Stalking celebs and influencers on Instagram purely because their ‘brows are on fleek? Well, you’re not alone. Carefully curated eyebrows have become one of the key markers of a certain look which so many now court. If you’re up for making a statement, but are new to the ‘brow shaping game, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve teamed up with hairclippersclub.com to offer these; our 7 beginner’s steps to the IDEAL eyebrows.
BRUSH OUT OR TAME
Firstly, you need to brush your eyebrows into the desired shape using a brow brush. Often, the brush assumes the shape of a mascara wand. To set the brow beautifully in place, dip the brush into a brow gel, which allows you to achieve more definition.
OUTLINE YOUR BROWS
Next is outlining. Use a brown brow pencil to outline your brow (avoid a black pencil since it’s excessively harsh). Follow the natural shape of your brows by focusing on the outer and inner ends particularly. If you shaved your brows, you’ll need to use a stencil to frame an outline. Alternatively, you could use a small brush to sketch the layout you’re after.
Once you’re happy with the shape you’ve mapped out, take a flat angled brow brush and fill in your outline. Based on your complexion, use a matching eyebrow pigment for best results. Simply colour between the lines and mimic the hairs on your brows, which helps to provide a more natural look, if that’s what you’re after of course. Should you be up for something more striking and standout, deviate towards the darker.
As a general rule of thumb, start light and add more colour as you progress to darken your brow. Go for shades that will give a natural, smudge free and long lasting effect. On the flip side, avoid colours that will exaggerate your brows disproportionately.
OUTLINE WITH A CONCEALER
You’ll need a flat brush to outline your brows using a concealer. Ensure that the arch is real and follows the natural contours of your eyebrow and face shape and to achieve the best, most even results. It’s important to carefully align a brow brush or pencil towards the centre of your eye; create an arch by extending the outline to your brow.
It’s all about balance. So, it’s time to even out the lines of your concealer or outline, making sure not to erase the arch that you’ve already created. If you’re not confident enough, you can purchase an egg-shaped sponge to do the evening for you. A regular sponge is ideal if you’re confident and dexterous enough in using it not to mess up the arch.
If you have a patchy eyebrow or two (don’t we all) it’ll take a little more time to achieve a ‘brow which the world will deign to deem ‘on fleek’. But by deploying a brow pencil to fill in and even out any patchy areas, you’ll find your way to a fuller brow.
Do the all important final blending using a brow brush, buffing out any harsh lines and any extra colour that makes your brow appear unnatural.
You will need bright, vibrant powder to highlight your brow if you want admiring glances and Instagram likes. Use a brush to work out a half moon shape just under the arch you have created and blend it thoroughly.
CAREFULLY LIGHTEN TO SET & ENHANCE
Carefully tighten the brow’s inner ends to achieve a fade that blends seamlessly with your skin tone. Work slowly, gradually, and with care to avoid messing up your eyebrow. Lightening up is crucial because it makes the brow more defined and serves to set and enhance your finished brow.
THE BOTTOM LINE
On fleek brows not only frame your face but can boost your confidence. That said, plucking, pruning and drawing on your brows everyday is a lot of work. If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to get great brows consider microblading. This non-intrusive beauty technique is where your eyebrows are tattooed on with a fine blade to create hair-like strokes. While it might be pricier than a brow pencil, it will shave hours off your daily makeup routine.