Hi everyone, so today I’m going to be talking about eyebrows. Now this may seem strange as some people don’t bother with their eyebrows but when looked after properly your eyebrows can really compliment your features. In this post I’m going to be teaching you how to get fabulous brows in four steps.
Step One: Banish the excess hair
You may sound surprised but to make your eyebrows look the nicest you may need to remove some hair, now this doesn’t mean you need to shave your entire eyebrows off (unless you prefer to just draw them on) it’s more the hairs in between your brows that may give the appearance of a mono-brow, hairs growing too low or down the sides of your face etc. There are several different ways to do this but the most common ones are:
* Hair Removal Cream
Waxing is good for those who don’t have the time to regularly do their brows. You can get waxing kits from shops where you put the wax on, let it dry and pull it off or you can go to a salon. I personally don’t wax my eyebrows as I’m quite clumsy and would probably end up with half an eyebrow or something, but for those who have steady hands and are experienced in brow shaping, this is an option you may want to consider.
Plucking is probably the most common way or eyebrow shaping, when removing the hair take care not to have your face to close to the mirror or you may end up plucking. Be sure to pluck and then to take regular pauses where you take a step back and examine your brows from a distance, it is better to underpluck than overpluck. I prefer plucking simply because it’s easy and I like to be in control of my own brows. I like to use angled tweezers as they’re much better at gripping the hairs.
Threading, this is done by professionals and is an intricate method involving trapping the hair between thread and pulling it out. Some people prefer this method as it can produce a better shape, I however am not really a fan as I think that in my opinion leaves the eyebrows looking a bit bushy.
Hair Removal Cream: As with using a razor I would not recommend this method, it’s easy to get drawn in due to the lack of pain but think of it this way, one slip with the cream or razor and you’re stuck with dodgy eyebrows for weeks until they grow back. For further information watch Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, Georgia uses a razor and, well…it ends horribly.
Step Two: Fill in the gaps
Some people have quite thick eyebrows so they don’t need to worry about this as much, but others like me have gaps in their natural brow leading to the invention of the eyebrow pencil.
My preferred eyebrow pencil is Rimmel London’s Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black/Brown (photo above.) With eyebrow pencils its important to choose a colour that is close to your natural eyebrow colour, if you’re blonde using a black eyebrow pencil will not look good. I have naturally dark brown hair and found this one great.
When filling in the gaps you need to do very light strokes, the trick is to make it look natural and having great big lines within your eyebrow is not natural. I would recommend (if you buy this pencil) using the brush to make sure each eyebrow hair is in place before you fill in the gaps.
Step Three: Shape your eyebrows
The best way to find your natural shape (if you’re new to this) is to do this. First hold a pencil vertically in front of your face and line it up so it touches the outermost edge of your nose and the inside of your eye. This spot near your eyebrow is where your eyebrow should start, mark this with a dot (using your eyebrow pencil.)
Next is working out the tricky bit which is where your eyebrow should arch, you do this by taking the same pencil hold it at the outer most part of your nose then turn it until it is lined up with the outermost edge of your iris (the coloured part of your eye) where the pencil touches your brow mark with a dot.
Finally is where your eyebrow should end, again you want one end of the pencil touching the outermost part of your nose and the other end should be lined up right at the edge of your eye. Where the pencil end touches your brow mark with a spot.
Repeat these steps with the other eye and then slowly use the pencil to draw the shape in, if you don’t like your natural eye brow shape or prefer a different shape yet struggle drawing it in, fear not! You can purchase some great eyebrow stencils to help you here.
Step Four: Maintain your fabulous new brows!
You’ve done the tricky part of shaping your brows but unfortunately they won’t stay like that forever, be sure to keep on top of the excess hair and to shape them, to keep them looking stunning!
I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did please give it a like, and feel free to leave your eyebrow grooming tips in the comments.