Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tutorial: Eyebrow Grooming - Part 1

I don't really wear a lot of makeup but I rarely step out of the house without my essentials. Even if it's not full-face makeup, a little goes a long way. A lot of women do not wear makeup at all but we all really should. Makeup products are there to help us and make us more beautiful. If you don't know how to put on makeup, it's time to learn it. If you find it difficult to put on makeup, just practice. Practice really makes perfect. No more excuses.

For me, the most important feature to work on are the eyebrows because they frame your face. You can skip a lot of things in your makeup routine but a well-groomed set of eyebrows is the key to a polished look. So I've decided to do a two-part tutorial (my first-ever!) on eyebrow grooming. Today will be about shaping your eyebrows. Here are the things you'll need:

  • tweezers
  • a pair of cosmetic scissors
  • spooly or mascara wand
  • magnifying mirror
  • natural light
It is best to work on your eyebrows during daytime because the natural light allows you to see even the finest strands of hair. It is also helpful to use a magnifying mirror but be careful not to over-pluck your eyebrows because it may seem you have a lot to work with because they appear larger than they really are.

Remember when shaping your brows, follow their natural shape as much as possible. It should be understood, however, that one eyebrow is different from its "twin". And I have encountered some that are distinctly different from each other (example: one eyebrow is higher than the other). For such cases, using an eyebrow stencil is the perfect guide to help you shape your brows easily.

So here's what I had to work with:

Step 1:
Remove all stray hair. Pluck out towards the growth of your hair so you'll be able to pull from the roots.

Step 2:
With the desired shape of your eyebrows in mind, use a spooly to lift up your eyebrow hair and remove the small hairs hiding and those beyond the desired shape. Think that there's an imaginary line shaping your brows. Or you can actually draw your desired shape with a white pencil before you start plucking so you have a visual guide to follow.

Step 4:
Remove fine hair above your eyebrow. Again, think of the imaginary line and remove hair above it.

Step 5:
Do you see that corner there? The shape of the bottom part of your eyebrow should have a continuous line that goes on straight, curving towards the latter portion - from inner to outer. Remember, eyebrows should NOT have corners.

Step 6:
Remove fine stray hair under the inner part of your eyebrow.

Step 7:
Grab your spooly, brush the hair upwards and trim. Use the imaginary shape/line as your guide.

Step 8:
Now brush the hair downwards and trim again.

Step 9:
Lastly, look closely and remove the fine hair on your crease area and brow bone. You may also use an eyebrow shaver but plucking prevents the hair from growing back fast.

Here's the finished result, all red and blotchy (hahaha!):

And here are the before and after photos:
It is tricky to shape your own eyebrows and if you're scared to touch them, go to a professional, like Browhaus, and let them work their magic. When your hair grows, just remove the growing hair and remove them. Or you can always go back to the pros!

That concludes the shaping part of my tutorial. Check back again tomorrow and check out how to fill in your eyebrows properly. Please let me know what you think of my first tutorial and leave a message below. C'mon, show me some looooooove. :)


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