It's National Brow Day!
Our eyebrows are probably one of the most important features of the face. Carefully shaped and contoured eyebrows can change your entire look, making your look soft and natural or dramatic and sultry. Sloppily filled and weirdly shaped eyebrows on the other hand can make you look disheveled. That is why it is so important to know how to fill your eyebrows beautifully and correctly. In case you are wondering how to get those 'eyebrows on fleek', here are our makeup tips and tricks that will help you to achieve perfect, Instagram worthy eyebrows.
GROOMING EYEBROW TIPS:
Beautifully shaped eyebrows begin with the proper form of hair removal. From tweezing to waxing and threading, these are the most common ways to groom the brows. Waxing and threading should be left to the experts.
Tweezing is best for a few stray hairs and in between brow appointments. The main rule for the eyebrow tweezing - less is more! Know when to stop and believe that people won't see that tiny teeny eyebrow hair on your brow bone. Invest in a good pair of tweezers, they should easily grab and hold the eyebrow hair for easy tweezing of the hair. Pluck the hairs in the direction of the growth, not the opposite. Ease the pain with an ice cube immediately upon hair removal. Apply a cooling agent like aloe vera or rose water to help calm the skin.
THINGS YOU NEED TO FILL IN BROWS:
Once you've got the desired shape of your eyebrows, it's time to fill them in! For perfectly shaped eyebrows you will need few makeup products: an eyebrow pencil (powder or pomade), concealer or foundation and eyebrow gel for especially stubborn hair. You also need an eyebrow spoolie or wand to comb your brows and a thin synthetic brush, that will help you to blend the product and shape your brows. Remember to choose the correct color for your eyebrows, one that will look close to your hair roots or your natural brow shade. There's always brow alternatives when you're in a pinch or just have run out of your fave products!
HOW TO FILL IN EYEBROWS:
First, know and understand exactly where and what needs to be filled in. A great way to do this is take a straight object (makeup brush, pencil, etc.) and a creamy pencil might help to make guidelines if you're new at this. Place the makeup brush alongside your nose, this is where your eyebrows should begin. From the tip of your nose to about the center of your iris, is where your arch should be. The last step, angle the brush outside your nose and the outer part of the brow, this is where your eyebrow should end.
Comb through your eyebrows in an upward motion so you can see all the gaps and sparse areas. Begin by outlining the brows to create the desired shape. Now it's time to fill in the brows, slowly building a desirable shape and filling in the gaps between the hairs. Don't arch your eyebrows too high and don't make them too long. Remember, a little bit of product goes a long way, so work light handedly with this. It's easier to build up the product then it is to remove it later. With the remaining product left on your brush, lightly fill in the beginning of your brow for an ombre or gradient like effect. This gives the most natural finish.
Ombre Powder Brow Transformation
Swipe a spoolie through the brows to blend everything together and seal them in place with a clear mascara or an eyebrow gel. Use a tinted formula if you're looking for a bit more color or coverage.
To make the shape of your eyebrows neat and clean, use a little bit of concealer or foundation and a small brush to polish up the edges. This will also give the illusion of more lifted and higher brows.
Your brow transformation is now complete! This may have taken a bit of work, but once you get the hang of it, you'll have a proper and easy routine down. Remember, the brows frame the eyes and the entire face so this is a step you definitely don't want to miss!
TYPES OF BROWS:
Now that we've went over everything you need to know about grooming, shaping and filling brows in, let's go over the different types of brows because all brows are not created equal. Different brow types call for different brow regimens.
BOLD & BUSHY:
If you're blessed in the brow department, you're definitely amongst the lucky gals who doesn't need to do much here. Basically, all you need to do with your eyebrows is to pluck the unnecessary hairs to reveal the arch of your brows and remove the hairs on glabella (space between the eyebrows). Comb through the hairs and set eyebrows with an eyebrow gel.
If your natural eyebrows aren't thick (or you over-plucked them a long time ago) it doesn't mean your makeup can't look beautiful. There are two important rules for you to consider: soft arch and neutral color. Use an eyebrow powder or matte eyeshadow to fill in your eyebrows - these products always tend to look more natural on thin eyebrows. Remember to keep the arch of your thin eyebrows soft and natural.
COLORFUL, GLITTER & EMBELLISHED BROWS:
We love eyebrow experiments! Every now and then you might just want to play up your look and get a little creative. You don't need to dye your eyebrows to transform your makeup look, just use a well-pigmented pencil and fill in your eyebrows with bright and bold color. Use a similar matte eyeshadow to set the color and reduce the shine. Ready to go further? Use a special glitter primer or adhesive and apply glitter on your brows. Set the look with setting spray and rock the glitter eyebrow look.
NATURAL & UNTAMED:
No doubt that perfectly defined brows help to frame the face, but there is a very special, youthful charm in 'virgin' untouched eyebrows.
You can save a bunch of time and patience, choosing natural-looking eyebrows over high-maintenance Instagram brows and still look attractive and put together. The only thing you might consider (if anything) is underlining the brow to add a bit of definition.
If all else fails and you're looking for something a bit more semi-permanent, consider micro-blading your eyebrows. Microblading, is where a small tool inserts semi-permanent makeup underneath the skin. It's basically a tattoo and looks a lot more natural than the ordinary tattoo because it's just sits below the first layer of skin which is why it fades easier and touch ups are required to maintain the look. This will save you a bunch of time in the mornings and will make your routine a lot easier.
What's your fave eyebrow grooming technique and what brow products do you use to up your brow game?
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