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Big bold eyebrows are very in right now—and it seems like this is one beauty trend that is here to stay. What that means: It’s time to brush up on your eyebrow makeup technique! If you’re having trouble creating that perfect-looking arch or are in the midst of growing out your eyebrows, we have a few makeup and grooming tips for you. Try these eyebrow hacks to help you tie together your entire beauty look with what’s essentially the frame of your face: your eyebrows.
A common mistake people often make when it comes to their eyebrows is attempting to make them look exactly alike. But remember: Eyebrows are like snowflakes—no two are quite the same. They should look similar—related so to speak, like sisters.
What looks good on one person won’t necessarily look the same way on someone else. If you’re choosing a new look, base your eyebrows on your face shape.
If you have a round face…choose an angular eyebrow shape. Creating strong lines with your eyebrows can help balance the softness and lack of definition in your face. This can help give the appearance of more defined bone structure.
If you have a square face…opposites attract! Try a rounded eyebrow shape. Your new curves can help offset a more angular jaw and soften your features.
If you have a heart-shaped face…you’ll want to go with a controlled shape with a high arch. Adding height to your eyebrows can translate into helping lengthen the look of a shorter jaw.
If you have an oval face…you aren’t constricted by too many rules. Since an oval face is already balanced, you don’t have to depend on your eyebrows. Help accentuate your symmetrical shape with a soft angle.
If you have a long face…keeping your eyebrows horizontal can help stop the eye from traveling downwards and make your face look shorter. Extend the tails of your eyebrows directly to the side to help add visual width to your face.
Novices to eyebrow shaping and shading can benefit from using an eyebrow stencil. Just place these plastic stencils over your eyebrows, and use your preferred eyebrow makeup to fill inside. Remove the stencil when you’re done, and you’re good to go.
If you want your eyebrows to look real—which, of course you do—it’s important that they aren’t one solid shape or color. Study any (real) eyebrow for a few seconds and you’ll notice that the hair is generally finer at the front, becoming more concentrated towards the middle and through the tail. To help make your eyebrows not appear tattooed on, it’s essential to replicate this fade when filling them in. Put less product at the front of your eyebrows, adding more as you reach the ends and you’ll achieve a similar look.
When you’re illuminating your face, don’t let your eyebrows feel left out. Use a hint of highlight on them, too! With a highlighter eyebrow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo, trace under your eyebrows and blend out using your fingertip. Just a touch of a glow beneath your eyebrows can help give the illusion of a higher arch.
If your hands aren’t so steady and your shading skills have some room for improvement, there is an easy fix. Concealer can be used to help give your eyebrows a sharper shape and save even the messiest of arches. Grab a creamy concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer, and a small concealer brush, and get to work. Just place the product along the edges of your eyebrows and blend outwards to help redefine.
Magnifying mirrors might seem great in theory—but when you use one, all of a sudden, you’re seeing pores you didn’t even know were there and finding the tiniest of hairs to tweeze away. Then, before you know it, you’ve ended up with too-thin eyebrows. A regular mirror, minus the magnification, should be enough for your grooming needs.
Instead of going into tweezing out a game plan, fill in your eyebrows first. Use an eyebrow pencil or eyebrow powder to help create the exact shape you want, and then only tweeze the hairs that fall outside of the shape you made.
Have your pick from the best eyebrow pomades, eyebrow powders, eyebrow pencils, eyebrow plumpers, and more.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Definer Pencil: Use this dual-ended tool to help recreate tiny eyebrow hairs, precisely drawing and shaping your brows for a well-defined look.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara: This smudge-resistant gel mousse formula glides onto eyebrows to boost volume and set hairs for a natural-looking take on the boyfriend eyebrow trend.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil: If you’re new to the whole eyebrow-filling thing, you’ll fall in love with this easy-to-use pencil. Designed with a triangular tip, this eyebrow pencil makes following the natural shape of your eyebrow super-simple, making for your most precisely manicured eyebrow that takes your arches to the next level.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender: An innovative crayon and kabuki blending brush, you simply glide the crayon on and then blend out for full eyebrows with a soft finish.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame & Set: If you’re looking for a bolder-looking eyebrow, pick up an eyebrow pomade. Glide this lightweight cream formula onto your skin and eyebrow hairs before blending out with the included spoolie for a defined and styled look.
L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit: Use this all-in-one eyebrow kit to shape, define, and style your eyebrows like a pro. Everything you need is included: pigmented wax, setting powder, mini tweezers, and an angled brush and spoolie.
Now that your eyebrows will look positively on point, make sure the rest of your face does, too. Instead of rocking a ton of makeup, let your eyebrows stand out with a no makeup, makeup routine. Our article, How to Rock The No Makeup, Makeup Look, will show you the ropes.