We have all experienced or seen less than perfect eyebrows. Just as the winged eyeliner is a hard style to match from one lid to the next, shaping the perfect brow can be a real struggle. While it’s easy to give into the frustration of trying to replicate that one perfect brow, use these five steps before wielding your brow wand.
Know Your Face Shape
Just as your face shape will determine what hairstyles look best, it also plays a key role in defining your eyebrow shape. Not everyone can rock the same brow look with a different face shape. Depending on your shape, the arch of the eyebrow can fall at a much different angle. It’s important to clearly identify what face shape you have, and then determine how much arch your brow should have.
If you’re having trouble determining what your face shape is, consult your hairstylist. He or she will be the most knowledgeable in this department. If your stylist is MIA, consult a close friend or family member.
Map Them Out
Once you know your face shape, it is then time to map out your brows. Your brows should be a certain distance apart, have a certain peak of where the arch goes, and a tapered ending towards the outside of your eye. Again, each of these should be determined based on your face shape. To make sure the arch and end point are the same on both brows, use your brow pencil as a ruler to create straight line from brow to brow. Now you will be able to see if the arches fall evenly. Do this with the outside corners to make sure both brows have the same end point.
Use Natural Strokes
When filling in your brows, it’s important to fill with strokes the way the hairs naturally grow. If the hairs toward the inside corner of your eye naturally grows upward, then fill that section with upward strokes.
If you’re filling in a larger section, start off with small strokes. Small strokes can be made into larger strokes once you start filling in more sections. However, if you start with large strokes and do not like the way your brows are turning out, there’s a small chance of salvaging what you just filled.
Fill in Any Gaps
If the tweezers somehow had a mind of their own and you over-plucked, it’s important to evenly fill those gaps. Just as filling a full brow with natural strokes is important, it’s equally important when filling spots that aren’t quite as thick.
In these areas make sure that the strokes are clearly defined. You will want to create the illusion of hair, and not only fill in the gap with a solid color. Start with small, feathered strokes, and move to a larger stroke if needed.
Match The Color
When filling in your brows it’s important to match the color of your hair. This makes your filled brows more realistic. If your hair is blonde, and you fill your brows with a medium to dark brown shade, the brow will look overdone. Make sure your brow has the same tones as your hair, and complements your skin tone.
If you have lighter colored brows and wish to fill them in to create a more noticeable look, try going a shade or two darker to create that illusion. If after trying a few shades you’re noticing your eyebrows aren’t popping like you wish they would, continue trying a darker shade combination till you get your desired effect.
Next time you’re filling in your brows, keep in mind these five tips! Don’t throw that brow wand with frustration and give in to less than perfect brows. Use this tips to get perfect, on fleek eyebrows every time.