Tame Those Brows- Tips For YOUR Perfect Eyebrows!
It has been said that your eyes are the windows to your soul. That would make your eyebrows the frames! Eyebrows can completely change the way your face looks. They are the most important, under-estimated and overlooked part of a beauty routine for a lady. I would like to share some tips from my experience over a lifetime of brow learning. I have thick, dark hair and these Italian brows have to be maintained. I have made grave mistakes with overplucking and letting the nail ladies wax them. Never again. If you could use a few pointers for your perfect brow, read on!
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED THE HARD WAY:
Your brows are sisters, not twins. They will probably not look exactly the same, so don’t stress about it. They should, however, look like they came from the same daddy.
- Stop worrying so much about a unibrow that you pluck those suckers all the way down to half their size! I see too many women with a half-foot between their brows because they were way too preoccupied with the worry of a unibrow. Below is “the Golden Ratio” of how your brow should look. Pick up a mirror and a pencil and follow this ratio, and your brows will already naturally be about like this, because it is your natural shape. Do not differ much from this ratio. If you have already overplucked, fill in your brows to this ratio and remove hair outside of the lines. More tips on how to fill in your brows are below.
- Do not allow the nail lady to wax your brows. They often take too much off and try to give everyone the same shape.
- Your brows have a natural shape to fit your face. You should not bring a picture of Megan Fox’s brows (although they are wonderful) to someone and ask for that shape. Enhance YOUR shape. It was, after all, made for you.
- You very likely need a professional to do at least monthly maintenance on your brows. A trip to the brow salon every other week would be ideal, but monthly works too. In the mean time, don’t mess with the shape of your brow. Just pluck the stray hairs in areas above and below your natural brow line. Let your brow lady do the shape and let her trim your stray hairs on the inner top of your brow for a neat and clean look.
- Last tip, GO TO A BROW SALON! I highly recommend threading over waxing and for it to be done by a professional. Wax can burn, irritate or peel off the sensitive skin around the eye. Threading is more precise and better for shaping, as they can take exact hairs and not a row of anything that touches the wax. Threading does not hurt, but the hair is coming out, so you will feel it. Don’t be a baby. It is likely if you are reading this that you have had a child. Trust me, it’s not nearly that bad.
- What is threading? A trained professional will use a cotton thread, which twists the hair and pulls out a single or row of hair. The hair is pulled from the follicle.
If you are in the DFW area, I highly recommend The Threading Studio in Southlake, Texas. They do a wonderful job and I have entrusted them alone with my brows for years. Here is a picture from her site, of Sunita threading.
So, now that we have covered the most important parts, here are some tips on how to make your brows more perfect on a daily basis with your make up routine, whenever you have time to put on the warpaint, that is. These are some helpful products to use. “A” is a simple spoolie brush, “B” is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo, “C” is an Anastasia Beverly Hills angled brow brush, which is included in many of the Anastasia kits. “D” is a Brow Wiz pencil, also by Anastasia Beverly Hills in the color medium ash. And “E” is Brow Duality highlighter pencil by Anastasia. All of these products are available at Ulta or online. However, you do NOT need to spend this much on these exact fancy-pants products. If you choose to, they do last a long time. But there are comparable products at Ulta or Sephora, or even Walgreens, for much cheaper. I also recommend any clear brow gel or brow wax. These can be found in almost any makeup section.
Step 1: Use spoolie brush to brush your brows upward on the upward arch (inner half of your brow) and then continue brushing in the direction of growth on the downward arch, just to clean up your brows.
Optional step 1.5: Tap your finger lightly in the optional brow wax and apply just a tiny bit to your brows so that the powder has something to stick to and it holds your brows in place all day. You will not see the brow wax on your brows or skin.
Step 2: Use your brow pencil of choice to line the lower and upper brow, right at the hair line. This just helps give definition to your brow line. Don’t be afraid of it, we will be blending later.
Step 3: Fill in the brows using your angled brush and brow powder. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and amount of powder. It washes off! Practice right before you take a shower and then you will get better at it and more used to the motions. The idea here is to fill in any empty spots from overplucking or just lack of growth. It makes your brows look more polished and fuller, which is quite the trend right now. I like to start closer to the center of the brow and use kind of what is left on the brush for the inner corners, for a more natural faded look.
Step 4: Use a concealer OR a highlighter, like the Brow Duality pencil to highlight the entire length of the under brow. This gives a crisp edge and highlights. The Brow Duality pencil has a matte side for day and shimmer for night. MAC studio fix concealer is a wonderful concealer to use also, but again, any concealer can work for this as long as its not too light or dark for your skin.
Step 5: Use your spoolie brush again to brush through your brows the same way you brushed them to start. This blends all the lines and pencil marks and powder together. This is a very important step. Don’t forget it!
Optional step 5.5: If you didn’t use a brow wax, here is where I would recommend a coat of clear gel to keep your brows in place all day and the color sticking. If you did use the wax, the clear gel is kind of not necessary but won’t hurt! Go for it!
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques and products. I know it seems like a lot to add to your beauty routine at first, especially if you currently do nothing to your brows, but once you have done it a few times, you will get the hang of it and be able to knock out the whole routine in less than 2 minutes. Some brow kits are available and come with stencils to play with if you want to get a little more into it or have seriously overplucked your brow line. If you are only going to take only one tip from this post, I hope it is to go see a professional at a brow salon monthly. They will help you fix what you have possibly messed up. Good luck and HAVE HAPPY BROWS!