Your eyes are the window to your soul, and your brows are the curtains that frame your eyes and give your face structure. So it is essential not to forget to provide them with the TLC they always deserve. Here, I am serving up ten ways to keep your brows groomed and filled, so they remain on point.
PRODUCTS TO HELP YOUR CAUSE
When we talk about what product you should use, the range is endless. My go-to’s are precise eyebrow pencils, brow gels with colour (to add dimension), and even eyeshadow’s coupled with an angle brush for the most natural finish.
WHEN TRIMMING YOUR EYEBROWS USE THE TYPE OF SCISSORS TO SET YOU UP FOR SUCCESS
On too many occasions, I hear of mishaps while trimming brows when using a pair of curved manicure scissors. Don’t get me wrong; they have their place but not when trimming your eyebrows, especially if you are not an expert. You will be in a more enjoyable place when you’re cutting your eyebrows if you purchase straight manicure scissors. One of my favourite brow trimming sets:
WORK ON A SHAPE THAT IS FLATTERING
If you look at your brows and you don’t know if you have the correct shape, then pay a visit to a brow expert. If you do not have time for this in your busy schedule, my advice is to take it upon yourself to do a sort of brow cleanse and let them grow free for about six weeks. Yes, this means, no trimming or plucking at all! I know this will be difficult and scary, but it is all for the cause. Then you will know where your brows grow and where they don’t any longer, and you will have an opportunity to start fresh and map out the most flattering shape for your face.
MAP OUT YOUR PERFECT EYEBROW SHAPE
When starting with a fresh canvas, the first desire is to have a flattering shape. To achieve this, mapping out your brows is the best way to figure it out. There are specific points that your eyebrow should hit, and if it doesn’t, then there is no harm in filling in wherever necessary.
KEEP THE TAIL OF YOUR BROWS IN CHECK
The tail end of your brows are so important; if it is overextended, it can cause a droopy effect, pulling the face down. To measure where the tail of your brow should end, place a brow pencil (or a makeup brush) diagonally at the side of your nostril and line it up with the outer edge of your eye. Where the pencil(makeup brush) hits your brow bone is where the end of your eyebrow should be (or can be extended to) without it looking artificial.
USE A FLICKING MOTION TO GET REALISTIC LOOKING BROWS
I think this can single handily be the most significant brow outcry that I see all too often. PLEASE do not fill in your brows with one single, heavy-handed stroke of any product. Tiny hair-like strokes are the goal here since you are mimicking your actual brow hairs to keep your eyebrows looking natural. These small strikes should be in the same direction as your real hair growth.
BRUSH THE PRODUCT THROUGH YOUR BROWS TO DISTRIBUTE & BUFF OUR HARSH LINES
After your map out your brows and draw in your tiny hairs, be sure to brush them through with a spoolie to buff out and distribute the product. Typically this comes with every eyebrow pencil. Honestly, I wouldn’t purchase an eyebrow pencil without spoolie at the end, since it is just as important as the pencil itself. If you don’t finish with this step, your brows will look, well, drawn on.
USE CONCEALER BELOW BROWS INSTEAD OF A HIGHLIGHTER
Concealer is magical in many ways, and this is just one more reason to add to the list. Once upon a time, we worked with shiny highlighter on the top of your brows, and this would put quite the spotlight on them. Concealer can be used on your to clean up your eyebrow application and subtly highlight your brow bone without the shimmer.
CHOOSE A COMPLIMENTING COLOUR
Choosing an off colour to fill in your brows can also make your brows look drawn in. I would say the majority of eyebrows I have seen in my 15 years as a makeup artist, have been on average ashy tones. Someone with warmer hair tones can also have ashy toned eyebrows. But if you are uncertain, and you want the absolute perfect colour then choose two tones to add some dimension. As an example, if you are a redhead, use a light taupe colour and add in some auburn red which then is a mix of an ashy tone and a warmer tone.
YOUR EYEBROWS ARE SISTERS, NOT TWINS
They don’t have to be identical but related. Work your best magic to make your left brow to look like your right but work with what each brow brings to the table and do not stress if they are not precisely the same. Let them be free and embrace their individuality.