Sunday, January 30, 2011

"All Things Brows" Part 2

Part 1 was all about grooming our brows, now lets talk about "How to defining the brows." After grooming your brows you should have a nice shape to work with. One thing to remember when defining your brows is to follow your natural brow shape. Avoid drawing on a whole different shape this will defeat the purpose of grooming your brows.
There are numerous products that you can use to define your brows with:

Pencil: There are pencils specifically created for the eyebrows, when you pick out your pencil there are a few things to keep in mind. Pick a shade that is close to
your natural hair, avoid the color that has a grey or black tones. Depending on what setting you will be using your pencil, you can pick a pencil with water proof formula.

Advantage: there are varieties of pencil you can pick, is also a more inexpensive option.
Disadvantage: Pencils are hard to control at first you will need time to practice to get it right. Pencil products tend to not last as long as say a brow powder.
My Recommendation: NYX Eyebrow/Eyeliner Pencil ($5.99)or NYX Eyebrow Pencil with build in Brush($5.99)

Powder: Second most common product used for the brows, you can buy these products either in drugstore or at Sephora. These powders are actually eyeshadow, you can use any brown eyeshadow you own. Keep the shadows matte avoid anything that has shimmer or glitter. Again avoid any shade that has a grey or black tone, you want to keep your brows as natural as possible.

Advantage: they are the easiest to use and will look the most natural. It will last for along time because you only need to use a little.
Disadvantage: they are more prone to loosing the color intensity through out the day, touch up may be required.
My Recommendation: Anastasia Brow Ex-press Kit (includes 2 brow powders, 4 stencils great for starters, angle brush, a cream highlighter to lift the eye brows & a wax to hold the shape) $19

Lets Look at the steps on defining our brows:
Tools you need: Spooley or eyebrow brush, your powder or pencil (optional-eyebrow gel or clear mascara)

Step 1- Use your Brow brush or in my case a spooley to brush through the eyebrows at least once. This will help you see the shape of your brows better.

Step 2- Take your pencil or powder apply light strokes at the inner corner (where your brows starts) The darkest part should start
here and the color should fade out to the end. The purpose of defining the brow is to fill in sparse area. If you have semi full brows to begin with, you don't have to fill it in as much. Remember to keep the natural shape of your brows, do not over draw.
(Tip: Fill your brows from the bottom instead of the top, this will look more natural)

Step 3- Take your clean fingers now blend the product out, going in the direction of how your hair is grown. This will soften the color out and will make your brows appear more natural.

Step 4- Take your Brow brush or spooley and brush through the brows again to put it back in place. If you need to apply more color you can do so and repeat the process. At this point you can use a brow gel or clear mascara to keep your brows in place. Now you have perfectly define brows to frame your eyes and face.

This is the end to the "All About Brows" series, thank you for reading and supporting my blog. I know is probably a lot easier to do a video tutorial instead, I am working towards a youtube channel however is going to take longer than I expected.

Leave your comments below on your thoughts and other than reviews and tutorials what else would you like to see. Leave your request down below and I will get back to you soon.


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