The Definitive Guide to Defining Your Brows

I'm sure you are tired of hearing me talk about the importance of brows. Yet it's the one thing I get asked most about--how to get natural looking brows. It only takes a little practice and a few minutes to really frame your face.

Start by having your brows waxed or threaded. The difference? Waxing hurts only for a second, removes a tiny layer of skin and stays red for a bit afterwards. Threading, on the other hand, is uncomfortable during the entire service, but is more gentle on the skin. Either way, here's how to determine your perfect brow shape if you decide to do it on your own.

Take an eyeliner pencil and mark your brows where they should start, stop and arch. Without tweezing too much, remove hairs to create the shape. Removing less is always better than removing more!

Next, you'll need to fill in your brows with a pencil, powder or gel that matches your hair color. Using light strokes, create little feathered lines that define the shape of your brow. Then take a spooli (that thing that looks like a clean mascara brush) and comb them out. Be sure that no hard lines are visible and that you follow the natural shape of your brow. If there are a few stray hairs outside of the lines, tweeze them. Be careful not to overdo it. Natural looking brows are best!

Not sure what product is right for you?

A gel or cream is best for someone with a little more experience. These can look heavy if not applied with a light touch, so be sure to use a light touch. Try: Anastasia's Dip Brow, Too Faced's Bullet Proof Brows, Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow.

A pencil is the next easiest, provided you don't draw your lines too thick or too harsh. A delicate touch is all that is needed. Pencils that make it easy: It Cosmetics, Joey Healy or Vanity Mark

A powder is goof-proof. All you need is an angled brush and a tiny bit of powder.
At first, your brows may look a little bold. They should look like they are framing your face, not like you've added makeup. Easy does it! Try the easiest way for beginners: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, Smashbox Brow Tech.

What do the pros prefer to use? I was recently on set in Nashville and asked the Makeup Artist/Hairstylist Debbie Dover, what her go-to brow product is for the songbirds she works with:

"Maybelline's Define-A-Brow. This pencil always looks natural, it's easy to find and everyone loves how it looks."  Debbie says she uses this on most of her clients and that the pencil holds up against performances, photo shoots and red carpets.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to get celeb-worthy brows! Do you style your brows or are they too intimidating? What is your favorite product? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. Thanks for sharing this! It is so helpful :)
    Have an amazing day!

  2. Brows are up next on my list of beauty things to master! Thanks for the tips!

  3. I actually really love using an eyebrow shaver to shape my brows. The results don't last as long as tweezing or waxing, but I find that it only takes a second in the morning to maintain, and I think it's a relatively easy method when you're a brow beginner. But I'm also kind of biased against waxing, since the first and only time I went, the esthetician made the wax too hot and I still have the scar to this day.

  4. Jacqueline brookinsFebruary 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Ok I commented under your Facebook post. But I will ask this question too. Have you used the Dermstore smartbrow? And what is your review? And what are your suggestions for someone who wants nice eyebrows like everyone else with arches etc but they're jacked up and very sparse esp at the end lol


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