BAD BROWS. I’ve seen more of this than any other beauty faux pas. Too dark, too arched, too far in, too far out… it doesn’t stop there, but I will. It’s all about the brows lately, so it’s my job right now to get everyone more educated and up to speed on how to correctly tame those brows.
First, we need to understand where the brows should begin, arch, and end. Below is a picture showing how a perfectly shaped brown would look. You can place your brush or your eyebrow pencil against your nose to follow these guidelines.
You have a few options for what to use: Eyebrow pencil, brow gel, brow pomade or shadow (brow powder or eyeshadow). I use all of these methods, but determine which one to use varying from client to client. The top two that I use most are a pencil or a brow gel.
If you choose to use a brow pencil, I would recommend a pencil that is less waxy. You’ll know when a product is on the waxier side because it will clump and be much more difficult to master a perfect brow. Anastasia Brow Wiz is where it’s at, and it comes with a spoolie on the other end that you will certainly be using! Ok, so lets get started on the actual technique.
Where Do I Start?
The first time you touch your brows will probably be when you have the most product, or the heaviest hand. I recommend starting on the bottom of the brow so it can be blended upwards in the end. Another thing to take note of: the hair is usually sparse towards the arch and tail of your brow. So the bottom of the brow towards the arch is where you want to start.
How Do I Apply it?
Always go in the direction of your hair. Quick, short and light strokes are key to making the filling look more realistic. LESS IS MORE. Seriously, you can always build up and add more product. But if you start heavy, then step back and realize you started with way too much and you look like Oscar the grouch, it’s way more difficult to fix.
Seal The Deal
To keep your brow hairs in place, I recommend a clear brow gel. If you used a brow pencil or pomade, you should definitely use clear instead of colored gel, because the colors will never be the same. So instead of having them mix or be blotchy, a clear option will do nothing but set the hairs.
Concealer around your brows really is the finishing touch. This is a step that is often skipped, but it really makes all the difference. With a flat brush and a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone, apply tightly along your brow going from the middle outwards. To really define your arch, you can go along the top of your brow as well. Blend out this concealer thoroughly so it’s not obvious that it’s slightly lighter (we just want a soft highlight).