Friday, January 11, 2008

It's a question of eye brows...


I have been thinking about my eyebrows lately...Mine tend to slope downward and tend to make me look angry or sad (or so I'm told). You know, with all the ways a girl can improve her looks I guess the easiest and cheapest is the eyebrows. I mean, how much can a tweezers cost???

But how do you decide the "right" look for you . Too much and you end up with Jean Harlow thin eyebrows. Not enough you end up looking like Joan Crawford.....
So here, from http://www.wildaboutmakeup.com/eye-brow-shaping.html is some helpful advice:
Eye Brow Shaping to Perfection...

Begin the eye brow shaping process by balancing your eyebrow so that it is proportionate with the rest of your face. Look in the mirror and place imaginary lines (or a pencil) across your face to match the lines shown here. Do this on both sides of the nose and pluck only in between. Be careful about the distance between the inner brows and the length of the brows.
A. Imagine a vertical line going up from the outside of your nostril towards your forehead. The inner part of the eyebrow should converge with this line.
B. A straight line going out from the outside corner of your nostril past the outer corner of your eye marks the end of your eyebrow.
C. Your arch should be found two thirds of the way from your inner eyebrow.
Plucking Your Eye Brows Away...
No two eyebrows are exactly the same but during this eye brow shaping phase you can achieve as symmetrical a look as possible. Start by using tweezers with pointed or slanted tips since they grip the hairs best.
Never pluck the top of your eye brows, always pluck below the eye brow line, and follow it's natural arch. You can use the top of the brow as a guideline to shape the bottom.
You will notice that the eyebrow gets narrower as it goes upwards and outwards. Pluck the hairs out toward the ears following the natural hair growth. Pluck slowly and check your eye brow shaping progress often by looking in the mirror.
1. Brush the eyebrow upwards and back using a mascara wand or brow brush, then brush downwards the hair to be removed.
2. Draw over your eyebrow a very dark outline of the shape you want using a dark eyebrow pencil. Make sure both eyebrows are as symmetrical as possible, then remove any hairs outside the outline.
3. You can remove the hairs outside this outline using tweezers. Pluck each hair as close to the root as possible. Pluck one hair at a time, always pluck from underneath the brow and pull hairs in their growth direction using a swift, sharp movement.
4. After plucking, brush eyebrows into shape using an eye brow brush. Work upward and outward to give the brow more definition. Your eye brow shaping phase is complete.
5. To achieve symmetry you can use eyebrow pencil or shadow to define the eye brows. Use light strokes to fill in any gaps.
6. Brush through again with the brow brush to blend in the eyebrow pencil. You can use hair spray to keep hairs in place by spraying a clean mascara wand and combing it through the eyebrow.

2 comments:

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

And remember - less plucking is more!! :-) Well, you know what I mean!!!. Try not to take too much off at once in ones enthusiasm!!

Domestic Chicky said...

I love Elizabeth's eyebrows! When I worked in the salon, I used to always recommend eyebrow stencils and powder - you use the powder to put the shape on your brow, then tweeze the stray hairs, but try not to make them "too" perfect...then use a toothbrush to brush any excess powder away - the powder gives a nice, defined look without being too fussy looking...