Big bad brows!
Two days ago I was talking to a friend of mine about eyebrows, he was explaining that his girlfriend liked hers but thought they looked way too light and undefined, which got me thinking why not share my eyebrow story here as well!
Let’s start off with the embarassing part, shall we? The “befores”.
I think a lot of people can relate when I say I used to be a severy plucked chicken.
My eyebrows were my arch enemy and I would not stop until every hair “out of place” was gone! Little did I know I was plucking the ones IN place as well, I just didn’t know how to make them look decent.
Inserting barely-there eyebrow pictures here:
Buh, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff!
Eyebrows are so incredibly important I think, you can create the most amazing, out-of-this-world look, but if your eyebrows are all over the place it can really look kind of quirky and out of place!
A well-groomed brow frames your entire face, lifts up your arch (so also your eye!) and pulls everything together.
I’m embracing my full brows now, it is what my gypsy heritage gave me after all, and it took me 2 years to grow them out.
So I won’t be giving them up any time soon!
But keeping them in check is still key to having a polished, and well-groomed face.
I don’t pluck them very much anymore, just the stray hair here and there.
The way I was genetically designed is: I have big eyebrows, but the hairs are very sparse. There’s the occasional awkward bald spot in my brows. Therefore filling them in is very important to me, even if I don’t apply any eyeshadow that day, I at least apply some concealer, blush and fill in my eyebrows!
Here’s the general guideline for a well-groomed brow:
Look in the mirror, and place a pencil just like the lines on this picture.
Your eyebrow should
a) start at the same height as your nostil
b) have its arch (highest point) right along your pupil
c) end along the corner of your eye
What really helped me was getting a stencil, like this one from Elf:
I just filled them in, and tweezed everywhere outside of the stencil.
Which got me to slighly bigger brows:
Like I said though, these days I only tweeze the stray hairs which made them a lot thicker, these stencils don’t fit anymore LOL!
Then for filling them in
- First of all, there’s brow wax/mascara/gel. You can use this on your brows before/after filling them in to keep the hairs in place!
(Psst, plain translucent mascara also works.)
Here’s some options: All Natural Face, Urban Decay, Elf, Senna, Bare Escentuals, Wet ‘n Wild.
Then you’ll have to pick a filling-weapon. There are so many options out there these days!
- A pencil will generally give you a more hard looking brow.
You can use an eyebrow pencil for this, but even just a regular eyepencil can work.. i’ll often take a brown eyeliner pencil with me for multitasking purposes!
However an eyebrow pencil is way handier.. it’s often waxier, to make the eyebrows stick in place, and is less pigmented. Which makes it easier to apply, seeing as you can go over your brow a few times without creating a giant streak of color.Make sure you apply a pencil with short strokes, flicking it out, as if you’re creating hair yourself.You can find some here from Essence, Gosh, Catrice, Tarte, CFS, Zuzu, Anastasia, Elf, Tarte, Face Atelier, Senna.
- Just an eyeshadow is my prefered method! It looks soft, and is so easy to manage.I just use a small angled brush to apply it, like this one:
- When picking a shadow/pencil make sure to choose the right colorfor you:If you’d like your eyebrows to be darker, pick one shade darker than your natural hair.
If you want them to just be filled in, pick one shade lighterrather than darker! You can always keep a dark one on standby in case you need some more work.As for the tone, don’t go too warm. An ashy looking pencil, with a grey tone to it will look more natural most of the time!
- Then to finish it off, if you want to keep your brows from melting off if that’s an issue, you can apply some brow gel/wax/mascara on top again, done!
As for the color placement
There are so many things you can use to fill in your brows, and so many eyebrow shapes, but the placement will stay the same.
Here’s how I like to do mine!
The general idea is to mimic the direction of your natural hair, so down at the tail – sideways in the middle – and up at the bottom and front!
1) I’ll start off by forming my arch, because that’s where I like the deepest color to be. Then i’ll drag my brush down to form my tail.
2) After that, i’ll define the bottom and top of my brow, blending the color up and out.
3) At the front I use a light hand, and flick upwards, to not make my eyebrows look like they’ve been pasted on!
That’s generally how I like to get them in shape every morning!
Ah, in case you’re wondering, on my lips is the Milani haute flash in hot flash once again! Love that stuff!
Do you care about brows? Or are you blessed with perfect natural brows even!
Posted on August 1, 2012, in Box o' appearance, Cosmetics and tagged alternative, animal testing, animals, attractive, brow, brow powder, brows, cosmetics, cruelty, cruelty free, defined, easy, eyebrows, eyeshadow, filling, life, plucking, polished, pomade, review, reviews, setting, sexy, vegan, wax. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.