Let’s face it, even the most beautiful of people look like a hot mess (or just plain deformed) without eyebrows. For example, the flawless Mila Kunis:
Okay, so obviously people don’t walk around without eyebrows. But I’m sure you’ve seen some eyebrow disasters in your lifetime–too thick, too thin, too short, too long, too “done,” too undone, etc. etc. etc. It really is true that eyebrows make a huge difference in your entire appearance; I think, aside from the “celebs without eyebrows” pictures being really funny, we can take that fact from them. You want your eyebrows to frame, shape, and define your face, without taking it over. I’m here to help you prevent an eyebrow travesty, and I promise you, I will keep them looking natural! Aka, not this:
*DISCLAIMER* I do NOT know the creator/owner of this picture; I simply found it on Google Images! No Haterade here, I’m just saying I’m going to give you a more natural look. If this floats your boat, use it!
Fun fact: I’ve never had my eyebrows done. Never. I lucked out and was spared the Italian hair gene (my sister, not so lucky). My eyebrows were never out of control. As a kid, they were actually shaped pretty nice. I never had to worry about a unibrow or anything of that nature. I was too nervous to ever get them waxed because I’d heard (and seen) the horror stories mentioned above, live and in person. So, I plucked them myself. As I got older, I’d fix ’em up with a little groomer thingy in addition to plucking. They were never in “bad” shape, per se, but looking back, they certainly were awkward looking at times. Take, for example, my senior picture from 2007:
Like, what are they doing? They’re just…..straight down. And weird. I don’t like it!
They just never had a real “nice” (or regular) shape to them after I started working on them myself. And, of course, I’d curse myself sometimes with unevenness and have to fill one in to look like the other.
For the most part, I really only tweeze. Once a month or so, I’ll go in with the little personal groomer and clean up the little blondeish baby hairs above, underneath, and in between my eyebrows. Otherwise, I pluck at the strays and continue on. Yes, I pluck often, but that’s because I’d rather keep up with them than have them grow in. But this fill-in technique (it sounds fancier than it really is) is what I use on a day-to-day basis.
Now, before I get into it, I do need to say that this may not work for everyone. If your eyebrows are super sparse, you might need to do a bit more than this. If yours are super thick and perfectly waxed every time, you can go do something else with your time ; ). But, if you think yours can use a bit of touching up, stick with me.
On to the how-to. Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A small, angled brush, typically used for eyeliner. Mine, as always, is from elf. It’s my absolute favorite. Find it here or at Target stores!
2. A lash/brow comb/brush. Once again, for $1, you can’t beat e.l.f’s.
3. A matte, taupe colored eyeshadow. Taupe is one of the most universal colors for filling in brows. You do NOT want to use something that’s the same color as your brows, especially if it’s a shadow!! They’ll look way too dark and unnatural. You don’t want that. The one that I swear by is the L’Oreal Studio Secrets duo in Classic Khakis. I love this one because not only is the color perfect, but the vanilla shade on the left is PERFECT for a simple under-the-brow and tear duct highlight. Sadly, I haven’t seen it in stores, so I’m not sure if it’s been discontinued. It’s still available online, though, and a matte taupe really isn’t hard to find. **If you have jet black hair or a darker skin tone, you can use a bit of a darker color–a medium to dark brown–but never black. Ever.**
4. Clear lash or brow gel. Don’t listen to anything or anyone that tries to tell you that you need a “good” one. Clear gel is ALL the same. Can you guess which brand I use? That’s right. e.l.f. It’s a dollar, and even though its double-sided packaging claims that one side is for your lashes, I use both for my brows. I’m such a rebel. I usually buy two or three at a time, and they last forever. Maybelline and Covergirl both have clear mascaras, too. Whatever you prefer.
For reference, here’s a nifty picture of what the “normal” eyebrow should look like:
Basically, your eyebrow should start at your tear duct, the highest point of the arch should be above the meeting of your pupil and iris, and the tail should extend to align with the outermost corner. In a perfect world, that is. If your eyebrows don’t match this shape perfectly, don’t worry about it. As long as you’re aiming for something along those lines, you’ll be fine. BUT, but but but, keep in mind that not everyone’s eyebrows are shaped like this, even before the plucking and waxing begins. This is “ideal,” but it’s workable, so work with what you’ve got. Get what I’m sayin’?
Here’s what you do:
Please excuse the awkward/uneven lighting! Click to enlarge.
(1) Start by brushing your eyebrows downward with your brow wand. This will expose any bald spots along the top, which is the main line of definition. Get a bit of shadow on your angled brush and make sure to tap off the excess–you can always go back in with more if you need to. You’re simply going to (2) trace along the natural shape of your brow with the shadow–not ABOVE the brow hairs, but ALONG them, like you’re filling in the gaps. I find that using short strokes works best. If your brows don’t happen to follow that “ideal” shape, you can create it yourself, or just go with the flow. That part is up to you.
The next steps are optional! You might be done after that, you might not. Depending on the condition my brows are in, sometimes that does the trick for me. At the moment, I happen to need to do just a bit more, which works out since I’m showing you how to do it : ). I personally don’t like to fill in the lower part of my brows at all; I think it looks unnatural. I still want it to look like hair, after all. After I trace the top line, I fill in, very lightly, any parts that are a little sparse. I only do a few quick, light strokes at the innermost part (closest to my nose); I don’t like that part to be too bold. I just think that keeps it looking natural, too. After all of the filling in is done, I put them in place. I wipe off any excess gel off the wand, and (3) shape them how I want them. Wiping off the excess allows enough product to cling, but not enough to look wet; you do NOT want shiny eyebrows!! Here’s what mine look like when they’re done:
See? I like to consider them not foo full (aka not fake looking), but defined enough to make a difference. And, regardless of my lengthy writing (I can’t help it, I’m a writer), it does NOT take long at all. Less than a minute, maybe even less than 30 seconds! Just one quick extra step to pulling your look together. I think you can handle it.
Let me know if this “system” works for you. I think it’s close to fool proof. And if you do mess up, it’s easy to swipe the shadow away and start over. No biggie.
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