December 29, 2013
As far as features go, there's nothing more defining for the face than a well-shaped brow. Whether from careful tweezing and plucking or from filling them back in with beauty products, eyebrows help frame the face and allow for a variety of different looks. From thick, Frida Kahlo brows to a thin '90s pencil line, the way you style them will help augment your expressions, enhance your eye shape and give you an opportunity to dramatically alter your appearance.
Get the brows under control
First thing's first. You need to make sure that the shape of your brow is satisfactory before altering its appearance with makeup. Although there are no hard and fast rules to this, a general guideline is to use something to measure the width between the end of your brows and the corners of your eyes. To achieve the ideal length, the ends of each brow should be almost parallel with the corners of each eye. At the same time, brows should be considered sisters, not twins - if this shape feels too narrow or too long, feel free to adjust accordingly.
Now that a natural shape has been outlined, it's time to tame the renegades. If you're feeling bold enough to use a gentle wax, apply it with an applicator along the brow line, careful not to accidentally collect core strands. We're only targeting the extras here. Once wax has been applied to the top and bottom, let it sit for at least 30 seconds and then, depending on the brand, rip it off or peel it away with a paper strip. Use tweezers to pull away any strays.
Fill in the rest
If you're blessed with naturally thick, luxurious brows, you might consider this a job well done. As for the rest of us - now the fun begins! Using a product, such as the Colorescience Brow Palette, we can take the guidelines we've created and transform them. Using pigments that match our natural hair color or that fall in half a shade darker, we can fill in any empty spots and help create those razor sharp edges that popular magazines portray.
With a brow brush, swirl some of the pigment onto the bristles and tap off any excess powder. Then, with small, frequent strokes, brush the color through the brows, careful not to move outside the brow line. If any fallout occurs, simply wipe it away with a cotton swab.