During fashion week’s Kimberly Ovitz 2011 Fall/Winter presentation benefit created a stunning light but defined brow to match the sculptural ready-to-wear pieces. (See here how they did it: raising brows at NY fashion week ) Eyebrows are a tough one, they can change the whole look of your face. They can range from thick to thin, dark to light, and everything in between. Some people have them done professionally by either waxing or threading. However, you still need to do a little work at home and I feel the best guideline for brows is to just learn how to do it yourself.
How do you do this you ask? Well here are some tips to get you the perfect brow – just for your face.
1. Before you tweeze, brush the brow hairs straight up with a spooly brush ($1 e.l.f.). Trim any long hairs with a pair of brow scissors ($10 Ulta.com). Don’t cut really close to the brow because when you brush them back down you could end up with gaps. Just cut the really long ones that stick straight up.
2. Next you’ll want to find your natural arch. MarieClarie did a nice job of explaining how to do it here: marieclaire.com/brows Then use a white eyeliner pencil and draw out your arch before your start plucking, think of it as a guide. You’ll want to pluck around that guide. Just a good general rule to follow – if you need to magnify what your plucking you don’t need to pluck it because you clearly can’t see it. Secondly – use really sharp tweezers. I suggest Tweezerman Tweezers for $20 and they will sharpen them for free for the rest of your life.
3. Fill ‘Em In – Blondes you need to match your darkest brow hairs to add definition. Gray ladies should use a taupe color. Redheads go with a really light red/brown shade like sable. Brunettes choose a color one shade lighter than your hair to soften skin tone. If you are using an eyebrow pencil, draw light, feathery strokes in the direction the hair grows. If your using powder and an eyebrow brush, just dip the brush in the powder and fill in the brows starting from the inner corner working outward. Once filled in, use your spooly brush again to even it out. Some favorites: Benefit brows a-go-go, Benefit Brow Zings, MAC Impeccable Brow Pencil, Smashbox Brow Tech Trio
4. Last step – Add definition and shine with a clear brow gel, this also helps set what you just filled in so it lasts all day. Products to use: MAC Brow Finisher, MAC Brow Set, Benefit She Laq, and for only $1 e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara You can also add brow highlights to bring out your natural curve with Benefits High Brow or a cheaper version e.l.f.’s lifter and filler.
That’s all there is to it – Let me know how your brows turn out! You can post show and tell photos on our Pink Apple Facebook Page!