Brows

Let’s talk about BROWS, those two, sometime one, curves of untamed hair above our eyes. Whats the point of them? Well, their main function is to prevent sweat, water, and other debris from falling down into the eye socket, but they are also important for human communication and facial expression.

With this said, if you don’t shape them correctly you can look permanently angry or surprised. These little guys can either make or break your look.

When I did my make up training we were told numerous times that the brows frame the face. So it’s important to get them looking good.

Everyone has a different eyebrow shape, so I’m not a big believer in trying to create a shape you don’t naturally have. We were blessed with our brows for a reason, so let’s rather embrace them, than try and change them.

Below is the general shape we should all aim for, it has a slight arch that tapers off.

 

Shaping Brows

I always recommend going to a beautician that knows what she is doing, some of the “franchise” stores in malls, usually go through a lot of staff and you won’t always get the same beautician doing your brows. There are various ways to shape them, namely, waxing, threading and good old plucking, all of which aren’t exactly a pleasant experience. Which ever you decide to do, try and stick to one person.

Creating a full looking brow

Once you have your brows shaped, there are lots of products available, to make them look amazing. I personally have patchy eyebrows, so I fill them in daily, so that they look uniform and full.

I do this by using a brown eyeshadow and apply it in thin strokes to my brow, using an angled brush, following the natural shape of my eyebrow. The eyeshadow fills in the empty gaps and creates a fuller looking brow. I then take my lash/brow brush and brush my eye brows into shape again. The brush evens out any area’s where you may have applied too much eyeshadow.

 

Eyebrow Products

Essence and sorbet have a really nice brow kits that I discovered recently, they consist of brow powder and a brow wax.

Essence also has a coloured brow mascara. You basically brush it through your eyebrows and it coats them with colour and keeps the hairs in place. It wont give you a very full look, but combined with brow eyeshadow, it looks great.

Another Essence product that I personally use often is eyelash and eyebrow transparent mascara, I apply this clear gel after filling in my brows, it keeps everything in place, trust me you could be caught in gale force winds, and look like a mess but at least your brows will look good 🙂

You can also buy coloured gels, that you use to colour in your brows and they also keep the brows in place. You can achieve the perfect shape using this product but I am personally not a fan it.

 

Tinting

Much like when you’re getting your hair dyed, a base cream or petroleum jelly will be applied around your brow area to stop any of the dye from staining your skin. Then, the semi-permanent dye will be mixed up before being applied to your eyebrows with a spoolie brush, this is left on for a few minutes and then removed. It gives your eyebrows a slightly fuller look and it’s a great way to enhance them.

Microblading

Microblading is a form of tattooing. Unlike a regular tattoo, microblading is a form of tattoo artistry where pigment is implanted under your skin with a manual handheld tool instead of a machine. Since microblading pigments are not implanted into the skin, as deep as traditional tattoos, the area will naturally fade overtime. Microblading typically lasts 1-3 years, depending on your skin type.

This can look amazing if it’s done by a reputable person. You need to do your homework if you decide to go this route. Make sure you check their reviews and their portfolio of the work they have done. Also ask to see images of their client’s brow’s once they have healed. I have seen a lot of “blue” brows in my time and this a result of cheaper pigment being used.

I will be running workshops through-out the year and we will go into brow make up application in more detail in those.

Author: Mel Martin