skin.

Highlight your best/favorite features.  Wear natural eyelash extensions, which will accentuate your eyes. Finally, use a high definition finish powder.  This will not only set your makeup, but will give you a smooth, shine free flawless complexion that will translate well on camera.

Get a manicure and pedicure before the shoot. Our photographer often has clients in bare feet so we want those feet to look their best!

Most importantly relax! Our photographer encourages family members to relax and be themselves allowing him to capture the family dynamics.

Mac and Jennifer Hartshorn are the owners of Hartshorn Portraiture. Their sunny Hoboken stu­dio is the per­fect set­ting for fam­ily por­trait shoots, but a stone’s throw from New York and New Jersey’s unique cityscapes and beach back­drops. They pride themselves on high customer service and state of the art print­ing and edit­ing in house to pro­duce the very best qual­ity prints for your trea­sured por­traits. They invite you to join them for family beach session at the Jersey Shore this summer.

“For fam­i­lies who want to expe­ri­ence the beauty of their chang­ing fam­ily as art, Hartshorn Portraiture is the por­trait stu­dio that cel­e­brates all those per­fect imper­fec­tions because we believe that fam­ily is your mas­ter­piece.”

www.HartshornPortraiture.com

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A Blushing Bride Guide to Radiant Glow

Planning a trip down the aisle this summer? Say “I do” to these bridal beauty tips that are guaranteed to have you glowing in time for your big day.happy bride

Plan Ahead

Don’t leave how you look on the most important day of your life ‘til the last minute. Schedule consultations with an esthetician, makeup artist, and hairstylist as early as six months in advance and find ones who specialize in your specific beauty concerns (breakouts, kinky hair, etc.). Be sure to bring along photos from magazines, Pinterest, and Instagram to show them exactly the kind of look you’re going for.

Regular Routine

Once you’ve settled on your ultimate bridal style, it’s time to kickstart your beauty regimen into high gear (remember, visible changes in your skin won’t happen overnight). A hydrating skin serum containing hyaluronic acid and a solid sunscreen routine will be your secret weapons in attaining a healthy, radiant complexion.

Quick Fixes

Thinking of freshening up your appearance with Botox, Juvederm, or other cosmeceutical? You’ll want to see your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon at least a month in advance, so any swelling you might encounter will have plenty of time to settle. Same goes for waxing sessions, which should be scheduled a week ahead of your walk down the aisle (and remember, no retinol products for at least five days prior to your appointment).

Take a Little Time

The stress of planning a wedding can take a serious toll on your skin, so it’s important to find ways that let you relax and unwind. Hit the yoga studio, get a massage or facial, or slide into a warm aromatherapy bath. Eating right and drinking at least a liter of water a day is also essential. Make sure your diet includes plenty of antioxidant-rich leafy greens and veggies and foods containing skin-healthy fats like nuts, salmon, and avocados.

Do a Trial Run

One of the most frustrating feelings a bride can have on her wedding day is not looking like herself, so scheduling a trial run with your makeup artist before your big day is a must. Come to the appointment with as close to the same skin tone as you’ll have on your wedding day (especially if you plan on getting a spray tan), wear white clothing, and take plenty of pictures to see just how your makeup reads on camera.

The Final Countdown

With one week to go before your wedding day, avoid putting your skin through too much turmoil. That means no booking a facial with extractions and no picking at blemishes (it’s much easier to cover a pimple than a scab!), no matter how tempting. Now is also the time to give chapped lips a good exfoliation.

Enjoy Yourself!

Remember what the day is all about. Savor and celebrate the moment and you’ll radiate love, beauty, and happiness.