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Here Are 5 Easy Steps to Help You Shape Awesome Brows

12 Mar, 2019
By Cathi Trevor
If your eyebrows are in desperate need of some shaping, tweezing, defining or filling in, here are 5 easy step by step pro tips on what you can do to get your most perfect brows…

The right brows are way more important than you think - they act as a perfect frame for your face.  Eyebrows can open up the entire eye area and by balancing the shape of your face, make you look a lot more attractive. And if something as simple as your brow shaping and filling techniques can achieve this, we want it…
 
But if you're anything like us, how often have you looked at those at those big, bold and beautiful brows sported by all your fave celebrities and thought - nah. No ways do I have the time or money for all the primping and preening they can afford. While some of you may swear the investment in waxing or threading is worth it (it can definitely help when you are starting out), doing your own brows is not as unachievable as you think.
 
The first thing you have to do is master the art of tweezing and creating the best shape for your unique brows. Tweezing is the most precise method of hair removal as you get to control each individual hair. Plus, because thick brows are on-trend there’s less hair to pull and so less pain involved! Tweezing won’t hurt as much when done straight after a bath or shower when your hair follicles are open. Alternatively, you could hold a warm and wet face cloth to your face for a minute or so to get the same effect.
 
Remember to only ever grab one hair at a time, gripping it from the base and pulling in the direction that the hair lies. Once you’ve plucked them to perfection dab on a little bit of aloe vera lotion to reduce redness and soothe your skin. Our picks for tweezing are DQuip Basics Tweezer with a built-in light to help guide you, and the very cute Essence Eyebrow Tweezer.
 
Now you know the basics on how to tweeze, you just have to follow these 5 simple steps to get your most perfect brows...

Step #1: Choose Your Shape

When it comes to the shape of your brows the best way is to assess your natural shape and take it from there. If your brows are a bit wonky due to overenthusiastic plucking, the best way to find your natural shape is to let them grow out for four to six weeks and then assess them.
 
The first rule: if you don't naturally have an arch don't force it - it will just look unnatural. And be careful of over plucking your super bushy brows - rather embrace what you were born with and make it work for you. You will save a lot of energy and effort in your plucking routine this way.
 
The brow pros use a few tricks you can try to get the best shape for your face.
 
  • If you have a big forehead then thicker eyebrows will create less of a gap between your hairline and brows.
  • If you have a small forehead then thinner eyebrows will create more space.
  • Brows with a big arch in them will elongate your face so are most flattering for girls with round, square or heart-shaped faces.
  • If you have a long face and are not in need of extra elongation try a straighter eyebrow style without an arch to "shorten" your face.
  • Softly rounded brows are best to offset an angular jaw typical of diamond or triangular shaped faces.
  • Girls with heart shaped faces need to balance a smaller chin with perfectly groomed (but not bushy) brows.
  • Big eyes can be balanced out with thin brows while small eyes can be complemented with big, bold brows.
 
If you want to find out more on which is the best for you, have a look here for the most flattering eyebrow shapes for your face.

Read More. How to Choose the Best Eyebrow Shape to Perfectly Suit Your Face

Step #2: Where to Begin and Where to End

Now that you know what shape you want to achieve let's get started. The good news is when it comes to deciding where to start and end your brows there is no mystery; you just follow the natural lines of your face. 
 
  • First off, use a brow brush or spoolie to brush your brow hairs downwards. This helps reveal the natural line and arch at the top of your brows.
  • You want your brows to begin in line with your nose, as this will give you a perfectly proportional look. Use something straight, like an eyebrow pencil, and place it along the outside of your nose (that's where your nostril ends). The point at which is hits your brow is your starting point so make a mark with your pencil at this point then tweeze any hairs that fall outside this line into the gap between your brows.
  • Next keep your eyebrow pencil along the outside of your nose and swivel it to meet the end tip of your eyebrow. This is where your eyebrows are going to end so mark a dot with your pencil and tweeze any stray hairs around there to give you a neat and sharp tip. By using your nose as your starting point your brows will be symmetrical, starting and ending at the same point on each side.
 
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Step #3: Shaping Your Arch

The arch of your brows generally falls just past the middle of your eyes towards the outer edges. 
 
