Friday, December 18, 2009

Carnival Calabar Queen 2009

Yes people!

The highly anticipated Calabar Carnival is in full swing. But a very important aspect of the carnival is the Carnival Calabar Queen Pageant, that holds a week to Christmas. This year,it is slated to hold on the 19th of December, 2009.

The crowned Queen gets to walk away with a brand new car worth up to N4million, N2million cash and other goodies, including freebies from House of Tara.

Apart from the fanfare, the Queen would be playing a vital role in the fight for child abandonment through the MACA initiative- Mothers against child abandonment. This initiative was set up by Her Excellency, The Wife of the Governor, Obioma Ledal Liyel-Imoke to reduce drastically the alarming rate of abandoned babies in the state.

I intend to be there with my team of Makeup Artists. Its not about work alone. We plan to have so much fun.

See you there!

Monday, December 14, 2009

M.U.S.H.I.N Makeover!!!

On Saturday, history was made in Mushin, Lagos, Nigeria.

People turned out in their numbers, youths from all works of life coming out for one cause.

Mushin, a new look, the face lift of seven streets in Mushin.

Words cannot express how grateful i am at the turn out of Nigerians despite the weather (it rained cats and dogs).

Thanks everyone for your endless support to making history in Nigeria. I believe with this kind of attitude, we will and we can change Nigeria.


(Please follow link for more pictures.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

M.U.S.H.I.N Press Confrence.

Yesterday was one remarkable day. Friends came out in their numbers to lend their support to a just cause. It was the off.
Press-briefing for M.U.S.H.I.N makeover.
Unfortunately i was unavoidably absent. I heard and saw the clip.

To everyone who turned up to make today a huge success,what can i say? God bless you. To all the celebs (from Uncle Dele Momodu to Stella Damascus-Nzeribe to Kate Henshaw-Nuttal to Tee-A to Teju Babyface, DJ Jimmy Jatt, Tosin Martins,Tosyn Bucknor, Jafextra, lamboghini, Omawumi Megbele, Segun Dangote, Denrele Edun, Noble Igwe, Ebuka, Gosporella, Remi Dairo (the list is endless), to our hosts, Ali Baba and Mary.B thanks for your hospitality.

To all our sponsors and those i forgot to mention, God bless you all.
December 12...are you one of us?

Monday, November 30, 2009


Hi People,
We are mobilizing paint, painting materials,800 professional painters and 5000 volunteers to paint buildings, culverts, and roundabouts on 7 streets of Mushin for 8 hours non-stop on Saturday, December, 12.

It’s a community development program called M.U.S.H.I.N MAKEOVER, with a vision to get people to know and say to themselves: 'WE CAN CHANGE NIGERIA'.

I covet your endorsement of this historic effort and would be glad if you could encourage your fans and friends to volunteer.

For more information and registration, please visit

God bless You.

Monday, November 9, 2009


oh what a week! so many activities in the recent past with so little time to put it down for you all...

where do I begin? so much to tell you about and so little time. but I have to start from somewhere.

okay,i don't know if i remembered to tell, i did! i was at 'unmask' on the 21st of September at the Fountain of truth Assembly,Eric Moore, where I was privileged to speak along side other anointed ministers like E-Ben.Here, more light was shed upon discovering your true potential; stop hiding under the veil of social dictates and forget to manifest your God-given talent. this,event is one I hold there as I was privileged to have as my escort for the day, a charming young Man who is set to dazzle the World,positively that is!

I was also at Ibadan in October for a live audience in Ibadan, tagged 'Dreams come true',put together by Jazzy-B.I met with young individuals who would take the Nation to victory if given the right sort of motivation. they were also encouraged instantly by the Commissioner for youth and sports(oyo).Tunde Kelani popularly referred to as TK,was also in attendance to motivate the Youth. Dr. Marinho, thanks a bunch for the books.

I was delighted and most honoured to be invited to be in the culturally rich state of Akwa-Ibom, for the Etiquette and security seminar for Governor's wives and wives of Government Officials. I had a ball at Akwa-Ibom. I used to think that Lagos And Abuja were so touche and all but uyo changed all that very quickly. Thank you her Excellency,the First Lady for Having me,Thank you Roselyn Acko for a Job well done!

this past week was one that so many people will not forget in a hurry. The WIMBIZ annual conference held and it was a huge success.

