A well-shaped brow says a lot about the person they're on. It says you care about the way you look, you recognize and appreciate your features, and that you know a thing or two about STYLE (generally). A clean well-shaped brow also makes it easier to get away with wearing little to no makeup, YAY! Coincidentally, an over-plucked brow, bad brow wax job, or even those unnaturally shaped brows drawn on by something possibly made from the Crayola family, can magnify fine lines, dark circles, or the even the best highlight/contour or your life.
I sat down with famed celebrity makeup artist Meko White, in The Paper Doll House (who also happens to be a celebrity brow guru and one of my fav MUA to work with), to help design a plan on how to achieve the brows that you've always wanted (in 10 minutes!!!)
Why do you think people are intimidated by doing their brows? Is it really that complicated?
I honestly think people are intimidated about brows because they're such an important part of the structure of one's face. They actually frame it, and add to the defining of your features. But keeping them up, and making them look natural and effortless isn't complicated at all. Like most things, it just takes a little practice and patience.
What's the ideal brow shape? Can anyone achieve it?
The ideal brow shape is very natural and feathered. Believe it or not, it's your own natural brow shape, and cleaning up a few hairs here and there. Everyone has a different hair growth pattern and shape, so the best way to find your TRUE BROW is to let your brows grow out for 3-4 months [I know, the horror]. You'll be able to find your ideal arch and see what you're working with, as I know a lot of folks have been found guilty of not treating their brows very kindly with tweezers.
Once they're grown out, what would you recommend doing in order to clean up those 'here and there' hairs?
Only tweeze the hairs that allow you to open your outer arch (see pic below). I think it's fair to say that most people want thicker and fuller brows, rather than thin finer brows that must be completely filled in. I've also seen a lot of natural brows with no ends, which is a NO NO! You should tweeze little or no hairs from the ends of your brow, and make sure the hairs trail off in an upward direction, and not abruptly come to a halt.
You have this 10-minute brow technique that I LIVE for! Can you demonstrate it and tell our readers what tools they need to achieve this 10-minute brow?
Absolutely! Let's break this down step-by-step:
- Find a brow brush- This tool can be found out your local drugstore, cosmetics store (Sephora, Ulta, etc.), or you can even take the wand from an empty tube of mascara (just make sure you wash it thoroughly of any pigments that are from the used mascara).
- Grab a eyebrow pencil, brow pomade, or brow powder/stick to help define your natural arch and brow shape- You'll need to find a pencil/pomade/powder that's a shade darker than your natural brow hair color. Remember we are going for natural here :) You really want to define the shape with a "light" hand. Nothing too harsh, and nothing to striking. Going too heavy-handed can often times define a shape that makes you have a 'surprised' expression on your face, which we want to avoid.
- A good full-coverage concealer- This tool is for carving out that beautiful shape you just created and extenuate the brow bone. You'll want to choose a concealer that has a hue 3-4 shades lighter than your natural skin tone.
CHECK OUT OUR BROW SIT-DOWN VIDEO