Beginner’s Tips: Brows, brows, brows
So I realized that I’ve talked a lot about trends lately, and it dawned on me that I never talked about brows when I did my beginner’s series! Brows have exploded in the beauty world recently. We went from only having a couple of products on the market a few years ago and now it seems like every brand out there has their own line of brow products. It can all be kind of confusing to a beginner, but hopefully I can help with that!
First of all, groomed brows just tend to look better. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t get mine done as often as I should, but groomed brows help give more structure of the face. Whether you decide to pluck, wax, thread- that choice is up to you! Once your brows are groomed, you can see the shape of them better which makes doing your brows that much easier. The other thing to remember is that your brows are not meant to be twins- more like sisters, or cousins. Don’t spend hours trying to get them exactly the same or tell the salon to keep going until they match. They don’t have to be exactly the same to structure and frame out the face.
Now to the filling in part. There are a ton of different types of products on the markets. Brow pencils are exactly what they sound like- wooden or mechanical gel-like pencils you can use to add product to your brows. There are also brow pens which again are similar but have more of a felt/brush tip so the applicator is different. A brow gel can be clear or tinted and you can use this to set your brows after you fill them in. There are also great products like Benefit’s Gimme Brow and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper which will set your brows will also filling them in slightly and giving volume. Those types of products are great for days where you want a natural look…or are feeling a little lazy (like me today). Next option would be a brow powder, which is essentially a powder you apply to your brows with a brush. Last but not least is a brow pomade which is essentially a gel in a pot which you would also apply to the brow with a brush. My favorite type of brush for both the powder and pomade is a small, angled brush. When picking a product, find a shade that is close to your hair’s root color and keep in mind your undertones (cool, warm, neutral). Not sure what it is? Read here for more info.
It is super helpful to have a spoolie brush to help blend product out once it’s applied. Many brow pencils are dual ended and come with a brush on one side and the pencil on the other. Super convenient. The least amount of product should be towards the beginning of the brow and slowly build until the most amount of product is at the arch and tail. That sounds pretty complicated, but blending everything out with that spoolie brush makes it super easy. No matter what product you choose, make sure you use short, light strokes to mimic the effect of hair. To get that perfect arch, line up your brow pencil (or any type of pencil) with your brows! Put the pencil on the side of your nose so it goes straight up to the brow- make a little mark because that should be where your brows start. Then, line up from the side of your nose to the center of the pupil of the eye- that should be the peak of the arch. Finally, take the pencil from the side of your nose to the outer corner of the eye- that should be where the brow ends. Connect those dots and blend out the color and voila!
I’ll stop there before I start rambling- I wanted to keep this one relatively short. I haven’t been doing my brows for long but now I notice when they’re bare so I have to at least put some Gimme Brow on to get some sort of definition on my brow. My favorite product to use recently has been the Benefit Goof Proof pencil (I’m in Shade 3). I got the full size product in their Soft & Natural Brow Kit and have really been enjoying it (review of the full kit coming soon). I would definitely recommend. Are there other products or tips you want to share? Let me know in the comments below!