WATCH: How to Clean up Your Eyebrows at Home When You Can’t Go to the Salon

Even though salons are opened back up, a lot of us are busy with work, school, and home life so paying someone to get our brows together isn’t the focus for right now. But that doesn’t mean we want to walk around looking like a beast. So, we at BeautyLeeBar decided to handle things on our own and look for how to clean up eyebrows at home without going to the beauty salon.

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We did a lot of research before we found some YouTube videos that were a winner for us. The beauty influencers demonstrate an easy step-by-step tutorial showing how to clean up your eyebrows at home easily. We couldn’t just keep this to ourselves so here’s what we learned…

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How to clean up eyebrows at home:

You will need:

  • Facial touch-up razor (available in pharmacies, Walmart, Amazon, etc)
  • Tweezers
  • Slanted eyebrow pencil (optional)
  • Eyebrow brush or spoolie
  • A pair of scissors
  • Water spray

Steps:

1. It’s best to clean the area before you start tweezing, so wash your face first.

2. Brush your eyebrows upwards really well, until you start seeing your longer hairs.

3. If you don’t want your hair to be too long and you don’t like the bushy and messy look, use the scissors to trim the longer hairs you want to shorten, but do it very carefully. 

Beauty Note: Avoid trimming your eyebrow at the tail, just the center, and front.

4. Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any sparse areas. This is so you can determine your eyebrow shape and know the spots that shouldn’t approach when plucking your eyebrows.

5. Now brush the eyebrows again, but naturally this time.

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6. Use the tweezers to remove any stray hairs that are far away from your brows and the area you defined.

7. Pull the skin, above your brow, upwards using your fingers. Very gently and carefully, trace the razor downwards to clean up any extra hairs or peach fuzz around your brows. 

8. Seal your work with eyebrow gel to keep everything in place.

Primp Tip: Don’t forget to think about your brow’s natural shape, so you don’t try to tweeze it into something new entirely. This is not brow art, its brow shaping! Be cautious, careful, and restrained. Just clean up the bare minimums on the bottoms, where you see stray hairs.

What that means in practice: Take your tweezers and tweeze stray hairs beneath the brow. Make sure you’re pulling hair in the direction that it’s growing in. You want to take it out the way it comes in, or you can end up getting ingrown hairs.

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Primp Tip: Once it’s done, lightly moisturize the brow area to calm the inflamed skin and rehydrate. Try a gentle facial oil like Josie Maran Mini 100 percent Pure Argan Oil, Tatcha GOLD CAMELLIA BEAUTY OIL Nourishing 23k Gold Oil, or a water-based moisturizer like Tatcha THE SILK CREAM Firming Hydration.

Be careful: Make sure you sterilize all these beauty tools before and after using them. 

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Watch these eyebrows clean up tutorial:

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WATCH: How to Refresh Knotless Braids

If your knotless braids are old and you’re wondering how to refresh them and make them look new again without having to redo them then, this is for you.

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In this episode of hair, beauty influencer Lee shares tips for reviving old knotless braids to look brand new.

She wrote:

It is very important to maintain your braids to make sure they last, are clean, and look fresh. Here is my routine on how to maintain knotless braids (small, large, or jumbo braids!)

Check out the video here:

Here’s what you need:

  • Mousse
  • A bowl of water or a spray bottle with water in it
  • Cotton pads
  • Edge control
  • Hair oil – it can be jojoba oil, tea tree, it’s really up to you
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Gel
  • Mini hair clips/pins are optional
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How -To

  1. Grab a cotton pad and lightly saturate it with water. Then use the saturated cotton pad to clean along the lines of your box braids. This will help remove any build-up from products used originally and dirt.
  2. After you have cleaned all the lines, mix your water with some leave-in conditioner and hair oil. Then spray this on your hair roots and massage in. Once this is done, tie the hair down so the natural heat from your scalp can work its magic and your hair follicles can soak them up for about 20 minutes.
  3. Apply some gel around the braid sweeping the hair towards the braid. Neatly making the parts clear and new again. You can secure it with a mini hair clip/pin if needed.
  4. When you’re all done, apply some edge control to your edges to sleek them down. Grab your mousse bottle and apply a generous amount to flatten any flyaway and finish off with hair spray.
  5. You can choose to tie the hair down for a few minutes after this to further secure it, but that’s about it.

