This is part two of my make-up tutorial Weddingbee repost series. Original post can be found here.
Alright, considering I desperately need to do my eyebrows, I think it’s time for another tutorial! My current eyebrow monstrosity is now your gain. Ya welcome. Before I get started, let’s chronicle my eyebrow trials and tribulations, via Paint:
Exhibit A: As a child, I had monster brows, complete with teeth (creative license?). I now like to refer to them as “Bert and Ernie eyebrows” (really, more Bert, less Ernie), but unlike Bert and Ernie, they were neither fun nor friendly. They were big, they were scary, and yes, they were hairy. Not cute.
Exhibit B: From the age of 12 through 15 I suffered from a rare ailment that can only be called “InvisiBrow”. The characteristics of invisibrow are as follows: pencil thin eyebrows resulting in limited facial expression with an acute similarity to one Whoopi Goldberg. As much as I love Ghost, this was not a good look for me.
Exhibit C: I call this look “The Sharpie Brow” because that is precisely what it looks like.They’re sharp, they’re black, they’re drawn to hell and back. They’re a no-no. Just say no.
As you can see, the brows and I have gone through a lot together. It’s been a love/hate relationship, but we’re finally on good terms. I worked hard to get them to where they are, and I’ll admit, I frequently compliment them.
You know how they say, when you look in the mirror and feel less than hot, find something you like about yourself instead? Well, my eyebrows are that thing. Whenever I’m getting ready to go somewhere and I finish putting on my makeup, I take one last glance in the mirror and say “God, I’ve got great eyebrows” (narcissistic much?).
When I’m in a bad mood, I find Mr. Rainbow complimenting my eyebrows. It effectively turns my frown upside down, and Mr. R knows it. So here’s my tutorial for smile inducing brows.
Let’s start at the beginning:
Tools: tweezers, cosmetic scissors (not pictured), clear mascara, brow pencil and sharpener OR angled brush and brown eyeshadow (use whatever color matches your hair)
The starting point- All kinds of nasty. Yes, I really let them go this time, tell me about it.
Hold a make-up brush (or other safe straight edge) next to your nostril, and point it straight up. This is where your brow should begin.
Keeping the brush next to your nostril, angle it so it comes across the outer edge of your iris (the colored part of your eye). This is where your arch should be.
Again, keeping the brush at your nostril, angle it towards the outer corner of your eyelid. This is where your brow should end.
If this is your first time shaping your brows, I suggest drawing your shape (based on the above tips) with a white eyeliner. Tweeze whatever falls outside of those lines. I know some people say never to tweeze above the brow, but I totally disagree with that (see why in exhibit A). Make sure they’re not too thin (see exhibit B).
After you’re done tweezing, comb your brows up and trim any stray hairs. Then, comb them down and do the same. This part can be scary, I refused to do it for years, but if you just trim the strays, you’ll be glad you did.
If you choose to fill your brows with a pencil, make sure the tip is freshly sharpened and do small, hair-like strokes. Be careful not to make them too dark (see exhibit C).
If you’re new to filling in your brows, I suggest using a powder instead of a pencil. With an angled brush (I use a MAC 263 brush), dip it into a powder eyeshadow and fill in the sparse spots. When you’re done, look in the mirror and exclaim “God I’ve got great eyebrows!”
Voila! Follow this tutorial and you’ll have fabulous brows in no time.