Wedding bells again people, first members of staff(Toun and Ndeya) but the Bride of interest this week is our one and only Yejide.Last Saturday, was the solemnization of conjugal bliss for Yejide. Remember the beautiful Bride? I wish you all the blessings that life has to offer.

I have been doing an L&D(learning and development) course with The British council for two weeks now where I share my story in Business with members of the BC.October 24 was for Abuja and 7th of November was for Lagos. i will be in Kano on the 14th of this month and Port-Harcourt on the 21st of, see you there.

About House of Tara, our new 12 in 1 HIP(high intensity pigment) shadows are now out with refreshingly new colours. Visit any of our offices for yours or call 08022922922 for delivery. There will also be free consultation sessions with me on the 11th and 12th of this month for between 9am-2pm. catch you there!

one last thing before i run,listen to classic FM, 97.3 daily to answer the quiz and get freebies from House of Tara. Don't say I didn't tell you!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Comeback!!!

on Saturday, a landmark was set, 1st, to become 1,
according to tradition.
Yejide Aro, the bride was elated.
i was honoured to do her makeup. yes people!!!
you heard me...i'm back, officially doing makeup.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Induction... The Journey Has Begun+ WIMBIZ annual conference

Yes, people!

Finally, the race of a new generation of Makeup artistes has begun. On Monday, I was there at our Ikeja facility,where the finalists for the House of Tara Scholarship scheme were inducted.

Here are some of the flicks:

Watch out for the videos from the interview session with the finalists.

The WIMBIZ(Women In Management and Business) annual conference would commence on Tuesday,3rd and 4th of November, 2009. The theme is 'Change the game and make a difference'. It would at the Expo hall, Eko Hotel and Suites,V/Island lagos.
Women, are you ready? because I am. Already, Speakers from 'Vital Voices' have arrived for this historical event.

Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. It was established in 1997 by then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and I am privileged to be a member.

WIMBIZ is a non-profit organisation that seeks to improve the success rate of female entrepreneurs and increase the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organizations, and I am a member as well.

So, you see people, i really cannot wait for Tuesday to come.

See you there... or I just might bring something back from the conference.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


The process of selection of successful candidates for the 2009 scholarship program has been completed. I am pleased to introduce to you the 9 successful candidates with 3 Alternate applicants who have scaled the final hurdle:


The alternates are

Classes commence on Monday 26th October 2009 at our Ikeja training facility. The alternates will be placed on standby should any of the 9 successful applicants fail to make it for the program.


House of Tara ...Making Beautiful Faces!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


It is with great pleasure that we present to you below, the list of successful candidates who scaled the first round of the HOT Scholarship Program.

These candidates will undergo the second stage of interview on Monday 19th October 2009 from 11am at House of Tara, 22A Omotayo Ojo Street, Off Allen Avenue By Oshopey Bus Stop, Ikeja.

Behold...THE LIST!!!

