Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beautiful Brows


A lot of people ask me when I am working what I do to my eyebrows. It seems like eyebrows are still mysterious to most women. "How do you get them like that?" and "What do you use on them?" are frequently asked questions. First of all, I am a waxing/plucking fanatic. Every morning I check for strays and about every 3-4 weeks I totally wax and reshape my brows accordingly. I wax them myself. I have threaded them before but I am just not that good at it, plus it hurts my hands a lot.

 First of all, I never over-pluck or over-wax. I try not to wax them too thin and I always make sure my arch is in the right place and my eyebrows is not too short or too long. There are a lot of tutorials on youtube for brow mapping - plus, it is really simple and not hard to do. I trust everyone can figure that out. I try to make sure that my eyebrows are similar (they will never be totally the same, the face is NOT perfectly symmetrical).

I fill them with a medium ash brown or taupe colored pencil. Nothing too dark or too light. I have medium brown colored hair so I want my eyebrows to never be darker than my hair color - a smidge lighter is the best. Too dark eyebrows look crazy and when the color you fill them in with is too light it wont show up.

I make sure that the lines of my brow underneath and on top (the top and bottom of the eybrow) are totally straight. A straight, clean line. That gives you the best, cleanest shape. I fill the brow in with quick strokes that go in the direction of the hair growth. Think of it like drawing in hairs where they are lacking. You don't want to just fill them in like you're drawing in a coloring book. That gives you an unnatural fill - you want them to look as natural as possible.

I normally use a brow crayon or pencil that has a waxy finish - MAC makes a pencil like this. However, I sometimes feel that the pencil is too waxy or greasy and it doesn't take well to my skin and seems to smudge around too much. So, sometimes I will just use a regular pencil and use a clear brow gel to set the hairs in place. Hairspray does the same thing and will work just as well if you spray some onto a eyebrow comb/brush and brush it through your bows! It's simple and saves you some money.

The key to having great eyebrows is to keep them in a clean, simple shape that flatters your face. If you take the time to maintain them every day you'll never have the issue of having to re-wax a new shape into them. Plus, they look good for longer. If you need ideas for great brows - look no further than Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian. They are my eyebrow idols. Megan Fox has the best eyebrows of anyone of the planet and Kim Kardashian's eyebrows never look bad. What do you think?


6 comments:

nicole said...

girl, your brows are beautiful haha thanks for the tips, im currently using the Anastasia Brow Kit and it gives me pretty much the entire salon in a pouch haha, im jw if you have tried it?

Lauren the Lionhearted said...

Thank you :) I actually was looking at the brow kits by Anastasia at work today. I was going to get one but I feel like I kind of don't need it. They look really good, though. Especially the brow stencils.

ACupOfJenn said...

Ugh, it is a never ending issue with me and my brows. My brows are naturally darker than my hair though and sometimes this can be a hassle to find the right brow color. I'm not sure if I'll ever get the proper brow shape for my face....

Lauren the Lionhearted said...

The universal brow shade is taupe. When in doubt, use taupe. Unless of course you have actual BLACK hair, in that case, use a dark brown.
As for the shape, it's up to you. You can always purchase a pack of brow stencils.

Kelly said...

I was an over plucker in high school. I mean I had NO brows! haha. I've let them grow in since then, but I still feel they are too thin. I'm too anal about just letting them go. I can't stand to look in the mirror and see so many strays so I feel like I won't ever let them grow in all the way.

Lauren the Lionhearted said...

It's a pain but if you cut in some bangs you can hide your brows beneath them while they grow back. I kind of did that back in the winter so I could fill in some of the spots that I had in my brows from over-waxing.