Hello SOTGC community,
We’ve wrapped all the fun summer activities and returned “Back To School,” or work or your home country. Don’t you agree that summer months have a way of helping us to relax a bit in our schedules and spend more time outdoors? Sometimes, we even relax our beauty routine. To help us gear up and get back into our disciplined routines for fall – today is Back To Brows. Did your brows get a little overgrown this summer?
Did you know that fuller, well-groomed, and nicely defined brows can erase years from your face? So much simpler than a face lift right? Brows are the pinnacle of a polished face and frame your expressive eyes. Let’s get grooming!
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1. Remove the strays: DIY’ers- gently brush brows in the direction of hair growth and tweeze the wild hairs along your natural brow bone. For those that prefer to have a professional clean you up, I highly recommend threading over waxing to avoid too much hair removal, potential burns, and eventual hyperpigmentation if you have fair skin. Threading is the most precise technique for shaping brows and removing even the tiniest of out-of-place stragglers. It causes hair growth to slow and the regrowth to be lighter and much softer than the rest of your eyebrow.
Think Brooke Shields’ transformation from young and wild to mature and manicured. Especially those inner hairs, whoa!
2. Create flattering arches: Using a pencil, hold it upright along the edge of your nose. The beginning point of your eyebrows should align with your inner eyes. Tweeze any hairs outside of this point.
Angle the pencil from the tip of the nose to the middle of the irises. This is where the highest point of your brows’ arches should be.
Angle the pencil so it touches the outer edge of the nose and intersects with the outer corner of the eyes. This is where your brows should end. Tweeze any hairs that extend past that point.
3. Trim the overhang: Brush hair in the opposite direction of growth and, using sharp brow trimmers, carefully trim any hair that stands up too far or stands straight up at the beginning point. Then brush brows back into shape and recheck for clean lines and even shaping between eyes.
*Tip: After years of using different professional tools, my ultimate favorite brow trimmers are blunt tip, squeeze action scissors from Appearus Products, and for less than $7 US, they can’t be beat! So much easier to use than regular scissor-style trimmers, which translates to more precise shaping.
1. Let ’em grow: If your brows have been over tweezed, over waxed, are naturally very thin and light or have begun to thin with age, consider adding a nightly lash and brow building serum to safely stimulate hair growth. Stop plucking away at the hair along your brow bone and let it fill in. (This truly takes some patience but you’ll be so glad when you have some brows to work with again.) Avoid the pencil thin, penciled-in look of the 1930s. It’s only glamorous in black and white on the Big Screen.
2. Fill ’em in: Sparse brows can be filled in to make them look thicker and more shapely. First, define the shape of the brows with a brow definer pencil in a shade lighter than your eyebrow color. To get the most natural look using brow pencils or powders – apply color in short, light strokes from the beginning of the brow to the arch as if drawing individual hairs. Use longer, feather-like strokes to finish the ends. Then, go over brows with a light stroke, again using a pencil or powder in one shade darker to emphasize the shape. This becomes very quick and easy with practice and avoids the totally colored in, drawn-on Angry Bird look, which is harsh and unflattering to any feminine face.
*Tip: Most women, despite your hair or skin color, can successfully use a natural blonde brow pencil. No kidding! Don’t believe me? Call, email or message me and let me show you. This is one of my favorite professional makeup artist tricks in the world. I love watching jaws drop when my bronze skin beauties see how beautifully this works.
3. Make ’em stay: Finish your brows with a couple brush strokes to smooth out and blend the pencil and powder. Then apply clear brow gel to lock in color and keep groomed brows in place, giving brows a fuller, thicker appearance.
In order of application as part of a daily makeup routine, I find the best results are achieved when brows are defined and geld last. This allows you to brush out any foundation and facial powder that may have gotten caught in your eyebrows before adding pencil to them. As the final step in your makeup application, once brushed into place and gel applied, they stay perfectly groomed.
With or without glasses, you can express a thousand words with the slightest twitch of a groomed eyebrow!