Chika Ajiduah
Olanubi, A.A
Vivian Ojakovo
Leslie Ayodele Taiwo
Titilayo Ibitoye
Usiwo Uziewe
Olanrewaju Folarin
Icherem Dolores A
Inemesit Udofia
Yewande Oguntola
Blessing Ehimika
Yewande Adeshida
Dupe Oseni
Funmi Oyefesobi
Susan Odukwe
Chinazom Onwueguna
Ruth Bakare
Oyebolanle Bello
Okpara Stella C.
Adewale Mufutiat
Solagbade Olubukola
Queen Umoh
Joan Pa’ase
Mabel Okoroafor
Toluwalope Abiodun
MaryMay Sado
Esther O. Onipede
Oluwatosin Baiyewu
Justina Obaro
Lucy Onyejiaka
Enebuse Ashinedu
Oyewole Samuel
Okoh Chukwudi Blessing
Christiana A Ogunyemi
Fred Kuro Emmanuel
Patricia Nkem George
Adebunmi Adefabi
Motunrayo Bola Suleiman
Busola A. Shoremekun
Idris Habibat
Olumodeji A. Kikelomo
Omolola Feyisayo
Morah Martha
Salawu Folasade
Olugu Chiemela
Osuoha Blessing
Agbi Olufunmilayo
Ahmed Halimah
Onyeche George
Oluyinka Olufunke
Agese Angela Ashinedu
Odiba-Abrahams Achenyo
Okoro Dudu Winifred
Olaniyi Ruth Funke
Odhomo Keno Abigail
Lukman Titilayo Jadesola
Anjorin Adedoyin Mayowa
Abayomi Dayosi Modupe
Ojelua Oguemire Elizabeth
Kofo Abayomi
Odangla Rachel
Ojebor Constance
Adubifa Oluwasijibonmi O.
Imhanze Caroline
Adewunmi Opeyemi
Ojo Oluwaseun A.
Udofia Blessing
Ezewuiro Vivian
Kujimiyo Folashade Tosin
Obiukwu Bethel
Mandy Onyekachi


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More on House of Tara Scholarship Scheme

Hi people! I'm so sorry about the un-avoidable absense but i'm back now ...
I would also like to apologise for the current look at our victoria Island office;
we are currently undergoing a renovation phase that would pass very out for the new look of House of Tara International.

For matters and gist that i am sure so many people have been waiting for as regards the scholarship program:
The list of the successful candidates that made it through the first round of the screening excercise for the scholarship program will be posted on the blog, Facebook and our website tomorrow,15th of october, 2009.
These shortlisted candidates will be notified and would come to the office at Ikeja for an oral interview, after this process,the finalists will be selected.
So, keep your fingers crossed and do all you have to do in preparation for the unveiling of these finalists by this time tomorrow.
The drums are rolling...

House of Tara...Making Beautiful Faces.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Scholarship Program Time Table of Activities

For all who applied for the Scholarship Program, please find below the
timetable of activities:

Sept 30th 2009 - Closing Date for the Submission of entries

October 12th 2009 - Completion of the shortlisting process and
communication to the successful candidates to come for interview

October 14th 2009 - Interview of successful candidates, screening and final

October 19th 2009 - Final selection and communication to the successful

October 26th 2009 - Commencement of the Training Program.

House of Tara Makeup School...empowering lives!!!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Book Signing with Fela Durotoye

Fela Durotoye, the writer of the bestseller,17 Secrets of High Flying Students.
This book changed the lives of so many including mine.

He wants to give everyone a piece of him- in person,one-on-one.

He is a mentor, a motivational speaker, a father and my Husband.

FD, as he is called by many will be at SilverBird Lifestyle
in the SilverBird Galleria,On Tuesday, 22nd September (Public Holiday) by 3pm.

You also get to take pictures with him.

Most importantly, you get to meet with him one-on-one.

There are free gifts to be won
• An evening with Fela
• Gifts from House of Tara
• Free Make up at House of Tara
• Free CDs of Fela Durotoye.
• Lots more.

Get a copy for just N1650 and get it autographed by Fela Durotoye.
You also get to take pictures with him.

Miss this, and ...

See you there.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

R.I.S.E...Dare to be Different!!!

It happened in Lagos, in Benin and then again in Ibadan. RISE Networks is set to take Nigeria by Storm.

Last Saturday, i had a Whoa time at RISE-DARE to be different event which held in Odua City Hall, Ibadan. It was fun all the way, with all the music, dance ,comedy ...

I was honored to be amongst the speakers alongside a Man people call "Daddy". Yeah, our very own movie mogul, Mike Bamiloye, My Friend and wedding planner, Funke Bucknor and of course the ever-active 'angry' youth and brain behind RISE- Toyosi Akerele.

I'm So Sorry you had to miss this event. Don't worry, I will keep you informed about other events, but for you dears, here are some points to ponder on:

- There is Seed and there is Bread(Don't eat up all your profit and expect to make more in the future;learn to save)

- Instead of looking at yourself through the way others see you, see yourself the way God sees you.

- We are a blessed generation, Discover your potential and maximize it.

