My name's Jessi, and I get into eyebrows in a big way. It borders on addiction. They're one of the first things I notice about people. Nothing you guys didn't know before this post, though, unless it's the first post you're seeing of mine.
Seriously, when I see a pretty pair of arches, I gawk unapologetically. I'm just so intrigued and enchanted by how much they can change your face; a soft curve can create so much femininity; a high arch can be sexy and sultry, and a well-groomed natural brow can create such great balance in your face and allow your other features to reach their full potential.
One of my friends sent me this because she knows how strongly I feel about a good brow, and I felt like sharing it because I laughed more than I really needed to at it. As weird as it is that we have small carpets above our eyes and as much grief as they sometimes give me, I decided I'd rather have them than not.
Mostly Taylor Lautner . . . terrifying. And since I know that none of you were going to man-handle your brows clean off your face like these bald eagles up here (or if you are, please reconsider! ABORT MISSION!), I'll show you how crucial brows are in a more realistic (UNphotoshopped) setting. Get a load of how much better Britney looks when her brows are on point.
My last brow post basically paid homage to a bunch of brows I love, so in the event that you love to ogle at brilliant brows as much as I do, I've made another such collage that serves the added purpose of demonstrating different brow types.
Lookin' good, ladies! *double eyebrow raise*
Below is a little pictorial of my own brow routine. If you're like me, and you have pretty sparse brows that you want to fancy up a bit, check out the steps below.
Picture #1 isn't really a step; it's just my brows without any assistance. Pretty sparse. Let's move right along.
Step #2: Use a brow brush (or if you don't have one, you can also use a dry toothbrush) to brush your brow hairs upwards and outwards toward the sides of your forehead, and use a clear wax to shape your brows.
Here's where things start getting fun. You can use a sharpened pencil, but the method I went with was to use a stiff straight-edged brow brush and powder (basically a brown eyeshadow) to start filling in the brows. Lightly dip the brush in your shadow and create a defined line along the bottom border of your brow, and stop at the high point of the arch (don't draw the tail yet).
Next is the top border of the brow. About half an inch back, start your line and drag it to meet the other line at the high point of the arch. The reason we're starting the top border further back is because it looks a lot more natural to create a bit of a gradient in the base of the brow so it doesn't look so starkly dramatic. Continue on to fill the tail, letting it taper off naturally.
Make sure the start / base of your brow is in alignment with your tear duct, and then . . .
. . . fill in the base with very small upward strokes to mimic the look of the hairs, letting the strokes gradually become more horizontal. For this part, don't use more shadow; just use whatever's left on your brush, and blend upward from the bottom of the base to the top.
When you're done with the brow, it's time for my favorite part: sharpening it up. I use NYX's Wonder Pencil in Light to highlight the brow bone. Underneath the arch, apply the Wonder Pencil and blend it into the skin. Delicious-ness.
Finish it off with a little bit of a light yellow- or pink-tinted shimmer (anything too silver-y isn't quite natural looking enough so it can be distracting) to highlight the brown bone. FINITO! :)
I also convinced my incredibly gorgeous sister Shannon to let me play with her brows a bit last night because she's got pretty thick brows, and I love dense brows because . . .
But really, there's so much you can do with them. I envy her brows because my hairs grow pretty sparsely so my options are more limited. Shannon's are tall and thick, but since they're blonde, they're not overwhelming; they just look very soft and pretty, and they frame her face B-E-A-Utifully.
I just basically used her existing shape and made them bolder and raised her arch just a teensy bit with the same process shown above.
Below are some of the products I use regularly. That ULTA brow pencil is a freakin' STEAL! It has the brush to comb out your brows, the clear wax to shape your brows, and the shade to fill them in. SCORE.
The Anastasia palette is awesome, but seriously, for $39, I don't feel like it's a necessary purchase. The only reason I got it was because I had a gift card to Sephora and had been interested in it for awhile because it comes with stencils. (<-- That makes me sound like a kindergartener. STENCILS!) But I never use the stencils, and there are so many other more budget-friendly options that will work just as well. I've listed (and linked) them at the bottom just for you dearies. :)
If you're not using a pencil, you will need a very stiff straight-edged brush like the one below and whatever brown eyeshadow matches your eyebrow color. Wax would be really beneficial, but if you don't have any, just dampen the brush before you use it. (That's a nice way of saying you're gonna be licking your brush.) Also, in the first picture, the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade is a pretty good product. I use it quite a bit on myself, and I'm really into it. If you're willing to shell out on it, you just need a straight-edge brow brush and that. PS it lasts FOREVER!!
And that's that! I'm a chronic makeup junkie and product experimenter so if you have any other brow products that you're using and loving, let me know! Thanks, bombshells. Happy Hump Day!