Perfect eyebrows are the foundation of every beauty look. Editor Trudi Brewer reveals how you can tame even the most unruly brows in just 15 minutes.
It's true, well-groomed brows complement any beauty look, but first, they need to work with the shape of your face, which is where professional help is invaluable. If you've over-plucked in the past, suffer from sparse growth, or simply want a pair of great-looking arches, book a brow lesson asap. Once the shape is right, here are our golden rules for wow-looking brows:
Rule 1: Invest in a professional brow service.
Pack away those tweezers and visit a brow professional, who will expertly contour your brows to suit the shape of your face. They will also teach you how to maintain your most important facial feature. Seeking the help of an expert is a lunchtime beauty duty, and once you learn what suits you, it's easy to maintain your brows between visits.
Rule 2: Find a flattering shade.
When filling in your brows with pencil or powder, only go one shade darker than your natural brow colour. Then, consider your skin tone. If you have a cool undertone, choose ash blonde or a cool brown. If you have a warm tone to your skin, opt for brow products with a golden hue. To give brows a glossy sheen, try Smashbox Brow Tech Highlight Stick, $44, available in Gold and Bronze Shimmer. (pictured below)
Rule 3: Stop overzealous plucking.
Tweezing is for removing stray hairs, not creating definition. To achieve brow perfection, you need to get out of the habit of over-plucking. Take a look at some photos of yourself as a child or young teen and aim to regain that same brow shape. Use a pencil to fill in the gaps and correct your brow shape, then pluck any strays that sit outside the shape you have created. To add colour and definition, try Smashbox Brow Tech To Go, $47, which has a waterproof pencil for precise filling on one end and a soft-hold gel and brush on the other to groom brows perfectly into place.
Rule 4: Arm yourself with a Spoolie brush.
This brow brush is as essential as your hairbrush or comb. It helps groom your brows, before adding pencil or powder. Smashbox Brow Tech Gloss Stick, $44, has a clever built-in gel on the Spoolie at the end of the chiselled pencil for subtly defined brows with a natural-looking, glossy finish. Choose from four shades.
Rule 5: Thicken your brows.
Adding volume to your brows will give you a more youthful appearance. Use a brow powder such as Smashbox Brow Tech Shaping Powder, $48, to give natural-looking definition and instant fullness with feather-light strokes of colour.
Rule 6: Remember brows are sisters, not twins.
Don't try to make your brows look identical or before you know it, you’ll have plucked them too thin. Work with your natural growth for the most flattering look to suit your face.
Smashbox Brow Tech Highlighting Stick, $44. Brow Tech to Go, $47. Brow Tech Gloss Stick, $44. Brow Tech Shaping Powder, $48.
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