In the following steps, I will describe how I retain a natural shape for my brow, and clean them up to get that salon look.
Step 1: Materials
- broad tipped set
- as well as fine tipped set (see photo)
- Rubbing Alcohol and Cotton Pads (for occasional cleaning of tweezers)
- Brow Pencil that matches your brow color
- Brow Brush
- Small Scissor
- Highlight Pencil or White Eyeliner
- Brow Gel
Step 2: A History Lesson & Helpful Tips
Some of the most historically sensational eyebrows have been on the faces of movie stars. If you look at the grid, you'll see that most of these starlets brows appear natural and full. The ones that are thin are drawn back in with dark pencil. For a natural look, you barely use an eyebrow pencil at all. If you have to use a pencil, it is to fill in sparse spots. (I have a small scar on my left eyebrow that I often gently dust with an eyebrow pencil)
Eyebrow pencil is not as waxy as eyeliners and other makeup pencils, it is more of a powdery pencil that requires a light touch when applying. Use sparingly.
Step 3: Brush and Trim
Using the brow brush, I brush all the hairs upwards, and then gently trim the scruff to perfect the straight line at the top of my brow. Work your way from your inside to the outside of your face on each brow.
Step 4: Mark and Tweeze
After I have those points, I basically just connect the dots. You may have to stretch your skin a bit to get the lines right.
Don't be afraid of using too much, it is actually much easier to see your dark hairs on the white pencil.
When it comes to tweezing, do most of the work with the broad tip tweezer, and then go back in with the fine tip tweezer to clean up your lines and arches. Keep alcohol handy when you are tweezing, the oil in your hairs builds up on the tweezers, making them less grabby.
When done tweezing, wipe away all the white highlight pencil with either make-up remover or water. You may also want to do a quick alcohol swipe on your brows at this point to wipe away any oils that may have built up when you were handling them.
Step 5: Fill
When your brow looks full and neat, use a clear brow gel to set them. I normally go about this by brushing the part closest to my nose straight up, and the arch part towards my hairline. By using a brow-gel you are setting the pigment as well as the shape - I have had my brows last for two days by styling them this way!
Lastly, take your white highlight pencil again, and draw a wide line under your arch. Gently blend it in with your finger until you can't really tell it was there any more. You should be left with a bright highlight under a clean brow line.
If they look a little dark, or bold, try dusting them with power that matches your skin-tone.
Voila! Beautiful, salon-free brows that really brighten your face.