If you've flipped through a fashion magazine recently, you've probably noticed the bold brows trend is still going strong. Gracias to my favorite model of all time for making it so cool to have big brows!
The one and only Cara Delevingne. (photo source)
Since the two makeup questions I'm asked about most are “How do you do winged liner?” and “How do you do your brows?”, I decided it's about time for a brow tutorial. So today I'm sharing my top tips for the perfect bold brow, and I'll be posting lots of pics to help out.
Step 1: Stop overplucking. The first key to getting bold brows is to let your natural brows grow out. I only pluck stray hairs as needed and let the rest grow. Also, did you know it's better not to use a magnifying mirror when you pluck your brows? You can lose perspective doing it that way and overpluck. It's better to use a regular mirror…or at least take a step back every 30 seconds and make sure you aren't plucking too much.
Pluck the stray hairs only.
Step 2: Tame the beast. I use the brush on my Brow Wiz pencil to comb out any powder or foundation I have on my brows, then I brush my brow hairs straight up and trim any that are too long or that stick out too much.
Use the brush end of the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil to brush brow hairs upward.
Trim any brow hairs that are sticking up too far out of place.
Step 3: Outline with a pencil. My next step is to outline my brows with a pencil. I use Anastasia Brow Wiz in Dark Brown and in Soft Brown. Since the darker color I added to my hair is fading, I have to use a mix of both to make it look more natural. When my hair is freshly colored, I only use the Dark Brown color. BTW, I LOVE this pencil because the tip is very tiny and it draws a thin line that resembles actual brow hair.
I love how tiny the tip is on the Brow Wiz pencil!
Step 4: Blend with a brush and powder. My next step is to dip an angled brow brush into Anastasia's Dipbrow in Dark Brown and use that to blend in the brush strokes and fill the center portion of my brows.
Use angled brow brush dipped in Anastasia's Dipbrow to blend to the pencil line and add more depth.
I take my time with this step and add the fill color in layers so I don't make it too dark.
Step 5: Highlight skin above and below. The next step is one people often leave out, but I make sure to highlight above and below my brows using a highlighter pencil. This one is also from Anastasia Beverly Hills. (Basically, everything I use on my brows is from Anastasia, because it's the BEST!)
Add highlighter above and below brows.
Use fingertips to blend the highlighter in really well.
Step 6: Seal everything in place with brow gel. This step helps to hold everything in place and blend in all of the powders/shadows. Think of it as hairspray for your brows!
Seal brows in place with Anastasia Brow Gel.
One final check in the mirror to make sure everything looks good.
Here's the end result:
Voila! Perfect brows, thanks to a few easy steps.
Here's one additional tip: Have your brows professionally shaped at least once every couple of months. Ask the stylist to retain your natural, curved shape and to strengthen the arch. That will make it easier when you try to pluck them yourself because you can just maintain the shape the stylist creates for you. I like having mine threaded because I think waxing is too harsh on my skin and may cause premature wrinkles from all the skin tugging.
You can find all of the products I used at ULTA Beauty:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel, Anastasia Beverly Hills Highlighting Duo Pencil in Camille Sand, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Soft Brown
I hope these tips help! If you have any questions, just ask away in the comments and I'll do my best to answer. Also, if you want to see this on someone who doesn't have naturally thick brows like me, just let me know and I can do the same thing on my mom. Her brows aren't thick at all!
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