I can't be the only female out there who yearns for the perfect brow, it's all too easy to get tweezer happy and take out half of your tiny hairs or over filling and looking Groucho marx-esque while attempting to groom your brows. Brow grooming may seem like an incredibly daunting task as one simple mistake can change your whole look, but with the right tips and advice you should be well on the way to eyebrow perfection.
- First of all you need to find the correct shape/size to suit your face, not everyone will suit the Cara Delevigne statement brow. If you have a small face with petite features you should avoid filling your brows too thick, keep them naturally subtle as to not overpower the face. Whereas women with fuller faces will most likely suit fuller brows with a wide arch, as it will help to balance out the face. Find out your face shape and you will find many shape guides online to advise you more. Getting the right angle and length is essential to make your eyebrows frame your eyes perfectly. The brow should start in line with the edge of your nostrils (A) The arch should be in line with the edge of your iris (B) The brow finishing point (C) should be in line with the edge of the nostril and the edge of the eye. Each end should sit against (D) at the same level.
Using the correct products on your eyebrows is also a major part of them looking good.
- Powder - If your brows are naturally well shaped and you feel they just want them to look a little fuller, powder applied with a slanted brush would be a good choice to lightly fill in small gaps. Choose a shade slightly lighter than your hair and fill in with short strokes to mimic hairs. Do not attempt to reshape using powder as it won't work well for shape changes. Laura Mercier Eyebrow Powder is a good place to start.
- Pencil - work best on already defined brows or to fill in gaps where there are several hairs missing. Be gentle so not to make your eyebrows look too drawn on, the panto dame look doesn't work for anyone! Try Rimmel Londons Professional Eyebrow pencil.
- Brow kits - kits such as Benefits 'Brow zings' are great for any brows. Containing both a wax, to fix the hairs together in place and fill in, a powder to use over the wax to set them in place and to shade them and also all the tools you will need, a firm slanted brush, a rounded brush and mini tweezers.
- Gels - They are often overlooked for pencils, but pigmented gels work really nicely to shape brows without adding too much definition. The gel holds the tiny hair in place all day and doesn't dry out or flake like other products. Clear gels are fabulous for taming wild brows or using after grooming to keep your powder/pencil in place all day long. Try Bobbi Browns brow shaper for long lasting eyebrows. Brushing through your brows with a clean mascara style brush will finish off your brows and give the products a gentle blend!
Eyebrow grooming doesn't just stop there, after a good days make up has been wiped away with your cleansing and toning routine, your eyebrows will need a pampering too. Almond oil has been proving an amazing product for regrowing missing hairs, its easy enough to take away the hairs with a tweezing, but its not so easy growing them back. As a great source of protein and vitamin E, Almond oil is highly nourishing and works wonders for improving hair growth to thinning brows. Just massage into the brows in the way the hairs grow before you sleep and you will gradually notice brows growing back to their original state! (check allergies before applying!)
Brows are a big deal to me and a good brow makes me feel very good about myself (maybe I just get too excited?) so you should really treat your brows right, after all, they do take pride of place on your face for all to see!
I hope this helps all you brow loving ladies, do you have any other advise to share?