How to define your eyebrows, a quick eyebrow makeup technique, for brow amateurs who are strapped for time.
This is the collection of products I’ve used to do my brows. A bit much eh? Just goes to show that I don’t really know what I’m doing. Or at least I didn’t. Initially whenever I tried to improve the appearance of my eyebrows they ended up looking too dark or solid and weird. But after much experimentation, and a bit of help from the experts, I think I’ve got the gist of it.
Good brows can completely change a persons appearance. As you age, your brows become sparse, so filling them in gives a more youthful appearance. The right shape helps frame the eyes. Get a load of this before and after of Megan Fox-
Here’s my guide on how to do brows, if you’re a bit inept, timestrapped and don’t want to look like a crazy.
What you need
- An eyebrow pencil (I found an excellent one from Bobbi Brown, here’s my Review) or some eyeshadow that matches your brows. It might be best to get colour matched in store to be on the safe side. If you’re using eyeshadow you can moisten your brush with water or setting spray to intensify the colour.
- A spoolie. This is just a clean mascara wand. You can get them cheap from eBay or Amazon or pay a few more bucks and get one from somewhere proper, like MAC or Bobbi Brown.
- If you use an eyeshadow as brow makeup then you’ll need a thin slanted eyeshadow brush.
Where to put it
This is the only tricky part. You want to draw a line with your pencil at the bottom margin of the brow. It looks most natural if the bottom of the brow is the most densely coloured. This diagram shows how to place the innermost point, the arch and the outer point-
Start drawing! Draw a line starting from the inner point, just above the corner of the eye to the arch- this will be about 2/3rds along. Use light feathery strokes. Then another line down from the arch to the furthest point. Fill in any spaces.
- The line along the bottom margin-
- Square up the inner margin and fill in any gaps-
- Blend with the spoolie-
- Once you have defined the shape you want you can tweeze any stray hairs under the brow. Leave above the brow alone! That’s an order!
If you want to be fancy, you can go the extra mile with these steps-
- Set the hairs in place with wax, gel or setting spray.
- Apply concealer and/or highlighter around the brow to define, like this-
Don’t worry if your brows look a bit asymmetric, it’s fine, nobody has completely symmetrical eyebrows. If you’ve stepped back from the mirror and it’s looking a bit strong, dust some powder over them to take things down a notch.
A bit of brow definition goes a long way. If this guide hasn’t given you the confidence to try it at home, I urge you to go to a department store, look for a lady working at a beauty counter who has great eyebrows and ask her to show you how it’s done.