Are you making these eyebrow mistakes? Raise your brow game with our easy fixes to common mistakes!
Brows can make or break a face. With eyebrow superstars rapidly emerging like Cara Delevigne, Emilia Clarke, and Rita Ora, inspiration for expertly-shaped brows is everywhere. But celebs have beauty stylists. Left to our own devices, the average person isn’t exactly a master eyebrows craftsman.
These are some of the most common mistakes people make when shaping and maintaining their brows. Find out why they’re no-nos, and see if you’ve been making these mistakes yourself!
1. MISTAKE: FIXING A UNIBROW BY OVER-WIDENING YOUR EYEBROW GAP
Why: Often when people are taking care of a uni-brow or just extra shaggy ends, they end up creating a gap between their brows that’s unnaturally wide.
The Fix: Hold a thin makeup brush or pencil and line it up vertically with the edge of your inner tear duct. That’s the farthest an eyebrow should be tidied. Note to self!
2. MISTAKE: MATCHING YOUR BROW COLOR TO YOUR HAIR EXACTLY
Why: This is mostly a problem for people who dye their hair. You dye your hair auburn and you buy an auburn eyebrow pencil. You bleach your hair and you think that your eyebrows must now be bleached. Eyebrow and hair shades don’t have to be an exact match to look good!
The Fix: Whether it’s dye or a brow pencil, picking a shade of brown with a slight tint that goes with your hair colour is usually your best bet. For blondes, you can opt to go several shades darker than your hair; in fact, that’s how most natural light blondes look.
3. MISTAKE: IGNORING YOUR NATURAL ARCH
Why: Just because your eyebrows don’t have a sharp 45 degree angle arch doesn’t mean there’s zero arch there. Check your brows out, there’s probably at least a slight arch along the top edge.
The Fix: When shaping, match the bottom edge to that top arch. You’ll find the arch becomes more distinct when you shape its opposite side. Your BB Therapist will be a pro at seeking out your arch!
4. MISTAKE: SPARSELY-HAIRED BROWS
Why: Eyebrows with hairs sparse enough to let the skin underneath show could be overly softening your features or just looking straight up messy.
The Fix: Fill those brows, girl. Invest in an eyebrow pencil in an appropriate shade. No clue which shade to buy? Go to a department or makeup store and ask one of the beauticians walking around for advice. They’ll be happy to help or even fill in your brows right there to show you how it looks. This will change your life!
5. MISTAKE: LAYING THE EYEBROW MAKEUP ON THICK
Why: Ok, so I just told you to get the eyebrow pencil but there is an art to getting it right. If it looks like your brows are painted on, it’s probably drowning out the rest of your face.
The Fix: Use light, short strokes instead of pressing down or dragging lines all the way across. It’s easier to control what you’re doing that way.
6. MISTAKE: TRYING TO MATCH YOUR EYEBROW SHAPES PERFECTLY
Why: You’re going to end up thinning out your brows in your quest to make them look identical. It’s okay if they have slight differences.
The Fix: Remember this common mantra: “Eyebrows are sisters, not twins.”
7. MISTAKE: DOING YOUR BROWS BEFORE DOING MOST OF YOUR MAKEUP
Why: Your complexion looks different after you’ve put on foundation and/or blush. You’re doing brows for a different complexion if you do them before any of that.
The Fix: Make colouring/filling in your brows one of the very last steps in whatever makeup routine you do. That way it will match the rest of your face better!
Ultimately, having your eyebrows maintained by a professional, such as the therapists at BB will get rid you of your woes and leave you raising eyebrows for the right reason!