Sunday, March 21, 2010

High Brows!

How neat and defined your eyebrows are will determine how well your makeup will turn out.
No one wants to know if you put all the beautiful colors of shadows in the world or blended them perfectly if the eyebrows are shaggy, untamed or all over the place.

This goes to say that an untidy eyebrows can ruin a perfectly done makeup. That's why a good makeup artist must ensure that the eyebrows are neat, well trimmed and defined with a natural arch. Because when you look at a woman's face, the first thing to be noticed are the brows.

Now, to have well-shaped brows is quite easy but requires proper attention to details i.e. precision and concentration .

Tools needed: tweezers, razor blade, brow brush , eye pencil

1. Starting point. To get the head of the brow, place an eye pencil vertically from the inner corner of the eye. The pencil should lie straight from the outer edge of the nose to the inner corner of the eye up to the brow. And wherever it rests on the brow is where a brow should normally begin.

2. Tweezing. Brush the eyebrows upwards, first. Pulling gently with a tweezer in the natural growth of the hair, pluck off unwanted or stray hairs, one hair at a time. Repeat the same on the other side and check from time to time to make sure the brows are exactly the same shape.

* Do not attempt to pull more than a hair at a time.
* It is best to tweeze just after you have a bath because the skin would be soft.
* Always tweeze a day before an event since it can cause swelling or redness.

3. Shape them up. Use a new razor to give the eyebrows neat, tapered edges. Brush brows up and slice off any hair standing out of the line. This can also be done with a small scissors.
* Since you have plucked the strays, be careful not to overdo it with the razor or you might take off just too much.

4. Fill in the gaps. Fill in sparse areas in the brows with an eyebrow pencil using light and gentle strokes. I'd like to stress that the pencil be used lightly or the brows become too dark, painted and so unnatural.
* Don't carve an arch too high lest the person wears a 'surprised look'.

5. Apply a brow shadow with an angled brush all over the eyebrow to fill it in thoroughly. Brush off excess shadow with the brow brush.

6. Set the brows with a brow gel to keep everything in place and you are ready to go!