Brows frame your face, and by altering them slightly, you can instantly change your look. When it comes to filling them in correctly, always use a taupe-colored eye shadow. See that and other informative tips to creating the perfect brow look, here. On Kirbie: Collective Concepts dress.
Aside from recently being named the face of Burberry Body Tender, model Cara Delevingne has two other claims to fame: her famously bold eyebrows. Her embracing full brows has spawned a trend that has women contemplating their eyebrow brushes. But if you're a little scared about dusting on some pigment for fear of looking perpetually angry at the world, don't fret. Here are some things to keep in mind while doing up your eyebrows:
- Stick to powders, not pencils. While pencils have usually been the mainstay for brows for generations (hello, '80s makeup), powders are easier to handle and create a more natural, feathered look. Grab two shades: one that is a shade lighter than your natural color for daytime and one that is a tone darker for more drama.
- Brush powder on your hairs, not your skin. One common mistake women make is that they press on their brushes and pencils too hard, causing pigment to adhere to their skin. This makes brows look clownish and fake. Use a lighter touch to ensure the pigment coats your hairs, not your skin, and always make sure you're brushing in the direction that the hair is growing in.
- Focus pigment on the outer two-thirds of your brows. If putting powder on your brows makes you look clownish, take note at where you're focusing the pigment. Brushing powder into the inner corners of your eyes causes them to look fake. Instead, focus the powder from the beginning of your arch to the end of your brow. Then, using a brow brush, blend the existing pigment into the inner corner for a more natural look.
- Mix your colors. The best way to get a natural look is to blend your colors. Use the darker shade in a thinner line along the center hairs of your brows. Then blend the lighter shade out from the center of your brows to the ends. This will ensure you'll always look natural.
You tweeze them, get them waxed, or even threaded, but do you also fill in your brows? This simple step is often overlooked, but whether you have on a full face of makeup or just a touch of foundation, well-groomed brows are the key to a flawless look. MAC senior artist Luc Bouchard shares the tricks for achieving perfectly groomed brows with a naturally flattering result.
Filling in your brows is an oft overlooked step, but the difference it can make in your look is awe-inducing. Beginners may shy away from the seemingly advanced prospect of brushing pigment into the baby hairs of your brows, which is why they (or anyone who needs a boost, for that matter) should pick up NP Set's Essential Brow Set ($24). Tucked away in this handy kit is everything you need to shape your brows like a pro: two brown pigments, shaping wax, tweezers, and a dual-sided angled brush. The "subtle brow" shade (left) is great for fairer-skinned ladies, while the "glam brow" hue (center) is ace for brunettes and raven-haired girls. The two can also be mixed and matched to transition from daytime to evening. And with its compact design, you can carry your brows in your purse for the perfect look . . . even on the go.
Overwaxing and overtweezing has happened to the best of us, but with the right techniques, filling in too-sparse brows is a snap. To get tips on how to quickly and easily plump up and shape eyebrows for natural-looking results, just keep reading.
Your eyebrows are an important part of your look: they frame your face and give it dimension. If you're sick of shelling out money for waxing and threading, though, it's time to take matters into your own hands. Perfectly manicured brows at home are just a few steps away. Say so long to pencil-thin brows when you keep reading for more.
From New York City to Milan to Paris, bold, structured eyebrows were one of the biggest runway makeup trends for Fall 2012. And now that the cooler, crisper season is nigh, it's time to anchor those richer, deeper makeup palettes with equally impressive brows. But how do you get the look right minus the cartoony effects?
It's called eyebrow gel, and Make Up For Ever's Aqua Brow ($20) is outright amazing (although most brow-toned, cream-to-matte eye colors should do the trick). What makes this particular type of product so great is its high pigmentation level and stay-put finish. And because this gel dries to a semipowdery consistency, you'll get natural-looking definition that both fills and lengthens. To apply, use an angled brow brush to sculpt your eyebrows freehand and run a spooly brush over the gel to break up the product and set it. But if you prefer to work with a bit more structure, employ the magic of an eyebrow stencil for an even more precise result.
The bold brow trend was seen at the following Fall 2012 runway shows: J. Mendel (upper left), Marc by Marc Jacobs (upper middle), Burberry Prorsum (upper right), Alexander Wang (center left), Proenza Schouler (center middle), Derek Lam (center right), Givenchy (lower left), Fendi (lower middle), and Max Mara (lower right).
Strong brows are back — and because they instantly brighten and define your face, we know they're here to stay. So we invited Rachel Zoe's makeup artist Joey Maalouf to show us how to fill them in less time than it takes to brew your morning coffee. The result is pretty, natural brows that immediately elevate your look.
The eyebrows are the frames for beautiful eyes (that means they are important). And now that full, bold brows are in style, having the right moves for filling them in is essential. Makeup artist Floriane David of Make Up For Ever Academy reveals her expert secrets to achieving your best brows.
- Form an outline: Start by using an angled brow brush to draw one long stroke underneath and above the eyebrow, advises David. This will help highlight your arch and create boundaries to color within.
- Make high arches: Because the arch is the most important part of your brow look, it's where you should begin applying filler. This way, the arch will get the bulk of the product from your angled brush, making it a point of intensity.
- Fill it in: Next, sweep your brush from the arch to the outer corner, keeping in mind that the last two-thirds of your brow should be the darkest. Then, move from the inner corner to the arch to blend, keeping in mind that this area of the brow should be filled in the lightest for the most natural look. When your brush is devoid of product, blend the end of your brow so that it tapers off at the tail.
- Brighten up: As a final step, use a shimmering highlighter underneath the arch, on the cheekbone right below the eyes, and at the bridge of the nose. Hello, bright eyes.
Over the past few seasons, bigger, bolder eyebrows have been growing in popularity. While we'll save the more outrageous looks for on the runways — Chanel's jewel-encrusted strips or the foiled follicles at Fendi — if you are looking to try the full and filled brow trend at home, be sure to follow these essential grooming tips.