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Just like with fashion, makeup trends come and go. Sure, a look like frosted and deeply lined lips won’t be missed, at least for a long, long time. Still, there are some styles that we are more than happy to welcome back. We’re not talking about a lipstick shade or liner look—this time we are talking about brows. Defined, bold and beautiful brows. “I am all about a natural-looking brow, says Sir John, celebrity makeup artist and L'Oréal Paris beauty expert. This popular makeup look from back in the 80s, is now back in full swing. And luckily, there are a bunch of eyebrow makeup options available to help you get this fashionable, gorgeous and timeless look.
Choose from eyebrow pencils, pomades, tinted gel, powder and more to define your brows. With eyebrow makeup for even, soft and blendable color with expert applicators you can achieve the perfect eyebrow look anytime. Discover the eyebrow products that will help you better define your brows and express your natural beauty and sense of style. Find all you need to shape, fill and set your eyebrows with natural-looking definition or a bold, statement-making look. Here are some of the best eyebrow makeup choices available right now:
Eyebrow pencil. “I love an eyebrow pencil,” relays Sir John. You don’t need to do things like concealer around the brows, just utilize the pencil and a brow-brush to fluff the brows up a bit.” An eyebrow pencil is a classic tool used for decades to help define and thicken the look of your brows. You can start with a super sharp pencil and color in your brows from the center of the eyebrow out—if you start from the beginning closest to the nose, you can create a harsh and even aged look. To achieve the look of beautiful brows with an eyebrow pencil, draw the outline of your brow shape and fill in the gap where there are no hairs with light, feathered strokes. Use an eyebrow comb or brush, which typically comes on the other end of eyebrow pencils, to gently comb up following your arch shape. The best eyebrow pencil will have an ultra-fine point. Try an eyebrow pencil like the Brow Stylist Definer which makes the art of eyebrow shaping easy to master with an 0.5mm ultra-fine pencil tip for total precision and a gradual shading effect. “I love these because they give super natural definition, but also do a great job of filling in where needed.”
Eyebrow crayon. After you use an eyebrow pencil you can also apply a crayon to fill in the sparse areas a bit more.The Brow Stylist® Kabuki Blender brow makeup is a soft and creamy crayon that glides on smoothly and easily for a quick and even application. It comes with a Kabuki brush to help you blend in your strokes for full looking brows that have a soft, natural finish. You can use it lightly for a natural look or build intensity with firmer strokes for a statement making brow. To sharpen its point, you can twist up the crayon so there is 1/4” exposed, then you can use a wide opening sharpener to carve a point (just about 1 full turn). To clean the brush, use warm water and dry thoroughly.
Eyebrow powder. Getting the perfect brow with an eyebrow powder is possible—and with the help of the right tips and tools it can also be easy. The key to full, defined eyebrows with an eyebrow powder is to start with clean, brushed brows. Then tweeze any stray hairs so you have a smooth canvas to work with. The Brow Stylist® Prep & Shape Pro Kit, comes with everything you need, including mini tweezers. It makes the art of eyebrow shaping simple enough for anyone to execute. This ultimate brow kit combines an arch-perfecting wax, eyebrow powder and brushes too. Dip the angled brush into the soft wax and using angled strokes, you can create your desired eyebrow shape. Then use the same angled brush to apply the setting powder filling in the gaps. Finally, use the spoolie brush to comb through and style your brows.
Eyebrow gel. There are many ways to achieve the perfect eyebrow look with eyebrow pencils, crayons and powders, and another great option is to use a fiber-infused eyebrow gel formula. Eyebrow gel can actually temporarily thicken the look of your brow hairs by coating each individual hair. This can make them appear thicker and translates into denser brows. Something like the Brow Stylist Plumper, will enhance brows and fill in eyebrow hairs for an even texture look. An eyebrow gel can add a natural-looking tint with just one stroke so subtle brows appear more intense. The gel will also help your brow hairs stay in place. The Brow Stylist Plumper is a fiber-infused brow gel that adheres to the finest hairs, leaving them fuller and more defined. It’s also available in a transparent shade so you can sculpt and shape without adding color. Apply the eyebrow gel in short upward strokes following your brow shape and comb through to blend and plump brows.
Eyebrow pomade. If an eyebrow pencil, crayon, powder or eyebrow gel doesn’t seem like the right fit, consider an eyebrow pomade. These lightweight, creamy mousse formulas help thicken up sparse brows, or simply give an already thick set a little more defined shape. The L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Frame + Set, comes in four easy-to-match shades with a double-ended tool that has an angled brush on one end and a spoolie brush on the other. First dip the brush lightly into the pomade and outline your brow and define your arch. Then, draw in brow hairs in sparse areas with the angled tip of the eyebrow makeup tool. Fill your brow in to your desired intensity and comb and blend with the spoolie to style your final brow look.
Now that you have the right tools, get some tips for eyebrow shaping. When it comes to the current look of your eyebrows, your arches likely fall into one of two categories: thin and sparse or dense and lacking definition. Whether you are guilty of over plucking or perhaps in need of a little taming, here are the best eyebrow shaping tips to help you achieve that defined, polished eyebrow shape.
Sparse and thin: To thicken up the look of your brows, brush hairs upwards, running a spoolie brush, that wand like tool, through your clean brows. This will help better reveal your natural shape and expose any gaps and bare spots in need of filling. Draw in missing hairs with an eyebrow pencil or dip just the tip of an angled brush into a pomade or gel. Then draw in individual hairs with light, upward strokes, using a feather-light touch. Pick up more product with the side of your brush or use your pencil, pressing a bit firmer and swipe through your brows. Start in the center and blend out toward the tail. Then without adding more product to your brush, run the brush through the inner corners. You may be tempted to overload the front end of the brow, but this can look heavy and harsh. Instead, try to keep the focus where you want it: On the arch and tail. A final brush-though helps blend and soften any obvious lines.
Untamed and shapeless: To define the look of shapeless brows, hold a spoolie brush diagonally, aligning it with the outside of your nostril and the iris of your eye. The highest part of your arch should be where the brush hits your brow. Define the arch by dipping the thin, angled side of the brush in an eyebrow pomade or gel and trace along the outside of your brow—top and bottom. Your eyebrows are already thick and dense so you don’t need to fill all over. That being said, adding a little bit of color to your natural arch will give it more definition and make it appear more lifted. Use the angled brush to add a touch of eyebrow makeup to the top side of your arch. And finally, use the spoolie to brush hairs upward and outward, blending the color and giving your thick brows a more groomed look.
Defining and shaping your eyebrows can help give you a polished look, even if you’re short on time. If you only have a little time in the morning for your makeup routine, focus your attention on applying a face makeup formulated with SPF broad spectrum protection, fill and shape your eyebrows and finish off your look with a bit of mascara. All it takes is the right eyebrow makeup, tools and know-how to look your best in just a few minutes.