We hope everyone is keeping well and safe.
We are delighted to kick off our blog posts with a quick brow shaping tutorial for a natural brow. This is not intended for super definition or the HD brow look but to help you get to grips with putting a shape on your natural brows.
Caitriona kindly volunteered to let her brows grow out for the purposes of the video. It is our very first, so excuse the camera work, we will hopefully get better as we go!
Before you begin make sure you have the correct tools:- a good tweezers (we love Tweezerman), a mirror, a home tint kit if you want to add definition (make sure to patch test and mix according to manufacturers’ instructions), a disposable mascara wand, some cotton buds, damp cotton wool and an eyebrow pencil or thin make-up brush.
Brow Shaping Steps:
1. Cleansing - Make sure to thoroughly cleanse the brow area. This will remove any make-up or product build up, as well as free any loose hairs and any dry skin sitting in the brow.
2. Plan - Next have a really good look in the mirror at your brows and the shape of your brow bone, to get an idea of the shape that will suit your face, be honest with yourself.
3. Quick Note - Do not forget that brows are not identical, they are sisters not twins. It is ok if there is a slight variation with how they look. You can do a complete re-shape or just remove a few hairs to tidy up.
4. Measuring Brows - Measure your brows correctly using the brow pencil or thin make-up brush. Don’t worry about all the complicated brow mapping videos you have seen on YouTube etc, we just want a simple, and basic measurement.
5. Tinting Brows - An optional step you can include is a brow tint, which will add definition to the brows. No matter what colour your brows are the root and tip are usually transparent so adding even a light tint can quickly make them look more filled out.
Home tinting kits can be bought at most pharmacies but it is extremely important that you carry out a patch test and mix the tint according to manufacturer’s instructions. Only buy a brown tint for brows, never black unless you have raven coloured hair. Light brown for fair hairs and dark brown for darker hair.
Brows are a different type of hair to lashes, they take tint much faster and lose it quicker. If this is your first time and you are unsure of the colour you want to achieve you can layer the tint by applying and removing within about 30 seconds. Leave it for about 30 seconds to see how it is developing and then re-apply another layer. If you leave tint on the brows for too long they will go very, very dark, very, very quickly. Exercise caution.
We always tint before we remove hair to prevent tint entering the open hair follicle and causing infection.
When applying try to avoid the skin as much as possible, we know this is not easy. Don’t worry if you ‘go outside the lines’, you can tidy up with some cotton buds.
6. Shaping – It’s now time to shape, don’t be afraid! If you take a really close look at your brows you may notice that they grow in lines which can easily be followed. When you begin to shape do not forget to sit back every so often and check your work from a little distance. Some times when you are too close you can have a tendency to just see lots of hairs that need to be gone and when you sit back, you have half a brow!
Go slowly. Stretch the skin and pluck in the direction of hair growth. If you are a little sensitive to pain, numb the area with a little ice beforehand. However, a good tweezers will grab the hair properly, even the very finest. A poor quality tweezers will drag hairs and increase any pain.
As you get more confident, you can move more quickly.
7. Trimming – Once you have achieved the shape you want you may find you have a few long hairs that just will not sit how you want them to. Using a clean disposable mascara wand, brush hair upwards and trim off any ends that are too long. Please be careful here as it is easy to leave yourself with a hole if you get over-zealous.
8. Finished! – At this point you can leave your brows as is or you can add more definition with a brow pencil or brow shadow and set with a brow gel.
If you need any new brow products give us a shout as we can order some of the Evagarden products for you, including their amazing setting gel.
Thank you for reading and hopefully this will help you break free of the dreaded Quarantine Brows until we get back to work.
Miss you guys and stay safe
Caroline & Caitriona xx
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