Brow Beating 101

Okay, be honest. Have you ever looked at someone’s face and got really distracted by their brows? Uni-brows, super thick and bushy ones, and super short brows can really alter a person’s face, and not for the better. Sometimes people get used to how they look and don’t realize that they need a little help in the brow department. Clean up stray hairs or get a full brow shaping by heading to a professional  at a day spa or salon. I know some of you go to the nail salon to get your brows waxed, and I”m not knocking that, but you need to make sure they are following sanitation laws by practicing good hygiene. Good hygiene from ANY place, whether it be a day spa, a salon, or your cousin’s kitchen, will prevent you from picking up any infections!  Do your research first and find out who is the best artist in your area. You may have to ask people you know who have great brows.  Meet with your brow shape artist in person and discuss which shapes would work better for your face. If your brows are long, the artist will use scissors to trim them down.  Once your brows have been shaped properly, you can either tweeze or wax them yourselves at home. It’s much easier to maintain the shape of the brows after a professional has shaped them first.

Some people have a naturally great shape to their brows but the hairs are sparse. Is that you? If so, you should invest in a good eyebrow pencil and apply in short, even strokes (don’t DRAW or COLOR unless you want to look clownish). My favorite brow pencil is M.A.C.’s Self-Sharpening pencil in Spiked, a really great color for brunettes or anyone who wants a brown colored eyebrow.
The pencil comes in other colors too, and look great on blondes and redheads as well as brunettes. Head to your nearest M.A.C. Store and try it out. Ideally, if you go the pencil route, you don’t want to make your brows black, it’s just too harsh of a color in my opinion, and adds extra years. Who wants to LOOK old?

It has been said many times that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Your eyebrows frame your eyes, and even if you are the very best at applying your makeup, your face will really be “missing” something if the brows aren’t groomed properly. There have been times when I refused to do makeup for people because they didn’t want their brows shaped. I had to explain to them that I couldn’t do MY job properly (which is to make them look beautiful) unless their brows were shaped. Making money is nice, but I stand on my convictions too, and I always want my name to be synonymous with excellence.  Okay, I’m off the soapbox! Remember, if you always look like someone just jumped out and screamed “Boo!” to you, or people can’t tell where one of your brows starts or ends, you need to get those brows done!


7 thoughts on “Brow Beating 101

  1. Hi Tiff!
    Don’t know if you ever noticed, but I have really thing brows (almost none)! Anywho, I like STRUT, by M.A.C. It is a great color for red heads too. I will be following closer, I need some help.

    • Hey Sonia! I like STRUT too! Do you wax or tweeze? Sometimes letting the brows grow back is a good way to reasess your needs. Get a matching eye shadow for your pencil and use that to fill in and shape your brows. Thanks for your comment!

  2. thanks, tiff. great insight. i have fine eyebrows which show up as shadows in photos. i tend to get my bro… (so thin they dont warrant an o or w) threaded and have been for about 15 years. i’ve used bobbi brown brown shadow to fill them in or mascara but look forward to trying your suggestions!

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