Eyebrows play a vital role in your overall beauty approach – they can simply make or break your entire look. Eyebrow shaping can do more to improve your appearance than most other beauty treatments. If the rest of your face is flawless but the eyebrows haven’t been looked after or are the wrong shape – this will be a spoiler to your overall look. Whether you’re young or old, high or low maintenance, taking the time to properly look after them is well worth the effort.
Perfect brow shape depends on the dimensions of your face. There is a basic rule for perfect eyebrows (as show in the diagram below) and it’s the easiest way to find out what suits you best…
Take a pencil and place it at the bottom and edge of your nose pointing up vertically, as in line #1 in the diagram – this shows you where the eyebrow should start, above your inner tear duct.
Now move just the top of the pencil away from your nose across your face until it meets the far outer edge of the iris when you’re looking straight ahead, as in line #2 – this shows you where the highest point of the eyebrow should be.
Finally move just the top of the pencil further out across your face again until it meets the far corner of your eye, as in line #3 – this is where the eyebrow should end.
Make small dots at each point with a makeup pencil and you’ll have clearer guidance.
It’s very rare to find someone who has full and perfect eyebrows naturally. More often than not they have gaps that need filling in where the hair just doesn’t grow or didn’t grow back after over-plucking.
With age eyebrow hair gets more sparse and thin so filling them in is even more important. The right eyebrow shape and colour is like a facelift without the surgery! They can make you look more youthful, balance your facial features and frame the eyes. They just give that polished look to your appearance, whilst badly shaped brows can do the opposite.
There are plenty of options available to perfect your eyebrows: waxing, threading, tinting, tattooing, micro-blading – but it’s best to leave these to the professionals. The safest and easiest way to make sure your brows look perfect is to use makeup. There are so many options on the market you’ll definitely be able to find what suits you best.
My favourite brands for brow products are Benefit Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills; alternatively, NYX Cosmetics have some more affordable options. It’s great that we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to eyebrow products – but what to choose?
For someone with pretty good brow shape and only wanting to make them a bit fuller and more defined Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Eyebrow Gel is ideal! It’s similar to a tinted mascara but has added fibres that provide natural tint and volume.
If you need to fill in gaps in your brows then a pencil is the best option – it’s quick, precise and easy to apply. My fave is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – an ultra-fine pencil on one end and a spooley on the other, it’s all you could ever need and perfect for on the go!
For correcting eyebrow shape and filling them in a brow pomade is great. The best one I’ve tried is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade – it’s waterproof, pigmented and has a nice texture. You’ll need to use an angled brush for it. It takes a bit more time to define the eyebrows using pomade but the transformation you can achieve is unbelievable.
In my opinion eyebrows are the most important facial feature you have, so it’s well worth the investment, time and effort to make them look as good as you possibly can.
The most common eyebrow mistakes are:
● Too arched or rounded – this makes us look older. To correct: use your preferred eyebrow product to fill in the arch and make them appear straighter. The brow edges should be as straight as possible until the highest point – this can be achieved by drawing lines along the edges and little hairs can be gently drawn in between the lines where the real hairs are missing.
● Too far apart – makes the nose look wider. To correct: use your chosen brow product to draw in the missing parts of the eyebrows so that they appear to start from line #1 in the diagram above.
● Too thin – makes the face look fuller and older. To correct: use a pencil or brow pomade to draw in extra hair and brush it with tinted brow gel to create a fuller shape more flattering to the face.
● Too dark, angled or thick – can overpower the facial features and make you look serious/angry. To correct: use lighter coloured brow products – eyebrow colour should be similar to the natural hair colour for medium to dark hair or a couple shades darker for blondes. After defining your brows don’t forget to brush them to soften their intensity; and
● Untouched, shapeless and/or colourless – no matter how thin, thick or over-plucked they are everyone can get great results with the help of beauty professionals or by taking the time to learn how to make the most of your shape.