Your eyebrows frame your entire face, and having them to thin, to thick or to arched can look terrible, so it’s important that you have your brows close to your natural shape, and not any different.
- Get your eyebrows professionally shaped. Whether it be waxing or threading as the method that you choose getting your eyebrows done by a professional is the best way to go, it hurts a bit but normally normally soothing treatments are applied after. It’s important that you get your eyebrows done around a certain time, you should always avoid any hair removal around that time of the month as your skin is much more sensitive. You only every need to get your eyebrows professionally shaped once if you are able to maintain the shape well, but it may take you a few shaping at a salon to get the shape you want. When getting your brows shaped ask for a small amount to be taken off, and check your brows after each wax, this way you can tell the salon person how much more you want off. A great tip that I learned is to look back at some of your old school photos from when you were about 8 or 9, this way you will be able to see your natural brow shape, you can take a photo in with you if you like but a good brow specialist should be able to determine your natural brow shape just by looking at them.
- Avoid using brow Stencils. Although brow stencils are quite a handy tool avoid using them to shape your brows, the shape is often not natural enough for a persons brows and often the stencils are to big for most brows (unless your a guy!), although brow stencils do come in handy when your filling in your brows so you don’t go outside of your natural brows, and they are also not to bad if they match your brow shape well enough so you can then determine which hairs need to go and which ones can stay.
- Invest In good quality tweezers. A pair of good quality tweezers will effectively pull out an entire hair follicle with little to no pain. Brands like Tweezerman are expensive but are extremely well know for their good quality tweezers, used by professionals all over the world, they are also well known for their free tweezers sharpening service. I recently tried a pair of QVS tweezers (a cheapo brand at target) and they are the best tweezers I have ever used, A lot cheaper then Tweezerman and very comparable. Try: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers $20 USD, QVS Retro Flower Tweezers, $6.95 AUD.
- Pluck after showering. If you notice you’ve got some hairs growing back and want to tidy up your brows, do it after showering, the steam from the shower will help to open up the hair follicles making it easier and less painful to pluck the hairs.
- Do not over pluck. It’s seriously important that you do not over pluck, brows should be natural looking and should still be semi-thick. At younger ages you should always try and keep your brows full, but maintain shape, once you get older your brows start to thin out and fade they also stop growing as fast, and thin brows don’t look good on anyone, especially those above the age of 40.
Handy Tip: If you have glasses or a monolid keep your brows thick but still very well groomed.
Handy Tip: If you have seriously busy brows you can lightly trim the long hairs to make them look shorter.
MAKING YOUR BROWS FULL WITH MAKEUP.
- Determine your brow shade. Filling in your brows a shade to dark will look un-natural and editorial which isn’t what you want for an everyday look. Generally for people with dark hair your brow shade will be one shade lighter then your natural hair colour, sometimes the same shade as your natural hair colour. For light hair/blonde’s your shade will be a shade darker then your natural hair colour.
- Choose which formula you prefer. So many brands now days have come out with brow fill ins as they are becoming more and more popular, from pencils, to shadows and wax’s there’s a formula for everyone, over all I prefer brow pencils as it’s easier to find your shade, you have a bit more control, and you can just pop one in your bag and your out the door. Try: Prestige Classic Brow Pencil, Maybelline Define a brow pencil, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow, Benefit Brow Zings.
- Fill In your Brows. When filling in your brows its super important that you don’t use a heavy hand, the key to filling in your brows and making them look natural is by using light, small feathering strokes from inner corner of your brows to the outer point of them, ensure that you follow the direction of the hairs and that you make sure your brows come to a point.
- Blend the colour. I would say this is one of the most important steps to creating a full natural looking brow. Whether you choose to use a mascara wand (one included in a brush kit or a disposable one), a brow comb or you can even use a clean eyeshadow brush!
- Set your brows. In order to keep your brows tamed and in place instead of unruly, set your brows with a gel. Many professional brands like MAC carry these in clear and in coloured (coloured if often saved best for the runway) but I think a clear mascara works just as good or you can ever try a multi-purpose balm like Lanolips, Suvana Paw Paw Ointment or Vaseline. Try: Maybelline Great Lash Clear, Maybelline Define a Brow Gel.
Handy Tip: If you’re using a brow pencil and find that it looks harsh, feather it onto a cotton tip and apply it with that instead.