The Power of A Brow
According to a lot of how-to blog posts, beauty advice videos, and even wikiHow, eyebrows are told to be done in one way. There’s nothing wrong with the general outline of how to fill in your brows, but we’re here to show you that you can fill them in however you want. From full natural brows to clean structured ones, there are so many ways you can change and alter how your eyebrows look. Afterall, eyebrows do shape your face and if you’re trying out something new with your look, why not try something new with your eyebrows?
The general outline for how eyebrows are supposed to be on your face follows this outline. But not everyone has a defined arch or eyebrow hairs that reach where the tail of the eyebrow should be. The “rules” of eyebrows are that the front of the brow should run vertically with the side of your nose, the arch should be at an angle from your nose and cupid’s bow, and the tail being from a larger 45 degree angle from the side of your nose to the corner of your eye. This diagram is an eyebrow beginners’ best friend, but if you want to spice things up and try out new fashion-forward brow styles, keep reading to see how.
Fluffy Editorial Brows
The fluffy, brushed-up brow is perfect for those of you who want that fresh, off the runway look. It's chic yet undone which is exactly what embodies a model off-duty vibe. If you think you don’t have enough hairs to work with, don’t worry. Eyebrow pencils, powders, and gels can make a world of a difference
- Step 1: Grab a spoolie or even a clean toothbrush and brush the hairs at the front of your brow in an upwards direction. With the rest of the eyebrow, brush the hairs in an outwards direction following the natural frame of your face.
- Step 2: You want the brow hairs to look fluffy at the top while leaving the bottom edge a little cleaner. You can use a brow pencil, powder, or pomade and lightly trace the bottom of your brow from the front to the end.
- Step 3: Grab the spoolie again and start blending in that line you just made so that everything looks seamless.
- Step 4: Use an eyebrow gel or clear mascara to set the brows in place. If you have more sparse eyebrows, try using a tinted eyebrow gel to add more fullness. Brush the hairs the same way you did from step 1 and you’re good to go. If you don’t have an eyebrow gel or clear mascara, spray a little hairspray on your spoolie and we guarantee your brows won’t move for the rest of the day.
Microblading has been a game changer for those of us who aren’t blessed with a full set of brows and for people who just don’t want to worry about doing their brows every day. Thankfully, we can also recreate this look with makeup. What you’ll need is a spoolie, brow pencil, pen, or pomade and some type of eyebrow gel.
- Step 1: Brush up your eyebrows with a spoolie to see where the bottom of your eyebrow is.
Step 2: Take your choice of brow product and draw a thin line across the bottom edge of your brow.
- Step 3: Use the product to fill in the middle and end portion to your liking. By doing this, your brows will appear fuller.
- Step 4: Use the same product and start making hair-like strokes up towards the top of your eyebrow trying to avoid going past where the brows are. Use a gentle hand when doing this so that you don’t end up with harsh lines.
- Step 5: Once you’re happy with how defined and full your eyebrows look, take your gel to set them in place.
- Step 6: (optional) If you’ve noticed that you went a little too crazy on the brows, you can take a concealer that matches your skin tone to clean up the bottom and top edge of your brow.
K-Beauty Inspired Straight Brows
With the straight brows look, it's easiest to groom and fill them in when you already have uniformly straight brows to begin with, but you can still achieve this sleek and serious look with product and a little grooming. If you’re set on having straight eyebrows, groom the tail end of your brows to go more in a straight line rather than a curved one where the arch would normally go downwards. Try not to go overboard though, because you don’t want to end up looking like Spock from Star Trek.. unless you’re into that look.
- Step 1: Once you’ve got the grooming covered, grab a spoolie and brush the brow hairs up so that you can see what you’re working with on the lower part of your brows.
- Step 2: Use any brow product of your choice and start filling in the bottom line of your brows while blending it in with the rest of the brows.
- Step 3: Brush your brows back into the straight shape you had to begin with and lightly fill in the middle-end of your brows to create a more defined edge to your brows.
- Step 4: Use a brow gel of choice and brush the hairs towards the side of your face to capture the straight brow look.
Hopefully these eyebrow inspo-pics and how to guides inspire you to test out a look you've been wanting to try!