Big, bold and bushy brows are here to stay.
So if you were hoping the focus on furry face framers was going to die down soon so you wouldn’t have to fork out the cash to have yours tended to, it might be worth booking that appointment.
You could master these DIY hacks instead for better brows and more cash in your pocket…
#1 The ratio rule
If you’re not sure where to even start when it comes to shaping your brows, there’s a quick and easy ratio rule that can help you out. Using your eyebrow pencil, line it up against your nose with the pencil upright. Once it’s in line with your brow, make a mark with your pencil as this is where your brow should begin.
You can then find the arch using the same technique, but this time rest it on the tip of your nose and point it diagonally as though it’s going through the middle of your pupil. Once you reach your brow, this is the area where the arch should be. Lastly, you can find where your brow should end by resting your pencil against the outer corner of your nose and pointing it diagonally past the outer corner of your eye. Here’s a quick guide to help you out:
#2 Brow stencils
If that sounds like too much work (cough, lazy, cough) you can always try your hand at brow stencils (like Ardell Brow Perfection Stencils and e.l.f. cosmetics Eyebrow Stencil). You simply pick the stencil that best suits your face shape, place it over the brow area and use your choice of pencil, powder or gel to fill in the shape.
#3 Or… use a spoon
Yep, it may be hard to believe but spoons can be used for more than just scooping Nutella out of the jar – they can also be useful for defining your brow arch. You just pop the spoon over your eyeball (eye closed of course) and follow the curved edge with a pencil to trace the underside of your brow. It can also act as a guide for which hairs can be plucked and which should be left.
#4 Pick your eyebrow colour based on your hair colour
The golden rule for choosing which shade of eyebrow pencil, gel or powder to use has always been to go one to two shades darker than your hair colour. But these days it seems to be the bolder the better, so we dare you to go a little darker – especially if you’re blonde. Trust us, it can look amazing! Just check out these celebs who rock blonde hair and dark brows.
#5 Natural fill
If you’re scared to fill in your brows for the fear that they’ll look ‘drawn on’, use a spoolie to brush up the hairs and then fill in the gaps using short, hair-like strokes with a pencil. Once all gaps are filled, brush the hairs back into place with your spoolie. You’ll get rid of any sparseness, but your brows will still look natural.
#6 You can always use eyeshadow…
Ran out of your favourite brow product? No problem! Just grab a matte brown eyeshadow (or whichever shade is for you based on #2) and an angled eye brush. Run the brush under water and then blot on a towel so it’s slightly damp. Then use it to apply the shadow to your brow. WARNING: This technique creates a strong, bold finish so if you like something a bit more subtle, keep the angle brush dry and run over your brow with a spoolie to finish.
#7 DIY brow tint
If you don’t like the idea of ‘filling in’ your brows, or don’t have the time to be doing it every single day, a DIY brow tint is definitely for you. It can help them to look fuller and more defined, not to mention it will last for weeks. Check out bh’s Sam’s brows which she tinted using the 1000 Hour Eyelash and Brow Dye Kit in Dark Brown.
Just make sure to apply Vaseline to the skin surrounding the eyebrow so you can easily remove the tint if it goes outside the brow area.
Highlighting your brows can not only make them look more defined, but also give you an instant eye lift. Apply your highlighter underneath the arch of your brow to emphasise the shape, as well as in a v-shape from the top of the arch to the tail to add lift. If you don’t have highlighter, you can also use a light concealer – just make sure to blend it.
Have you ever tried any of these tips? Do you know any other eyebrow hacks?
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