I’d like to clarify that not all dark intense brows are no no’s. Naturally thick brows that have been groomed and shaped well will compliment the face.
Eyebrows are an important facial feature, they define, frame and open the eye area and help to emphasis a number of facial expressions. Ideally brows should be well maintained, balanced and not too thin.
A person with naturally sparse or fair brows that attempts to create the same full brow effect (as the fortunate beauties above) will struggle to replicate an authentic shape and texture. The results usually end up looking like the brows and mustache of the late great comedian Groucho Marx.
Brows Making A Statement For All The Wrong Reasons
I’m all for creativity however when filling in brows, be a little restrained and avoid drawing outside the natural lines! A heavy handed, over styled dark brow is usually the result of an innocent novice over exaggerating their natural brow shape and shade. Applying too much product, creating sharp angular or harsh rounded brows. A look often sported by teenagers and the entrepreneur Katie Price.
The shade used by Katie above is too dark for her colouring (even with an intense tan). Each brow is also a completely different shape. Remember Brows Are Sisters Not Twins So Please STOP Shaping Them As If They Were Distant Relatives!
If you are guilty of creating black Lego brick shaped brows, stop using the items pictured below. They all have perfectly good uses but do not include brow enhancement. Plus they are seriously blackening your brow reputation!
Getting the Right Intensity of Brow for You
- Make an appointment to see a Brow Professional. Let them know you are opting for a thicker brow. They will remove hairs from the correct areas only. The remaining hairs will be your natural stencil.
- If you have fair or fine brow hairs consider a Tint (a semi permanent dye specifically for brows and lashes) one or two shades darker than your natural colour to create a fuller looking brow.
- Use a Real Techniques Lash and Brow Groomer (a soft toothbrush will do) to brush brows. Regular use will train and shape brows.
- Select the type of product you plan to fill your brow in with. (seem my other post for suggestions) Select a shade either the same or a couple of shades darker than your brows.
- When using powder or wax products us an Tweezerman slanted Brow Brush to apply. Follow the direction of your natural hair growth. The shorter bristles of the brush should slant in the direction of your hair growth. A small amount of product will go a long way.
- When using an eyebrow pencil or wax pen make sure your tool is sharpened for precise application. Draw in fine hair strokes in any gaps, following the direction of natural hair growth. Enhance the groomed shape you have and resist the temptation to excessively alter your brow shape
- When both brows have been filled, stand back from the mirror and check that you are happy with their placement (Remember Sisters not Twins) and that each looks roughly the same colour and shape.
- Once you are happy use either your ring finger or eyebrow brush comb to slightly soften the edges of your brows and blend the product in seamlessly. Your aim is to replicate real brows which are naturally slightly softer and lighter towards the bridge of the nose and tapered at the outer edges.
- Use a cotton bud to clean up any errors.
Mother Plucker Tips:
- Brows must be tinted before any form of hair removal to avoid tinting products getting into open follicles. This will look unsightly and can cause irritation.
- Dark brows can work with blond hair, however this does not work for all. Brows can also be lightened.
- Black is very harsh tone for brows, when I’m working with dark haired clients I opt for dark Brown/grey products firsts before trying black.
- Wax products will make brows appear much darker than the natural shade so use sparingly.
That’s all for now folks, if you have any questions on this post please post a comment.
More Eye Grooming, Beauty, Nail and & Wellbeing posts to come!
Enhance to Enchant x