my eyebrow routine06.06.2014
In between posting my outfit shots and snaps of various everyday details on Instagram, I am also a fan of occasional selfie. More often than not, when I post those I get a lot of compliments for my, quoting: “strong eyebrow game”. I decided to describe my eyebrow routine, since a lot of girls have asked me how I keep them tamed, what I use for filling them in, etc. Don’t be fooled though, these babies didn’t just happen. I’ve spent years and years trying to find my spot under the eyebrow sun. From plucking them too thin, to bleaching them, to letting them grow all bushy and wild, I feel like I’ve finally settled for what works best for my face. Natural shape that follows my brow bone and smokey brown shade, very similar to my natural eyebrow/hair color. The times when I had the will and patience to spend more than 10-15 minutes on putting make-up on are long gone. These days I just go with the essentials – foundation, mascara, blush and sometimes lipstick. With that said, my eyebrow routine is pretty simple and quick, too.
What I use:
– small scissors
– eyebrow brush
– eyebrow pencil, a tad lighter than your natural eyebrows (I’m using Golden Rose eyebrow pencil no. 103)
– matte brown eyeshadow in the same color as pencil (mine is from Essence eyebrow kit)
– angled brush (included in the eyebrow kit)
– hairspray or eyebrow gel (optional)
1. Brush your eyebrows in the opposite direction of their growth, then smooth them out. This is to just move them a bit for easier trimming and filling in.
2. Still using the little brush (or a comb, whichever you have will work), gently brush them upwards. With small scissors trim the excess hair that is sticking out of the natural shape of your eyebrows. Be careful not to cut off too much; tiny cuts work best. I do this approximately twice a month since my eyebrows are not growing too fast. Use tweezers to pluck any tiny annoying hairs that are growing out of your desired shape.
3. Brush your eyebrows again the same way you did in step 1, to remove the cut off hair and to shape them back into their natural form.
4. Take the eyebrow pencil in the color of your choice and start filling your eyebrows in. I usually start from the middle and then decrease the pressure of the pencil as I move towards the ends. This allows for your eyebrows to look natural and not cartoon-ish.
5. Using the angled brush, I usually gently go over the pencil with the brown eyeshadow just to set it. I found that it makes my brows look fuller and prevents smudging during the day.
6. You can also use hairspray to set your eyebrows in case you have to be out all day and don’t want to worry about them being in place. To do this, spray a tiny amount of hairspray on the eyebrow brush, wait few seconds for it to dry a bit and then gently brush your eyebrows in the direction of their growth, maintaining the desired shape. Eyebrow gel or wax works too, but I like to keep my make-up bag uncluttered so I always use something I already have and can serve multiple purposes.