I wasn’t much of a brow person until recently, I guess I was a late bloomer when it came to the little caterpillars and I immediately went straight in with the ol’ wax and brow powder on the poor things – cue really bad brows. Since then I’ve tried every brow product going (gels, tints, powders, pomades, pencils…) and now I’m finally settled on my brow routine. At the grand old age of 23. As you can see, they’re a little bold – I sometimes tone them down a bit or even make them even bolder but I always make sure they look natural. Which I hope they do… brows are very personal so I feel rather vulnerable stripping back and revealing my bare eyebrows for all and sundry. As I always say, brows are sisters, not twins – I have accepted that mine are never going to be identical!
Anyway, here’s a step by step guide of how I do mine – I do apologise for the really close up photos. Hooray for pores! Luckily I was wearing a pretty amazing foundation that I will be posting about in no time… (stay tuned).
WOW. That’ll be my bare brows, ready for some much-needed definition. I start by combing my brows in to shape – I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Ash (£15.50) as my main product, I love this stuff and it really allows me to get an actual shape to my brows. This is actually my second pencil, I had Brunette originally and it was a little too dark (didn’t stop me though) so this time I went for a lighter shade and it’s perfect. If you’re unsure what shade to go for, there’s a super handy guide on Cult Beauty. I honestly cannot recommend this pencil enough, I talk about it all the time so you’ll probably know this already, but I love how it’s so fine – it creates really hair-like strokes and allows me to get the perfect shape for my brows. So as I said, at this point I just comb the brows – up at an angle at the front, along the length (lol) and then down and along at the er, tail. Technical terms there, again.
Next I start penciling in where my eyebrows should be – I don’t really change the shape of my brows as such but rather exaggerate it and create more of a shape to them. I tend to start at the arch (if you can call it that) and define this first. I round the top of the arch and also the below, and then pull the pencil down at the end to lengthen my brows a little. Even just extending the brow out a few mms really changes the whole shape.
Next I move on to the start of the brow, I’m not sure why I do it this way, I think I just prefer it. I use light strokes to create the illusion of hair here to basically fatten them up. I do this until I’m happy with the shape.
As you can see, my brows get a little dark and start to look unnatural with all that definition, so at this point I go back and use the comb to soften them a little. I just brush through each brow a good few times until I’m happy with the result.
Finally, I go in with the Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium/Dark (£17.50) – you’re probably wondering why I bother, or at least you better be. The reason for this is that I find that my brows look a little flat, although they have a great shape they need a little bit of volumising. The Gimme Brow is amazing for setting brows in place and also for really plumping them up – I find they pretty much come to life (not really, that would be terrifying. Can you imagine? Browzilla!!!) and basically look a lot more like they’re all my own hair.
Et voila! Brows be done. Two products, approximately four minutes.
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