-We sit down and blame the Government or someone else for every misadventure in our lives. We should take time to find out what we in turn are doing or have done to avert these problems.

Toyosi, Big up Girl!You make me proud.To see thousands of youths in one arena that its not sports or another music Show... that's massive. I pray for God's grace upon your life that this vision does not die.

To the motivated youths, keep the fire burning positively; let's rise to the challenges life has dealt us and I tell you we will overcome because we can't fail and we won't fail.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

House Of Tara Scholarship Program

People come up to me occasionally, some ring me on the phone and say to me that they cannot afford to pay the fees for the makeup school. This got me thinking… ‘Why not do something unique to empower young people that are financially constrained?’
Hence, the birth of a pet project… HOUSE Of TARA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Here is an opportunity for certain selected individuals to attend the make up school for: ABSOLUTELY FREE.

To be part of this wonderful opportunity:

Pay in the sum of N1, 000 (one thousand naira only) into our GT Bank account:
Account Detail: 209-7252-38112

Pick up one of our scholarship form from the Head of operations in any of the following GT Bank:


• 56a Adeola Odeku Street Victoria Island


• 80, Sapele-Warri Road

Port Harcourt

• 44, Trans Amadi Industrial Layout


• 16 University Road, Nsukka

• Plot 1902 Ahmadu Bello Way


• 11 Calabar Road


• Commercial Plot 6A, UI - Secretariat Road, Bodija


• Ahmadu Bello Way, Area 11, Garki

• Plot 1245, Carter Plaza Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II

• ETF House Plot 433, Zambezi Crescent Maitama


• AD4-5 Kano Road,Off Ahmadu Bello Way,


• 156, New Lagos Road, Benin city.

Fill in all the necessary details, attach one passport photograph and complete the required essay and send to :

The General Manager
House of Tara International
22A Omotayo Ojo Street
Off Majekodunmi Street
Ikeja - Lagos


within the next 4 weeks.
Entries close 19th September 2009.

Alternatively, you could make payment into the GTBank account listed above nationwide and download the form from

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an oral interview in Lagos to undergo a free 1-month makeup course at our Ikeja Training Facility in October 2009.

So, Good luck!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Steve Harris' Big Day

It was a site to behold...2 beautiful people making a decision to become 1, for better for worse... to brave the storm against all odds. July 31st, a day to remember for all eternity...

Back to earth guys, I just got starry-eyed there for a moment reminiscing about mine. But this story's not about me. It's about 2 beautiful people- my friends.
They decided to thigh the knot and make it official in the journey of life and yours truly was there with them all the way (both the wedding and the engagement party).

It was fun all the way... that is, you know, as in, in "fast"..."everytin evertin"...I mean it was beautiful, you needed to be there yourself to understand what I’m talking about.

You would have to agree with me that they are the perfect couple.

Steve and Immaculate I’m short of words to express my prayer for you…I wish you everything good.

The wedding bells are clanging...who is next? x.o.x.o

Friday, August 7, 2009

Skin Care Analysis (Face)

I remember I promised to explain the basic skin combination and skin care regimen to you. Its time I fulfill that promise…
Basically, we can identify three skin types.

They are:
Dry skin
Oily skin

Dry skin
This skin is common among older people. Characteristics of the Dry skin type are:
Fine lines
Roughness as a result of dryness
Minimal or no visibility of pores

Normal/combination Skin
Common features are:
Oiliness on the T-Zone areas
Occasional breakouts and blackheads on the T-Zone areas

Oily skin
Common features are:
Oiliness on the face shortly after bathing
Enlarged and visible pores
Constant breakouts, pimples, blackheads and blemishes

Have a beauty regimen.
The basic beauty regimen is:
*Cleansing *Exfoliating *Toning* Moisturizing.

CLEANSING means washing the face with a facial cleanser

EXFOLIATING means the removal of dead skin cells from the skin, with the use of a facial mask or scrub.

TONING is making the facial muscles firmer, with the use of an Astringent.

An astringent is a substance that draws tissue together.

MOISTURISING is applying cream to the face to prevent it from drying out.

