18 May Kilay gospel: 3 quick tips for better brows
Learning to do my brows and its instantaneous effect altered my life. I do not exaggerate. I think it opened the door for my love and appreciation for makeup and beauty. It was when I first saw my face with a nice set of brows when I realized that it was what I was missing all this time I had been trying to put on makeup but wasn’t getting the result I wanted. This is also known as the “I-look-nothing-like-the-models-in-your-ads-but-I-bought-your-product” problem.
I think of it as the good news of makeup, because kilay (trans: eyebrows) saved my face! Hehe. I preach it to anyone and everyone who will listen. If you haven’t learned to do your brows yet, well dahling (channeling Edna Mode), you’re missing out! The right brows (shape, color, length, thickness–this is another post!) pulls your features together and frames your face. In non-beauty speak that means it brings out the rest of your beautiful face, your eyes, nose, cheeks, and lips. Without it, everything’s just floating around.
It took me years to master filling in my eyebrows. Today it’s as natural a skill as brushing my teeth. So if you’re getting started, don’t worry about not getting it right the first time. Or the second time, or the third time. Practice makes perfect, and everyday is an opportunity to practice! Here are my tips for grooming your brows:
- Go to a professional first. If it’s your first time to lay your hands on your brows, please please please go to a professional. That means you have to pay them and they are skilled because they can demand to be paid for their service. Allow them to shape your brows (by threading or plucking, or the combination) and then follow the shape they create on your own when hair starts to grow back. Although shape is another blog post all together, here’s a quick tip: thicker brows overs thin brows and gradual arch over sharp arches. Try Benefit’s Brow Bar service.
- Fill in sparse brows. Comb hair to keep from looking unruly then if your brow hairs are few and scattered, fill it in lightly with a product. I use pencils when I’m lazy but my favorites are eyebrow pen K-Palette (there’s no turning back!) and the gel of Benefit Brow Zings with my Charm synthetic hair slant tip brush. Newbies, stick to pencil and work your way to tackier products like gel and cream.
- Color if necessary. I use eyebrow mascaras to either lighten up my brows when my hair is too dark and has no hair color or to match and adjust my brows to newly colored hair. In short, all the time. Haha! Dark hair + lighter brows = less intense look for me, while lighter hair + lighter than my natural hair but darker than colored hair brows = hair color doesn’t look too unnatural. If you want to fully coat your brow hair, brush the eyebrow mascara against the direction of growth or the “back” of the strand then comb it back by applying mascara towards the direction of hair growth (or the “front”).
I just realized that eyebrows requires more posts! Maybe I can break down each tip into a post. Do you do your eyebrows? What are your favorite products and tools? Let’s talk, just leave a comment and click the button on the right side. I’d love to hear from you!