Today we are going to talk about what is probably the most boring and overlooked part of your face.
Okay…BESIDES your chin.
For years and years, I didn’t groom my eyebrows.
Honestly, I thought that eyebrow grooming was for people who were super hairy and had unibrows or whatever, but a couple of years ago I saw the light and was forever changed.
And my goal here today is to bring you on board.
Like the hair on your head, your eyebrows are hair. Hair that can change the look of your face depending on how it’s shaped. If it’s shaped badly, you can look a straight hot mess, but done correctly, it gives you a cleaner and more refined look, and helps you look more “done up” even on days you’re not wearing make up.
I have always been a bit intimidated by plucking my own brows. I have no idea what shape I need to achieve, and I’m terrified of over plucking. Have you ever seen people who have over plucked? It’s skeery, y’all.
I go to a place once a month that specializes in eyebrows. For $25, they tint, wax, pluck, and trim my brows into a nice shape for my face. If you can find a reputable salon near you that does this, give it a try!! I’m in and out in 20 minutes and look great all month. I’ve seen too many people get a botched wax for $5 at their manicure place, and it usually isn’t a good look.
Of course, I have to maintain my brows in between visits by filling in spots with a brow pencil, which takes all of about 3 minutes.
I recently had my brows done, and took some before and after photos for comparison. The first set is before shaping and without brow pencil applied:
Just glancing at those two photos, you would think that my eyebrows really didn’t need any maintenance at all. They aren’t super hairy, the shape is fine, and they’re not too thin either.
But sometimes, it’s not about how BAD something looks…it’s about how much BETTER it COULD look:
These photos are after having my brows waxed, trimmed, and filled in with eyebrow pencil.
There is no denying that they definitely look “cleaner” and as a whole, it makes my face look a lot more done and put together.
Here’s a side by side comparison:
My go-to brow pencil is a taupe pencil by Glo Minerals:
It’s inexpensive, lasts a really long time, and has a brush on the end that is great for blending. I have my hair colored and it’s usually light blonde in the Spring/Summer and dark blonde in the Fall/Winter, and this shade looks good no matter what. I think it would look great for light brown to medium brown hair too.
Just use this pencil to refine the shape of your brows and fill in any sparse spots. You want your brows to look clean and even, but not drawn on, so be sure to use a light hand and BLEND.
If having your brows done isn’t in your budget (or if a brow pencil is a little too intimidating just yet), there are lots of kits and stencils out there to help you find the right shape and get it on your own!!
This brow kit from Anastasia is really popular and has everything you need for put together brows and eyes.
It includes shimmer eye shadow, brow stencils in 5 different shapes, brow powder for blondes and brunettes, and brow wax, for keeping your brows in place.
Just choose a stencil, hold it over your eyebrow, fill in with powder, and pluck any hairs outside of the shape you created. The shimmery shadow is great for highlighting a pretty brow arch.
This set is a little pricey though, so if you’re in the market for something cheaper:
These e.l.f. eyebrow stencils are a fraction of the cost. Just buy your own brow powder (or pencil) and use any pinkish beige shimmer shadow to highlight your gorgeous new brow arch.
Do you groom your brows and if so, what products do you use? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!