Anna Durston is a make-up artist who has been in the industry for 15 years. She has become exposed to a wide variety of beauty products and techniques on the market and this month she is talking about how to create the perfect brows.
Over the last couple of years eyebrow have become big news in makeup, literally big. With models like Cara Delevingne at the forefront of the big and natural brows look, it’s something that we have taken, embraced and ran with. The only problem being some of us had plucked their eyebrows so much in the previous years we haven’t been able to cultivate the bushy natural brow look and some of us would still like to get our natural brows under control. Whether we have a lot or a little bit, if you want to go for the groomed look, you still need to shape them. It’s much easier to apply eyeshadow without eyebrow hair getting in the way.
At work after I have removed any makeup, but before I have prepped the skin, I check out the eyebrows. If they need plucking I do this first because the skin needs a little calming down time after plucking. Using the tweezers, (or makeup brush) hold them against the side of your nose vertically because this is where your eyebrow begins. Pluck away any hairs in the middle, then pluck any stray hairs underneath the brow, (never on top, we’ll come to them later) follow the natural line. Then hold your tweezers or brush across your face from your nostril to the corner of your eye as this is where your eyebrow finishes. Pluck any hairs that go over this point.
Any hairs that are very coarse and stick up; brush them up so they really stand out above the brow line. Use some nail scissors to trim them so they blend into the natural shape. Plucking on top can make some unsightly patches and gaps.
Now to fill in and colour the eyebrows. There are so many products available, from the semi-permanent, Wunderbrow to the basic eyebrow pencils and eyebrow powders and pomades. I use all of them at work depending on what look is required. A pencil or brow pen will help to fill in any gaps and if you want a really strong look it can create the definition you need. The powders and pomades will give a softer look that can be easier to put on and blend. If the pencil doesn’t come with a brush on the end, use a old and clean, dry mascara wand to brush through the eyebrows to take away any sharp edges that you don’t want.
Nothing makes you look more groomed and your eyes stand out than great eyebrows.
Below is my Perfect Brows Kit
Tweezerman Tweezers priced £20.95
Wunderbrow priced at £19.95
Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift priced at £22.50
MAC Eye Brows priced at £14.00
Maybelline Brow Satin priced at £5.99