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Now, it’s time for part two of my first makeup tutorial, and this section is all about how I do my brows! This post may be quite a short one because there really aren’t that many steps to doing your brows, but I will try to go into as much detail as I can to make sure it’s not the shortest post to have ever been written!
Here’s a picture of my brows before I do anything with them. At this point there is no product on them whatsoever, and they haven’t been brushed, plucked or anything else!
The first step is to brush your brow hairs through with a spoolie (I use the one on the end of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (£15.50)) into the desired/optimal position to draw your outline over. The way that I do it is to brush the innermost part of my eyebrows upwards, the section between that and the arch I brush slightly up and in the direction of the arch (eg. the right eyebrow I would brush up and right towards the arch), and for the arch I brush downwards, and then push in any long hairs to form the eyebrow shape I want!
If you have any stray hairs around the eyebrows that don’t fall into place no matter what way you try to brush them, you can easily pluck them out using any tweezers you may have on hand! The most generic of tweezers will be good enough for this, especially the smaller ones, but if you like to be a little extra you could buy any Tweezerman Tweezers (£20.95 for the non-patterned larger ones or £12.50 for the non-patterned mini ones) which are arguably the best but most expensive tweezers out there which is why I don’t have any, or the Anastasia Beverly Hills Precision Tweezers (£22) which I also do not own, but would trust with my life because Anastasia is the queen of great brows.
Be careful not to over-pluck the eyebrows or get carried away because you’ll end up with very thin and sparse eyebrows that will probably not ever want to grow back, and you’ll be looking as if you’re straight out of the early 2000’s (though if that’s the look you’re aiming for then you go for it!).
Once my hairs are in the correct place, I make a light but noticeable line along the bottom of my brows using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (£15.50). The shade I use for my brows is taupe. It’s one of their cool-toned colours, which I think provides a nice contrast between my very bright blonde hair and pale skin. I like to slightly extend the tail longer than my natural brow shape to stop them from looking short and stumpy. Though do be careful not to bring the tail down too far if you do extend it, because otherwise it can look very crazy! It’s also important when extending the tail to draw the line carefully, and as straight as possible in the direction it would seem to naturally go if the tail was longer.
I have to make a quick disclaimer that my natural eyebrows are pretty much the shape I like them to be so when drawing the outline on the top of my brows, I literally just draw it on the ‘hairline’. If your eyebrows are quite thin you can go higher than your natural brow to give the illusion of thicker brows. Just be careful to keep a light hand. You can always brush through with a spoolie to soften the lines if you go in a little too heavy handed. I start drawing my line slightly after the start of my brow, to give a more faded look toward the front so I don’t end up with blocky brows!
The next step is to fill in the outline you have created! I like to use the Dipbrow Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills (£15) in the colour Taupe -the exact same shade as the Brow Wiz. I feel like the pencil outline blends more easily into the pomade because it is the exact shade match, meaning I won’t end up looking crazy with a noticeable brow outline with coloured in brows, which it pretty much is, but of course you don’t want it to look like that! The Dipbrow pomade has literally lasted me over a year now and I still have a decent amount left, so for £15 I think this product is well worth the price.
A little really does go a long way, so using my Real Techniques Brow Brush (available in the Starter Set for £21.99) I gently dab my brush into the pomade, and lightly brush it through my brows, starting at the middle and following down to the tail. Once you have the majority of the product off the brush on these parts of your brows, you can go back to the front without taking any more product on the brush, to very lightly put the rest of the product at the front of your brows. If you want your brows to look as natural as possible, you will want to keep this area lighter than the rest of your brow. Otherwise, if you ‘block it off’ (click for picture), your eyebrows will be very obviously drawn on, and the whole look just falls apart! DO NOT BLOCK YOUR BROWS!
Afterwards, it’s a good idea to set your brow hairs in place with a brow gel. I have been using the Nyx Tinted Brow Mascara in Blonde (£5.50). It’s a cheap and cheerful brow gel that gets the job done and I don’t really have any complaints about it, though I do wish the wand was smaller for more precise application. I basically brush my hairs in the exact same way I positioned them at the start of the tutorial with a spoolie; start of the brow up, mid-section of the brow up to the arch up and in the direction of the tail, and the tail downwards, still pushing in any longer hairs that may be sticking out!
The last step then is to conceal. I use the same concealer I used on my face in the first tutorial, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (£4.19). I like to make small dots around the brow where it needs a little tidying up and then blend it out using the Real Techniques Detailer Brush (available only in the Core Collection set, £21.99).
As a final note, please help me!! I really need to get my brows done professionally because I feel they’re not the correct shape at all at the moment. I used to go to Benefit for them waxing, but since they’re not cruelty free I no longer go there and I don’t know where to go next! Any suggestions for any good brow places in Manchester/Leeds/Huddersfield would be greatly appreciated! Also, if anyone has ever had their brows threaded, please do get in touch with me because I’m quite interested to see what it’s like. Feel free to comment below or message me on any one of my social media pages (links are at the bottom of the post and also in the sidebar).
So, that was part two of my makeup tutorial! If you missed part one, click here to get straight to it! I hope you found this tutorial helpful or interesting. I appreciate you taking the time to read it! See you in the next one. ❤
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