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How to create HD brows at home

Cara Brows hd eyebrows at home

Big, bold eyebrows are in. We all want the defined arch that is thicker and bolder than our own. But how do we achieve this?

There are so many options made available to us to create that fuller-looking brow. There are pencils, powders, pomades and gels on the market, as well as the option of semi-permanent makeup.

These desired brows can be achieved with a step-by-step guide we’ve created for you. With a few techniques and tools, you’re able to create those HD brows at home. Now we can all look like Cara Delevingne!


Begin by investing in a good powder palette, pencil or pomade that is best suited to you and your eyebrow colour. HD Brows do a great palette, which suits every hair colour. Today, Remy’s using the Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade which suits her sparse brows.


Mark three points onto your eyebrows. This should be where your eyebrows start, arch and finish. This will make the application easier, and the arch more defined and precise.


Outline your shape by following the three marks you have just done. To help create sharp and defined line try using an angled brush. Our brow brush is perfect for using both on the wax and powder to help create a defined shape.

Use short and soft brush strokes to fill in the sparse areas of your brows. This technique mimics the brows hairs making them look naturally fuller without being drawn on. If you want a more natural looking brow, you can use a brow powder create a softer and subtle colour.


If you find the brush strokes to be harsh, blend it out with a spoolie. This will also blend away the harsh edges of the outline so that it looks natural. If you’re satisfied with the way it looks, take any brow gel to set the brow hairs in place. Remy is using the Benefit Gimme Brow to also add more volume to her brows.


Repeat the steps again on your other brow. Remember your eyebrows are sisters and not twins. You will not be able to create the exact same shape on both brows and this is perfectly normal.


This step is optional. Apply a highlighter underneath each of your eyebrows. This will give the eyebrows a more lifted shape and will brighten your eyes as well.

So now you have created gorgeous full looking brows, which was probably easier than you thought it would be! Make sure you keep to a shape and style your face will suit.

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Let’s celebrate this summer with Travel Makeup Brush Giveaway

As summer is in full swing and so many of you are going on holiday, we though it would be nice to give away one of our Luxury Travel Makeup Brushes Set.

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This is joint giveaway with lovely Emily-Victoria Canham so please make sure you follow her channel and social media. (Starts 2:35)

Good luck!

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The Art of Blending with the Nanshy Blending Sponge

blending sponge

Why blending sponge? As an artist of make-up we can often ask what is it that defines a good make-up artist and a great make-up application?   Many make-up artists have answered this question in different ways over the years including the American celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin.  Kevyn stated that The Art of make-up is blending”. For many make-up artists who aspire to be good at their craft, or for a make-up enthusiast looking for the best tools to use in their make-up kit, learning of the best blending tools around is a great place to learn how to be like the best.

The key to a great blend

They key to a great blend can be found in different places.  We can look at how we apply make-up to the face.  Are we applying in a controlled way?  Are we taking care to blend in all the edges?  We can also look at the skin canvas… is the skin smooth and well moisturised ready for a make-up application? Products also have a great influence on the final look that will be achieved.  We can ask questions like:  Are we applying the right make-up to the right skin type?  All these questions can help us towards a well-blended and overall professional finish.

Nanshy Makeup Blending Sponge

Finally, we can look at the tools we can use.  For that well blended foundation, blusher, bronzer and eye shadow, Nanshy produce a blending sponge which can be used to perfectly blend in this make-up.  Using a blending sponge to give that professional and flawless finish to your make-up has become a handy little tool for many in the world of make-up.  This product is something which is now being used not only by make-up enthusiasts’, but by international make-up artists.

How to use the blending sponge?

The sponge can be used both wet and dry, depending upon your preference and what products you are using.  For the wet application simply run it under water for a few seconds.  Once wet, gently squeeze out the water.   The other difference you will notice once the sponge is wet is that the sponge will have grown in size.

Use the sponge for make-up application and blending

You can use this sponge for the initial application of your make-up.  If you are using foundation for example, put a small amount on the back of your hand and by using the base end of the sponge, gently lift up some product and gently dab away any excess.  Once you have done this you can slowly build up the coverage you want by stippling over the face until you reach the desired effect.

Where can you use it?


This sponge is great for use for liquid, creams and even powdered foundations.  A light, medium or heavy coverage can be gained from layering up the colour.  Use the base end of the sponge and gently stipple over the face.  You will see instantly that that the look achieved is well distributed and blended.


Creams, powders and liquid blushers can be applied using this sponge.  Use the base end again to stipple the blush over the apple of the cheeks towards the temples.  You can also blend in the blusher with the rest of your foundation to produce a flawless finish.

Eye shadows

Cream and powdered eye shadows can be applied using the narrow end of the sponge.  You can use these to apply a single shade, or you can build up colours and blend them together.  As this sponge produces such an elegant finish, applying eye shadow using this sponge is great for both the day and evening looks.

Use after foundation application

blending spongeIf you like to for example use your fingers to apply the foundation, this doesn’t mean that this product cannot further improve your make-up.  You can use this sponge in conjunction with any other product, or with using your fingers.  This sponge is an accessory which will only improve what you already have done.  If for example you are applying a foundation, this sponge is perfect to touch up areas which may look blotchy or streaky.  As well as allowing for a flawless look, the pointed end can easily smooth out those areas which tend to crease such as under the eyes, around the nose and mouth.


