Obsessed feels like somewhat of an understatement when it comes to how we feel about Barbara Palvin's brows and, if we're being honest, about brow maintenance in general. We're constantly looking for new ways to master the art of perfect arches.
If you've ever plucked, penciled or powdered, you know that brow taming can be, well, intimidating -- there's a fine line between creating gorgeous brows (like Palvin's, sigh) and overdoing it. On the flip side, you've probably also noticed a couple benefits to having well-defined arches -- like a more symmetrical-looking face and boosted eye-makeup impact.
So whether you're trying to correct a bit of overplucking (guilty), enhance your natural arches or create a bold, avant-garde look, we've got the steps and the ideal tool to help you make the transformation.
Step 1: Choose a Tool
For a novice, you can't go wrong with an all-in-one pencil -- it should have a colored tip, a brush and a wax or gel setting tip. It's easy to maneuver (especially since it's a tool you've been using since grade school). We're fans of the L'Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Sculptor.
Step 2: Choose Your Color
The goal is not to match your brow color, or even your hair color. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to choose a shade lighter than the shade you might characterize your hair. So if you have black hair, use a dark-brunette pencil. For dark-brown-haired girls, a midrange brown pencil works well. And if your hair is medium to light brown or even dark blond, go with a blond pencil.
Step 3: Draw Your Arches
Use the pencil to define the shape of your brows. This doesn't mean outline and then fill in; it's more about identifying your natural arch and using wispy, light, feathery strokes to create the illusion that the hair exists where it doesn't.
Step 4: Brush Your Brows
The brush serves two purposes. One, it will help give unruly brows direction. And two, it will help soften the pigment of the colored crayon tip. Once you've brushed, you may find a few additional spots that look sparse -- go ahead and fill them in. Again, use those feathered strokes. Then, rebrush.
Step 5: Set Your Brows
When you've penciled your brows to perfection, it's time to make the look last. Using the same pencil -- but this time the wax tip -- apply a light coat of wax with the same light strokes.
Now, all that's left to do is combine your freshly coifed brows with the perfect eye makeup and set the whole look with a makeup setting spray.