The finishing touch to any makeup look, be it natural and barely there or full-fledged mega glam, is perfectly filled-in eyebrows. Failure to fill them in is like wearing a haute couture dress that isn’t tailored to your body. Celebrity makeup artist and brow expert Ramy Gafni says that filling in your brows makes your whole face look pulled together and polished. “Fuller brows, when filled in correctly, also give you a more youthful appearance. Neglecting your brows can make you look older, unkempt and less expressive.”
Even if it seems intimidating, time-consuming and complicated, we promise it’s not—especially once you get the hang of it. If you don’t get your brows professionally shaped, invest in a standing appointment once a month or so, which will give you a clean shape and defined arch to make your job that much easier. “It’s difficult to be objective with your own face. A brow expert can best determine the most flattering brow shape for your face,” says Gafni.
To start, always brush your brows in an upward and outward direction, following their natural shape. Then, take a brow powder, pencil, gel or wax (start with something light, like a powder or brush on gel if you’re a beginner) that’s one shade lighter than your brow color—going too dark will look make your brows look fake and “drawn on’”—and map out where you’re going to apply the product. “You want to fill in the whole brow, not just where there is sparseness to ensure that the brows look uniform,” says Gafni. “I also advise women to think in terms of straight lines when filling in their brows—fill in a straight line from the front of the brow up to the peak, and then a straight line from the peak to the tail of the brow. It’s the easiest approach and yields the best results.”
To finish, brush the product through with a spooly brush to remove any excess and give a blended, more uniform look. Set with a clear brow gel and you’re good to go!
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