Eyebrows are so tricky because there is no hiding from mistakes! With bad eye shadow or crooked liner, at least a pair of lashes will have you looking like a pro again. Unblendable blush, bronzer or highlight? Apply a thin layer of face powder to diffuse everything out and you’re golden. Got a little carried away and blew your lips up too much? line the perimeters with concealer and you’re back on planet Earth.
With brows however, even a concealer cleanup cant save caterpillars or unintended angry expressions. So I’ve put together a list of the tips I use when filling in my eyebrows that I hope will help. I’ve also included a review of my Benefit brow products since I thought it would be a seamless fit. Enjoy 🙂
1. Step back! All too often, I fill in my eyebrows with a 10x mirror right in my face and then I step back and take a look at myself when I’m ready to leave the house and it looks like caterpillars attacked my face. When you apply your brows too close up, you’re not creating the perfect shape for your face (because all you can see is your brows) and you’re probably over-doing it. What looks perfect in a 5x mirror can seem over done when you take a step back. I fill in my brows with a full face mirror about an arms length away from me to help give me context.
2. Start defining and shaping your eyebrows from the top to give yourself shape instead of from the bottom. When you start at the bottom, you sometimes bring your brows down farther than they should be, minimizing the space between your lids and your brows, making your whole eye look too heavy. Instead, start with short little strokes at the top of your brows to help define and shape them
3. Go lighter handed at the front of your brows, and apply more pressure towards the tail. By concentrating the colour at the inner corner of your eyebrows you may feel the need to balance it out at the end and result in caterpillar brows. Also by concentrating the colour towards the inside of your brows, you close in your face, making your eyes appear closer together than they are. Start with a light hand and gradually build up the colour as move out for a natural gradient effect.
4. Know your face shape: every face shape has a ‘perfect’ brow. For example, I have a long face that complements straighter thicker brows. Theres a lot of content online suggesting different shapes for your face which could be an interesting read if you havent found a shape suits you the most.
5. Apply strokes, not long lines. Short, feather like strokes in an upward motion mimic the effects of natural eye brow hairs and ends up looking the most natural. If you do find that you may have over done your brows with long dark lines, using a spoolie to brush through your marks will help diffuse it.
Now, here are some of my go to brow products
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill ($32 CAD) in 05 Deep
Although I bought the wrong colour (I should have gone with 4 instead of 5) the pencil is forgiving enough depending on how much pressure you apply and the spooly on the other end of the pencil is a fail safe tool. This creates natural brow like strokes on my face and lasts a really long time!
Benefit Cosmetics 3D BROWtones Instand Colour Highlights ($32 CAD) in 03
This is a magical product for those who have a lot of brow hairs with a few bald patches and want an overall filled in appearance that gets locked into place. This product has tiny fibers to enhance your brow hairs and a gel to set everything in place. I do think this is expensive but for those who dont need to fill in your hairs with a pencil, this is a good one in done product to get a filled in look that lasts all day. To use, I first ‘backwards comb or tease’ my brows by brushing this in the opposite way my hairs lay (going right to left) and then once I get enough product in my brows, I go over them left to right to set my brows in place. It takes a bit of practice but once you’ve mastered it this is the most natural brow effect on the market.
Benefit Cosmetics 24-hr Brow Shaping and Setting Gel ($32 CAD)
To be perfectly honest – this is just a clear brow gel to set your brows. You can definitely find a cheaper alternative at the drug store that works just as well to set your brows. The consistency of this gel is transparent and it doesn’t make your brows too crunchy but helps them last all day long.
Maybelline Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter and Stila Shadow in Chinois
I’ve done a review on the Maybelline Brow Precise (linked here) so I wont belabor the point but this is a great way to clean up under your brows, add some light to your brow bone and lift your brows. This final step is absolutely necessary for me, it cleans up my look and gives me a polished finished. I set the Maybelline cream with a matte ivory shadow (any one works, but the one i’m currently using is the Stila shadow in Chinois).