Try this and you will enjoy a glowing complexion. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water as this helps to cleanse the body system.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Beauty Clinic with TFD- Ibadan

It was an honour last Saturday to be in the company of beautiful women in the ancient city of Ibadan. The beauty clinic, which had the objective of enhancing the beauty of women, is what I would call a success.

The event brought together, people from all works of life with different but interesting opinions on the ‘ideal’ makeup look.

One topic that really got us talking is the use of blushers by women of colour. So many women at the event were of the opinion that blushes are only to be used by the whites who need to add colour to their skin to make them beautiful. Truly, blushes could be used by anyone and everyone. Here’s the trick … the darker the skin colour, the darker the blush shade! So blush all you ladies.

I said it before and I’m gonna say it again: NEVER use a black pencil on your eye brow … except of course you are as dark as Alek Wek or our very own Baba Suwe and maybe a fashion show. The whole red… purple looking eyebrows are… abi?

I really had a nice time in Ibadan. Thank you peeps for making it happen. I have to run now but I promise to discuss skin type and their features in the next posting.

Monday, June 29, 2009

How To Prevent Breakout And Acne

Yeah! I know. Breakouts and acne are the worst nightmare of everyone; especially the ladies. Most times, we wonder: ‘how does a pimple form?’ Well, that’s an easy one to answer: clogged pores, oil and bacteria. Put these three in a mix and you have the perfect recipe for pimples.

The pore, which is the opening of the hair follicle, becomes clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria feed off the oil in the clogged pore and attract white blood cells to the area. Your body then responds to this inflammation causing the redness and swelling associated with pimples.

Females with active oil glands and large pores are also prone to breakouts and blackheads. Other causes of acne are stress, hormones, bad cosmetics, birth control pills and other medications.

The eternal question: ‘how do I get rid of them?’ well I have some few tips for you. You can stop the breakout cycle by attacking each element that contribute to breakouts and enjoy a clearer complexion.

It may sound too good to be true, but studies have shown that taking vitamin C orally helps in the prevention of acne. It helps to build immunity and infection. Vitamin E and Zinc are also good supplements that help preventing breakouts.
Over-the-counter products containing Benzoyl- peroxide is effective for fighting bacteria.

For clogged pores, Exfoliation is recommended.Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells that may clog the pores. This could be done by masking or scrubbing regularly.

It is also advisable to stick to one’s beauty regimen. A beauty regimen is a set of rules you stick to for a healthy, glowing complexion. The basic beauty regimen is: Cleansing-exfoliation-moisturize.

For most women, blemishes in areas other than the face are a major problem, from the chest and back, to the shoulders and beyond. Body acne can limit one’s wardrobe options and make one feel a tad insecure. Benzoyl- peroxide and Salicylic acid are also good. over-the-counter products like Neutrogena body scrub is effective in the treatment of body acne.

Although there so many wonderful products that could be used as a first line of defence in the prevention of breakouts, how do you know which one is best for you? Look out for my next post where i will explain the characteristics of various skin types.Some pimples cannot be treated through the use of cosmetics...they could be large in size, hard and very painful.This is the point I advise you to see a dermatologist 'cos most pimples have to be cleansed from within with the use of antibiotics before physical changes would be seen on the face.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Genevieve Pinkball - Stand Up To Cancer

Not another cancer gospel! Yeah right. I guess some people are getting tired of hearing about cancer in the news, in the papers…the truth is the importance of getting checked cannot be overemphasized. Many people are still in obscurity about the traumatising effect the dreaded cancer can have on lives (the diagnosed victims and their families). People may look at this and say, ‘cancer is hereditary, there’s no history of cancer on my family’ or ‘I live well and eat right. Surely I can’t have cancer’. Well, they are not-so-far-fetched misconceptions. Cancer knows no boundaries - not age, gender, location, religion or socio- economic status.

Just think about the many things that might cause the wear and tear that leads to abnormal cell growth—pollutants, hormones, pesticides, smoking, alcohol use, obesity, stress…. Or maybe your cells just made a mistake one day when they were making new genes to pass on to their baby cells. Perhaps there was a misprint in the genetic instruction manual that said switch growth on instead of off.

Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. About 90% of breast cancer is due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.
While there are steps every person can take to help the body stay as healthy as possible (such as eating a balanced diet, not smoking, limiting alcohol, and exercising regularly), breast cancer is never any one's fault. Feeling guilty, or telling yourself that breast cancer happened because of something you or anyone else did, is not productive.

A few weeks ago, my friends (Darey, Dakore, Funke, Ebun and Kingsley) and I decided to come together to say NO to breast cancer in the GENEVIEVE STAND UP TO CANCER PROJECT. Each of us has gone through our own ordeal with the scourge.

Personally, I lost my sister to cancer. she died two years into her marriage. As if our grieving was not enough, the dreaded scourge struck the second time...and the third. My mother went through the trauma over a period of two years,during which they had to carry out a mastectomy. My mother-in-law was also suffering at that time. They both died in the space of one month. In my opinion, it’s a ravenous disease worse than HIV that is plundering the human race.

I believe that when people like my friends and I come together and speak with one voice, then and only THEN, can the human race have a chance at kicking this harbinger of death and pain into extinction - hopefully in the nearest future.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Betty Irabor interviews Tara on 'Morning Dew'

It was a beautiful Saturday morning. I had a wonderful time at the studios of Inspiration FM where I was privileged to be interviewed by one of Nigeria's top publishers, Betty Irabor on her program, "Morning Dew." I hope you caught it on air...

For those of you who don't know, Betty's the Editor-in-Chief, Genevieve Magazine and the wife of Nigeria's ace broadcaster, Soni Irabor...

Thursday, June 4, 2009

How To Keep That Face Looking Good

Hi to all the Fashionistas out there! I know you are wondering how your face can retain its youthfulness and beauty every day.

It’s quite funny, the kind of blunders women make in trying to look beautiful. This, I believe would go a long way in correcting these errors.

Looking good they say, is good business. So here are some useful tips on how your face can remain youthful:

· Don’t apply fresh make on a stale one: oftentimes, ladies see it as time-taking, cleaning off the make-up they applied in the morning, and starting the whole process all over. The truth is so many layers of make-up cakes up the face and all your effort all day would have been wasted. The best bet is to clean the whole thing off and re-do it again. You could also do touch-up depending on how messy the make-up has become.

· Don’t use black pencils on your lips or Eyebrow: the natural colour or shade of the eyebrow and lip line is either dark brown or brown, depending on your skin colour or complexion. The black colour is too strong against the brown skin. If you are not as dark as Alek Wek or Baba Suwe, ‘don’t bother!’

· Don’t use powder puffs: this is what is commonly known as FOAM. The use of powder puff could probably cause break-out (pimples that is) as the powder could clog the face pores. So use a powder brush instead. Besides the foam holds bacteria; a powder brush can easily be washed unlike a puff.

· Use facial scrub: ensure that you use facial scrub. This helps to remove dead skin layers and open up the skin pores. The usage of the scrub varies (depending on your skin type). You could use a scrub once a week for dry skin types, three times for combination skin types and five times for oily skin types.

· Wash your face every night before going to bed. This would get rid of all the make- up and oil on your face; while asleep, the skin needs to be refreshed and the natural oils can give back to the skin while you are asleep.

Always remember- looking good is good business, so stay beautiful and be beautiful.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Taming Your Eyebrows

If you are having trouble taming your brows, here is a little trick: Take a toothbrush and spray with a little hair spray and then brush on brows. The stickiness of the hair spray will help keep them in place. Snipping instead of tweezing the brows might be all that is needed to control your brows. Here is how it is done. Brush brows straight up and then check for hairs that are too long. Snip any offending hair one at a time with a small pair of scissors. Brush brows downward and check again. Repeat the previous step, snipping any hair that seems to be too long. Brush brows into place and check for any hairs that still might need attention. Continue brushing and snipping until your brows can be brushed into place naturally.

NOTE: Maintaining your brows is something that should be done on a weekly basis instead of all in one day. Mistakes can be made that sometimes cannot be fixed.

Also, instead of pencil, use eye shadow to color your brows for a more natural look.