Something is wrong with this picture. Miley Cyrus posted a couple Instagram shots sans eyebrows this morning. That's right, her formerly lush brunette brows are gone. We're suspecting it's a case of bleach, but there is always a chance that she shaved them off entirely. She debuted her new look on social media as she posed with friends Miranda Kerr and Mert Alas. Excuse us while we play "Where's Waldo?" eyebrow edition, but in the mean time: what do you think of Miley's latest hair-color stunt?
Bold brows are one of Fall's biggest trends — and for good reason. An immaculately groomed set of eyebrows can completely change your look from so-so to out-of-this-world. Luckily, getting your brows in tip-top shape at home is easy and won't leave your wallet empty! Click through for 10 must-have brow tools . . . all for $10 or less.
If Cara Delevingne is any indication, a well-defined brow is a trend that's not going anywhere anytime soon. So for those who wish to do a little something with their brows without looking like a drawn-on mess, Benefit Gimme Brow ($22) is your solution. This colored gel (it comes in two shades) is packed with little fibers that easily build out your brows for a fuller, thicker effect. Plus, the tapered wand is shaped for foolproof application. A few strokes shape and fill sparse areas, but layer it on for a more dramatic finish. And the best part is that it looks completely natural, not like some artistically penciled shape.
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. Plus, check out our downloadable cheat sheet.
When you think of an eye pencil, eyeliner is probably the first (and maybe the only) thing that comes to mind. But considering I'm a liquid liner user, the Chanel Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil ($29) is the only eye pencil in my everyday makeup bag. I love that it not only has the perfect amount of brow pigment on one end — it goes on light, but totally buildable — but it also has a spoolie brush on the other end. This makes grooming and filling in my brows fast and easy.
The one makeup artist tip I love is to find a color one shade lighter than your natural color is so it subtly shades without making it overpowering. And in case you think you don't really need to fill in your brows, once you try it, you won't feel the same without nicely groomed brows.
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.
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.