Today my blog has gone EYEBROW MAD! (not quite) but I will be showing you some quick and easy tips on how to get lovely neatly shaped eyebrows all by yourself! :) So read on if you’re suitably intrigued…
My first bit of advice is: Don’t be a brow fashion victim. Brow shapes come and go in the fashion world… from bushy thick brows a la Hepburn to the teeniest eyebrows a la… drag queen…
Personally, I would recommend that you stick to a fashion-neutral slim and neat brow, with a slight arch. Most importantly, always follow the natural shape or your eyebrows but just neaten them up a tad. If you diverge too far from the natural flow of your brow, this is when it can end up looking fake and silly.
How to get the perfect shape?
To work out where your brow should end: hold a brow pencil (or any pencil) diagonally from the nostril following the outside of your eye. Extend the pencil past the outer corner of your eye. Where it meets the brow line is the correct length.
To determine the arch: Hold the pencil parallel to the outside of your iris. This will indicate the highest part of the arch.
To work out where your brow should start, hope the pencil parallel to the side of your nose..and where it hits the brow bone is where it should begin.
Here are some tips and tricks that I have learned when tweezing your own eyebrows:
- Apply a dab of witch hazel or tea tree oil to avoid infection
- Brush eyebrows upwards and outwards to give them a neat finish
- Tweezing should be done after a bath or shower when your skin is soft and supple; this will reduce the pain.
- Always always always pluck in natural light
- Don’t neglect the area between your two brows. The uni-brow is never ever in fashion. Hold tweezers straight- pull skin upwards towards the forehead and pluck any stray hairs from between the brows.
- If you are a complete wuss when it comes to pain, try numbing your brows first with ice or even with Bonjela ( product used to numb gums- found in most pharmacies)
- After you’ve tweezed, apply aloe vera gel to the area to reduce the redness
- A good pair of tweezers: my philosophy has always been that more expensive brands don’t always mean the best brand. When it comes to tweezers, you don’t necessarily have to splurge on expensive brands… but do make sure that your tweezer has a good grip and has a slim enough end to nab all the tiniest hairs.
- Eyebrow brush: You can buy these pretty much anywhere and do not need to be expensive. Use this to groom your eyebrows once they’ve been tweezed and before tweezing to help you determine your shape.
- Eyebrow pencil or eyebrow shadow: Unless you’re naturally blessed with thick eyebrows, Use these to fill in your eyebrows and give them a nice defined look. I personally use an eyebrow pencil as i find it easier to work with and you won’t find any excess powder residue on your face after.
- Eyebrow gel: This is an optional extra step but it will “set” your eyebrows and keep them nice and neat. If you can’t find an eyebrow gel, clear mascara works just as well.
- A good mirror: When it comes to tweezing my eyebrows at home, I always use a magnifying mirror in a well lit room in order to make sure i’ve got all the nasty little hairs. Never use a teeny tiny mirror as its better to see your whole face so you can get an idea of how the overall look of the eyebrow will appear on your face.
If you are one of those people who prefers to leave their precious eyebrow’s life in the hands of a professional, there are so many options available to you now. Eyebrow shaping is available in pretty much all salons and beauticians and at pretty reasonable prices too. Most large department stores also now have a “brow bar”. My personal favourite is the one at Benefit.
When opting for the professional route you can opt for tweezing, waxing or threading. It’s better to research all of these methods before hand and decide which one is best for you. And remember, less is more. Always ask for a slight arch and a nice slender shape. The professional can always tweeze more after once she’s finished.
That’s all for now folks, hope you found some of these tips helpful. Let me know if you have any eyebrow tips of your own!
Thanks for reading, Bye Kx:)
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