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Friends Of ITG Share Their Brow Selfies

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Right now, ITG is all about the brow. In celebration of Glossier’s upcoming product launch, we’re hosting Brow Month—a time to explore where those arches have been, where they’re going, and how best to care for yours.

Like everything else, selfies are subject to trends. The main point of reference here is probably Kim Kardashian’s tome, Selfish, but anyone with an Instagram account can probably hack together a vague timeline. It started with the duck face to highlight the cheekbones. That morphed into the subtle pout that makes the lips appear ever-so-slightly enlarged. There was the nose-to-boob selfie, disregarding the eyes and making the argument that a slightly agape mouth and a good neckline are truly the windows to the soul. Now there’s the Snapchat screengrab selfie because who doesn’t want to vomit a rainbow?

A subset of these (and not just because we’re all about brows right now) is the brow selfie. It’s also a perfect segue for some more brow stories (they never get old; keep them coming). Above are some exemplars of the brow selfie genre, coupled with their corresponding brow story below. Got a selfie? Stick in the comments.

Andreea Diaconu

“A makeup artist in Japan suggested I shave [my brows] when I was 15, but luckily I stood my ground. I’ve bleached them a couple of times, but besides the zebra effect that happens if you don’t dye them back, everything was ok. I once plucked them into a upside down ’90s style Nike swoosh, but [my] mother made me put castor oil on [them] everyday and they came back. I was quite young, so don’t count on the castor trick—it works for some.”

Lily Collins

4772175-tumblr_nm5dkbwere1tucih0o7_500“When I moved to the US at such a young age, I was incredibly self-conscious of my bold brows. I thought they made me stand out when all I wanted to do was fit in. However, the older I got the more I realized that’s a positive thing! Standing out and being different is way more fun than blending in. I embrace them as one of my unique features because they make me, me.”

“I’ve had thick, coarse black eyebrows since I was a wee child, and in middle school and early high school I plucked them, trimmed them and bleached them—I’m surprised they grew back! I had a breakthrough with them recently. I always thought my face was lopsided and that one of my eyes was higher than the other but it turns out my eyebrows were just uneven. I used to pencil them in before my breakthrough. Recently, my friend Paloma Elsesser—another girl with great eyebrows—took me to Pinky’s Village Spa, an eyebrow threading salon in the East Village. I was scared, but in a daring mood, so I let Pinky reshape and dye them. She uses this henna dye, which is meant to stimulate hair growth and it actually works (or at least it worked on me)! My face is way more symmetrical now and I no longer use any type of makeup on my brows. It’s really funny when you have the dye on because it’s thick and black. For the first day you might notice the dye on your skin, but it washes away after a day or two. Anyway, I’ve been going there the whole summer and it’s honestly changed my day-to-day life, and I can get ready so much quicker.”

Aurora James

“I basically abandoned my eyebrows a year ago. After fixating over them for my entire life, I said, ‘Que sera, sera,’ and just let them be. A makeup artist friend of mine gave me a Twinkle, which I will use to trim the tops of them up every now and then if I feel so inclined.”

Shay Mitchell

Kelley Baker is my brow guru. Brows are so important and I always trust her to make mine look good before any event or shoot.”

Adesuwa Aighewi

“I used to not like my eyebrows because they grow in this weird shape—the Asian male eyebrow—and I would over-pluck them trying to get an arch. One time I dyed them, and I really liked not having to deal with them after that…but I think the look scared babies. Every now and then, I fill them in I’m when going out, but I also have this fear that rain will come and it will just melt off, so for the most part I let them be. I think confidence in your eyebrows is a must—if you like them then no one can tell you differently.”

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Black Designers Celebrated During the Milan Fashion Week

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Five designers were part of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the Italian fashion group of the event. A name inspired by the international movement trending worldwide as a form of protest against racial injustice. However, due to the pandemic, the event was one of the first fashion week’s virtual shows. The digital event named We are made in Italy was filmed at Milan’s grand Palazzo Clerici and hosted the summer/spring 2021 collections of Joy Meribel, Karim Daoudi, Mokudu Fall, Claudia Gisele Ntsama, and Fabiola Manirakiza. As Manirakiza was initially from Burundi, Mokodu Fall and Claudia Giselle Ntsama grew up with a family of tailors from Cameroon. At the same time, Karim Daoudi was born in Morocco, and Joy Meribel grew up in Nigeria. The five designers were mentored by the only black member of the Italian fashion council, Stella Jean. The Italian-Haitian was also campaigning against racism in the industry. According to Jean, Made in Italy used to represent itself around the world as a white concept. However, now it is no longer like this as the new Italy doesn’t want to be part of it.

Going against the grain

According to the Italian high fashion black designers, they believe that it is essential to show the world that Made in Italy doesn’t correspond to any particular color.  They want to abolish the prejudice of being Italian means being white. They claim that this world we live in is a world that only a few know of its existence, and even fewer are able to enjoy it. 

However, since the show was dedicated to black Italian designers of Milan’s fashion week for the first time, it’s debut was the marking point in the official calendar. A strong move of the organizers in the hope of highlighting the lack of diversity in the industry. 

According to Stella Jean, it is quite depressing to think that most Italian brands enjoyed by worldwide attention have a mass amount of influence on billions of people who don’t even realize that an entire generation in Italy is asking for a voice and space.

Jean demands that the sector governing body support black designers and have called out Italian fashion houses to confront racism.

Making a permanent mark

Some may even say that predominantly, Italy has shown blindness to horrifying racing hiding underneath its skin. 