When you’re done, your hair will look brand new and will last for a few more weeks. Go ahead and add something extra with beads, twists – your choice!

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For those of us who like to watch hair tutorials to get it right, here are more how to refresh your box braids video below.

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And if you still decide to loosen your braids, here are some ideas for your next hairstyle.

Selfie Makeup Tutorials That Will Forever Change Your Instagram Game

 Taking the perfect selfie requires a lot of attention and practice — you have to find that perfect light (hello golden hour) and know what angles work best for you. Whether you’re more of an #IWokeUpLikeThis kind of selfie-taker or want a little more glam, we rounded up four tutorials that’ll help you achieve the perfect photo, and most importantly, will make you feel confident.

For the Natural Selfie

Mia Randria breaks down exactly how she creates her perfect selfie makeup in this tutorial — and it’s all about looking natural while enhancing your best features. One of Randria’s tricks is to use a gel liner on the outer corners of the eye only and extend it to make a small wing. This helps open up the eyes. We recommend using the Maybelline New York Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner to make thin, precise lines.

For the Glowy Selfie

In this gorgeous glowy selfie tutorial, Amrezy focuses on light golden lids and juicy lips. The major takeaway here is to use a glittery eyeshadow — especially in the inner corner of your eyes — because light will softly bounce off the shadow, illuminating the face. Try using the Amrezy Eyeshadow Palette on your lids to achieve the look.

For the Awake, Monochromatic Selfie

Vlogger @iamShelly keeps it clean, simple, and gorgeous in this tutorial. In addition to matching her crease color to her lip color, we also love how she makes her eyes look more awake by applying a light tan eyeliner — like the NYX Professional Makeup Faux Whites Eye Brightener in Vanilla — on her waterline. This touch will make your eyes appear whiter and brighter when you snap that selfie.

For the Ultimate Instagram Tutorial

If you’re makeup-obsessed and want a full beat for your selfie, Alice Lockhart creates a gorgeous take on an Instagram baddie look in this tutorial. Not only does she create impressively sharp winged eyeliner, but she also finishes it off with fluffy lashes and completes the look with an overlined gloss lip. Recreate the lip with the Marc Jacobs Enamored Lip hi-shine gloss lip lacquer.

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The Best LGBTQ+ Beauty Influencers to Follow on TikTok, Instagram and Youtube

When we’re scrolling through our fave beauty accounts on social media, we’re often so focused on the stunning makeup looks that we forget about the actual artists creating them and what they mean to their followers and subscribers. This can be especially true for LGBTQ+ beauty influencers on TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube, who inspire and uplift so many by sharing their personal stories and, of course, through their work. Below, meet 9+ of our favorite LGBTQ+ content creators you’re going to want to follow, ASAP. 

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Hyram 

For unsolicited (yet totally welcome) skin-care advice, subscribe to Hyram’s TikTok account like, now. He’s always sharing what products to buy (he’s a huge CeraVe fan!) and has dedicated his account to helping followers get their skin-care routines in check. If you’re lucky, he may even duet your skin-care routine.

Bretman Rock 

For a mix of skin, makeup, lifestyle and getting ready content, follow Bretman Rock on Instagram and Youtube. He’s an extremely talented makeup artist, has a great sense of humor and fabulous hair.

Bretman has 12 million followers on Instagram but he still doesn’t get the recognition he deserves on a worldwide scale. I’ve followed him from the beginning and he’s one of the few influencers whose personality hasn’t changed with fame. He’s humble, hilarious, super proud of his Filipino heritage, and is unproblematic. Honestly, he’s been doing this for years and has managed to stay out of the drama. He is who he is, which is why his followers love him.

GlamazonTay

Glamazontay’s YouTube channel is a beauty, fashion and lifestyle destination. She does everything from hair tutorials to outfit hauls and has enough GRWMs to help you slay for months on end. Watching her videos is basically like hanging out with one of your friends.

