You don’t need to be a pro to learn how to shape eyebrows at home. With the help of a few essentials, you can achieve the perfect brows look in the comfort of your home. Get your tweezers ready!
A lot of you guys asked about my eyebrow routine. I did share one of my brow filling tips a while ago, but it’s just one of the tricks I’m using. This time around, I’m sharing with you my complete eyebrow routine. From plucking to makeup tricks that I use to make my brows look more groomed and full.
Eyebrows Plucking & Shaping
If you remember my rant on how waxing caused major breakouts on my face, I stopped trusting any other techniques except plucking my brows with tweezers.
Even though it requires almost daily maintenance, I feel that plucking one of the most reliable, hygienic, and affordable methods of keeping your eyebrows in good shape.
Step 1: Brush
I always start with brushing my eyebrows with a flat, angled brush. I’m wearing brow makeup every day. So for me, it’s important to brush my brows in the exact way I’m styling them with makeup products.
Step 2: Plucking
Usually, I’m using a lighted magnifying mirror to pluck my brows. That way, I see every single hair that might not get noticed if I was threading or waxing my brows.
It took me a few months to get my brows in the desired shape after I stopped waxing them. But now I’m completely satisfied with the result. I have an entire collection of tweezers that I use according to that day’s mood.
Step 3: Eyebrows Shaving
I guess I’m completely OCD about my brows, but after tweezing, I always follow up with an eyebrow razor. What this tool does is eliminating any tiny, almost invisible hair that I am not able to catch with tweezers. It’s also perfect for making the upper line of eyebrows more even.
Don’t overdo it with a shaver though! I had a few accidents when I went way too far with shaping my brows and it took forever to grow my brows back.
Step 4: Trimming
I also make sure to always trim my brows, especially near the inner corner of the eye. In that area, my brows are getting particularly wild! I use scissors and the same brush I mentioned in step one.
First, I brush all hair up and then gently trim the ends. Then, I brush my hair away from the nose and trim a bit the bottom line of the brow.
Recently, I changed my eyebrow makeup strategy and started using brown shades instead of black ones. I also introduced two new products into my routine, soft wax and setting powder. Those additions work perfectly in the summer when my regular brow pencils and gels melt from humidity.
Step 1: Brow Pomade
I started using this product just recently, but it completely changed my eyebrow game. I used to begin my routine with a brow pencil and finish with an eyebrow gel.
However, I noticed that the pigment stays in my brows longer if I define them with soft wax or a brow pomade first.
If I’m at home, I usually pick my favorite angled brush to apply the product with long, smooth strokes. When I’m on the go, I use a mini brush that comes with the brow kit.
Step 2: Brow Pencil
As I mentioned before, the era of black brows is over for me. Those days, I’m all about brown eyebrow pencils as those help to create a more natural look.
Using the same angled brush, I pick a tiny amount of color from the pencil and paint my eyebrow line, starting from the bottom and then painting the top line.
I use very soft strokes in between eyes area (as I will apply powder on that area later on), and stronger strokes on the arch of my brow.
How to Find the Lines for Shaping Your Brows
PRO TIP: While painting your brows, keep in mind the following pro hacks:
- The start of your brow should be aligned with the top point of your nostril.
- The highest point of your arch should be aligned on a diagonal with your pupil and the nostril.
- The end of your brow should end on a diagonal from the nostril.
Step 3: Powder
In my experience, filling in the brow with a pencil in inner corners never looks natural. Instead, I prefer using brow powder in that area. I apply a tiny amount of powder on the inner corner of the brow and distribute the product’s leftovers towards the end of the brow.
Step 4: Brow Gel
Even though I already applied the soft wax, it’s important to finish the look with a brow gel that keeps every single hair in place.
Step 5: Concealer
The trick to creating a perfectly sharp brow line is to apply two different shades of concealer below and above the brow. Apply a shade that is lighter than your foundation on the bottom line of the brow and a color that matches your foundation shade on top of the brow.
Bottom: Usually, I apply the product directly from the tube and use a flat concealer brush to evenly distribute the product. My favorite under brow concealer at the moment is NYX HD Photo Concealer Wand in Porcelain.
Top: In that area, I prefer using a ProPencil by Anastasia Beverly Hills in #Base 1. Usually, I paint a line just a millimeter above the top line of the brow and dab it with my fingertips until the product absorbs into my skin.
Step 6: Highlighter
A little shimmer underneath the brow opens up eyes and makes the face look more “awake.” Saying so, I love applying a tiny amount of a highlighter under my brow bone. And add just a tiny amount of the same product onto the inner corner of my eye to make my look more unified.
I hope you enjoyed my eyebrow tips and tricks. Please let me know if you are using any of those. Also, don’t forget to share your tips on how to shape eyebrows with the Style Sprinter community!