Life can be hard. Brows can be hard.
I’m here to make one of the above easier for you today.
Brows can be tricky. You might think you have it all figured out only until you step into natural light and see how dark (or how orange) they actually look. You also might think you have it all figured out only until someone says “you did your brows today.” Or maybe you’ve tried SO hard to give yourself a “natural” arch, only to wipe it all off and throw your expensive brow pencil out the window.
Friends: I am here to help. There should be a crisis line for problems like these but there’s not.
Call me. Or read on for common problems women have and how to fix them.
Disclaimer: It is always best to get your brows waxed by a professional that you trust before you try to work your “brow magic.” This is important because it not only cleans up the brow but it also helps you find your natural shape if you plan on filling them in or if you want to make them look slightly fuller.
TROUBLESHOOTING FOR BROWS PART 1:
“I don’t know what color I need!”
Answer: Taupe will always be the most “universal color” for a one-size-fits-all approach. Start there if you’re truly undecided.
Blondes & redheads pair best with a blonde or taupe shade. Redheads: I would advise staying away from anything too warm or auburn toned. Anyone with hair darker than sandy blonde can jump up into the brunette and chocolate shade ranges. Look at the colors in your hair and look for a shade that is 1-2 shades lighter than your darkest color.
To make life super easy: head to your local Sephora and checkout the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil collection. They have TEN shades so that everyone is able to achieve beautiful brows. Can I get an amen? #handpraise
“I tried filling my brows in and they look too heavy and too dark.”
Answer: Start with a taupe or light brown eyeshadow and an angled eyeliner or eyebrow brush. Begin by tracing the other shape of your brows. Remember in grade school when you would take your crayon and trace the outer shape of your picture and then color the rest on the inside? Same idea! The reason I suggest to start with a powder is because it is very natural and very forgiving and it leaves less pigment than a pencil would. I use eyeshadow as a brow powder all the time so don’t think that you need to buy a special color or product just for that. Once you’ve skimmed the perimeter, go back and fill in the inside. Hold your liner brush so that the smaller end is putting upwards towards your forehead. This is very important. And make sure that you are brushing it outwards and upwards.
If you’re happy with the results from the powder you can stop there or if you need more “pop” you can go back with the Anastasia Brow Wiz and lightly flick small hair strokes into the brow. Tiny little flicks. You are literally mimicking the tiny individual hairs.
Once you’ve completed the above steps, take a few steps back from your mirror and look at your brows. Look at them in relation to the rest of your face. Do they look a little too heavy? Take a spoolie brush and press in into your brows, touching the skin, pressing it down to diffuse the product. This is such an important step because SO many women would be much happier with their results if they did this step.
You can buy a spoolie brush separately, or it often comes on the other end of a double-sided eyebrow brush.
“I can’t find my natural shape!” or “I want a bigger arch!”
Answer: We can also say a prayer of gratitude because Anastasia has heard our cries and created the ever-so-clever brow stencils!! These are amazing!!!
The set contains 5 shapes and is broken down by size of arch. Like anything, it can take a little practice and I would advise by starting with a powder and brush first before attempting the pencil or cream. These stencils are so helpful and you might find after repeated usage that you don’t need the stencil for everyday help.
Ok friends, it is my hope that today’s post truly helped you and motivates you to find something that works well for you. And I would LOVE to see the results!! Snap a selfie of yourself and use the hashtag #blushingbrows!
If you find that you still need a little more brow 911, call or text 785.393.9991 to setup a brow consultation with me. This includes a brow wax and tutorial on how to fill in your brows while using the proper products.
Stay tuned for tomorrow to find out what brow products I recommend!