The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect Eyebrow
The perfect eyebrow can enhance your facial features and bring balance to your overall look. It also makes you feel confident and look put together. You look as though you are ready to take on the world.
Even better is that wearing eyebrows that flatter your face can knock off a few years, making you look younger.
Sadly, achieving the perfect eyebrow shape can be daunting, especially with all the different techniques and products out there. For most women, it’s a struggle that doesn’t come anywhere near easy. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you achieve the perfect eyebrow.
Eyebrow kit essentials
To achieve perfectly groomed eyebrows, it’s important to invest in the right tools and products on hand. A well-stocked eyebrow kit can help you shape, fill, and groom your eyebrows for a polished and put-together look. Here are some essential items to include in your eyebrow kit:
A good pair of tweezers is essential for removing stray hairs and shaping the eyebrows. Look for a pair with a sharp, precise tip and a comfortable grip.
A brow pencil is a versatile tool that can be used to fill in sparse areas of the eyebrows and create fine, hair-like strokes. Choose a shade that matches your natural brow color for the most natural look.
Brow powder is a loose powder that can be used to fill in the eyebrows and create a fuller, more defined look. It’s a good option for those who prefer a softer, more natural finish than a brow pencil.
A brow gel is a clear or colored gel that can be used to hold the eyebrows in place and add fullness and definition. It’s a must-have for keeping your eyebrows looking polished and in place all day long.
A spoolie brush is a small, brush-like tool with firm bristles that can be used to brush the eyebrows into place and distribute product evenly.
A brow comb is a small, comb-like tool with fine teeth that can be used to separate and groom the eyebrows. It’s a useful tool for creating a defined and polished look.
In addition to these essential tools, you may also want to include a magnifying mirror in your eyebrow kit to help you see what you’re doing when shaping and filling in your eyebrows. With these items on hand, you’ll be well-equipped to achieve beautifully groomed eyebrows. Let’s now learn how to shape and fill brows.
How to shape the brows
Brow shaping is an art that takes lots of practice to get better at. Your first brow-shaping attempt will most likely be pathetic, but don’t give up. Follow these steps to do it perfectly:
Identify the natural shape of your eyebrows
The shape of your eyebrows should follow the natural arch of your brow bone. To find this natural arch, hold a pencil vertically against the side of your nose and line it up with the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow should start.
Next, angle the pencil diagonally so it lines up with the outer corner of your eye and the outer edge of your iris. This is where your brow should peak.
Finally, angle the pencil diagonally the other way, so it lines up with the outer corner of your eye and the inner corner of your eyebrow. This is where your brow should end.
Pluck stray hairs
There are several ways you can pluck the stray hairs that fall outside of the natural shape of your eyebrows. You can use a tweezer, a string, or a razor. There are also specially made eyebrow razors that you can use for trimming.
We find threading (using a string) to be the best method for eyebrow shaping and trimming. However, it can be quite challenging to do it by yourself. For best results, we recommend getting a professional to do it for you.
When using tweezers, be sure to tweeze in the direction of hair growth and only pluck a few hairs at a time to avoid over-tweezing. Here’s a great video tutorial showing how to shape brows using tweezers. If you prefer to use a razor instead, watch this tutorial.
Remember to use a magnifying mirror so you can see what you’re doing.
Whichever method you use for trimming your brows, remember to be gentle and take your time when shaping your eyebrows. It’s better to remove less hair than to over-tweeze and end up with uneven or thin eyebrows.
Filling in the brows
After you’ve shaped your brows, it’s time to fill them in. There are several different ways to fill in eyebrows, depending on your personal preferences and the look you’re trying to achieve. Some common methods include brow pencils, brow powders, brow markers, and brow gels.
Brow pencils and brow powders are used to fill in sparse spots with hair-like strokes, while brow gels are applied with a brush to hold the eyebrows in place and add fullness and definition. They come in a range of colors and are often used to set the eyebrows after filling them in with pencil or powder.
