The Ultimate Eyebrow Shaping Guide
Welcome to 2021, the year that you apply a full face of makeup and then instantly cover it up with a mask. Today’s beauty gurus are saying that this year it is all about the eyes and what better way to define, highlight and enhance them than with luscious lashes and perfect brows! Getting killer brows is as easy as 1, 2, 3 and getting those perfect, long lashes is even easier with Lashify. Don’t know where to start to amp up your brow game?
Before we break it down, let’s talk about the brow glow up that has come upon us over the last few years. In the 80’s bushy brows were a hit, in the 90’s brows were overplucked and skinny to resemble the shape of the McDonald’s arch, in the early 2000’s the darker and fuller brows were, the better. And now in 2021 we have finally accepted the natural brow but with a beautiful, full shape. If you’re like me, I over-plucked my brows in the 90s and spent all of the early 2000’s growing them back. From there I have tried bleaching them, tinting them, laminating them, and have contemplated micro-blading them until I found the perfect DIY Brow Cocktail that worked for me! We're going to break down the perfect eyebrow shaping guide in 4 easy steps!
The DIY brow cocktail
Beautifully shaped brows can create a frame for the face and will complete your look. Eyebrows are unique and because of that everyone’s are different. It’s important to remember too that no eyebrows are perfectly alike (unless you are a beautiful model with a perfectly symmetrical face - annoying, I know, but they only exist because of makeup artists). Following these easy steps will help you out!
1. Where should your eyebrows start?
You can do this by drawing an invisible line from the outer sides of your nostrils to your brows. This is where you want your brows to begin. Too close and you have a unibrow, too far and people may think your brows are in the middle of a nasty divorce.
2. Determine where your arch should go
To figure this out, place your brow pencil along the outer edge of your nose and line it up through the iris. The arch doesn’t have to be too high, unless you are going for that always surprised look. Remember, natural brows are in!
3. Determine where the brow will end
Line your pencil up next to your nose again and angle it to point along the end of your eye. This is where your eyebrow should end. Any further than the corner of your eye
4. Fill them in!
I love to utilize a skinny, retractable brow pencil to create small, thin strokes that look like natural brow hair. Be sure to take full advantage of the spoolie located on the end to soften any hard lines. I also love a bushy brow. I use a clear brow gel to brush them in an upward motion so that they are secure. Using a clear brow gel can also help soften the brow as well. Want that micro-bladed look? I suggest using a thin brow marker and creating small flicks that give the illusion of hair.
NYX Micro Brow Pencil ($10)
My go-to brow pencil
ColourPop Brow Boss Gel ($7)
My go-to brow gel
The price point of this brow gel is amazing. It comes in a variety of colors, but I am a big fan of the clear gel. If you are looking to cover any gray hairs then I suggest getting a color that matches your brows and will conceal those pesky grays!
Glossier Brow Flick ($18)
My go-to detailing pen
Don’t overpluck!! Use the hairs that you have to create a shape you like. I personally like to shape my brows and then go in to pluck any strays that don’t compliment the brow that I just created. You also have to remember too that whatever you pluck is gone and isn’t growing back anytime soon. As we age our eyebrow hairs change and grow back slower and sometimes don’t grow back at all! So be careful and work with what you have without removing what you may need in the future. You can always brush your brows up and trim any hairs that are out of place or do not fit into your natural brow shape rather than pluck as well. Creating the perfect brow takes trial and error. The more you play, the more you will figure out what products and brow shape works best for you! Following this eyebrow shape guide will help you get started.
You got this, happy brow shaping!