Eyebrows as the ultimate beauty accessory and this is make-up artist Gina B’s ultimate guide to styling and shaping your eyebrows.
Step 1: Tools & Products
•1 eyebrow pencil
•1 highlighter pencil
•3 cotton swabs
•1 brow gel
Step 2: Fresh Faced
Start with tweezed and trimmed brows. Also, keep your eyebrow shape in mind-round, soft angled, straight, or angled land use that as a guide for drawing on your brow.
Step 3: Filling in the Blanks
Since we’re not all blessed with Brooke Shields brows, we regular folk, and even some star folk, with sparse and uneven growth patterns can use some help from a brow pencil.
Although brow shadows are equally good, the pencil is a little easier to use. It’s important we don’t press hard. It’s a shadow behind the hair. Not a line so we know it’s a pencil.
When picking the right shade, choose a colour as close to your natural brow. If it’s a close call, opt for the lighter shade if you’re a brunette. If you’re fair-haired, go for the darker pencil.
Starting at the head of your eyebrow, recognize the empty or sparse areas and fill in the gaps with your brow pencil.
Step 4: The Arch
Gently follow your natural arch line. An easy way to see your arch, is to simply lift your brow.
Step 5: The Tail
Don’t draw the tail downwards but outwards. Avoid creating tadpoles where the brow is thick at the head and has a thin tail attached. Make sure there is a gradual or minimal ascension from thick to thin.
Step 6: Lighten Up
Using your highlighter pencil, gently draw a single line directly under the brow line but not into it.
Gently blend side to side with a cotton swab. Be careful not to blend into the brow.
This step will enforce the arch, the overall shape and adds an instant highlighting effect.
Step 7: Clean it up
With a cotton swab, wipe the areas around your brow removing any excess brow pencil outside of your brow shape.
Step 8: Brush it up
Finish by brushing up your brow hairs with brow gel. The effect, along with a good tweeze, will help lift your eye upwards.
Examples of how perfect brows can be achieved with the application of make-up. (Images from recent shoot by Gina B Beauty)