Friday, 14 June 2013

BROW-zers!

How To - Perfect Brows | www.latenightnonsense.com

Eyebrow shape is pretty important when it comes to your makeup routine. They frame your face, brighten your eyes and can even make your face appear thinner. I have fairly thick, bushy ones myself, that used to take an age to tame. In fact, I until a few years ago, I didn't do anything with them!

Filling in your brows, if you’ve never done it before, can be a fairly daunting task and with the summer having crept up on us all keeping them in top top condition is pretty high on my list. Here are some simple tips you can follow to fill you with the confidence you need for perfect brows.

How To - Perfect Brows Steps 1 & 2 | www.latenightnonsense.com

1. When prepping your eyebrows, it’s always best to start with either a clean mascara wand or a brow comb and brush them upwards to identify any stray hairs. If you have neither to hand, you can always use a fine tooth comb.

2. Use a pair of cuticle scissors to trim those hairs so they follow your natural brow shape. If you want Cara Delevingne wonder-brows but only have thin and slender brows ala Kristen Stewart, bear this in mind when trimming and give them a chance!

How To - Perfect Brows Steps 3 & 5 | www.latenightnonsense.com

3. Take your tweezers and pluck only the stray hairs above and below the brow line. At this stage great care needs to be taken not to over pluck. The last thing you want is to have overly thin and over plucked brows only to have to wait for them to grow back to start again. I recommend using a good quality pair of tweezers such as Tweezermans, £12.50.

4. At this point it’s handy to do some measuring. You don’t have to be precise, but a rule of thumb is to start your brow from the inner corner of your eye and to end at an angle from the outer corner. To help you can use the handle of a makeup brush.

5. Use a powder that either matches the colour of your eyebrows or is slightly darker, this will guarantee a natural look. Using an angled brow brush, start filling in any sparse patches with small precise strokes. Then continue to define the eyebrow line, extending all the way down to the end. I like to use Urban Decay's Brow Box in Brown Sugar, £17 two earthy browns for day and night.

6.  Brush your brows once more with your mascara wand or brow comb and apply a clear eyebrow gel or eyebrow wax to set them in place.

10 comments:

  1. You have the most gorgeous eyes!
    I am so lazy when it comes to brows; I never fill them in because I can never find the right shade for me since my hair colour changes depending on how much sunlight I get throughout the month. D:

    http://thecelution.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks Celina, the camera seems to bring out quite the nice colour in them. :)

      I never used to either, I always thought I had pretty nice brows and then when I started experimenting with some pencils, I was amazed at how much of a dramatic effect it had on my face. Now when I look at them bare they seem sparse, even though they are pretty good as they are. Worth some experimenting at least, and you could always invest in a few cheaper eyebrow pencils before trying anything more expensive. Your best bet it to go for something a shade lighter than your natural hair colour.

      xx

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  2. I hate doing my eyebrows, to me they're not even at all :/ Everyone else says they look fine but I'm never convinced. I might go and get them shaped professionally so that I can just maintain them myself afterwards.

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. I know exactly what you mean! I have real issues with one looking more rounded at the front and the other looking quite edgy. It's baffling! Although, they do say that they should look like sisters, not twins. :)

      xx

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  3. Holy wow! Your eyes are amazing! I use Mac's Charcoal Brown to fill in mine and sometimes when they're really untame-able I use a brown mascara on them. Works great!

    Zoe // The Caribbean Flower

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    1. Thank you Zoe, that's very kind. Oo, I used to use Mac Espresso for mine, Charcoal Brown sounds intriguing, I may have to check that one out.

      xx

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  4. Went into Sephora today thinking of picking up an Anastasia brow kit, but just could not justify the price for only my brows! I mostly just fill in with a nice brown pencil, and then smudge away a bit of the harshness with a brush. Thinking of adding in a clear gel mascara, though! I'd used one in the past, but abandoned it for some unknown reason! x

    Megan @ Little Miss Average

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    1. I know what you mean, I usually wouldn't buy anything quite so overpriced for my brows, but once I knew how much of an impact it had on my face I just knew I needed to invest that little bit more. To be honest, the little Mac Espresso that I used to use was a good buy, you just need to make sure to have a good eyebrow brush. Of course, this is where Real Techniques comes back into play. ;)

      xx

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  5. You have the most gorgeous eyebrows! I'm going to have to take eyebrow lessons from you when we meet up! xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. We still need to meet up. I should slap myself on the wrist for the fact you've been in the UK so long as we still haven't done that yet. );

      xo

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