Brow markers, on the other hand, are felt-tip pens that are used to create fine, hair-like strokes to fill in the eyebrows. They provide a more precise application than pencils and are good for creating a defined, polished look.
Each method has its own pros and cons, so it’s important to experiment and see which one works best for you. It’s also a good idea to use a combination of techniques, such as filling in with pencil and setting with gel, for the most natural and polished look.
To fill your brows:
- Use a brow pencil, powder, or gel to fill in any sparse areas of your eyebrows. Choose a color that matches your natural brows and use light, feathery strokes to avoid a heavy or unnatural look.
- Use a spoolie brush or brow comb to brush your eyebrows into place and distribute the product evenly. We recommend getting a 2-in-1 spoolie brush.
- When filling the tail, be careful not to overextend it. It will create a droopy effect making your look sad or giving a totally unpleasant expression on your face. Your brow should end at the brow bone.
- If needed, use a brow gel or wax to set your eyebrows and keep them in place throughout the day.
Watch how Nellie Robert fills her eyebrows so effortlessly in this tutorial. The key thing is to fill in your brows with tiny hair-like strokes, not heavy and dense strokes. Your goal should be to achieve a realistic look, whether using an eyebrow pencil or an angled brush and brow powder.
Define your eyebrow with a concealer
Once you are done with filling your brows, and you are happy with how they look, it’s time to sculpt them using a concealer. This basically means applying a light layer of your concealer over and under the brow to define and enhance the shape of the brow.
You will need a thin, angled brush to draw the line above and under the brow and then use a flat concealer brush to blend out the concealer. Be sure to lightly tap the brushes when picking a product so that you don’t end up with noticeable thick lines.
Choosing the best eyebrow shape for your face
There are several different eyebrow shapes that can enhance different facial features and give your overall look a balanced and polished appearance. Some of the most common eyebrow shapes include:
- The natural brow: This shape follows the natural arch of your brow bone and requires minimal shaping. It’s a good option for those who have full, even eyebrows that don’t need much work.
- The defined arch: This shape has a more pronounced arch than the natural brow and can give your face a more polished and put-together look.
- The rounded brow: This shape is similar to the natural brow, but the arch is more rounded, giving your face a softer, more feminine appearance.
- The angular brow: This shape has a more angular arch than the natural brow and can give your face a more dramatic and striking look.
- The straight brow: This shape has a straight, horizontal arch and can give your face a more masculine or serious appearance.
While choosing the right eyebrow shape for your face depends on your individual features and personal style, here are some general guidelines to help you determine the best shape for your face:
If you have a round face, try a slightly arched brow to create the illusion of a longer face. Brushing your brows will also help lift your face up, adding length to your face. We suggest filling your arch with a darker eye pencil or brow powder than your natural brow hair to highlight the shape of the brow.
If you have a square face, a soft arch or a straight brow can help soften the angles of your face. Be sure not to take the tail too low, as this will make your eyes shape downwards.
Oval face shape
You’re lucky if you have an oval face because almost any brow shape will look good on you.
Heart face shape
If you have a heart-shaped face, a soft arch or a straight brow can help balance out the proportions of your face.
Long face shape
If you have a long face, try a slightly arched brow to create the illusion of a wider face.
Diamond face shape
If you have a diamond-shaped face, a straight brow or a high arch can help balance out the proportions of your face.
It’s important to keep in mind that these are just general guidelines, and the best way to determine the perfect brow shape for your face is to experiment with different shapes and see what looks best on you. You may also want to consult with a professional makeup artist or esthetician to help find the perfect brow shape for your face.
One final tip: don’t be afraid to experiment and try different techniques and products until you find the perfect combination for your eyebrows. And remember, less is often more when it comes to eyebrows, so keep it simple and natural for the best results.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the perfect eyebrow shape. Happy shaping!
Prefer longer-lasting eyebrows? Read our post on everything there is to know about microblading.
Are my brows supposed to be identical?
Definitely not. No one has identical brows. There is always that one brow that is just difficult to shape and maintain.
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