Let me start off by saying, I am really not all that great at doing my own eyebrows. I only just learned how to maintain and shape them, and being the broke college student that I am, I’d rather pluck my brows myself rather than fork over $10 to have them waxed. I am by no means an eyebrow expert.
But, let’s face it, when eyebrows go wrong, they go wrong, and when they are right, they define your face.
So, eyebrows are darn important, which can’t be more obvious than when you see a woman’s eyebrows filled in all wrong. Some mistakes aren’t that noticeable, but sometimes you just look at someone’s brows and have to wonder – what was she thinking?
1. If your hair is not black, your eyebrows shouldn’t be either. Obviously there are exceptions to this rule, however, I am not a personal fan of black brows on those who don’t have dark hair. A lot of the time when brows that are naturally lighter are filled in with black, the brows look too dark and heavy. Brown hair and black hair are not interchangeable, so the shades used to fill in brows shouldn’t be either. Take notice of your natural brow shade and go from there.
2. Glitter eyeshadow is meant for your eyelids not your brows. No matter how amazing and pigmented a shadow is, and how well it may match your brow shade, if it has glitter in it, do not put it on your eyebrows. Seriously. Stick with matte eyeshadows or even buy brow powder for filling in your brows if you want to avoid looking like a disco ball.
3. Do not use pencil to draw your brows in as thin lines. For one, if your brows are already so sparse that you are able to line them with the thickness of a brow pencil, put down the tweezers and walk away. You’ve got to let those babies grow out a bit. Skinny, pencil-drawn brows don’t really give you a chance to accentuate your eyes and highlight the bones of your face because everyone is just going to be wondering where your brows have gone.
4. Blend in your brow powder and avoid outlining. I have totally been guilty of this brow foul, but I will also admit it is my biggest pet peeve when looking at other women’s brows. You have got to make sure your brow powder is blended in. Brush them through, use a Q-tip, whatever it takes. Also, getting just a tad lighter with your application towards the beginning of your brow (closest to the inner corner) just makes everything look more natural. Avoid the geometric, boxy brows at all costs.
Like I said, I am not a brow expert. Go with what you think looks best on your face and what you are most comfortable with. If you are struggling to shape your brows, go get a wax or buy a shaping kit. The thing is, you don’t have to have bad brows if you don’t want to. I use brow powder because my brows are sparse, but pencil works too. For those intimated by brow powder, I did a tutorial on how I fill in my brows a few months ago
Make sure your brow shade is one or two shades lighter than your actual hair color. Don’t over pluck and most importantly, do not use glitter eyeshadow to fill in your brows. Ever. I’ve seen it in real life and, it is not pretty.
What is your biggest eyebrow pet peeve?