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Bon Marché - French Model Eyebrows

Eyebrows. The Bolder, The Better.

April 4, 2013

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…

Bon Marché - French Model Eyebrows

Bon Marché - French Model 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.

Shape Solutions

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:

Face Shapes And Eyebrow Solutions - Image used with permission

(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.

Eyebrow Tools

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.

Eyebrow Tools

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.

Trimming

  • 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.

Closing Thought

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!

Hannah With Crazy Eyebrows from Girls

Mad About Some Bushy Eyebrows

March 28, 2013

Not plucking my eyebrows has been one of the most painful things I’ve had to endure.

I can’t even remember when I decided to stop plucking my eyebrows. It must have been over 4 months ago. At least.

Every time I saw my eyebrows in the mirror, I had to fight the urge to break out the tweezers.

Back in the days, my eyebrows used to be my favorite part about my face. I loved how thick and shapely they were. And it’s not like I ever went tweezer crazy.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that my eyebrows have gotten much thinner in shape and in volume. This is actually something that happens to everyone.

As we age, there are some things we should know about our eyebrows.

Our eyebrows eventually become:
1) Sparse
2) Longer
3) Coarser
4) And wayward

The first point should be reason enough to make you stop plucking your eyebrows. Like really. Stop it. Right now.

Thick eyebrows give you a more youthful appearance. And it’s too easy to become tweezer happy.

Not only that, the shape of your eyebrows is really important for framing your face. So you should leave any kind of re-shaping to a professional.

So, actually. For the first time ever. I went to a professional yesterday to have my eyebrows groomed.

I told the lady I wanted thick eyebrows. Like Brooke Shields caterpillar thick eyebrows.

She used a tweezer to pluck off any stray hairs but left the shape basically untouched.  Somehow, the way she did it felt less painful than how I would ever do it. In fact, I got so sleepy that I almost fell off my chair.

To assure me that the shape of my eyebrows were symmetrical, she filled in the gaps with an eyebrow pencil. I thought this was incredibly nice of her.

Nevermind that the color of the pencil was a lot darker than what I would ever put on my face!

Then I thought about that episode of “Girls” when Hannah had those crazy eyebrows.

And I imagined what Hannah would have said to me if we had bumped into each other in the street…

Mad Eyebrows

Lolz.

Ok, in the next post, I’ll get into how to choose and properly use an eyebrow pencil. And eyebrow gels. And other stuff like that.

Until then, leave your eyebrows alone! ~.^

Where I went to get my eyebrows did:
Nayenka Institute
9 rue de Turbigo
75001 Paris
www.nayenka.com