The 90’s are gone, and thankfully, they swallowed up the painfully thin eyebrow trend that has left so many women almost permanently browless. These days, a more natural look is in – a look that takes less time and pain to achieve, and won’t leave you with a lasting reminder of the fickle nature of fashion trends. That’s right – your eyebrow hair will eventually stop growing back if it’s been removed enough. (If only the same could be said for leg hair.)
Whether you were born with scantier brows, or are a thin-is-in trend survivor, there are ways to bulk up your brows. And this is important: your eyebrows are one of the most dominant features on your face. They draw attention to your eyes and add color and dimension to your appearance.
Here’s how you can create beautiful, full brows.
1) Easy on the Tweezing
It’s already been said, but it bears repeating: Don’t over-pluck your eyebrows! Chances are your natural shape is the one that suits your face best, so simply use your tweezers to clean up any stray hairs under your arches and clear-cut a clean line between your brows. After that, put the tweezers down and step away.
Tip: Invest in a good quality pair of tweezers, and be sure to disinfect them with rubbing alcohol regularly. This will prevent bacteria build up, which can spread to your face and cause acne breakouts.
2) Choose Your Weapon Wisely
There are gels, powders, pencils, and creams, and it can be tough to decide which product to use on your brows. The answer depends on what you need – though it goes without saying that if you want the best brow results, you’ve got to invest in the best brow products.
If you already have full brows, a good gel product like the one from Napoleon Perdis will be enough, serving to keep your brows in place. If your eyebrows have a good shape but are super light then applying a swipe of powder with a brush will instantly give you a fuller look. Just be sure to stick within a shade or two, max, to your hair color. Otherwise, it will look comically unnatural.
Creams are great if your eyebrows are for the most part full, but have a few spots where they are sparse. Simply brush on cream to fill in the blanks. For people who are looking to reshape and flesh out their eyebrows, opt for a pencil, since it will give you more precise lines. Keep in mind, however, you don’t want to undertake any massive reconstruction. You can add a little more arch, or a bit more length, but remember: the best eyebrow shape for you is the one you have. Don’t mess too much with it or chances are, the end result won’t look quite right on your face.
3) Prime and Finish
Before you even apply any makeup to your eyebrows, it’s important to use a primer to ensure the products stay in place on your face. Primer will anchor your makeup, ensuring it stays put. Also, use a finishing spray to lock in your look. It may seem like a lot of work, but you don’t want your eyebrows slowly melting as the day wears on, right?
You may not have been born with the eyebrows of your dreams, but if you follow these guidelines, a little makeup can go a long way to making them a reality.