Feminism has taught me that the way we look shouldn’t determine the way we feel about ourselves. Why? Simply because we are so much more than our physical appearances. However, I believe that there’s nothing wrong with wanting to take care of our bodies or having fun by playing with different looks. As long as we keep in mind that our identities extend so far beyond the superficial, our society’s (often) unattainable beauty standards will have no power over us.
If keeping your eyebrows nice and neat is something you want to learn about, then you’re exactly where you need to be. The following guidelines can help you create a brow routine that meets both your wants and needs.
If reaching your full brow potential is your goal, then you should definitely consider growing out your eyebrows. This will help you see your natural shape. The longer you wait, the better.
Hold an eyebrow pencil vertically at the middle of each nostril to find the beginning of your brows. Mark the spots for later reference. Then, pivot the pencil to the outside of your iris to find your arch and mark the spot. Last but not least, swing the pencil until it grazes the outer corner of your eye to find the tail end of your arch. Once again, make a marking.
When giving your brows a trim, it’s important to be careful and patient. Aim to cut down the long hairs without giving your brows a too-close crop. The safest way to do this is to brush your brows up with the help of a spoolie and trim only the very long hairs. Do this one hair at a time.
Preparing your skin for plucking by applying a generous amount of quality facial oil on to the brow bone is smart. This is how you’ll take the edge off the skin’s sensitivity from tweezing and prevent hair from breaking.
Professionals say that picking up a set of tweezers instead of opting for the hot wax routine is the easiest way to achieve the popular unfussy brow look. To completely avoid or at least significantly reduce pain while plucking your brows, tweeze hairs in direction of hair growth while keeping the skin stretched. Start by plucking any stray hairs beneath the two dots that show where your brows begin. Do the same with stray hairs beneath your arch and beyond the end of the tail.
Be careful not to overdo this step. It may be helpful to step away from the mirror and look at your brows every time you tweeze a few hairs. This is how you’ll gain perspective.
Another piece of great experts’ advice is to always use natural daylight and avoid using magnifying mirrors.
If you have a long or rectangular face, a straighter, flatter eyebrow can make it look shorter or more proportional. Thicker brows can throw your face off-balance if it is heart-shaped or tiny. Well-groomed brows that are neither too thick nor too thin are perfect for these types of faces.
People who have a square jaw should opt for a thick, heavy brow, whereas those with a diamond face shape should go for curved brows for they can lessen the angularity of their face.
Once you finish step #5, apply a cooling gel on your skin to get the red out and tighten pores.
If you have some sparse spots and want to fake a fuller finish, consider using an eyebrow pencil to feather in some ‘hairs’ and then combing through with a clear brow gel. Finding the right brow shade for your eyebrows is key. So, what colours to look for when shopping for eyebrow makeup in a physical or online makeup store? Well, it depends on your hair colour.
If you are a natural blonde, feel free to deepen the shade of your arches. Darker brows can act as a frame for your face and enhance the colour of your eyes. However, if you are a brunette going golden blonde and your brows appear too dark against your hair, think about lightening them up by softening the colour one level.
Many makeup artists suggest avoiding bleaching your brows because they aren’t for everyday life. It’s better not to risk it.
The general rule for brunettes is to stay within one to two shade ranges of your hair colour. Pick a slightly darker tone if your hair and eye colour is light brown. Opt for a lighter colour if you have dark eyes. Professionals advise matching the brow shade to your highlight rather than your base.
In case you are a blonde going brunette, the recommended choice is to darken your brows.
If you are a redhead, please remember that matching your brows to your hair colour isn’t necessary. Cool redheads are advised to go for brunette arches that are dark and rich, whereas those with a colour that’s more pumpkin than burgundy should choose a shade with a small hint of copper.
Many black-haired people think that matching black with black is the way to go. However, this can often create a drawn-on and fake look. That’s precisely why experts suggest deciding on a cool brown or a dark neutral.
Last but definitely not least – grey-haired people. If you are one of them, you might want to purchase a brow pencil in a cool ash tone that’s a bit darker than what’s on your head.
How to use a brow pencil? Start at the most sparse areas and draw on short, feather-like strokes in the direction of your hair growth towards the tail of your brows. Once you finish doing this, fill in the inner corners of your brows with upward and outward strokes. Never start at the very beginning of your brows because when you apply an eyebrow pencil, you tend to be heavy-handed. This is how you’ll prevent your brows from looking overdrawn.
If you want to keep your eyebrow game strong, resist the urge to touch your brows for a few weeks and then repeat the routine. However, if you’re prone to sprouting a few hairs between your brows, you might want to make an exception to the no-tweezing rule. Just make sure to not over-pluck. One of the easiest tricks for avoiding this mistake is to place your index finger between your brows and draw a line on either side of it with a brow pencil. Then, only tweeze the hairs in between those lines.
In addition to the previously mentioned steps, consider facilitating the growth of your brows by conditioning them at night. Simply apply a lightweight oil over the hairs with your fingertip.
Powder, pomade, markers, and brow gels are a few more great eyebrow products that can help you take your brow game to the next level.