Can you believe it is already April of 2019? As promised, I am posting on this blog more frequently. Since I haven’t done a beauty post in awhile, that is what I’m dedicating this post to.
Lately I have been OBSESSED with my eyebrows. I started getting them waxed during my first semester of college in 2013, and up until about last year, I would get them waxed somewhat frequently, but nowadays, I make sure to keep up the maintenance and I even fill them in. I have attempted to fill them in before, but they always looked ridiculous. Like with all things makeup related, practice makes perfect, so when I took a brow class at a Sephora in the local mall, I finally learned how to do it the right way. And, ever since I figured it out, I’ve been filling in my brows almost every day because I’m so addicted.
There’s two products that I use to fill in my brows: the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in the shade 3.5 (neutral medium brown), and the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in shade taupe. However, I don’t use them both at the same time, I use one or the other. And today, I am going to show you how I use each product.
If you’re a beginner, I recommend the pencil, either the Goof Proof Brow Pencil or another one. A pomade is a little bit harder, but it does give your brows a different affect, so it’s your choice on which one you want to use. It also helps to get them waxed or threaded, and use tweezers to pluck out any small hairs that start to grow back before it’s time for your next wax/thread job.
Last time I got my eyebrows done, I got them threaded. Threading hurts a little more than waxing, but it gives your brows a cleaner finish. Waxing and/or threading isn’t for everyone, especially if you have a low tolerance for pain. But, I highly suggest you try it at least once because the feeling is easy to get used to. There’s also the cost factor, it can get expensive if you do it every couple of weeks. If you don’t want to break the bank, you can always invest in a pair of tweezers and pluck them yourself, but I wouldn’t do that unless you seriously know what your doing. One time I tried plucking them and they ended up a little weird, so it’s safe to say I learned my lesson.
It’s been a couple of weeks since my threading session, and tiny hairs started to grow back, so last night, I plucked them using these red Revlon tweezers. The nice thing about this pair of tweezers is that it comes with two, plus a case, making it great for travel. They are a little smaller than a normal pair of tweezers, but I found them easy to use. I got mine at my nearest grocery store, so you can probably find a pair there in the beauty section, or most likely any drug store or beauty store such as CVS or Sally Beauty.
Now onto the fun part: filling in the brows.
Step 1: Eye Primer
If you want the color to stay, you should first coat your brows with an eye primer. I use the Urban Decay Anti-Aging Eye Primer Potion, and it works pretty well. The only complaint I have about this product is that it can be hard to get the right amount out when you squeeze the tube because the formula is so thick. I constantly find myself getting too much or too little.
The first picture is my brows before primer, and the second picture is my brows after the primer is applied. As you can see, the primer not only helps the product stay on longer, but it smooths down the hairs as well, making filling them in a snap.
Step 2: Brush Your Brows
The second step in the eyebrow process is brushing them with a spoolie. The Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil is really nice because the crayon is one end, and there’s a spoolie on the other, making it a two-in-one so you don’t have to go buy a separate brush. If you do need one, you can get one from Morphe, e.l.f., or Sephora. The Sephora brush is double ended, Morphe also has a double end spoolie and eyebrow brush, which is great if you’re using a pomade.
Below is the before and after of my brows being brushed. You want to brush upward in the direction your hair grows to give shape and an outline to prepare to apply the product.
Step 3: Fill in Your Brows
Now comes the most challenging part: actually filling in your brows with a pencil or a pomade. Since I’ve gotten better, I start anywhere I want, but if you’re new to this process, you should start at the halfway point. As I learned in the Sephora class, to find the midpoint, you want to take the eyebrow pencil or brush you are using and hold it in front of your nose, and then tilt it to the side to find the exact area you should start at. And, remember to do this for both brows.
Once you find the point where you’re going to start, draw a line on the bottom of your brow going to the end to give it an outline. Then, do the same thing for the top, starting at the halfway point.
From there, you want to make THIN, HAIRLIKE strokes from the middle of the brow to the end. Once you’re satisfied with the middle of your brow, you can start at the front. You want to use the same concept, using thin hair like strokes, and go in the direction that your hair grows.
I like the benefit pencil because it has an angled tip that is good for applying product at the end of your brow.
If this description was confusing for you, watch the video below that shows you how to do it.
Remember: You want to be very light when you’re doing this. You can always go darker, but you can’t go lighter unless you wipe the makeup off, which is a pain.
Step 4: Concealer
To me, this next and final step may be optional, but to complete your brows you want to carve them out with a concealer. Carving them out highlights and defines the brow, so it’s always a good step. To do this, place concealer above and below your brow, and blend.
The concealer I use is the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer in shade light. The wand is really thick, so I use a Morphe M559 brush. This brush is supposed to be for liner, but it works great to apply concealer and carve out the brows. If I can’t blend it all in with the brush, I finish it off with my finger, which is completely fine.
Below is a video to show an example of how to do it. I know the concealer isn’t completely blended at the end, but you can get the basic idea.
When you’re done applying the concealer, you can set it with an eyeshadow or powder if you want to. I like to use a neutral color powder like the shade ‘Golden Ochre’ from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. When I do my eyeshadow, I also like to highlight my brow bone with a shimmer shade such as ‘Primavera’ from this same palette.
Now that you know the basics of filling in your brows, I’m going to show you how to use a pomade. I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade in the shade taupe. I really like the color of this product because I feel like it matches my brows exactly. The downside is that it doesn’t come with a brush, but I use the angled brush that came with the Cala Enchanted Glam Unicorn Set. I feel like this brush is a little thick, but it gets the job done.
The steps for using the pomade are essentially the same as the pencil, but, like I mentioned in the beginning of this post, pomades are a little harder and it’s easy to mess up or go too dark. A good example of this is in the video below, where you can see that I went a little too high up while filling in my right brow. The trick is to go really light, because you can always go darker.
The cool thing about doing your eyebrows is that you can fill them in no matter how much makeup, or lack thereof, your wearing. Sometimes my brows are the only thing I do before I go somewhere. I’m telling you, once you start, you won’t be able to stop. I hope you found this post helpful. Let me know what you think!