Check out my previous post, which is an introduction to the series Delving into the World of Makeup.
Let me guess- incorporating your eyebrows into your makeup is probably not something you’ve thought of before. If you have thought of it, it was probably pretty low on your priority list. I understand where you’re coming from - I’ve been filling in my eyebrows for about 6-7 months now, and I’ve been wearing makeup for 6 years.
Why are Eyebrows so important?
Did you happen to see that time when Miley Cyrus bleached her eyebrows? Did you also happen to notice that she dyed them back a few days later?
Eyebrows are important. They frame your face, give you definition, and can make or break a look. I would know.
(UPDATE/EDIT: photoset showing the importance of eyebrows and the difference they make)
So How do I fill them in?
First off, I want to point out that I’m not the brow expert. Like I said before, I’ve only been doing my eyebrows for about 6-7 months. So, I can’t tell you how to shape and fill your eyebrows perfectly. What I can do, is talk about some of your product and shaping options.
Wait, it’s not just brow pencils?
That’s right. There’s tons of products out there, from pencils to creams to powders to gels that apply with a spoolie brush.
Let’s break down each option:
Pencils are going to be the most common option. You have to use small, light strokes, and hope for the best. What I like about pencils is they’re layerable, you can start out light and keep building on product until you have the look you want. For a beginner, this is probably what you’re looking for. Personally, I prefer to work with something that goes on darker straightaway- which probably shows, because I often apply pencils too thick and it looks gross and creamy. I’m not going to link you to any of those, because every brand ever sells about 15 different varieties.
2. Powder (+wax?)
Some brow powders will come with a wax. The wax is used to help shape your brows by combing them into the shape you want and making sure it stays that way. The powder is then used for color and definition, and it’s applied with an angled brush. Personally, I’ve never used a wax+powder kit, but my go-to eyebrow application is powder and an angled brush. It doesn’t give as defined of a line as a pencil does, but I like the color and ease of application (that is, if you’re good with a brush).
3. Gel (brow mascara?)
These are good if your brows are already shaped and you want a hint of natural looking definition. I started out using these tinted ones to define my brows and honestly, I fell in love. Before I lost mine, I used it as a base underneath my powder application. It’s applied gently, like a mascara, combing all your hairs upwards. Then, I used a clean spoolie brush to comb my brows into my desired shape before the gel dried. It darkened my hairs without looking like I filled in my brows. However, these products are harder to find and can often be expensive. These are easily available in tinted form, and there are many clear options as well, for a more subtle look.
I’ve never actually used this, but i know tinted brow gels/creams/waxes are a thing that exist?? They typically come in a little pot and are applied with an angled brush. This is one you would only want to use if you were confident in your shape and technique, and were looking for a highly defined look.
So I know how to fill them in…. but they look like worms! How do I shape them?
Again, I’m not giving out tutorials here (there are plenty on youtube) but I am going to talk about your options. There are 3 common ways of shaping brows - waxing, threading, and tweezing. I’m going to talk about all three, go over the pros and cons of each.
Waxing can seem the most scary, but my favorite thing about it is that it actually hurts the least. It’s over and done with fairly quickly, and before you know it your brows are shaped. So what’s not to love about it? Well, while it is nice for getting a good shape, the problem with wax is that once you’ve waxed an area, you can’t go back over it. This leads to a lack of precision and sometimes, as was the case last time I got my brows waxed, a wonky brow.
To people who have never experienced it, threading sounds like a bizarre process. I’m not going to describe it to you, because it sounds utterly painful. I’m going to be totally honest, when I got my brows threaded, it hurt a lot more than waxing because it took a lot longer. I almost cried. But, my brows looks absolutely FLAWLESS. They have honestly never looked better than when I got them threaded. I’m seriously considering having it done again.
This method is often what people will choose, so they can shape their brows at home. I love being able to tweeze my brows to keep up the shape in between getting them done, but I honestly couldn’t imagine shaping my brows from scratch using just my tweezers. It would be too easy to get them uneven, overpluck, and run into other roadblocks. I’m personally a fan of tweezing for upkeep, but I highly recommend getting them done if you’re shaping for the first time.
4. Au Naturale
This isn’t really a method of brow shaping, but I figured I’d talk about it anyway. When I first started filling in my brows, I never tweezed or shaped them. I was really fond of using the anastasia tinted brow gel back when I hadn’t shaped my brows, because I could use the gel to sort of comb my brows into shape. The pros of not shaping your brows? You don’t have to worry about upkeep, you just fill in your brows with the shape they are. The cons are that you often have less control over your brow look and if you’re looking for a sharper, more defined, or more sleek look, you’re going to want to shape your brows at least a little bit.
Brows are SUPER important, and there are tons of different ways you can do them! The most important part is to practice a TON, and don’t be afraid of a defined brow. When I first started, I felt like I was putting worms on my forehead, and even now that I have a good shape my mom still isn’t used to me having darker brows. But I feel like I look so much better, and my face has more definition. If you haven’t already, definitely try filling in your brows.
Stay tuned for the next blog post in the series!
Note: Unless otherwise stated, the products I linked to have not been used by me and are merely examples of what’s out there. This blog post does not contain reviews of the above products so please don’t go buy any of them just because you saw them here. Do your own research about the products you buy (a post on that topic might show up later).