Yesterday, I posted examples of eyebrows gone wrong. Today I will share a bit about my own eyebrow journey as well as a few ways to ensure that the shape of your eyebrows support the shape of your face.
I was 14 when I first became interested in makeup. I read Glamour and Cosmo magazines to figure out exactly what I should be doing. Eyebrows became my first obsession. Sure, I made mistakes in the very beginning. For a start, I shaved of half my eyebrows then drew the rest on with a black pencil (shudder). I didn’t even bother to try and shape them. I grew them out eventually, but the damage was done. My eyebrows still grow in very thinly on the ends. After six months of continuous eyebrow shaving, I starting tweezing. I did ok, but my symmetry was way off (see above). Eventually, I got the hang of it and practiced on everyone I could, anywhere I could (ahem, back of the library at my high school). By the time I got to college, I was making pocket money by charging other girls to do their brows. I write all of that to say that if you choose to do your own brows, it can be a bit of a journey. But here are some tips to help you shorten that journey to eyebrow perfection.
Angelina Jolie‘s brows do look fabulous in the photo diagram above. Brows are as easy as 1, 2, 3.
1: You should be able to draw a straight line from the inner part of your brows to the side of your nostril
2: The highest part of your brow arch should make a diagonal line with the bottom of your nostril. Ideally, the highest part of the brow arch should start on the outer edge of your pupil.
3. The outer edge of your brow should also make a diagonal line with the outer edge of your notstril
Use a white or dark pencil (depending on the colour of your brow hair/skin) to sketch out these three line. This is especially helpful to ensure symmetry and should be a boon to those tackling virgin (never been shaped) brows.
Keep in mind that while there are general principles that eyebrow shapes should follow, each person’s specific brow shape will depend on their unique bone structure, natural curve of the brow pattern, and desired thickness. If you are still in doubt, but want to press on doing your own brows (save some money!), there are brow stenciling kits like these out there to make it even more fool proof.