Brows can make or break a face. While eyebrows are evolutionarily important in protecting your eyes and face from dirt, debris, sun, sweat, and rain, they’re more than that: they’re one of the most memorable parts of you. Your brows set the tone for not only your face, framing and shaping it, they also set the tone for how and what other people think of you.
The proof for this can be found in the fact that brows are a multimillion dollar industry, covering everything from waxing and threading to makeup products and more. When it comes to flawless brows, the more natural the better. People want Cara Delevingne-type eyebrows: dark, arched, and a little bushy. While some people are just naturally born with eyebrows like that, most of us have to work at it. To make it easier for you to get the brows of your dreams, we came up with some tips and tricks to help you on your journey to get flawless brows.
The first step to getting flawless brows is to let your brows grow out. If you’ve overplucked, it’ll take a minimum of eight weeks or more for your brows to fill back in to their natural shape. Stay away from applying moisturizers, creams, concealers and other products near or on your brows – these block your hair follicles and will slow regrowth.
Go in with a plan.
Wax, thread, or tweeze. You pick. Waxing is typically done in salons, because it’s harder to perfect and has less room for error. Threading is good for removing hard-to-tweeze hairs, keeping brows cleaner for longer, but it’s hard to master. Tweezing is the best choice if you want to do it yourself because it gives you the most control. Whether you’re waxing, threading, or tweezing, you should always know what you want before you start. Look at photos of yourself, paying special attention to your eyebrows. Which do you like best? Start by recreating something close to that look, and go from there.
Start with shape.
Shape is everything. Start out by laying a tweezer on the side of your nostril to determine where on your forehead your brow should start. From that point, use the length of the tweezer to determine where to place your brow arch and tail. Use an eyebrow brush to brush brow hairs upwards, towards the top and corners of your forehead. Using a quality, sharp slanted tweezer, remove strays that fall outside your desired brow shape.
Trim and maintain.
Do not pluck hairs because they’re too long. Trim them. Use your eyebrow brush to identify which hairs are too long and trim them using brow scissors. You can do this every two weeks or so, depending on how fast your brows grow. Plucking usually occurs more frequently. You should check your brows in the mirror every few days or so to make sure you don’t have any stragglers. Be careful not to over-maintain!
Makeup is your friend.
Eyebrow pencils are great for filling in the sparse spots in your brows. Start at the front of your brow and use light, feathery strokes to fill in the gaps. Use a lighter brown in the front and darker, bolder strokes and shades near the tail. Blend using a spoolie and set using a brow gel or mousse, being careful not to apply so much that you block your follicles or pores. Brow gel can also be used to train your brow hairs to grow the way you want them to. If penciling is too much work for you, you can also try a brow tint, but be careful not to pick too dark of a color!
Flawless brows are impossible without a game plan. Know what you want and how you want to get it before you start the process of shaping your brows. Make sure to invest in the right tools: high quality, sharp slanted tweezers, brow brushes, brow scissors, eyebrow pencils, spoolies, and eyebrow gels are all instrumental in getting flawless brows. Makeup not only is great for filling in and setting your brows, it’s also good for hiding mistakes in the instance you get overzealous with your plucking. And remember, getting flawless brows is a process. It doesn’t have to be hard if you remember to stay patient.