How to shape and fill in your eyebrows

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Up until the age of around 19/20, I had what can only be described as an almost-unibrow. It wasn’t full on but boy, it was close. When I started studying make-up, one of my lecturers told me to start shaping them and I didn’t want to. Why put myself through all that trouble when in fact, I look just fine. Until one day she used a stencil to draw on beautifully arched brows on top of my caterpillars and told me to stand far from the mirror and look at the difference. I was shocked. Actually gobsmacked. I couldn’t believe how it framed my face and made me look more feminine. It accentuated my features and made my cheekbones appear higher. I was sold. I got working and after plucking for what seemed like hours, I had a set of perfectly arched brows.

I’ve kept my brows in the same shape since then but did go through a bit of an over-plucking phase where my brows looks like lamb chops. Not flattering. I eventually realised how ridiculous they looked and allowed them to grow out. I am now VERY happy with them and have gotten a lot of compliments about them lately so I thought I’d do a little photo tutorial.

When shaping your brows, it’s important to know where your eyebrow should start. As you can see in image 1, make sure you hold the brush straight up as if you have it at even the slightest angle, you will tweeze/wax away a big part of the beginning point of your eyebrow. Most people will tell you to hold a brush/pencil straight up from the side of your nose and your eyebrow should start there, and for some people that’s true, but if you have a broader nose, that won’t be a good idea as it could cut your eyebrow short. In this case I would suggest you hold the brush or pencil straight up from the outer edge of your nostril. This will create a bit of a fuller, longer brow which is more flattering. The rest will be explained below:

Filling and shaping your brows

 

  1. Ensure you hold the brush/pencil straight up from the side of your nose/nostril. Even the slightest angle will cause you to tweeze/wax away a big part of your brow.
  2. Holding the brush straight up from the side of your nose/nostril, make a line with a nude/white eyepencil.
  3. Hold the brush against the side of your nose and angle it ‘through’ your pupil up to your brow. This is the high point of your brow and where your arch should be. Make another line here.
  4. Now move the brush to the outer corner of your eye up to your brow (still holding the base of the brush against your nose). This is where your brow should end. Make another line here.
  5. You can now connect the lines to create the shape your brow should be in. (I don’t make the marks anymore as I know the shape of my brow after years of shaping it this way. Now tweeze/wax away any hairs that fall outside these lines.
  6. To fill in your brows, choose either a brow pencil/product or a eye shadow that matches your hair colour (I use a Yardley eye shadow in Espresso). If you’re using eye shadow you’ll need an angled brush as well. This is what I choose to  use as I think it’s a more precise way of filling in your brows but choose whichever technique you are most comfortable with. Brush your eyebrows into place with an eyebrow brush. Starting at the bottom of your brow, draw a (subtle) line towards your arch. Take care not to be too heavy handed. You want it to look natural.
  7. Now draw another line down from your arch to the end of your brow.
  8. Place the brush or pencil at the top of your brow, around 1/4 in (as shown in Image 8). Draw a line up to your arch and then down from your arch to the end of your brow.
  9. Fill in the brow lightly. I kind of wiggle the brush forward and backwards at the beginning (fattest) part of my brow as I just feel it creates a more subtle, natural brow but you could fill it in any which way you prefer.
  10. Set your brows with a clear brow gel.

Notes: 

  • If you have very long eyebrows, brush your eyebrows upwards and cut the very long hairs with a pair of eyebrow scissors. I never do this but you may need to if you feel your eyebrows are very long.
  • If you are scared to shape your own brows, go for a shaping at a salon and simply maintain using the methods above.

Brow Products I love:

If you are able to get your hands on the Anastasia brow products, I’ve heard amazing things (as well as the Hourglass eyebrow pencil) but if you’re local (South African), the Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Eyebrow Colour is absolutely amazing. Click here to purchase.  The Stila Eyebrow brush is also pretty fantastic.

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