  • Firstly, find your arch by placing an eyebrow pencil from the side of the nose to the centre of your eye and seeing the point at which it hits your brows.
  • As a general rule you should never pluck the top part of your brows when shaping your brows – just remove the odd stray hair that ruins your neat line.
  • The main thing in shaping your arch is to remember that less is more. So many of us are guilty of over plucking at this step and it leads to the dreaded ‘tadpole’ look. Pluck a few hairs from the very bottom part of your arch and step back to assess your work. Chances are you won’t need to pluck more than a couple of hairs to get a beautifully natural look so take it slow.
  • Use the natural arch on top of your brows as a guide and pluck your hairs in proportion to it. Think of your arch as the area for shaping the thickest part of your brow (your starting point) towards the thinnest part at the outer edges (your ending point).


Step #4: Choose Your Thickness

After perfecting the beginning, the end and the arch of your brows we can get to the middle of them. It’s up to you to choose how thick you want your eyebrows to be but, again, use your natural state as a guide. If you have pale or sparse eyebrows you will benefit from thicker brows as they will be more visible and so add more definition to your face. 
 
  • Use your eyebrow pencil to draw a line along the underneath part of your brow from the starting point next to your nose to the end point at the outer edge, following the natural curve of your brow as best you can. Now pluck any hairs that are below that line.
  • A lot of women are too scared to trim their eyebrows but extra long strands could be getting in the way of a truly polished look. Use a brow brush or spoolie to brush all your eyebrow hairs upwards then use a pair of small and sharp scissors to trim any hairs that reach above your top brow line. Try Cala Eyelash and Brow Groomer and small scissors for trimming.
 
Read More. 9 Tricks You Need to Know to Get Your Eyebrows on Point

Step #5: Adding the Finishing Touches

It’s time to put away the tweezers and get into lining and defining. The trends now are all about the defined brow and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon so grab a brow brush and a brow pencil or kit to best nail this look. 
 
  • Start with a brow brush or spoolie and brush your eyebrows downwards to reveal any gaps you need to fill. Many brow pencils are conveniently double duty and include a spoolie at the one end of the pencil.

  • Then, using your brow pencil, place a dot at the start of your brows, on the top of the arch, and the outer edge of your brow in a similar way as you did when shaping your brows. It’s best to choose a pencil colour one or two shades lighter than your natural brows to avoid them looking too heavy and unnatural.

  • Next, take your pencil and start joining the dots. Very lightly, using small hair like strokes to look as natural as possible, draw a line between the beginning of your brows and the arch, then go down the other side to the dot at the end of your brows. Using your spoolie, brush your hairs all back into place so that they are lying naturally.

  • Then, taking your pencil, outline underneath your brows with the same small hair like strokes. Once this is done, take your spoolie and brush the brows back into place. You should now have a fairly clear outline both top and bottom.

  • If you prefer sticking to a pencil, you can now start filling in the gaps, again using short, hair like feathery strokes to look as natural as possible. Otherwise, you can choose to fill in your brows with a powder which will give you a very natural looking finish.

  • If you are skipping a pencil and are just using a powder formula try a brow palette with two shades of brown, one light and one dark. Use the lighter one on the inner part of your brow and the darker one for your arch and tail to get the perfect amount of definition. Drag the angled edge of the brow brush along the bottom of your brow, followed by the top, then lightly fill in your brow with short light feathery strokes. The goal is to look as natural as possible; you just want to add a little bulk where you are lacking.

  • Once your brows are shaped and filled to perfection try some complementary make up. To get a really crisp and clean finish use a little bit of concealer on a small tapered brush to draw a line directly below your brow line and blend it in well. Then take an eye shadow in a nude shade a bit lighter than your skin tone (if it has a touch of shimmer in it even better) and fill in the area below your arch and tail of your brow to highlight and lift your brows.

  • Our product picks:
    Brow styling sets: LA Girl Inspiring Brow Kit, Essence Eyebrow Stylist Set, Rimmel Brow This Way Brow Sculpting Kit.
    Brow pencils: Rimmel Brow This Way Eyebrow 2in1 Fix, LA Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil, Maybelline Tattoo Brow Micro Pen.
    Brow filler and gel: Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Filler, Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara.
    Under brow highlighter: Eylure Brow Luminizer.
    Brushes: Cala Brow Liner Brush, Cala Eyelash and Brow Groomer.

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