Brows are quite the intimate affair; they shape the face & tell their own story. Each person’s brows differ & so also the products we choose to use. Be it pencil, powder or gel crèmes, find what works for you & give it a go. In this post I will demonstrate how I do my brows using Benefit Cosmetics Goof-Proof Brow Pencil & M.A.C Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in Light
STEP 1: CREATING THE SHAPE
There are millions of sites breaking it down on where the brow-shape points should be. I don’t tend to follow these rules as I like to play around with my shape, creating different looks. Some days I wear my brows longer than they should be, sometimes shorter, but the most important part for me is the arch (highest point of the brow). This is the point which determines my shape & should always be just off the centre of the eye.
- Start by finding this spot & mark it if you wish – this spot will be used to connect my lines. Start at the beginning of the brow & with light strokes, draw a line underneath towards the arch-spot. From the arch, draw a line downwards to where your brow ends.
- Now depending on how scarce your brows are or how intense you want to go, you can follow step (1) & draw lines just above the brow hairs. This step is optional & look dependant.
*Tip: Do not worry about stray hairs outside the border. We’ll take care of them later.
STEP 2: FILLING IN EMPTY SPACES
- Now that you have your shape outlined, you can start filling in empty spaces or gaps. Again, this is all look & product dependant. I tend to go for a more natural looking brow by individualising the hairs (brow-gels & pencils work great for this, as powder will fill in the gaps more intensely).Start by combing the hairs in an upwards motion. Wherever you see gaps, with a light hand create tiny strokes to mimic the appearance of hairs. Be sure to focus on the empty spaces only & not the brow as a whole
- If you already have full brows & are only focussing on shape, you can skip step (1).
*Tip: Comb the brows in-between strokes to make sure no harsh lines are formed. Keep in mind, light touch is key! You don’t want to comb out all your hard work.
STEP 3: CONCEALING BABY HAIRS/MISTAKES
- This is my favourite part when it comes to shaping my brows. Fixing mistakes or creating a defined brow has never been this easy.Using a small flat concealer brush, apply concealer where you want to tidy up your brows. This can either be the entire length underneath the brow or just underneath the arch. Be sure to use little product as the idea is to blend/buff away the product. We don’t want any hard lines in the end.
- If you want to go the extra mile, follow step (1) above the brow hairs. This will create a super defined boxed brow.
*Tip: Use a concealer slightly lighter than your skin tone to act as a highlighter on the brow bone.
And there you have it – practice makes perfect. Be sure to tag @sunkissed_blog & use the hashtag #SunkissedBlogSA when you rock you brows.
Here’s what Arina had to say about brows
After watching Carmen perfecting the art of brows, it was my turn. Holding the brow pencil was a first for me, as I normally use powder to do my brows. Excited about my new knowledge on brows, I hesitantly started to take my first stroke. I was pleasantly surprise to see that it wasn’t that difficult. With Carmen guiding me step by step, I finished my first brow and went on to my next one and they looked amazing. Thanks to Carmen it’s goodbye to powder brows, I found my new best friend in Benefits brow pencil.