Cleaning this sponge is just as easy as cleaning your make-up brushes.  Use a gentle baby shampoo to wash, and then leave to dry for its next use.

Read more about Makeup Blending Sponge or Buy One Now

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How to Use Make-up Brushes to Create an Edgy Look

Creating an edgy and vampy look doesn’t have to be complicated. There comes a time where we would all like to be more experimental with our makeup, but where do we start?

With a small tweak or a choosing more muted colours, can help you be on your way to an edgier look.

Make-up brushes can be a great way to help you create a vampy finish. Using brushes that are fine and precise, allowing a much more perfected look.


A great way to begin your edgy look is with your eyes. Choosing colours such a purples, greys or blacks can help create a much more punk like look.

A smoky eye is a great look, using different shades and colours to contrast against your eyes. There are some great palettes available; offering the three shades you will need to achieve the look.

When creating the vampy, edgy look, eye make-up brushes are essential. In order to blend the different shades together, you will need a combination of
blending brushes and a few finer brushes to help define your eyeliner and reach into the corners of your eyes.

Our blending eye shadow brush is perfect for mixing together different eye shadows, to remove harsh edges and add edginess to your eyes.

Applying your black eyeliner and highlighter can be tricky; trying to use your fingers is pretty much impossible to achieve these applications. The areas can be hard to reach, but with the right makeup tools, it can be quick and easy, making it smudge proof and a precise application.

With our angled detailer brush, those hard to reach places are now made quick and easy. The angled detailer helps applying those bolder colours more precise, preventing any smudging or mistakes.

For a step by step guide to creating a smokey eye look click here:


The right cheek colour and application technique can help can help to contour your face into an entirely different look and shape. With the Kardashians heavily supporting the contoured look, we all have desired for those high cheekbones.

To create a more edgy and vamp look, you will need to choose a more muted colours for your cheeks. The application is essential, as with a smoky eye, you need to be careful on the blusher!

Our Blush and Bronze brush can give your application a more defined and edgy look. The angled detailer brush helps your application quick and simple, with as much or as little as you like. Perfect for both cream and powdered blush, you can create any vampy look.

Try contouring the face as the perfect look to pair with smokey eyes


The perfect finishing touch to an edgy look is the lips. An vampy look needs a bold colour, which can be hard applying with the stick or fingers. You need to follow your lip line, and those with thinner lips may want to create a fuller look.

A lip brush can be perfect to help apply lipstick is the most precise way. With its fine and thin end, application can be soft and easy, even for beginners with a bold colour lipstick.

Our Flat Definer brush is a great way of reach those sharp edges and helping the lip to look fuller. With a bold colour, once smudged it can be hard to remove. With our flat definer brush, it is easy to apply both on the outline of the lips, as well as the fuller part.

Opt for reds, berry shades and deep plums, or a nude teamed with a very dark eye.

Follow this guide to applying the perfect berry lip:

And there we have it, a bold and vamp look, all made better by simply using brushes. Experiment further with colours and tones with our full collection of brushes helping to make it easier!

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Chroming Tutorial Using Makeup Brushes and Lipstick

Chroming: highlighting with lipstick


Is ‘chroming’ just a short term gimmick or is it a natural evolution from strobing?

Pixiwoo's seems to think it could be a bit of both. Cosmopolitan calls chroming “a fancy term for highlighting”.

Whatever you may call it, chroming has taken Instagram and the media by storm.

What is Chroming?

Chroming is a highlighting technique devised by Mac Cosmetics’ Senior Makeup Artist, Dominic Skinner.

Using the newly-released Mac x Mariah Carey lipstick 'All I want' and applying it to the skin rather than the lips, Dominic created a look that features shimmering cheekbones and highlighted parts of the face that catch the light and emphasise the face shape.

With this technique you simply can enhance your features as you might do in strobing – such as your cheekbones, your temples, the bridge of your nose or below your brow bone. Some may wish to emphasise the corners of their eyes, chin, or the cupid's bow.

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Chroming: highlighting with lipstick

Our Chroming Tutorial:


Chroming Makeup Tutorial Step 1

Depending on your skin tone, apply a lipstick paler than your skintone to highlight the areas of your face you wish to chrome. Next, blend this first layer of lipstick using a brush such as the Conceal Perfector

Chroming Makeup Tutorial Step 2

Gently blend out the lipstick around the desired areas you’re highlighting onto the surrounding skin – just as you might if you were applying a rouge.

Blending in Chroming

Now, take your shimmery or frosty lipstick and apply it over the area you’ve just smoothed out. You can afford to apply thick lines of lipstick depending on how strong you want the final effect to look. It’s a matter of choice.

Taking the same brush that you’ve just used, blend the shimmery lipstick onto your cheekbones, brow bone or chin with a light hand. You don’t want the two layers of lipstick to merge into one - you want the shimmery lipstick to sit on top of the paler lipstick for the right effect.

In its simplest form, that is all there is to achieving the ‘chrome’ effect.

Chroming Makeup Tutorial Step 5

If you wish to be precise about chroming in areas such as the inner corner of the eyes, cupid’s bow or nose bridge, you might want to use a smaller brush such as the Blending Brush.

What brushes will you need?

Pick from our wide range including black and white handles below:

Enjoyed it?

Like everything creative, it will take a little practice to get the look you’re happy with, but essentially, that’s all there is to it…