How to get perfect brows
Author: Danielle Cauchi Date Posted: 21 September 2020
Cara Delevigne, Dua Lipa, Lily Collins … Just three of the many enviable celebrities out there who have the most meticulously groomed eyebrows.
The good news is that you don’t need a Hollywood makeup artist to achieve perfect brows. All you need are the right tools, the right products, and the right knowledge – and we’re here to help!
Pencils, Powders and Gels – What’s the difference?
Eyebrow pencils are great for creating precisely defined brows and achieving a sharp edge. Pencils are also good for creating the illusion of natural hairs where your brows may be very sparse. Even if you can’t see yourself using an eyebrow pencil for your entire look, they’re pretty handy for determining which brow shape you want so they’re good to have within reach!
Powders provide a softer look and are a good option for those who prefer a more diffused edge. Try to get your hands on an eyebrow duo or palette so that you can vary between light and dark shades. Ideally, the head of the brow should be lighter than the arch and tail.
Tinted brow gels are a great for girls who already have a good amount of brow hair and just want a bit of grooming. They keep unruly brow hairs in place and impart a slight tint to provide more definition. Clear brow gels are a great finishing touch for pencil and powdered looks as they keep your hairs in place without adding any more colour.
Finding your shape
Finding your shape is simple with a quick game of connect-the-dots.
- The head: Generally, the head of your brow should line up with your nostril. Line your pencil against the side of your nose and lightly draw a dot where your brow should begin. To balance out close-set eyes, space your brows more. To bring in wide-set eyes, draw your brows closer together.
- The arch: The peak of the arch should typically line up with the outer edge of the iris. Line your pencil up again and mark the intended arch peak with a small dot. Angular brows work better for round faces and slightly rounded brows are great for those with square face shapes.
- The tail: The tail of the brow should end at the outer corner of your eye. Line your pencil up once more and create a dot where your tail will end. If you have a long face, go for a longer tail. If your face is wider, keep your tail on the thinner side.
Completing the look
To finish the look, use your desired brow product to fill in your brows. Start by lightly outlining your brow shape as indicated by the dots, then fill in any sparse areas. Be sure to comb your brows out with an eyebrow brush or spoolie to blend out the dots you created.
Remove any hairs that have grown beneath your brows with tweezers, then set your brows with a clear brow gel.
And now you have a perfect set of brows!