The Brow Guide

It feels as though 5 or 6 years back, having the perfect brows wasn't such a huge thing. But celebrities such as Cara Delevigne and Lily Collins have brought the full brow back. I've tried lots of different methods of hair removal and of filling in my brows and I've definitely made a lot of brow-related mistakes! So I thought I'd share my experiences with you all.


Plucking

Probably the first method most of us tried. I think plucking is best used for tidy-ups in between professional styling (I use prefer slanted tweezers, as I find them easier to use). It's very easy to go overboard and pulling out one hair at a time is far from efficient! 

Threading

I used to get my eyebrows threaded by a girl in my class at lunchtime! Fast-forward about 5 years and these bars have cropped up in Superdrugs and shopping centres across the country offering treatments for as little as a fiver. I think this is the best method if you want something really precise and manicured. Personally it doesn't hurt for me but I find it really irritates my eyes and is quite uncomfortable.

Trimming

I think this is one best left to the professionals unless you really know what you're doing. You simply brush them upwards with your spooly and trim them with a pair of hair scissors to get that precise look. 

Waxing

This is my preferred method because it doesn't particularly hurt (for me personally) and I think you can get quite a natural look. The downside is that you do have to grow out your hairs a little so the wax has something to grab onto.

Tinting

I get my brows tinted around once a month because my eyebrows are quite sparse and ashy. For about the first day it looks pretty full-on, so if you're getting it done for an occasion then maybe do it a couple of days before.

1 day after a tint...Please excuse my entire face...

Pencil

Again, this was probably the first way you started filling in your brows and it's probably the easiest to mess up! I don't really pencil mine in as I find it looks less natural, plus they run out so quickly. If you're going to do this then make sure your pencil is super-sharp and you're making light movements, also have a spooly on hand to soften things out. It's also easier if your eyebrows are shaped. 

Wax & Powder

This is the way I do my brows: using the wax to shape my brows (as they're naturally asymmetric) and do the actual filling in with powder. If you're lucky enough to have symmetrical and quite full eyebrows, you can simply run some powder through yours. Also, despite using mine everyday since February, my brow kit is only just hitting pan in one place with the wax!

Gel

There are two types: tinted and clear. Tinted gels are good if you don't really need to do much shaping but you want them to look fuller. Clear gels are better if you already have nice eyebrows but just want them kept in place and looking a little fuller. You can also use clear gel as I do; if you fill them in but just want them tamed.

Highlight

If you like a nice arch you might want to use a nude pencil to highlight the brow bone. Make sure you blend it in properly. Otherwise you can just use a concealer a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone.


Before


After my usual brow routine, using the products listed below

I Use...

* Spooly from Glow Brush Set


What's your brow routine?



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16 comments

  1. I love looking after my eyebrows but it's hard not to make eye brow disasters! Your eyebrows look great, so manicured! Great post.

    www.beyondthevelvet.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I know right? I feel like you have to mess up eyebrows to get decent at doing them haha. Thank you :) x

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  2. Super useful post! Your brows look fab! :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. Thank you! After many years of getting it so so wrong I'm finally happy with them! :) x

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  3. I let Benefit look after me. I go to one of their brow bars each month for a tint and wax and then use their "Gimme brown" gel.
    I could never master filling in my brows with powder, it always looks too full on for me as I'm naturally blonde.
    And threading never hurt for me either but it did ruin my shape :o

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    1. I use the Benefit Brow Bar too :) for me it's barely any more expensive than getting it done at a random place and the service is so nice x

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  4. I love getting my brows waxed and tinted but I probably don't do it as regularly as I should. I find threading super painful and nowhere near as effective as waxing x

    Beauty with charm | TOOFACED GIVEAWAY

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    1. I hate how the bits of eyebrow hair just all get in your eyes! I don't get mine done until I just look at them and think 'wow that's a mess' haha x

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  5. Your brows look amazing! Really want to try the sleek kit xx Sophie / www.prettyandpolished.co.uk

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    1. Thanks :) You really should, it's a holy grail product for me xx

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  6. Your eyebrows looks great. I'm a real fan of threading and just neatening with tweezers. Although as I wear thick rimmed glasses I often get away with just hiding my brows away ;)

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    1. Thank you! :) I always end up spending ages on my eyebrows then putting on my glasses all day too haha xx

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  7. Your brows look lovely. I have never got mine tinted but will start considering it seeing they are becoming so thin and sparse. Great post! x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. Thank you & I'm glad it was helpful :) I only started doing mine this year and it makes things a lot easier, all I have to do after a tint is fill in the asymmetric parts xx

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  8. You know, I just use this little brow palette that I picked up in Boots. I can't even remember the name of it, but the dark blonde shade is perfect for my eyebrows. I also have a pencil that I use to add depth and sharpness, and then I just use a foundation in a lighter shade to carve them out, because I've yet to find a concealer that doesn't cake on my dry skin.

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    1. That's a shame! Maybe try Benefit's Fake Up concealer? It has a hydration ring around it (I have the opposite problem - super-oily eye area) x

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