For me, full eyebrows are sexy and beautiful. But having the right shape is important. The shape of your eyebrows can enhance your appearance by flattering your facial shape, balancing your features, and framing your eyes. But not everyone is blessed with thick, perfectly-shaped brows. If you have thick eyebrows, you might need to tweeze them. If you have thin, sparse brows, you may need to fill them. Either way, here are my tips and tricks on how to shape eyebrows.
Consider your face shape. Certain brows better compliment specific face shapes. Visualize your brow shape before you start.
Determine where your inner brow should start. Hold a brow pencil vertically in front of your face. Line it up so that it touches the outermost of edge your nose and the inside of your eye. This line will determine where your eyebrow should start. Mark this spot with your brow pencil.
Determine where your arch should peak. Angle the straight edge of the brow pencil so that it lines up with the outermost edge of your nose and the outermost edge of your iris. Wherever the line intersects your eyebrow is where the peak of your arch should begin at the top border of the eyebrow. Mark that spot with your eyebrow pencil.
Determine where the tail (or outer brow) should end. Angle the straight edge of the brow pencil further so that it touches the outermost edge of your nose and also passes along the outermost edge of your eye. This tells you where the eyebrow should end. Mark this point with your eyebrow pencil.
Draw a line along the bottom edge of your brow to connect the inner brow, arch and tail. After drawing your desired eyebrow shape, use a brow pencil to start filling in the brow. The inner brow should be the widest part while the tail should taper off and follow the angle of the eye. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz mechanical brow pencil in Dark Brown (Brunette). Once you’re confident in the shape you’ve created, remove unwanted follicles with slant-tipped tweezers. Don’t forget to occasionally step back from the mirror to check on the progress. You don’t want to over pluck or pluck into the shape you’ve already created.
If your brows are too light, sparse or short, likes mines are, you may want to fill them in for thickness and/or length. You can use a brow pencil, brow gel or brow pomade. I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate with a #208 angled brow brush from M.A.C. I mostly focus on the tail end of my brow. With feathery strokes, I follow the angle of my eye to add the extra length.
By sticking to a specific contoured shape, spotting strays becomes easy. Consistently pluck between the brows and at the edges. These hairs grow the fastest and take away from the shape of your brows.
When I was first learning to do my brows, it took me 20 minutes – just on my brows alone! Now it takes me about 10 minutes. I found sticking to the same rhythm and process helped to make my routine shorter, day by day. It also helps to use quality products.
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