February 22, 2012

Bow to the Brow: Brow Grooming

If you know anyone in your life who does makeup, one thing they will always attest to is the importance of good brows.  I can't say enough about how much brows can completely make or break your face, and no one wants a broken face!  
I, myself, have problem brows.  I used to fight and fight with my brows, trying to make them have more of an arch, until one day I realized my brows look terrible with a fake, forced arch.  It seems pretty obvious, but a lot of women tend to think that the more arched and the higher their brows are, the better they will look.  (we've all seen those brows that look surprised all the time.  Higher does not always equal better.)  The truth is, your brows will look their absolute best when they follow their natural shape.  The key isn't forcing your brows into a new and unnatural shape, it's maintaining and grooming the shape you have, even if that shape has no arch. 
Take a look at all of these brows.  Some are short, some are long, some are straight, some are arched, but they all look perfect with they eyes that they go with. 

To help you on your journey to great brows, I've put together this step by step for maintaining and grooming them.   Remember that everyone's natural brow shape is different, so yours might look a little different then mine.

Here is what you will need:

 1.  Eyeshadow - I prefer to use eyeshadow rather then an eyebrow pencil when I fill in my brows, but you can use either one.  When picking a brow color, a good rule of thumb is to stay within 2 shades of your natural color, and around 2 shades darker than your hair color.  *If you're wanting your brows lighter than they are, talk to your stylist about lightening them a few shades (good for platinum blondes with black brows)
2.  Eyebrow brush - I use this to brush my brows in shape so I can see where I need to tweeze and to avoid tweezing where I shouldn't. 
3.  Tweezers -  When it comes to tweezers, you get what you pay for.  If you fork out the extra $10.00 on a nice pair of tweezers, you'll save yourself a lot of time trying to tweeze those tiny hairs. 
4.  Short angle brush - You can get these brushes anywhere really.  Just look for something similar to the one above. 
5.  Eyebrow gel - Most makeup brands make an eyebrow gel.  They come in different colors or in clear.  My favorite is the MAC Brow Set, but if you want something cheaper there are a few different brands available at Target.
6.  Razor - this small straight razor is a great tool to have in your makeup kit.  They sell them at Sally's for less than $5.00.
7.  Scissors - preferably eyebrow scissors so you don't end up cutting off half your eyebrow.

This is what my brows look like before I do anything to them: 
 See?  Problem brows.

1.  Use your brow brush to gently brush your brows slightly upwards and out, following the natural shape of your brow.  Don't force them too much, just guide them and let them lay where they naturally do.

2.  Once your brows are brushed, tweeze any hair that isn't in the natural brow shape.  Avoid pulling and stretching your brows while you tweeze so you don't end up over tweezing.  Another good rule of thumb is to avoid getting too close to the mirror.  The closer you are, the more imperfections you'll see, and before you know it you've over tweezed! *If your brows are already sparse from over tweezing and they don't ever seem to grow back in, you may want to consider using thisTIP:  Tweeze your brows right after you get out of the shower.  The steam will soften the hair follicle, making tweezing a lot less painful.

3.  Use the razor to remove peach fuzz above your brows (I also use the razor in between my brows since waxing makes me break out).  A lot of people neglect the hair above their brows.  Removing extra peach fuzz can add a lot more definition to your brows, just be careful not to cut down into your actual brow.  

4.  Use your brow brush to gently brush your brows directly upwards.  Carefully trim anything that sticks up too high.  You don't need to comb them too tightly.  If you comb them up and nothing sticks out, they probably don't need to be trimmed.

5.  Using a short angle brush (or your brow pencil) fill in your brow, applying in short, light strokes.  The key to making it look natural is to apply the color in the direction the hair grows, almost like you are just drawing in new hair.    

6.  Use your brow gel to set your brows in place.   Brush your brows slightly upwards and out like you did with the brow brush.    

 Ta-da!

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26 comments:

  1. Awesome Steph! Thanks...no one ever teaches you this stuff! :)

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  2. Great post! I've been fussing about what to do about my brows. I'm even thinking about getting a permanent makeup procedure, but this gives me few more ideas before going permanent. Thanks!

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  3. Ugh the peach fuzz is annoying. I'm in love with Jennifer Connelly's brows! I would grow mine out if I didn't already have low brows >__<

    I have really thick but overplucked pieces.. would you suggest using black to fill it in? I was always told to use brown but it looks extremely fake.


    Is there any cheaper alternatives to LiLash?

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    1. I would suggest black, maybe a softer black so it's not too harsh. But I agree if they are really dark then brown would look unnatural. LiLash is the only company I know of who makes a brow serum too, but I'm sure there are cheaper brands out there.

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  4. This is the post that I've been looking for my whole life! Thanks!! <3 New fan.

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  5. I've been searching for an instructional on how to go from bushy to neat. This was PERFECT. Thanks!

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  6. OMG, waxing breaks me out, too!

    I bought a pair of tweezers [apparently, I need to buy a whole bunch of other things, too :)]. But EVERYONE who messes with my brows completely ruins them and has been ruining them for years. I finally am going to start taking matters into my own hands [I was too scared to prior], and I needed this. Thank you.

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  7. This is awesome. Your brows look great and would be the envy of all Koreans in Korea. They love the straight eyebrow look. My brows are crazy so I need a professional, can't do it on my own! My favorite person is Manana in NYC. I did a review here: http://www.ourwonderlust.com/ourwonderlust/little-wonder-the-perfect-eyebrows.html
    Tina

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  8. Have you ever tried eyebrow threading? Any thoughts on it?

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    1. I have never tried it but I have heard good things about it. From what I heard it works great but it's more painful than waxing.

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    2. I LOVE threading! I break out really bad when my brows are waxed, but not when I have them threaded. I also like that they can objectively look at my eyebrows and get a natural looking shape with a nice, clean line. It's quite a bit more painful than waxing, but I think it's totally worth it :)

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  9. So many people have eyebrows that either look messy/unkempt or harsh and overdone. Yours look just perfect. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. This article was great! :) I have black, very thin eyebrows, and dark brown hair. I have to fill them in every day and I hate having to do that. If I don't fill them in, it looks like I don't have eyebrows. What should I do?

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    1. Most people have to fill theirs in every day. If you don't like filling them in, really the only other options are to get them dyed or get them tattooed on.

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  11. Thank you so much! I need to try this. It seems like I just can't get my brows right. :P

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  12. I was just searching this kind of information and finally i got it. It is very helpful for me. So, I just want to say keep sharing & posting this kind of post with us.

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  13. Love this! Thanks. Your eyes are gorgeous!

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  14. Awesome post. Love your eyes, the eyebrows are perfect. My eyebrows are thin so I just wax them.

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  15. Hi! Thanks for sharing your technique. I was just wondering about the razor? I was always told that shaving facial hair is a big no-no because it will grow back thicker etc. My genes are on the hairy side and I don't want to risk ending up with thicker hair, anywhere on my face!
    I was just wondering if plucking the fuzz works just as well?

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  16. Very interesting tutorial.Thank you!

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  17. You have amazing brows! Good tutorial, thanks.

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  18. you have the prettiest enormous eyes!

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  20. wonderful & helpful post - the razor idea for peach fuzz is something I never thought of, but I have to say your eyebrows look so much more beautiful naturally than all done up. You overdid yourself with filling them in. It takes away from your unique beauty. Maybe try just the clear brow gel to put them in place instead - that would be gorg :)

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