Friday, April 27, 2012

Filling In Your Eyebrows

Filling in your eyebrows is like the finishing touch to any face of makeup. No matter how little or how much makeup you are wearing, filling in the brows is a must in order to complete and pull the look together. By simply filling in the eyebrows, the entire appearance of the face can be changed. Tired eyes? Fill in your eyebrows for more awakened, opened eyes. A brow filler can be as magical as a facelift in makeup form. You won't necessarily need to go under the knife. If you're looking for a slight lift, fill in your brows concentrating more towards the top of the brow and arch area for an instant lift of the face. 
If you're like me, my brows naturally grow uneven and no tweezing, waxing or any other form of hair removal can make them more alike. Now I know that brows should be sisters, not twins, but that doesn't mean I don't want them to be similar. Filling in my brows enables me to give them the appearance of being more alike. I also struggle from having a scar in the very center of my left brow causing the arch of my brows to be offset. Using a brow powder or pencil in this area alone evens them out tremendously!
Take a look at the before and after picture below. 
Here are a few tips I have for anyone looking for the perfect brow products or how to fill in the brows.
1. NEVER use a black eyeliner to draw or fill in your eyebrows no matter your skin tone or hair color!
This is my number one pet peeve when it comes to brows. If your natural hair and skin color are darker, go for a dark brown. Black is too harsh and looks artificial, where a medium or dark brown will appear more natural. The whole point of filling in your brows is to make it look like YOUR eyebrows, not fake brows drawn on by a Sharpee. 
2. If your hair color is lighter than your natural brow color, don't try to match your brow fill to the hair on your head. Natural blondes typically don't have bleach blonde eyebrows. Using a soft blonde or light taupe color will look more natural and soft. 
3. Don't cake on the product. A little goes a LONG way. Simply dabbing your brush into the powder or wax will do for an entire brow. If you are applying a brow pencil, use soft, hair-like strokes. This will look more natural and keep from having the appearance of harsh lines. 
4. If you have unruly brow hairs or a cowlick in your eyebrows, use a brow set or clear brow gel to keep your brow hairs in place. Another easy trick is to use a clear hair gel or hair spray on a spooly or toothbrush to comb in place. Works just as well!
5. When applying a brow powder or matte eyeshadow, use an angled brush with stiffer brush hairs. This will make it easier to create a more precise arch and line in your brows, especially if you like a lot of definition. This brush also works perfectly for applying a wax coat on top of your brow powder to set the powder and your brow hairs in place for a longer hold. The stiffer, more compacted brush hairs will hold up to the waxy products and will not be flimsy and wobbly. 
And lastly,
6. Comb your brow hairs with a spooly to blend out the products and make it look more natural. Remember to comb in the direction of the hair growth. 

Working at a brow bar for 2 years, I've definitely seen my fair share of hundreds of brows and lots of different types. These are some of my favorite tips and tricks for filling in the brows. If you have any questions or tips of your own I'd love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below. :)

Have a wonderful and positive day! 

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