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Brow Grooming 101

Brow Grooming 101

Hello Ladies’,

I absolutely had to do a brow grooming post as I think it’s one of the most important parts of our face! I am by no means the end all be all brow groomer but I’ve seen many make-up artist’s work (as well as heard and seen them give advice) and also discovered my own techniques to what I believe produce the perfect brow. This will probably be one of my more lengthy posts as I want to make sure I get across all of the intended details. When you look at someone’s face what do you notice? Teeth, eyes… and eyebrows right? Eyebrows frame the face and depending on how they’re shaped a person can look neat, disheveled, masculine, feminine, overly made up, etc.

Brows frame the face, make our make up look neat and our whole look well put together

Our eyebrows frame our face and allow make-up appear well put together. Never neglect the brows!

There are some important things to remember when grooming your brows and there are some very important tools that you’ll need.

Eye brow gel and a pencil that is *as close as possible* to your eyebrow hair works very well. Of course, don't forget those slanted tweezers!

Eye brow gel and a pencil that is *as close as possible* to your eyebrow hair works very well. Of course, don’t forget those slanted tweezers! By the way, I don’t recommend those guides that you use to ‘fill in’ the brow.

These tiny little slanted scissors are perfect for trimming some of those funky long hairs.

These tiny little slanted scissors are perfect for trimming some of those funky long hairs.

Once you’ve gotten all your tools it’s time to start grooming those brows. Whether you’ve never plucked before, get your brows waxed or threaded, or over-plucked your brows there are things you can do to obtain and maintain well-groomed brows.

Things to remember before you start plucking:

  • Before you pluck that hair see how long it is and where it lies. It might be the single hair that creates your arch and if you pluck it you’ll have a bald spot.
  • Don’t tweeze in too far! Your brows should line up with your tear ducts, if you pluck the hair further in you’ll create an abnormal space that will make the bridge of your nose look wide.
  • Your arch should line up with the pupil of your eye, don’t make it off to the side or make it completely straight. If you’re going for an unusual look or you’re playing an alien in a movie then go for it!
  • There should be a continuous flow to the shape of your brows. Don’t make it look thick in the beginning and then extremely thin towards the outer edge of the eye.
Line up the brow with the tear duct, don't pluck in further or you'll create an unusual gap and make your nose bridge appear wide.

Line up the brow with the tear duct, don’t pluck in further or you’ll create an unusual gap and make your nose bridge appear wide.

Once you’ve started to tweeze make sure  you take your time. This isn’t something you want to rush, you could accidentally pluck a single hair that creates a bald spot. Remember to go with the natural shape of your brow, you’ll notice that natural shape the more you get rid of the stragglers. Start from the outside and work your way in towards the center of the brow. Also, brush your hair up with a small brush (either for brows which you can find easily or even a toothbrush if you don’t have anything) so you can get a better idea of where your natural shape exists.

The shape of your brows should have a continuous flow. No need for an abrupt arch, straight brow or an unusually placed brow.

The shape of your brows should have a continuous flow. No need for an abrupt arch, straight brow or an unusually placed brow.

Once you’ve gotten your brows plucked (don’t do more than you feel comfortable with at this point) brush them up again and then take the edge of your nail and run it down the top of the brow so that the hairs go with the shape of the brow. If that doesn’t quite make sense refer to the above photo. If you see any hairs that seem a bit long you can trim them at this time. I think most of us have that funky part on the right eye that bushes up (at the start of the brow) and I trimmed that as well. Take your brow pencil and make gentle strokes to fill in the brow just a bit. The pencil color that you’re applying shouldn’t be obvious. It should blend and only enhance the shape of the brow while filling in any spots with a more solid color. My brow hair tends to be a bit sparse so adding some color makes them appear more substantial and a bit more neat. Once you’ve filled in the brow take your clear brow gel (wipe off the access first) and brush the brow upwards. Then take the edge of your index finger nail and glide it down on the top of your brow. This way your hair is still going up but after the arch the hair is going down along that line.

How to groom the brow once it's been plucked and lightly filled in with a pencil that matches your brow hair color.

How to groom the brow once it’s been plucked and lightly filled in with a pencil that matches your brow hair color.

Remember the first picture you saw? Here’s my final look…

Et voila!

Et voila! Sans glasses.

I hope you guys find this helpful. Brow pencils can be found in nearly every brow color anywhere cosmetics are sold. Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have! You can find me on Facebook, twitter (handle is @LuxeBeauty4Ever) and instagram (@LuxeBeautyForever). Until next time…

Cheers,
Bridget

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great post! I have thick and dark eyebrows so I don’t really need to fill them in. The only product I need is a brow gel to keep them in place. I used to use the Elf one until I discovered mine smelled very badly. Now I’m looking for another one but the selection is not very wide over here.

    October 1, 2012
    • I’ve used the Sephora brand clear eyebrow gel and the ULTA brand and they both work fine. The thing to remember is you need to wipe off the access.

      October 3, 2012
  2. I always have trouble with my eyebrows! 😦 My eyebrows are so bad. I’ve never known the proper way to pluck them and had weirdly shaped brows. But since I’ve started to take interest in makeup, I’ve gotten them to look a bit more normal 😛 Not totally normal still but your post will help me a lot! Thanks Bridget!

    October 1, 2012

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