Tuesday, October 09, 2012

How To: Great Brows

Eyebrows are easy to forget about.  They're just there...they're not fun to deal with because plucking is painful and waxing can be time consuming (you have to schedule an appointment, show up, and deal with small talk just to get your brows looking good).  If you're like me and you don't always have the time or the forethought to make a brow appointment, here are some steps you can take at home to make your brows look great.
  1. Start off with a clean face.  Wash with a gentle cleanser like Purity Made Simple from Philosophy and pat your skin dry.
  2. Figure out your brow shape.  There a million tutorials on the internet that will show you the perfect way to do this.  My suggestion is to do a little bit of research or use a stencil from Anastasia.
  3. Using your tweezers, pluck hairs that are outside of the brow shape you want. Do one eye at a time, plucking as close to the root of the hair as possible to minimize pain. You want to pluck the hair, not the skin!
  4. Start with any excess hairs underneath your brow line, then tidy up the upper section.  End with the center and be sure to pluck well.  It's going to hurt, you may bleed a bit.  Just take your time and be sure to do both eyes!  
  5. Remember: Don't overpluck!  If in doubt, don't pluck.  Overplucking hurts, it looks bad, and it will take ages for your brows to grow back.
  6. If your brows are very long, you may want to carefully trim them with manicure scissors a bit for a more polished look.
  7. If you have a lot of pain, use a bit of tea tree oil or aloe vera when you're done to help soothe your skin.
  8. When you're ready to apply your makeup, use a brow pencil to fill in any areas that are sparse and to give a more finished look.
There are a ton of products on the market.  Try:

Tweezerman Tweezers: you know I love these! They'll set you back less than $25, and they are worth every penny.
Anastasia Classic Stencils: these will help you find your ideal brow shape.  It's brows for idiots, but they serve a purpose.
Billion Dollar Brows Universal Brow Pencil: I like that this has two ends: a wand to help shape and a pencil to fill in.  It's a great 2-in-1 tool that's a must for your makeup case.

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