Jean claims that it is unfair that some people remain invisible. Italian brands tend to pretend not to see them and give most of their attention in an inappropriate way towards the Black Lives Matter movements outside of Italy. Instead, they would focus on things happening in the United States while ignoring things happening in their own country. She believes that Italy has a serious racial problem, and if we don’t open the wound now to heal it, it will never heal. 

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Beauty Care Tips Every Woman Must Know

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Every woman is beautiful in her own right. She does her routine with exacting femininity and grace that only makes her more attractive, not only to others, but also to herself. It is essential for every woman to know how to take care of herself—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually—and cultivate a healthy self-image in the process.

For a woman, being beautiful is undeniably an added bonus. This does not, however, disregard the necessity of nurturing other intrinsic aspects including mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Nonetheless, it is essential to establish certain beauty tricks to maintain her looks.

If you are a woman, here are several beauty tips for you:

Green Tea is a Beautifying Agent

Green tea isn’t merely used to promote weight loss and detox. Use green tea to beautify your skin, as well. Used tea bags can serve a secondary purpose as they can be placed under the eyes to lighten those dark circles below the eyes. Green tea can also reduce swelling and eradicate those fine lines.

Removing Lipstick with Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil can be used to get rid of your lipstick. Dip a ball of cotton in some sweet almond oil and gently rub your lips with it. It’s a cheap makeup remover that can be used to remove all traces of makeup on your face, as well.

Avoid Cosmetics with Comedogenic Ingredients

Comedogenic ingredients in cosmetics clog your pores and irritate your skin. Acne and blemish concealers, for instance, might work well as they cover those dark spots on your skin. However, they can also further exacerbate sensitive skin and even clog your pores. Find alternatives that do not contain comedogenic substances like acetylated lanolin alcohol and ascorbyl palmitate instead.

Vaseline to Shape Your Eyebrows

Vaseline or its generic name, petroleum jelly, has long been used for a variety of purposes. You can also use it to shape your eyebrows. Dab a bit of Vaseline on a Q-tip and use it to groom your eyebrows and even have thicker brows in time.

Coconut Oil before Washing Your Hair

Coconut oil has many benefits. Massage a tablespoon-full of coconut oil in your hair 10 minutes before shampooing. It helps to thicken your hair strands, deepen its color, and even soften your hair.

Patch Tests for Each New Product

Before using new cosmetic products, make sure to do a patch test first. For hair coloring agents, dab a bit of the product behind your ears and leave it there for 24 hours. Do the same for new lotions and creams. If any allergic reaction develops, stop using the product.

Summary

It is highly essential for a woman to continue and improve her regular beauty routine. Physical beauty contributes to self-image and self-worth. Nevertheless, it is equally vital to check new products for substances that may only prove harmful for you in the long run. If at all, consult an expert or read about the different chemicals contained in your cosmetics before even using them on yourself.

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8 Ways to Prevent Acne Breakouts

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There is nothing more annoying than having a massive zit on an important milestone of your life, such a big date or your first day of classes. Acne typically occurs when your skin’s pores are blocked with oil, dead skin, or bacteria. To get rid of acne and have healthy, beautiful, clear skin, read on to the tips below to prevent acne breakouts.

Ways to Have an Acne-Free Face

Wash Your Face Before You Sleep

Even though it is mighty tempting just to go to sleep after a long day, make sure that you form the habit of washing your face before you sleep! Your face is exposed to all types of dirt, dust, pollution, smoke, germs, and bacteria during the day. Make sure you wash your face clean before sleeping to prevent dirt build-up in your pores so you can wake up with a fresh and clean look.

Use Moisturizer

Yes, use moisturizer even for people who have an oily face! Having dry skin is a breeding ground for acne to grow, so make sure that you moisturize your face at least once a day to keep your face smooth and clear.

Wash Thoroughly

While building the habit of washing regularly is great, make sure that you wash your face thoroughly so that there will be no leftover suds or soap that can potentially block your pores and cause acne. Make sure that your face is smooth and silky and not soapy, so you can be assured that there is no leftover product on your face.

Be Gentle

When washing your face, consider doing soft and gentle taps as compared to scrubbing your skin raw. Excessive scrubbing can further irritate your skin, which can then be vulnerable to acne spurts. When using your hands to wash your face, make sure your hands are clean and dirt-free. Otherwise, you will just be transferring the dirt on your hand to your face.

Wash Your Face When You Wake Up

Product in your hair can transfer to your pillowcase and blanket, which in turn, can be transferred to your face as you sleep. Make it a habit to wash your face when you wake up so that the dirt and grime while you sleep will be washed off your face.

Clean Your Phone

You are always touching your phone, which makes it one of the hotspots for bacteria and germs to breed in. You can clean your phone by getting wet wipes and wiping off the screen. In this way, when you call someone, there won’t be any germs transferring from your phone to your face.

Do Not Touch Your Face

While it can be physically impossible to stop touching your face, especially when you watch a movie or when you listen to your teacher’s discussion, making a conscious effort to stop touching your face will do wonders in lessening the amount of dirt and germs in your face!

Hairstyle Matters

Certain hairstyles would irritate your face that can be prone to breakouts. One of these hairstyles is bangs. Stylish as it may seem, the frequent touching of your hair to your skin can promote more acne, especially in the forehead area. If you noticed more zits in your forehead when you had bangs, consider having another hairstyle.

Hopefully, the tips above can help you have clearer, smooth skin in no time!

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