Well thanks to catwalk trends, eyebrows continue to be a hot topic for debate and it seems now, more than ever before, the bigger the better (thanks for that Cara!). But we are not all blessed with luscious, glossy thick eyebrows, so it’s therefore important that rather than force an unnatural shape, we find a shape and style that suits us as individuals. This post is all about learning how to enhance your natural eyebrows with minimal tools (and less plucking!).
First things first, locate the start and end points of your brows.
To do this, the easiest way to start is by lining up your tweezers along the side of your nose. This should enable you to see that the front of your brows align with the upper bridge of your nose. Very minimal tweezing should be done in-between your brows, or else they will end up looking too far apart (and frankly slightly strange!). Instead, aim to pluck stray hairs and nothing more.
Next, to help locate the end of your eyebrows, align your tweezers with the outer corner of your eyes and your eyebrows should ideally end where the tweezers meet your brow bone. But don’t worry if that’s not the case – remember that everyone’s eyebrows are different and not all will extend to the outer corner of the eye and some will reach out past this point. Similar to grooming the start of your brows, you want to steer clear of over plucking and aim to just remove any stray hairs.
Definition is key when it comes to the arch.
For this part, you might find that a white eyeliner pencil comes in handy! Use the pencil to draw a line tracing the bottom of your eyebrow. Aim to follow the natural arch of your eyebrow rather than create a new one as the natural shape of your brows are likely to suit your face shape the most. Once the line has been drawn with the pencil, remove any of the stray hairs that fall below it by tweezing.
Give your brows a helping hand.
So now we’ve perfected and enhanced the natural shape of your brows, it’s time we gave them a helping hand to look their very best. Now, if you’re a natural girl at heart like me, a little brow gel will be just the ticket as it will help keep brows sculpted all day long without the need for pencils or eyeshadows etc. If there are naturally a few gaps in your eyebrows due to sparse hair, or if you want a more dramatic look, then this is when the handy powders, coloured gels and of course, good old brow pencils come in.
If you decide to use a pencil, or the like, try to keep it as natural as possible when filling in your brows. It’s best to start at the arches and gently fill them in using strokes which follow the natural growth of your hair and then, follow your arches to fill in the end of your eyebrows. For the end of your eyebrows, longer strokes are best, but try to not go too far past the ends.
And, last but not least – let’s not forget about the starting point of your eyebrows. Use smaller strokes as this is the area where you should be filling in your brows the least. Avoid any over-filling by mimicking your existing direction of hair growth, as recommended earlier in this post. And voila, move over Cara, there’s a new girl in town!
So now that’s the eyebrows sorted, what about the eyeliner? If you’re curious about different styles to try, our previous blog is the perfect manual to all things concerning ‘eyeliner styles and how to perfect them‘.
PICTURE CREDIT: Marie Claire