Natural Brow Tutorial
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Some guys and gals have silky, soft looking brows that are quite beautiful. Me? I have coarse, very thick rooted brow hair that grows like weeds. The hairs stick out in every which direction. Untrimmed, they have a tendency to look like caterpillars. Filling in brows has become somewhat of a ritual for me, so I thought I'd share my pretty detailed process. This is my softer looking natural brow, I adjust accordingly when going for a stronger, bold eye looks or more purposefully unruly look.
I use two shades, one lighter than my skin tone and one that matches my skin. My Graftobian Hi Def Glamour Creme Warm Palette isn't technically concealer but it suits the purpose perfectly because I can mix lighter or darker shades depending on my tan (or lack of, really).
I use three different brushes. Sephora #22 Pro which is technically for eyeliner, but the bristles are really resilient and it can produce a really fine line. I also use a thicker, very stiff natural bristled brush for "blending", the #12 Smashbox Angled Brow Brush (sadly discontinued). The concealer brush is for clean up, the thinner and more flexible, the better. I'm using Smashbox #5.
- Brow Gel
I'm using Essence Lash & Gel Mascara. I have a review coming up, actually. I switch it up, I use wax sometimes too but then I'll need another spoolie to brush the brows, the nice thing about gel is that it has one built in.
I'm using Anastasia Brow Duo in Granite. It's a bit darker than I would like but more importantly the undertones are perfect so I just use it sparingly. I also use pencils or even brow markers sometimes but lately I've really been favoring the softer look that powder can give.
Using the lighter shade in the brow powder and the thin precise Sephora #22 brush, I sketch a line under the bottom of my brows, using a light hand on the inner part of the brow and also as I hit the arch.
Finally I use concealer to clean up, like you would do for a manicure. I trace the lighter shade under the brow and the shade that matches my skin above the brow, extending each beyond the brow. I then blend away from the hair.
So this is the final look after the concealer is blended out. Hopefully my small novel about eye brows doesn't seem so daunting. Sometimes I think I over complicate things!
Anyone else have any neat tricks and tips for brows?