Become a BROWmaster!

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There’s nothing worst then seeing a flawless face with badly abused eyebrows! I think we have all seen this before, right? So let’s stop this nonsense and help educate these people!

In recent years the brows have become an important aspect in beauty regimes, which it should. As a result, correctly groomed brows can lift the eye and slim the face. But be warned, mistakes are frequent and easy to make.

Shaping

You can shape your brows based on your face shape, for example:

Brow shape by face shape Or another way is to find your brow shape is by using an eyebrow pencil and something with a flat edge. Line up the inner edge of the brow with the centre of the nostril. (Tip: For wide set eyes start brows a little closer together, for close set eyes start slightly further apart.)

Using the same starting point, angle your flat edge object so it goes through your pupil (not literally!) up to the brow, this should be where the arch of the brow is.

Using your flat edge object, rest it against the edge of your nose and turn it vertically so it connects with the outer edge of the eye. This should be where the brow ends.

Connect the dots and everything outside the lines are what you want to pluck. Simples!

Brow Shaping

Trimming

Some brows may need to be trimmed, to start brush the hairs upwards and using a pair of scissors cut the hairs that exceed the top shape of your brows. I don’t cut right against the top line and leave a bit extra so it looks more natural.

Shades

Natural is the safest opinion when choosing shades. Generally people with lighter hair go for 1 – 2 shades darker on the brows and people with darker hair go for 1 – 2 shades lighter. But you don’t have to follow it, everyone is difference and something that might suit your friend may not suit you. In my opinion, experiment!

But if that’s too many options for you then the safest colour is taupe, it’s universally flattering for every hair colour. With this shade you just match it to your hair colour, for example, light hair equals light taupe.

Cosmetics

  Pencils

These are great for correcting, shaping brows and covering up gaps or scars. Depending on your technique and how hard handed you are, the end result can look either natural or artificial. To help out, use a spoolie to blend out harsh lines. (Tip: Hate constantly sharpening your eyebrow pencil? Buy a retractable pencil instead, never needs sharpening and always has a tip to work with.)

Popular products:

Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow pencil (£2.99, Boots – $3.12, Walmart)

Sleek Makeup Brow Stylist (£5.99, Superdrugs – $8.99, Sleekmakup.com)

Mac Eyebrows (£13.50, Maccosmetics.co.uk – $16.00, Maccosmetics.com)

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil (£15.50, Boots – $20.00, Benefitcosmetics.com)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (£15.50, BeautyBay – $21.00, Sephora)

  Powders

This product gives the most natural looking brows and are normally advised to anyone starting out. They don’t cover gaps or scars as well as pencils but help achieve a more volume look. Just remember, start with a small amount of product on the brush and build up, don’t go in heavy handed with cakes of product as its harder removing product than applying. Powders can come in either single cases or as a kit which could include various colours, brushes, waxes etc. In my opinion, the best brush to apply powders with is an angled brush as you have more control over the shape.

Popular Products:

Elf Studio Eyebrow Kit (£3.95, Elf.co.uk – $3.00, Elf.com)

NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder (£5.50, nyxcosmetics.co.uk – $6.00, nyxcosmetics.com)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo (£17.00, BeautyBay – $23.00, Sephora)

Smashbox Brow Tech Trio (£17.50, Smashbox.co.uk – $26.00, Smashbox.com)

Whiteninglightning Brow Bar To Go (£18.24, Gerardcosmetics.com – $28.00, Gerardcosmetics.com)

  Waxes

These are harder to use but can complement a look and are the most waterproof out of them all. They normally come in kits complete with powders but some can come a lone. They are great to cover up gasp and to tame hairs but be warned, waxes build up quickly and can end up matting the hairs. It’s best to use little amounts at a time with short strokes and a spoolie is helpful to blend.

Popular Products:

Milani Brow Shaping Clear Wax (£3.49, Amazon – $4.49, Milanicosmetics.com)

NYX Eyebrow Shaper (£8.00, nyxcosmetics.co.uk – $8.75, nyxcosmetics.com)

Sleek MakeUp Brow Kit (£8.49, Amazon – $12.99, Sleekmakeup.com)

Benefit Brow Zings (£24.50, Boots – $32.00, Sephora)

  Gels

Many people use gels as the final step to eyebrow grooming, so the hairs keep in place and to help define the brow shape. The can come either tinted or clear and help the brows to look fuller, but be careful as some gels can look too shiny or flake after a while. (Not an attractive look!) The way to apply an eyebrow gel is by following the natural hair direction, commonly starting from the inner part to outer edge going upwards and outwards.

Popular Products:

Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara (£2.00, Wilkinsons – $2.99, Ulta)

Rimmel Brow This Way (£3.99, Boots – $6.18, FeelUnique)

Mac Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set (£13.50, Maccosmetics.co.uk – $17.00, Maccosmetics.com)

Benefit Gimme Brow (£17.50, Boots – $22.00, Benefitcosmetics.com)

Defining brows with concealer

A way to get flawless and defined brows is by using concealer. What you do is fill in your brows as normal, then taking an angled or concealer brush with concealer on outline the brows as closely as possible to get clean, defined brows. Just make sure to blend the concealer after.

Step by step

Stencils

A way of getting your brows to match is by using stencils, they come in various shapes and sizes to match as many people’s brows as possible. Even I have them for the bad brow days!

REMEMBER!

Brows should compliment your face, not overpower your features. Plus, brows are not meant to be identical, our face is not evenly matched so why should our brows be? Just think of your brows as sisters, they look alike but with slight differences, it makes them more natural looking.

And that’s it!

Hope this helped and you enjoyed, love

Jadie

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