I once heard that you can tell a woman’s age by her eyebrows. Now, I don’t mean the actual hairs or how her eyebrows look naturally. I’m talking about how we style them. Eyebrows tend to be a thing of the times. In the 20’s they were thin and rounded. In the 40’s, the heavy arch was more prominent. The 60’s brought full Audrey Hepburn brows. Of course the 90’s and early 2000’s were the era of pencil thin brows. Now, we’re into more of a Cara Delevingne full, bushy, and bold brow kind of look. When it comes time in your makeup routine to do eyebrows, what look do you use? The era in which you learned how to do makeup? Or more of the current trend?
Although I am a child of the 90’s and spent my makeup adolescence tweezing and waxing my eyebrows into thin little lines (which happen to be the complete opposite of the latin brows I was given at birth), I am loving the more current bold brow trend. In fact, in the past I never even bothered with my eyebrows. Once I started wearing a lot of makeup, a makeup artist friend of mine told me I should at least use a bit of brow gel to finish my look and “frame my face”. Lo and behold, that little touch really made a difference!
About three years ago, I went to get my brows waxed and was told that my eyebrows were too far apart – probably from years and years of waxing and tweezing. Oh my goodness, this information threw me into a tailspin and gave me a complex. Who would have thought I would ever end up with an eyebrow insecurity complex, of all things! Over the past 3 years, I never got my brows waxed, used every brow serum I could find, and drew little hairs into my “bald spots” to fill them in. Every day. And guess what. The little missing eyebrow hairs never came back. After accepting my fate, I went back to get my brows waxed. I had a fantastic esthetician who told me my brows were fine and maybe I am missing a couple little hairs, but the only person who would ever notice was me.
What is the lesson here? We are all beautiful. And our quirks just make us unique and even more beautiful. Would it matter if my eyebrows were exactly perfect? No. Can I make them even with makeup if I want? Yes. Do I? Sometimes! Especially if it’s for a big event or something. However, I no longer take the time to fill them in every day. I am good enough on my own. Both me and my eyebrows.
With all of that being said, there are three different routines I use when it comes time to do eyebrows. Just like in life, there is the easy way, the medium way, and the complicated way.
For an every day look (or an in a hurry look), I have a two step routine. First, I brush my brows and get them all sitting pretty. Then I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel in Espresso to add a touch of color and lock them down. That’s it!
On the days where I feel like I need a little more help than just some brow gel, I have a three step routine. Brush, Fill, Brow Gel. First I brush my brows. Then I use Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo in Dark Brown and a small square flat brush to fill in any gaps or adjust any shaping to my preference. Finally, I apply the brow gel to hold everything in place. Of course, you could always use a pencil instead of the powder and brush. However, I find I like the depth of the two powder colors better than a pencil, as well as the payoff of the powder colors.
Last but not least, on a very important day when I want full major brows, I use a 4 step routine. As always, I start off brushing my brows. Next, I use an eyebrow pen/marker to fill in the little gaps in the front of my brows. I use the pen to draw a few/handful of tiny little hairs. However I am not trying to “fill in” the whole area. Just draw 3-5 tiny little hair like lines to give shape and depth. The lines don’t even have to be the same length or all go in the same direction. Your natural hairs don’t! I use Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Brown or Stila Stay All Day Liner in Dark Brown because my brows are darker than most brow pens. Then, the rest of the routine is just like the previous look – powder fill and finish with brow gel.
Of course, each of these three brow journeys are my personal preference and how I do my makeup. We are all unique and different, and so are our routines (and our eyebrows!). Most of you probably don’t have a brow complex and don’t need a full 4 step brow routine. But some of you might, and that’s ok. Just remember, you are not your eyebrows. You wear them. They don’t wear you. And you are enough.
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