One of my best friends and makeup artists Isobel Claire always tells me about the value of a well groomed brow, and it is something I have taken to heart ever since.
But its not always the easiest thing in the world to manage and maintain your brows, especially in between threading or waxing visits so we have brought you our step by step guide to managing your perfect brows.
Step One. Tame those brows.
Before you tweeze (if you do tweeze in between visits) brush the brow hairs straight up with a spooly (mascara-style) brush. I often spray alittle hairspray onto the spooly so that all the hairs stay in the right direction. Trim any long hairs or unruly hairs that wont follow the natural grain of your brow. Use two different paits of tweezers. The first, a slant tipped pair for thick hairs, and a needle nose pair for shorter, finer or hard to grab hairs.
Do not go overboard. Less is more. Remember that.
Step Two. Shape it up.
Before plucking, use a white eyeliner pencil to draw the desired shape of your brows as a guide. Never, ever, go to thin. Once you’re there it takes a hell of a long time for them to grow back. If you are unsure about your shape- get your brows shaped professionally and then just maintain the shape they decide on for you. Otherwise you can also get brow stencil shapes- I have a few from a ModelCo kit that give a lovely, full brow shape. (You can shop the ModelCo Eyebrows Designer Brow Kit here for $39).
Step Three. Fill em.
There are a few key techniques here and the most important is matching the right colour to your brow, skintone and hair. There is nothing worse than badly filled in brows!
Some general guidelines for hair colours:
· For Blonde, match the darkest parts of your brow to enhance your brows and make them bold, without looking like you have caterpillars on your face.
· If you are older, or going gray, use a taupe color to avoid dullness.
· For redheads, go with sable.
· For Brunettes, opt for one shade lighter than your hair to avoid looking too harsh.
Step 4. Touch It Up.
After all the above steps, its time to add definition and shine. Use a clear brow gel, or even a light touch of Vaseline to keep those hairs and colour in place and add a little lustre.
Enjoy some of our brow inspirations below, and let us know what your best brow tips are!