My natural brows are one of those things that really lower my self-esteem. They are sparse, uneven and asymmetrical. Not to mention undefined! It took me years of experiments to figure out how to best shape and define them. My brow story includes having them wayy overtweezed, asymmetrically shaped, heavily drawn-on, too dark, too light. EVERYTHING! The solution to my problem is actually so simple that it’s almost unnecessary of me to be going through all those phases to figure it out! Continuing with my recent obsession with anything brows, here’s how I’ve been filling them brows in.
Kanebo KATE Lasting Eyebrow W in BR-3 (rakuten.com, $11.83)
(If you are familiar with Sasa.com, they used to sell them online. It’s been taken off e-retail, but the brand is a Japanese drugstore staple. You can find it in almost any Asian drugstores)
Kanebo KATE’s eyebrow pen is my absolute holy grail brow saviour. It’s a dual-ended, with one side being the pen (with a flat tip), and the other a sponge applicator coated in powder of the same shade. I rarely use the sponge tip because of its soft, less defined application, while the flat pen side is used almost exclusively to fill my brows. BR-3 is the darker of the two shades available, and it’s the perfect ash grey-brown that simply suits my skin tone and hair no matter what colour I have. I also have a few other obsessions with brow powder and gel that I occasionally use when I have time, but generally speaking, the method with these brow products are loosely the same. The general rule of thumb is to apply gently and in small, light strokes and slowly build it up.
- Before drawing anything, start by imagining how you wish your brow to look like.
- Begin by outlining the arch of your brow, drawing as clean a stroke as possible along the bottom. This line is especially important if you want a defined set of brows!
- Outline the top of the brow, merging it to the bottom line towards the end. My brows have this funny angular arch at the top, so I even that out by drawing a smoother curve at the high point instead. Especially if your brows are uneven, draw the shape you like and don’t follow the lines of your natural brows completely!
- Fill the space in between with small strokes starting from the middle, gradually moving inward with even lighter strokes.
- Run a spooly brush to the beginning of the brow to soften up the edge (for a more natural look, obviously), and again (gently) to the rest of the brows to even out any patches.
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