In 2012, my beloved Wildcats won the NCAA National Championship with amazing freshman player Anthony Davis at the helm. Davis famously sported a unibrow and Big Blue Nation coined the term “Bow to the Brow.” In honor of the Cats improbable return to the Final Four this weekend, I’m dedicating this post to all things BROWS.
Like it or not, eyebrows frame your face. What you choose to do (or not do) with them makes a huge difference in your overall look. Because of a traumatic waxing experience (i.e. half of my brow disappeared) I haven’t professionally waxed in two years. I do plucking maintenance but admit there are many errant fine blonde hairs hanging around!
Some tips to begin:
Color: I’m blonde(ish) and my brows are light brown. Blondes can wear up to two shades darker than your hair color in shades of taupe, hazel, and blonde. Per my research, brunettes can match their hair color, go a couple shades lighter, a shade darker, or stay natural. You don’t want to do black brows (hello, Sharpie!). For redheads, it’s better to match your hair color. There are, of course, exceptions to these rules but I wouldn’t deviate too far on either side!
Plucking: Try to keep your brows as natural as possible. Thicker brows make you appear younger. Lily Collins is my eyebrow spirit guide. Mine are sparse so I don’t overdo the tweezing/waxing. It’s better to shape and trim rather than pluck hairs all together. I usually tweeze once a week… those stray hairs come out of nowhere!
Tools/Products: You need a good pair of tweezers, brow shaping scissors, brow pencil or powder, gel, and highlighter/illuminator. Anastasia Beverly Hills cosmetics apparently makes fantastic eyebrow products. I don’t own any yet, but they’re on my list! Check them out here.
Here’s what I currently use:
And, finally, a daily step-by-step process (I’ll skip the tweezing/trimming part):
Step 1: Fill in. I apply wax from the elf kit (to tame) then start with the outside and work my way in. Easy does it! The color shouldn’t be too harsh.
Step 2: Blend! To streamline, I tend to buy eyebrow pencils with blender brushes on the end. Fill in your brows, turn it over, and blend. Simple and efficient. Brush through your brows a few times to soften the look.
Step 3: Illuminate. Using a highlighting cream or pencil, apply directly above and below the brows. You don’t have to do this step, but I think it lifts and brightens eyes. Don’t forget to blend that, too!
Unnatural light, but finished product!
Whew! Hopefully these tips will lessen eyebrow intimidation. What tricks do you use to acquire fabulous eyebrows?