Your brows frame your face and give it structure, which is why it’s important to give your arches the right kind of attention they deserve. To the rescue: makeup artist and brow wiz Cyndle Komarovski on 11 easy ways to make your brows look bangin’. You’re welcome.
1 Use Flicking Motions to Create the Most Realistic-Looking Hairs
Whatever you do, don’t fill in your brows with one single strike of any product, whether it’s a pencil, powder or brow wax. Instead, you want to mimic the tiny hairs that make up your brows by using small, flicking motions to apply the pencil (or angled brush dipped in brow powder) in the direction your hair is growing.
2 Keep the Tail of Your Brow in Check
Overextending the tail of your brows can create a droopy effect, drawing your face down. Your eyebrows naturally stop at a place that lifts your face up and out, which is what you want to maintain. To figure out where the tail of your brow needs to end, hold a brow pencil diagonally at your nostril and line it up with the side of your eye. Where the pencil hits your brow bone is where the end of your eyebrow should end (or can be extended to) without it looking unnatural.
3 Create A Believable Arch
Pointy arches can make you look surprised or mad even when you’re not. So, if you weren’t born with a high arch but want to create a subtle one, hold a brow pencil against your nostril and line it up diagonally with the center of your eye. That’s exactly where any arch should go naturally.
Next, with a spoolie brush, work your eyebrow hairs downward. With your brow product of choice (a pencil and a light touch might be your best bet!), ever so slightly alter your brow shape, creating a slight peak where your natural arch is. Finally, brush your brow hairs back up with the spoolie brush so they fall into place and the arch looks natural.
4 Buff Out Any Harsh Lines
Drawing the shape of your brow on and then not diffusing it a little can immediately make them look, well, drawn on. Instead, create your shape by using tiny, hair-like strokes, regardless of whether you use a pencil, an angled brush topped with brow powder, or a brow mascara, and then use a spoolie to buff out any harsh lines.
5 Give Your Brows Some Shape
Unruly, brushed-up brows are in, so I’m not referring to that type of look. What I am talking about are unshaped brows that, with the help of a little grooming slash shaping, can really give more structure to your face. Don’t have time to see a brow expert? Simply follow the shape of your brow (where the most hair is, that’s where your shape lies) and tweeze any strays that fall outside of that shape for perfect arches.
6 Tend to Your Sparse Spots
If you’ve fallen victim to over-plucking in the past, you’re not alone. To conceal sparseness, fill in the spots with brow powder using an angled brush or you can opt for a pencil. Then, groom your brows into place with a brow mascara.
7 Opt for Concealer Instead of Using Highlighter Above and Below Your Brows
Outlining your brows with highlighter can put too much of a spotlight on your arches. Instead, opt for a concealer that’s one shade lighter than your skin to brighten up your brow area.
8 Fill in Your Brows with A Light Application
Applying too much at first can make you look entirely different — and even angry. Another key to making your brows look darker yet natural? Not getting the formula you’re using on your skin. If you have a bald spot you’re trying to fill in, that’s one thing, but if you’re just trying to deepen your brow hair colour, your best bet is a brow mascara that you can lightly swipe on for a more dramatic yet believable effect.
9 Sweep Your Product of Choice Throughout Your Entire Brow
If you feel like you only need to amp your arches up at the beginning of your brow, start at the arch and work towards the bridge of your nose. That way, you’re left with the least amount of product when you reach the start of your brow, making the application look realistic. Then, use that same product at the tail of your brow, so it doesn’t end up looking uneven.
10 Accentuate Your Arches with The Right Brow Colour
Choosing the wrong colour to fill in your brows is another way you can make your brows look ‘done’. Having trouble finding the perfect shade? Try using two different tones to fill in your brows. For example, if you’re a redhead, use a taupe pencil and then also use an auburn pencil to give your brows natural dimension.
11 Always Blend in Your Product
This is one of the most important steps to creating natural-looking arches. An easy way to fill in your brows (which also gives your brows that sharp yet still soft beginning) is by drawing a line (at an angle) under your eyebrow at its start with a brow pencil, and then using a spoolie brush to diffuse it up into your brow. However, you have to remember to blend it entirely or else it will be noticeable.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US
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