James Charles

Oh, James Charles. He’s known for his whimsical glam makeup tutorials, iconic YouTuber collabs and huge community of sisters. Plus, he’s wildly entertaining. Definitely worth a follow, but don’t blame us if you get a little bit addicted.

Patrick Starr

If you’re not already following Patrick Starr, who’s an amazing content creator and founder of the new beauty brand One Size, now is definitely the time to subscribe. Not only does he have a bright and bubbly personality, he also produces movie-quality videos that are mesmerizing to watch. He’s also known for creating over-the-top drag makeup.

With over 4.6 million followers on Instagram, Starr is undoubtedly a, well, star. He’s all about the long lashes, head wraps, wigs, and long gowns, and his makeup tutorial videos are full of uplifting vibes and humor. Starr oozes confidence and self-love—it’s part of what makes him so inspirational. He’s teamed up with big-name beauty brands like MAC and Benefit Cosmetics, and he’s worked with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Jessica Alba to create fun beauty content. Trust us, you want to give him a follow.

Gigi Gorgeous

An OG YouTuber, Gigi has been delivering makeup videos and challenges for years. She’s documented everything from her favorite beauty products to her transition with the support of her followers all the way.

Julie Vu

Not only is Julie Vu talented at slaying a smoky eye, she also gets real on her channel about everything she’s going through. As a trans woman, Julie has shared her transition from the beginning and continues to inspire people with her honesty. Go for the beauty tutorials (her perfect wand curls tutorial comes to mind) and stay for the funny challenges and informative videos about transitioning.

Jazmina Daniel

The queen of lip art, you’ve likely seen her lip looks floating around your Instagram feed. She’s recreated everything from iconic works of art to album cover artwork. She’s also incredibly fashionable.

 Mei Pang

Pang came on my radar a few months ago when one of her videos popped up on my Twitter feed. From the moment the video started, I was in awe. Her looks seem intricate but they’re actually super easy to emulate, kind of like a lazy way to fake a flawless look. Plus, her down-to-earth attitude is something that many can vibe with.

Pang isn’t the girl-next-door—she’s your badass friend who gives it to you straight. She constantly features her head-to-toe tattoos on her Instagram and serves fierce makeup looks, too. They’re not your typical beauty looks; she often does full-face makeup with bold colors and shapes that are embellished with pearls, rhinestones, and more. On her feed, Pang is also incredibly open about her sobriety and what that journey has looked like for her.

Deon

The blend honey, the blend! I thought my blending game was on point, but Deon makes me look like an amateur. He only has 18,000 followers and I don’t understand why he doesn’t have more. Colorful eyeshadows can be scary to use but I love that Deon uses them at every chance he gets. He shows that with practice, bright colors can be tamed.

Clark describes his aesthetic as “special occasion,” and his looks are the intersection of glam and fierce. He says that wearing makeup gives him a confidence boost and makes him feel snatched, but what he loves most are the comments he gets from his followers saying that he’s inspired them. 

Nikkie de Jagger

f you love makeup tutorials, odds are de Jagger has popped up as a suggested video or account on your feed. With over 15 million followers, she’s earned the title of a beauty mogul and expert, and her makeup looks prove it. They’re colorful, bright, and bold, and de Jagger always breaks them down in easy-to-follow steps. In January, she posted a now-viral video in which she came out as transgender after someone threatened to out her. Since that moment, she’s been more open about her journey as a trans woman and how makeup plays into it.

Myla

If you’re looking for beauty influencers who post mood-boosting looks, search no further. Myla’s fun makeup looks are straight out of an Instagram filter, featuring everything from smiley faces to daises to butterfly wings. For her, makeup is about creativity, playfulness, and self-expression, just as it should be.

Did I miss any of your favorite LGBTQ+ influencers? Of course, there are thousands of talented LGBTQ+ influencers out there, but check this talented bunch out when you’re looking for someone new. And remember, we choose who we follow, even if the talent is there, let’s try not to make problematic, negative people famous.

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Photo: @MeiPang