These tips from makeup artist Patti Stapp of First Impression will help you get your brows styled and ready in no time!
One way to evaluate your brows is to take a picture. People tend to be more critical of what they see in a photograph than in the mirror.
Brows should start at the end of an imaginary line straight up from the outer side of your nostril to the center of your brow (photo 1).
The highest point of the arch should line up with the edge of the iris (photo 2).
The brow should end at the line formed by the outer edge of the nose and the outside corner of the eye (photo 3).
Think of the eyebrows as the most prominent feature on your face. So many times they go unnoticed. Imagine your favorite picture in a very inexpensive frame. Then take that same picture and put it in an expensive frame - the picture looks better. Your eyebrows are your picture frame.
People’s biggest mistake is not taking care of brows and letting them get ragged. As long as you’re taking care of them to a point, you don’t have to be excessive with maintenance.
Common things to avoid: the wrong color pencil. For instance, some redheads will end up thinking they need to have red eyebrows and it just ends up looking like product. If you don’t know what color to use, match your hair. For light-colored hair, go with a neutral color and work slow.
If you’re using eye shadow to fill in brows, always use a matte finish.
Use a brow brush or a clean toothbrush to groom brows and blend. Always use upward strokes.
If you have unruly brow hairs, use a brow set after you’re finished with a brow pencil or powder and it will hold brows in place all day.