Brows are a part of the makeup world that divides opinion; they are such a personal preference and someone’s idea of the perfect brow would strike fear into others. I outlined much of this in my post ‘Brows of a Feather’ where I talked about the evolution of my own brows from the 1990’s to today.
I will let you in on a little secret, Mr T does not like filled in eyebrows; so to an extent he does not like my eyebrows, however he is amazing enough to love me even if I walked around with a drawn on moustache. (or at least I think he does).
Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to go on about the debate between the ‘sharpie brow’ or the ‘plucked into obscurity brow’, this post is about how I do my brows and provide a little tutorial for you all.
What will I need?
1) An angled brow brush; I use the Royal angled brow brush that can be easily found on EBay.
2) A brow pomade in the shade of your choosing; I use the Freedom Brow Pomade in the colour ‘Ash Brown’ but I also have the ‘Dark Brown’ depending in what my hair colour is at the time.
3) Time and patience; I can usually get it a lot quicker than the 7 minutes it took me if I skip the use of concealer, gel or if I use a brow pencil (to get a more muted look).
Where should my brows be positioned?
If you have your brow brush to hand, or anything straight and long for that matter, you can use these two simple tricks to work out where you want your arch to be.
1) Put your brow brush against the side of your nose up to where your brows are; this is the point where your eyebrows should stop so do not fill in past that point.
2) With your makeup brush, align it diagonally from the bottom tip of your nose towards your eyebrows, this is where you arch should be, if an arch is what you want.
What are the steps?
1) Brow through your brows with a brow spoolie to get them into the shape you want.
2) Always start that the tail end and work you way inwards.
3) Load your brush with the desired amount of pomade, you will only do this once in theory as you should have enough to do the whole brow, but you can add if you need to.
4) Draw a line at the tail end of your brows
5) Then move a tiny bit inward and make two lines from the original line, then fill them in with the product already on your brush.
6) Then draw a line on the bottom part of your eyebrows; this will help define the line, take it to the point where your eyebrows stop (as detailed above).
7) With upward strokes bring the product from the line drawn up to colour the rest of the eyebrow in, using a lighter hand and the front of the brow and a slightly stronger one in the middle section.
8) Optional; once you have your brows the way you want you can ‘carve’ your brows using concealer or a flesh coloured highlight pencil like the ‘Wonder Pencil’ from Nyx. Use the pencil or concealer around the brows to clean up the lines and make your brows stronger; I do not do this on a day to day basis, only for bolder looks but it is personal preference.
9) Optional; Use clear brow gel as a final step to ‘lock in’ your brows and keep them from straying; again I only do this when I am on a night out and I want everything to be set in stone so to speak.
That is how I do my brows; I should say that I don’t always fill my brows in with brow pomade, I use the Nyx ‘Micro Brow’ pencil on must days when I have it in my bag. I need to replace it, it is a holy grail eyebrow product for me but I have already bought makeup this month; watch out for my SugarPill haul coming soon.
Whether you use an eyebrow pencil or a pomade, the process is really the same in terms of the steps. I you are unlike me and are blessed with full eyebrows then you can just run a brow gel over them and then off you go; I like the ‘Gimme Brow’ from Benefit or the Nyx Brow gel if I have my brows tinted and just want to top them up and neaten them out.
You can find my video tutorial for my brows on my Facebook page
What is your brow routine? Let me know in the comments and also let me know if you found this tutorial helpful and if you want me to do any more.
Ciao for now makeup fans xx