There needs to be a word to describe the day when you master your brows. Some people have their brow routine down to a science and make it look so easy, but for most of us, there's no overnight success-it takes time, patience, and a whole lot of practice.В
Whether you were born with bushy brows Г la Cara Delevingne or if you have naturally-sparse hairs, you can create a perfectly-arched brow with the help of some key products and pro-approved tips. For better brows for all, we tapped Jared Bailey, Global Brow Expert for Benefit Cosmetics, and Neil Scibelli, fashion and celebrity makeup artist, for their advice on getting brows so perfectly arched, they'd make a Kardashian-Jenner do a double-take.
But before you pull out the tweezers and brow pomade, Bailey notes that it's important to know that your perfect arch depends on your individual features, like your eyes and nose. He shares that you'll want to understand exactly where your brows should start, arch, and end. To identify these three points,В he recommends using Benefit's Brow Mapping technique, explained below.В
To find where your brow should start, follow a straight line up from the edge of your nose. To find your arch, Bailey says, вЂњFind where your brow is naturally at its highest by following a diagonal line from the outside of your nose across the middle of your eye.вЂќ And where should your brow end? вЂњFollow a diagonal line from the outside of your nose to the outer corner of your eye,вЂќ says Bailey. вЂњLength is important because it gives your face proportion.вЂќ Now that that you've got the beginning, arch and end of your brow, keep reading for tips from Bailey and Scibelli on how to fill them.Getty
How to Fill in Sparse Brows
If your brows are super-sparse or barely-there, Bailey recommends using a skinny-tip brow pencil to fake fullness. вЂњA micro-lining pencil like Benefit's Precisely, My Brow Pencil is your sparse brow's best friend,вЂќ he says. вЂњThe ultra-fine tip creates hair-like strokes for natural-looking fullness.вЂќ We also love Joah's Precision Brow Pencil.В В
вЂњWhen filling in your brows, measure from the outer portion of the nose, across the center of the eye and that will show you where your brow is naturally the highest,вЂќ he continues. вЂњSimply take your pencil and begin making a few strokes slightly above that natural hairline. Remember to leave space in-between each stroke to create the illusion of real hair. Working above that hairline will add height to the arch.вЂќ
Scibelli recommends using a brow powder or brow pomade for sparse eyebrows. вЂњIt'll instantly give the brows a fuller, fluffier look,вЂќ he says. He recommends Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW Pomade because вЂњit stays on with long wear, and gives a realistic look.вЂќ
For a powder alternative, Scibelli recommends Too Faced Cosmetics Brow Envy Kit. Added bonus: it offers multiple brow products for a full look.В В
вЂњTo create the arch, you want to keep the product slightly higher in the center of the brow, and then return back down into your brow line towards end of it,вЂќ explains Neil.
How to Fill in Thin Brows
For thin eyebrows that just need slightly more fullness, Bailey recommends a fiber-based brow gel, like Benefit's Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel. We here at Byrdie also love ModelCo's Brow Gel ($18) and Sisley Paris Phyto-Sourcils Thickening and Setting Gel for Eyebrows ($52).
вЂњAfter you've filled and sketched in the shape that you desire, your last step is to add texture to make it three-dimensional,вЂќ Bailey says. вЂњBegin by backcombing the gel through your brow from the end to the start. This is just like teasing your hair and gives you a full base to work with. Then, moving in the opposite direction, define your arch by brushing your brow hairs upward from start to arch, and in the direction of your hair growth from arch to end.вЂќGetty
How to Fill in Thick Brows
Scibelli explains that there are two different ways to create the perfect arch when you already have thick brows вЂњThe most obvious would be to have your brow grooming person (or yourself, if you do your own) take off just a few hairs in the lowest, center area of your brows. This will definitely give you an arch.вЂќ He recommends starting light handed and not taking too much off.
вЂњA less permanent route would be to add a light reflecting highlighter under your brows to create the illusion of an arch,вЂќ he continues. вЂњHighlighting under the brows gives that instant lift to the brows and can add that extra sparkle to the eyes too.вЂќ Try Neil's go-to illuminator Nars Highlighting Blush in Albatross, or Maybelline Brow Precise Perfecting Highlighter ($7).
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