When it comes to beauty, it’s pretty easy to say that eyebrows are the target of more memes than just about everything else. Most people who notice them either say “eyebrows in fleeeeek” or are totally against filling in a couple of brows (haters, amirite?). I think this stems from the few girls that post pictures of meme-worthy brows and make other people’s look bad. Love them or hate them, eyebrows are an important feature of the face, and when they are filled in properly they help shape the face and give it structure.
When it comes to filling in my brows, I sometimes get a little bit lazy here and there, but if I want perfect brows I remind myself of the following tips.
1. When in Doubt Thin Them Out
This is my main motto when it comes to eyebrows. Out of all of these tips, I feel like this one makes one of the biggest difference.
Eyebrows that are too thick and unruly in areas can really take away from the natural/ feminine structure of your face. If that’s the look you dig, ignore this…but I personally don’t do my makeup without grooming and touching up my eyebrows every time (unless I’m in a major rush or back in lazy eyebrow mode).
2. Lighter is Better Than Too Dark
The rule of thumb for eyebrow color-matching is to aim for one or two shades lighter than your hair color unless your hair is really light, in which case you should aim for one or two shades darker than your hair color. Too light is still better than too dark in most cases when it comes to brows. This is especially true if you are a makeup artist, and are working on a client that rarely wears makeup. If the eyebrows are too dark they can look unnatural and overwhelm your other features. I think all of us are guilty of using the “wrong” eyebrow color from time to time, partly due to personal preference for different tones and such.
3. Fancy Products Aren’t Essential
A suitable eyeshadow shade in a good formula will get the job done. Don’t over think it too much, and definitely don’t break your bank over your eye brows.
4. Do Your Brows First & Clean Around Them Before Moving On
This one is a little bit weird, but I really like how my brows come out using this method. In my order of application for makeup, the brows come first. After I am done filling in my brows I go around the skin just outside my brows with a q-tip just to clean up any possible messy areas. You could clean things up with concealer if you did the rest of your face first but logically that doesn’t make sense to me. Why cover something up that you could just take away to begin with?
5. Highlight Your Brow Bone
When it comes to highlighting my brow bone I always use a matte cream or vanilla shade first beneath the entire brow. I then go back in with a tiny bit of a frosty shade mixed with the matte shade (just to tone it down) and put it right below the arch of the brow.
I have used more products than I can recall for filling in my brows. My favorite ways have been with MAC Shadows, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder.
For hair colors close to mine I would suggest MAC eyeshadow in Kid (if you can still find this color because it’s discontinued but still in stock in some stores), or wedge.
When my hair was a bit darker I was using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow in Soft Brown.
Lately, I’ve been playing around with the Anastasia Brow Powders because I bought the pro palette for my freelance kit. I love using the shade Taupe for super soft natural brows.
Let Me Know Your Brow Techniques!
These are techniques I use on the daily, but I want to hear from you! Let me know if you try any of these tips, what you think of them if you do, and what brow techniques you use!