You know that sinking feeling in your stomach when you walk in to your local salon to get your brows done and your favorite girl isn’t there? The one who shapes your brows to fleeky perfection every time. What do you do? Well, now you have a decision to make: You can put your precious brows in the hands of a random technician—we all know how this one ends—or get the heck out of dodge and come back when your brow guru is there to do you right. I’m here to offer you another option…do your own eyebrows! *GASP*
What You’ll Need
- Magnifying Mirror– Trust me, it’s a life saver!
- Brow Pencil– Choose a pencil with a very precise tip to create tiny hair-strokes.
- Brow Spoolie– Cylindrical brush for combing through brow hairs.
- Tweezer– For plucking stray hairs. Duh.
- Brow Gel-To set, and keep strands in place.
4 Points to the Perfect Shape
- Take your pencil and place it on the center of your nostril, creating a vertical line up to your brow bone. This is where your brow should begin.
- Look straight ahead and angle the pencil so that it crosses through the center of your iris. Where it meets the brow should be the highest point/arch.
- Move the pencil to the outside of your nostril; think the corner where your nose meets your cheek. Now tilt it about 45 degrees, past the corner of your eye, and up to the brow bone. This is where your brow should taper off.
- Your brow should end on the same plane that it begins. You can make sure of this by holding the edge horizontally between the first and third points. Now you can create the tail of your brow. Voila!
Tip: It helps to make light notches with the pencil at each point. Doing this will make filling in the brows much easier.
Connect the Dots
- Begin by brushing through your brows. Brush up first, then set the hairs in place using horizontal strokes.
- Draw a straight line along the bottom of your brow, connecting those 4 points.
- Create the arch and tail, again using your points as your guide.
- Use hair-like strokes to fill in sparse areas, always working in the direction of the hairs.
- Brush through brows to soften lines for a natural look.
Tip: Brow should get gradually darker as you move toward the tail- use lighter pressure in the front and increase as you go.
Try This Tweezing Hack
If it’s been a minute since you’ve had your eyebrows done—not judging— follow the steps above and shape your eyebrows using a pencil or pomade. When you achieve your desired shape, comb through with some brow gel. Tweeze all stray hairs that don’t fall in line. This will keep you from over-tweezing and the horrors it can bring. *Shiver*
It takes a brave woman to use a tweezer. Be a brave woman. Be the brows you wish to see in the world.
Conair Magnifying Mirror ($39.99 Target.com)
Anastasia Brow Wiz-Dark Brown ($21 Sephora.com)
Urban Decay Brow Tamer Flexible Hold Tinted Brow Gel- Clear ($20 Sephora.com)
Random old tweezer, but only because I couldn’t find my Tweezerman