Defined, sharp, deeply pigmented eye brows are still the must have make up statement. Eyebrows can be a perfect frame for your face or a much neglected feature so it is worth taking the trouble to get them right.
The first step is to tidy them up with a pair of tweezers. This can
be painful but the more you do it the less painful it becomes. A good
tip is to numb the area with an ice cube before starting.
Bushy eye-brows tend to overpower your face and eyes and need
thinning out. Pluck stragglers from the brow bone and over the
bridge of the nose. Try and keep to your natural eyebrow shape as much
as possible as this will give the best looking result.
The ideal brow shape starts in line with the inner eye
corner, arches gently upward two thirds of the way over the eve at the
brow bone peak, then tapers gently just beyond the outer eye
corner. Go gently when shaping eyebrows, thin, high, half-moon eyebrows
can give you a permanently startled look. Above all avoid plucking all
your eyebrows and penciling in a straight line. This is so not a good
look. You should be aiming for a perfect but natural shape.
Give your skin time to calm down and for any redness to fade after
plucking. Put a little dab of antiseptic cream on if your skin is sore
or if a spot of blood appeared as you plucked. Your eyebrow hairs will
be gradually weakened by repeated plucking and the process will become
Apply your foundation and eye make up next to avoid getting colour or powder in your brows.
Then use an eyebrow brush, often found on the end of an eyebrow pencil, to neaten up the shape of your brows and get all the hairs going in the same direction. Once you have a general shape you are happy with fill out thin brows with an eyebrow pencil
that matches the colour of your brows or is a tone lighter. Avoid
harsh, dark colours unless you are naturally very dark.
strokes, feathered to mimic the natural way the hairs grow. Eyebrow pencils provide a realistic finish and don’t melt or shine as the day wears on.
Your can also fill in patchy brows with brown powder eye shadow, Use your eyebrow brush again to soften any harsh pencil lines and blend with your natural brows. For a really long-lasting effect you need to set your eyebrows. A clear mascara is ideal for this or you can use a an Eye Brow gel that colours and sets in one go.
The other option is to go for a complete eye brow set. These usually come with stencils, eyebrow powder, gel and a pencil. They often have instruction in diagram form on the box which are really helpful. The one in the picture is the W7 Brow Parlour ~The Complete Eyebrow Grooming Kit. The Kit contains: Two Brow Shades, Brown and Blonde. Brow Wax, Highlighter Powder, Angled Brush, Brow Comb, Compact Mirror and Mini Tweezers. Cosmetics4less price is £4.45.