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Frame Your Face

Hey guys! I’m super excited about today’s post! We’re talking EYEBROWS! I’m a firm believer in the importance of eyebrows and this ain’t my first rodeo, y’all. I’ve been filling my brows in for about 15 year. I had my makeup done at Benefit Cosmetics in high school for something or another and the rep mentioned my brows looked a little sparse. He grabbed an “Instant Brow” pencil, gently filled them in and then ran the spoolie end through to blend. WOW! What a difference! I didn’t look over done but my eyes really stood out. I fell in love, and Benefit Instant Brow pencil still holds a special place in my heart. RIP.

First, let’s talk about the shape of your brows. Being ’90s and ’00s kids, many of us may be suffering from the “over-plucked” brow. I also know plenty of women don’t know where to start so they leave their brows completely alone. Let’s break down where your eyebrows “should” be.

Hold a makeup brush or pencil up to the outside of your nostril and point the tip of the brush to the inside corner of your eye. Your brow should START there.

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Nothing above the nose ladies and gents! Unibrows are NOT cute.

Keep the pencil at the nostril and point the tip of it toward the outer corner of your eye. Your brow should END there.

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If your brows go much beyond this, pluck them. If they are shorter than this-stay tuned!

You should always let your brows arch as naturally as possible and follow your natural brow shape. If you are a non-plucker and feeling overwhelmed, find a friend with nice brows and ask for some advice! I have several girlfriends I’d be ecstatic to come pluck my eyebrows!

Now that you know where your brows *should* be, let’s talk about filling them in. This is a good idea for everyone, even if you have nice full brows! Filling them in makes a shadow behind the hairs creating dimension on your face. Its a great way to bring attention to your eyes (the windows to the soul!) without looking too made up. If you are wearing a full face of makeup, I HIGHLY suggest filling in your brows. You have applied foundation, powder and maybe even eyeshadow. Your brows are covered in makeup and need to be woken up! Blondes and redheads, you are not exempt! Y’all wear mascara, you should fill in your brows too. Don’t believe me? Try and find a picture of a blonde celebrity with eyebrows the same color as their hair—yeah, there aren’t any. Your brows SHOULD be slightly darker than your hair. If you want a more intense contrast, thats completely up to you, and a very on trend right now! Redheads, I know finding a good color match can be hard for you. My advice; save your receipts! If you don’t like it, return it. CVS, Target, Walgreens and Ulta all do returns.

Alight, so here’s a little before and after shot to see what the fuss is all about:

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Untouched brows on top and filled in brows on bottom. (please excuse the forehead zit)

Just for the record, I’m wearing tinted moisturizer, under eye concealer, and mascara and even then the difference is real! Here’s a full face shot as well.

 

I actually used two different products, one on each brow to demonstrate different looks. The left brow is filled in with my new favorite brow product, L’Oréal Brow Stylist. I love how small the pencil is because it mimics real brow hairs! Its perfect if you need to extend your brow a bit or fill in a “hole.” For something even more subtle, try a MATTE shadow and stiff angled brush. Dip the brush lightly into the powder, tap off excess, and just stamp the brush into your brows. (I use L’Oréal Antique Brown, it was $3.99 at HEB.) Comb your brows with a spoolie or an old (WASHED) mascara wand. If you have long brow hairs or unruly brow hairs that don’t like to stay in place, I recommend a liquid brow mascara-type product. It adds dimension but also holds brow hairs in place. I like this one from L’Oréal but NYX has a good one too. Of course, you can do the old stand-by of using clear mascara to keep brow hairs in place, but with the surge in available brow-specific products, I wouldn’t. Clear mascara usually dries very shiny, not necessarily the look you may want for your brows.

There are a TON of high-end brow products out there but brow stuff is not something I feel I NEED to splurge on. If you’ve already found a product you love-great! My advice would be to snag a drugstore brand during a sale, just to see how it compares. I’m perfectly happy using a $7 pencil vs a $25 one and I guarantee you can’t tell the difference! Let me know about your brow routine, or lack thereof, in the comments and on social!

Amazon links are affiliate links. I get a small percentage if you purchase the product from the link. If you would rather not do that, just punch it in Google. Full disclosure, those prices are higher than in store!

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