The Secret to Beautiful Brows

When I'm working with clients, I often find that they have lots of questions about how to properly groom their brows.  Your journey to great brows doesn't need to become the quest for the holy grail.  I'll share a few tips with you that will hopefully get you headed in the right direction.  You'll be #browsonfleek in no time!

Think of your eyebrows as the frame to your face.  If you purchased a very expensive painting, I'm certain that you would spend some time considering the frame you'll display that painting in.  You would want to find a frame that was harmonious in color and with a complimentary style to it.  Your face deserves the same attention!

There are multiple products on the market to use to define and groom your brows.  The two that I use most often are Pencils and Powders.  A pencil or powder can be used independently, however, I typically use both as I find it helps me to create the most natural-looking brow due to the varying textures.

Powders:  Eyebrow powders often come in a palette with one or two different shades.  A matte eyshadow similar to your hair color also works well.  When applying brow powders, I like to use a stiff, angled brush.  If your eyebrow brush isn't stiff, you'll find it very difficult to achieve great brow definition and your brows will appear fluffy.  Powders are a great way to get soft, natural looking brows.  Powders are often more forgiving than pencils because they offer softer edges.

Pencils:  Eyebrow pencils are especially great if you are wanting to reshape your brows or if you are missing some hairs, due to a scar or overplucking.  Look for a brow pencil that is pretty firm, rather than waxy in texture.  My favorite brow pencils are actually made of a pressed powder in a wood casing.  To minimize the chance of your eyebrows looking harsh or angry, try to choose a pencil that is 2-3 shades lighter than your hair color.  

                                                       Brow Mapping

                                                       Brow Mapping

Your eyebrow shape should harmonize with your facial structure.  Brow mapping is a simple way to determine the shape of your brows.  To begin mapping the shape of your brows, place a pencil or emery board at the base of your nose and line it up with the inner corner of your eye.  This will show you where your brow should begin.  To find the peak of your arch, align your pencil with the base of your nose and the center of your iris.  Reposition your pencil to line up with the outer corner of your eye to see where the tail of your eyebrow should end.  If you use brow mapping on both sides of your face, your eyebrows should look pretty good, but you may notice that your eyebrows are not EXACTLY the same.  Don't stress out.  Eyebrows are sisters, not twins.  They don't have to be identical, but they should definitely look related.

          Miss Manhattan, Mackenzie Perpich            Makeup by Jai Wilson

          Miss Manhattan, Mackenzie Perpich            Makeup by Jai Wilson

A few more tips before I bid you farewell.

Use mutiple colors.  We all know that hair looks more beautiful when there are multiple shades running through it.  That's why women love to get highlights and lowlights at their salon.  That same idea translates to your eyebrows also.  Try to find a brow palette that gives you a couple of different color options or use a pencil and powder of a slightly varying shade.

When using an eyebrow pencil or an eyebrow brush be sure to use a "flicking" motion to mimic the look of tiny hairs, instead of trying to draw one solid line.  This will give you a much more natural look and allow you to build the color and depth of your brow, ultimately making your eyebrows look the most natural.

Keep the inside portion of your brow a bit lighter than the tail.  It doesn't have to be drastically lighter, but if it's just a little lighter, it will intensify your arch and help to keep your brows from turning into "blockheads".  If you find that the inner portion of your brow is getting a little too dark for your liking, try using a bit of your face powder on an eyeshadow brush to soften the color a bit.

I hope this has answered a few of your questions about how to easily create fabulous and believable brows.  You deserve the perfect frame to show off your masterpiece.  I'd love to see you put some of these tips into action.  Please feel free to show off your skills by tagging me via Facebook or Instagram.  Thank you for reading!

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