How to Do Eyebrows
The shape, size and colour of your eyebrows can frame your face and make or break your look. While there is no
one-size-fits-all technique that will work for everyone, we have some tips that will help you figure out how best to
showcase your eyebrows to their full potential. So whether you favour big and shameless like Cara Delevingne or
a throwback to the 90s’ skinny look, you’ll be able to achieve it with our eyebrow shaping advice.
How to Shape Eyebrows
Once you’ve decided what style of eyebrow you’d like to go for, use some tweezers to pluck away any stray hairs. There’s no need to be totally precise during this step, you just need to get rid of anything you’re absolutely sure you don’t want to be part of your finished style. Concentrate on above, below and - especially - in between your eyebrows. Trim away any hair that looks too long for your desired look with some scissors. As is always the case when there are sharp objects near your eyes, be very careful at this point – employ a friend to act as safety manager!
How to Pluck Eyebrows
For a guide to what you’re looking to achieve, draw on your ideal brows with a brow pencil before you get to work. You can remove it with makeup removal and reapply as many times until you’re sure your eyebrows are going to wow! This is where the more detailed tweezing starts - pluck away the excess hairs that fall outside of the line you’ve drawn on.
Plucking will always be a little painful, but to minimise discomfort, use your free hand to stretch the skin you’re working on - you’re less likely to accidentally tweeze yourself this way.
Once you think you’ve created the ideal look, brush your eyebrows straight, using the brush that normally comes with your eyebrow pencil, and make any more adjustments to hairs you might have missed.
How to Fill in Your Brows
Choose a brow powder that’s as close to the colour of your eyebrows as possible; normally this will be 1-2 shades lighter than your hair colour. Start in the centre of your brow and apply the powder towards the outer edge, then fill in from the middle to the beginning of the brow. Start by using a soft touch until you’re used to how much pressure you need to apply to make the colour look natural. When you’re finished, use a brow brush, or a clean toothbrush in a pinch, to soften the colour and straighten the hairs.
Eyebrow pencils are a more common way of filling in your brows, but they are harsher than powders and can mat the hair, so need a light touch. The technique is similar to how you would apply powder, but keep it gentle and you can soften a harsh effect by smoothing the colour with your fingers or a clean Q Tip. Remember your goal is to err on the side of shading the brow, rather than drawing it on. Apply more pressure to the inside of the brow, nearest the nose, for a stronger brow that’s perfectly on fleek.
If your brows are on the thin side, an eyebrow gel is the perfect solution to make sure they look thick and natural. Add shine to your brows by applying the gel from the inside out, but concentrate on not getting any on your skin, as it’s harder to wipe off than powder or pencil. The longer bristles on the gel brush are good for getting the brow in place, then you can use the shorter-bristled side to work on intricate detail. There are also specific growth and conditioning serums for sparser eyebrows, which use caffeine and keratin to stimulate hair growth.