If your eyes are the windows to the soul, then your eyebrows are the window dressing. Brows are one of the main features that define your face, so you should know how to make the most of them.
They may be thick, coarse, and dark or sparse, thin, and wispy, but either way, your eyebrows are what frames your eyes. Here are some pointers for you to create perfect brows with brow pencil or powder, even if you weren’t born with them.
Get in Shape
For starters, you should think about what shape eyebrows you find appealing. Do you like a bushier, natural look or do you prefer thinner, dramatic brows with a high arch?
Shaping can help you gain control of stray hairs and better define your arch and peak. And of course, you can address any unibrow issue you may have overlooked; after all, two brows are better than one!
You may not be able to shape your eyebrows into the exact arch you desire, but you may be able to either get them close to it or find a happy medium. Keep in mind that most celebrities aren’t born with top-notch brows, but rather have stylists who make them look that way.
You may want to schedule a consultation with a brow stylist at a salon or make-up studio. This doesn’t mean you need to have regular brow shaping the same way you get haircuts, but it can give you a great starting point that you can maintain on your own at home.
Some of the different methods for shaping eyebrows include:
- Plucking with tweezers
- Scissor trimming
If you have sensitive skin, you may want to avoid some of these methods to prevent irritation. Also, you may want to be conservative; your eyebrows thin as you age, and if you are overzealous about plucking, you may end up with bald patches or hair loss when you are older.
Stock the Toolbox
Gather your essential products before you work your magic on your eyebrows. Some of the things you may want to have on hand are:
- Brow pencil – get a few in different shades for daytime and evening looks
- Brow powder – perfect for a soft effect
- Felt-tip brow marker – for precision, also good for oily skin
- Pomade – subtle hold keeps a dramatic brown in place
- Gel – choose color for a natural enhancement or clear like a light hairspray to set your brows
- Wax – tames wild, wiry, coarse, or unruly brow hair
You should also invest in a quality pair of tweezers and a good eyebrow brush or comb to maintain your brow shape at home. A magnifying mirror can also be helpful to spot any stray hairs you might miss otherwise.
Play Dress Up
Once you have a shape you can work with, you can get creative with your brow style. Try to keep your brows in proportion with the rest of your facial features for balance.
Start by brushing your brows with an eyebrow brush. You should brush your brows daily anyway, but brushing is a good place to begin before you add any makeup.
Carefully outline your shape with a brow pencil. You can also use an eyebrow stencil if you are concerned about your freehand abilities. A stencil can also keep your brows symmetric.
A brow primer such as Billion Dollar Brows Brow Boost Primer and Conditioner is also a great tool to use.
Now you can use your pencil or a brow powder to fill in the shape. Choose a shade or two lighter than your brow color for a more natural look. For drama, go for a shade or two darker.
If you are using a pencil, opt for short, light flicks rather than heavy, thick lines. With powder, you also want to use a light hand. You can always add more to get the color and shape you want, but if you start too heavy, you may need to wash it off and begin again.
You can brush out any excess powder or blend your pencil strokes, then use a gel to set your brows in place. Voila! You have the perfect eyebrows.
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