Eyebrow Makeup Tips
I now know what it’s like to not have eyebrows. I didn’t shave them off, or pluck too much, but I over bleached them! I was washing my makeup brushes while doing it and lost track of the minutes. Now when I look at my face in the mirror, something looks…off. My face looks weird and too bare, somehow. I simply cannot go out of the house without doing my brows, so I’ve been forced to brush up on my brow makeup skills (like I had any in the first place. Hehe.)
Doing eyebrow makeup used to frustrate me big time, and although my application still leaves room for a lot of improvement, lately the process has been getting a little easier for me. I’ve been learning some things along the way too, and will be sharing some eyebrow makeup tips here.
Tips below the cut!
- Picking the shade to use- the general rule here from what I know is to go with something one or two shades lighter than the color of your tresses. I agree with that, but think that if you have jet black hair, like most Asians do, you can go with plain black—provided that your brows are groomed and neatly-shaped. If you apply black pencil or powder to bushy, somewhat messy brows to fill in spots or define the eyebrow, black can look too harsh. Other alternatives are a dark brown or a dark ashy gray. For brown or lighter hair, try shades of brown similar or a little lighter than your tresses to see which look best.
- Powder, pencil, gel, or liquid? It’s up to you, really. I’d personally pick the one that I find easiest to work with. For me, that’s powder, applied with a thin liner brush, which I then set with clear brow gel. I find that powder gives me more control. If you don’t have eyebrow powder, try a matte eyeshadow (I’ve been using the matte medium brown one from the Sleek Storm Palette!). There are lots of pencils in the market, these are easy to use too. There are also brow gels available, like the one from Etude House, but I wouldn’t suggest using these alone if you have sparse eyebrows because these don’t provide precise application. There’s a liquid brow pen from K-Palette but I haven’t tried it yet.
- The products you use absolutely have to be durable. You do not want your brow makeup smearing or fading! One thing I’d recommend you make sure about the products you pick is that they stay in place and last all day. Give it a test run for a whole day at home. Consider the humidity if you live in a country with a tropical climate. If you commute regularly, try the product while doing chores, or exercising at home, something like that, to see the staying power of your brow product.
- Always blend. I’ve learned that I wasn’t doing enough of this before—that’s why I’d end up with harsh-looking eyebrow makeup. Don’t use a whole lot of product at once and after applying pigment, blend with a small, thin, precise brush. I use an angled liner brush like the one above. This helps soften the color and distribute it more evenly. It makes the finish look more natural.
- Practice. Yup, practice makes perfect. That also applies to doing eyebrow makeup. Always do your makeup in a well-lit area and keep practicing your application technique. Ask for the feedback of someone who also has an interest in makeup, not from someone like hubby who won’t really have much to say besides ‘it looks okay’, haha. Or take photos of yourself and review how your made-up eyebrows look in the pictures. Zooming in on a picture can really give you more perspective on the result of your application and let you know what you need to improve on.
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