Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Brow To: A Simple Brow Guide

Bold brows have been popular for a while now, but not everyone can pull off thick brows. Luckily, you can still look fierce even if your eyebrows don't exactly resemble Camilla Belle. Here is a guide on how to work your natural shape. 

There are two things that you need to take in to consideration about your eyebrows before you go heavy-handed with the tweezers or fill them in. 

First: Eyebrow Shape

You need to figure out where your brows start, end and arch. This has to do with your eye and face shape. These points will help you maintain the natural placement of where your brow should be. 


Your eyebrow should begin in line with your nose. If you take a straight object, like an eyeliner brush or pencil, and line it up against your nose--that is where your eyebrow should begin. Then, when you pivot the straight object, so it lines up with the outer corner of your eye--that is where your brow should end. Lastly, your arch (however high or low), should be straight above the outer edge of your iris. 

Second: Fill Them In

Most people are hesitant to fill in their brows, but once you figure out how to do it, you'll realize your brows are one of your most important features. How you fill in your brows depends on your face and brow shape, your personal style and even how you part your hair. You can fill them in really lightly just to add definition, or you can go bold! 

Avery has small, feminine features, so a smaller arch works for her. Her natural brow shape is mostly straight, with a slight arch. Her eyebrows have a good thickness, but they were a little sparse. When I filled in her eyebrows using Dior's Powder Brow Pencil in Blond, I used light strokes to fill in the gaps, without making her brows darker or changing their shape. I didn't use a gel or wax to keep her brows in place because I was inspired by Blake Lively, who rocks scruffier eyebrows as opposed to really bold brows. The trick to filling in brows like Avery's is to use a powder or powder pencil. It's also important to blend with a spoolie (or a clean mascara wand) to keep it natural. 

Ali has very arched brows. Arched brows are generally sexier and give you a cat-eyed look. Her brows were a good length and arched in proportion to her eyes. They are a little thinner, but this works for Ali. I didn't want to add any thickness, so when I used Dior Powder Brow Pencil in Sand, I just focused on darkening and following the natural shape of her brows. This shape is a little more intense and sharp, so it's not something that everyone can pull off. This eyebrow shape reminds me of Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie. 

Since bold brows are a continuing trend from last year, we can all go ahead and envy Ellie. Her eyebrows are beautiful and naturally very thick. For the most part, her brows are pretty straight. They didn't come out far enough, so all I had to do is fill in the ends using Revlon's ColorStay Brow Enhancer in Blackened Brown. I darkened the beginning of the brow as well. Thick, straight brows remind me of Audrey Hepburn. Hint: If you have brows like Ellie, you can usually pull off a middle part better than most. Thick, straight brows and a middle part give you a very young and innocent look. 

I never leave the house without my brows. I treat them like a fashion accessory :: Michelle Phan

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