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Bold Beautiful Brows – the How to Guide
I have been one of those unlucky people with thin, choppy brows with pieces missing for almost as long as I can remember. It is due to a mixture of over zealous beauticians and over plucking on my behalf. These mistakes have however helped me gain some pretty good eye brow filling-in skills, which I can share with you today.
Firstly, bold brows are not a luxury, they are a necessity. Thicker brows make you look an awful lot younger, as they frame your face. Smaller brows tend to make your face look fatter and your eyes look puffier; not a good look! Finished brows add the extra finishing touches to that face you have put a little effort into. Plus, it is my favourite way to create a simple face – mascara, brows, lipstick and out the door!
When filling in your brows, rule number one is to never draw onto bare skin. Never ever shave off your eye brows and draw them on, and never ever draw large lines around your eye brows to make them larger. This is very easy to spot, and looks awful. Even if you have quite thin brows, tracing just around the outside of the brow will make all the difference, and make them look remarkably thicker.
Secondly, the tools that you use make all the difference. Choose a wax and powder combination, or a pencil which is just darker than your brows. You want your brows to look polished, not surprisingly dark! Brow waxes and powders are applied using angle brushes, and pencils can be applied straight from the stick. One final tool – a spooly brush. These look like mascara wands, and they are fantastic for blending all your newly applied lovely eye brows. Without them, filled in brows can run the risk of being too “drawn on”, again, not a good look!
With your tools of choice, firstly apply the brow wax, or the pencil. Brow wax can be applied using an angle brush, gently trace the edge of the brow (in lines across the top and bottom), square off the end closest to your nose, and then blend the wax through the main body of your brow. Use the same angled brush to then apply the powder, through the body of the brow; the powder clings to the wax that you have applied. A similar technique is used when using a pencil, however it is imperative to use very soft strokes! Hard strokes can help give you the “drawn on” effect I mentioned earlier, which is not something we are aiming for. Soft strokes will still very easily fill in your brows, whilst giving a much nicer finish. Finally, get your spooly brush and brush through your brows, to soften any lines. Done! Bold Beautiful Brows should now be staring you in the mirror. Hurrah!
My favourite products for brow filling in? Benefit Brows A Go-Go kit, which is a fun kit which contains wax, powder, as well as a highlighter, or the Maybelline Define A Brow Pencil – a lovely soft twist up crayon, which negates the need for sharpening. Winner!
Tegania’s Thoughts – www.teganiasthoughts.blogspot.com