I’ve become obsessed with eyebrows! Eyebrows frame your face and completely change your appearance depending on what shape, shade and neatness they are in. For example, the two faces below are identical just with different eyebrow shapes and this makes the faces look completely different. Perfectly groomed brows are the finishing touch to your make-up. Many girls make the BIG mistake of over plucking and then literally drawing their eyebrows on which just looks super un-natural and doesn’t enhance the natural beauty that is already there.
So, here’s my step by step guide to perfect brows….
STEP 1. To achieve perfect brows you must make sure your brows have the perfect arch. The diagram below demonstrates where the beginning of your brow should start, arch and end. Use a pencil or any other long thin object to help guide you with this.
STEP 2. Once you’ve figured out where your brow should start, arch and end.. Start plucking!!! Like I said in my other eye – brow post, beauty is pain. But once you start plucking your brows more regularly you’ll soon get used to the pain and your eyes won’t water as much. Begin by identifying the stray hairs you want to remove and firmly grab them with the tweezers then quickly pull in the direction that they grow. The golden rule is to NEVER pluck above the brow and don’t go too thin! They will never grow back. I use Tweezerman tweezers which I think are the ones used by all the top make-up artists.
STEP 3. After this I like to brush through my brows with a brow brush. I use an old mascara wand to do this, this costs no money and works just as well as buying a proper brow brush. You don’t want to have clumps of black mascara caught up in your brows so make sure you clean your old mascara wand thoroughly before you use it!
STEP 4. Once you’ve brushed through your perfectly plucked brows grab a brown eye-shadow or eyebrow pencil that matches the colour of your brows and then using your eyebrow pencil or eyeshadow to draw a defined line below the brow, I learnt this trick from a M.A.C make-up artist when I went for my makeup lesson at John Lewis in Southampton. I strongly recommend going for a makeup lesson yourself – they’re super fun and you will learn so much! The ladies at the M.A.C counter were so lovely and helpful. I’m using a brilliant Mac brow pencil that doesn’t need sharpening!
STEP 5. Using light short strokes, start filling in your brows. (Remember we want our brows to look natural and defined not drawn on which is never a good look).
STEP 6. Once you’ve filled in your brows, brush through them again using an upwards motion and then flattening them down again on the top, by going to the side so they don’t look like troll brows! This will also blend in the eyebrow pencil/eyeshadow and if you want to make them look more natural, lightly blend with your finger where needed.
Let me know how you get on and if you have any tips you would like to share.
Love Olivia x