Hey, beautiful: want WOW-worthy eyebrows for your wedding? Today’s post is just for you! Today we’re showing you how to shape eyebrows yourself with expert tips by Stephanie of Hair and Make-up by Steph. If you think eyebrows are an asset you either have or you don’t, here’s the good news: your brows are perfect just as they are! Never try to force an unnatural look. To make brows look their best, all it takes is a little grooming and regular maintenance.
Stephanie tells us, “The truth is, your brows will look their absolute best when they follow their natural shape. The key isn’t forcing your brows into a new and unnatural shape, it’s maintaining and grooming the shape you have, even if that shape has no arch. [..] Some are short, some are long, some are straight, some are arched, but they all look perfect with they eyes that they go with.” Beautifully said! So, without further adieu, read on to find out how to shape eyebrows at home using those already-beautiful brows with which you’ve been blessed.
1. Eyeshadow – I prefer to use eyeshadow rather then an eyebrow pencil when I fill in my brows, but you can use either one. When picking a brow color, a good rule of thumb is to stay within 2 shades of your natural color, and around 2 shades darker than your hair color. *If your wanting your brows lighter than they are, talk to your stylist about lightening them a few shades (good for platinum blondes with black brows)
2. Eyebrow brush – I use this to brush my brows in shape so I can see where I need to tweeze and to avoid tweezing where I shouldn’t.
3. Tweezers – When it comes to tweezers, you get what you pay for. If you fork out the extra $10.00 on a nice pair of tweezers, you’ll save yourself a lot of time trying to tweeze those tiny hairs.
4. Short angle brush – You can get these brushes anywhere really. Just look for something similar to the one above.
5. Eyebrow gel – Most makeup brands make an eyebrow gel. They come in different colors or in clear. My favorite is the MAC Brow Set, but if you want something cheaper there are a few different brands available at Target.
6. Razor – this small straight razor is a great tool to have in your makeup kit. They sell them at Sally’s for less than $5.00.
7. Scissors – preferably eyebrow scissors so you don’t end up cutting off half your eyebrow.
How to Shape Eyebrows
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Here are Stephanie’s eyebrows looked like before…
1. Brush brows.
Stephanie instructs, “Use your brow brush to gently brush your brows slightly upwards and out, following the natural shape of your brow. Don’t force them too much, just guide them and let them lay where they naturally do.”
After brushing the brows, Stephanie says to tweeze. “Tweeze any hair that isn’t in the natural brow shape. Avoid pulling and stretching your brows while you tweeze so you don’t end up over tweezing.” She also advises to avoid getting too close to the mirror since you’ll magnify and over-pluck unnecessarily.
3. Use the razor.
Ever wondered how to get rid of the light hairs (peach fuzZ) above your brows? Stephanie says to remove the peach fuzz above and between brows with the razor. She adds, “Removing extra peach fuzz can add a lot more definition to your brows, just be careful not to cut down into your actual brow.”
Brush brows directly upwards and trim where hairs stick up too high. “You don’t need to comb them too tightly. If you comb them up and nothing sticks out, they probably don’t need to be trimmed.” Great advice!
5. Fill in with shadow.
This is where the short angle brush (or your brow pencil) is used; Stephanie says to, “…fill in your brow, applying in short, light strokes. The key to making it look natural is to apply the color in the direction the hair grows, almost like you are just drawing in new hair.”
6. Finally, set in place.
Stephanie says, “Use your brow gel to set your brows in place. Brush your brows slightly upwards and out like you did with the brow brush.”
Here is Stephanie’s after photo:
Special thanks to the lovely Stephanie for sharing these wonderful tips with our readers! To see more of Stephanie’s work, check out her portfolio at her website and her blog ich can be found here. Stephanie is a sweet person who is passionate about all things hair and makeup – and it shows! Check out her portfolio and consider her as your wedding day stylist. (Stephanie is based in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area, and happy to travel!)
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