Back to our focus on eyebrows!
Bold, well-groomed eyebrows can help pull together a look that’s both remarkably outlandish and sophisticated.
I recently took note of this while flipping through a Bon Marché catalogue.
Wherein, the models were sporting some lovely thick and prominent eyebrows…
[Photos Source: Bon Marché’s L’Esprit de Rive Gauche Catalogue]
If you want this look, the first thing you have to do is to stop plucking your eyebrows!
Leaving your eyebrows alone and allowing them to grow au naturel takes some restraint. It could take anywhere from 2 to 6 months before your eyebrows grow their fullest.
Also, eyebrows tend to thin out as we get older. And the hairs start growing longer, coarser and unruly.
Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and tricks at our disposal in order to tame and enhance the shape and fullness of our eyebrows.
If you want to make any major changes to your eyebrows’ shape, you would do best to leave it to a professional.
Then, afterwards, you can simply maintain the work that was done by plucking any stray hairs that grow.
But if you prefer to do the shape work yourself, then it’s really important to look at your overall facial shape.
Here is a chart that helps to give a good idea of face and corresponding brow shapes:
(Image by Tracy Do of permanentpretty.com – used with permission)
Properly shaped eyebrows can increase the symmetry of your face and draw the attention to your eyes.
The opposite is true for improperly shaped eyebrows. They can ruin the symmetry of your face at best. And make you look like a clown at worst.
1.) Tweezers – Used to pluck stray hairs and shape your eyebrows. Tweezers with an angled tip are good for picking up eyebrow hairs and are easy to use. Use this tool only once every three weeks!
2.) Eyebrow Brush – Used to apply eyebrow powder, creams or waxes. Choose a brush that is angled and firm. It should be appropriate in size and thickness so that application is easy. A softer brush can help give a more natural look while a stiffer one can create darker and more dramatic eyebrows.
3.) Eyebrow Gel – Helps to straighten and keep unruly wayward brows in place. You can choose a colored or clear eyebrow gel.
4.) Mini scissors – Used to trim stray or long hairs. In fact, you don’t really need “special eyebrow scissors.” Just a pair of small, fine edged scissors will do.
5.) Eyebrow Spool – The spool resembles a cylindrical mascara wand. Used to brush brows up and out in order to find the gaps. Using the “up and out” motion with a spool can help make trimming longer hairs easier.
6.) Eyebrow Comb – Usually comes with a miniature plastic comb on one side and a small brush on the other. Used for grooming the eyebrow, volumizing and setting brows in place. It can also be used to help blend eyebrow powders and eyebrow pencils.
7.) Eyebrow Pencil – Use this to help fill in and shade sparse eyebrows. The darker the color, the bolder the statement your eyebrows make. Make sure the end is sharp when applying.
8.) Eyebrow Powder – Some prefer to use a powder because it can give your brows a softer look (the color from the pencil can be too harsh). Use an angled eyebrow brush to apply brow powder to fill in uneven or thin eyebrow.
Tips And Tricks
Shading and Filling In
- When choosing an eyebrow pencil, choose a shade or two that’s lighter than your natural brow color.
- To find what color that works best, you can apply swatches above your eyebrows.
- Choose a brow color that has a brown or khaki tint to it instead of red, so that it will look more natural.
- Avoid black color pencils, even if you have black eyebrows.
- Dust on eyebrow powder in the same direction your hairs grow, using light, feathery strokes.
- Don’t shade in your eyebrow with the same darkness and intensity throughout. The arch and the tail of the eyebrows are usually the most defined, while the parts closer to the nose should be lighter.
- Use the spool to remove any excess powder and blend in and soften the remaining powder.
- Once you have filled in your brows, set them with a clear brow gel or wax.
- Don’t do this unless you absolutely have to!
- To trim excessively long hairs, use the spool to brush hair upwards.
- Trim the excess hairs that extend above the shape of the brows.
- Trim each hair individually.
- Trim only very small amounts, especially if you have curly hair.
Although bold, thick eyebrows may look great on many models and celebrities, it’s important to note that it may not necessarily be the right look for you.
If you don’t have very thick eyebrows to begin with… then makeup alone cannot give you that “boy with the bushy eyebrows” look while still maintaining some air of naturalness.
Also, if you have a small face and delicate features, very thick dark brows can overwhelm your face.
You want to shape and accentuate your brows only according to their natural shape and thickness.
Remember, the idea is to enhance your own natural features!