By Christine Dion of Mode Dion.
Frame your eyes with beautiful, professional looking brows.
Models and entertainers all know how important eyebrows are to your face. Shaping, defining and enhancing eyebrows are often done with new talent before any other beauty assistance. Brows not only frame your eyes but balance the facial features. The right brows make you more photogenic and help draw your audience into your eyes on stage creating a better connection to your performance.
Step By Step: Beautiful Brows
Shape up and tame unruly brows like a pro with these easy make-up artist’s techniques.
Start by tweezing brows into the perfect shape:
Step 1. Choose pointy tipped tweezers. Never shave brows as they often do not grow back even, if they grow back at all! Make sure tweezers are sterilized with rubbing alcohol before you begin. Replace tweezers about every year or when they start to lose their grip.
Step 2. Remove oil and bacteria from the brow area with a cotton ball dipped in astringent. This will prevent red bumps and make it easier to tweeze brow hairs. Be careful not to get any astringent in the eye.
Step 3. Pull stray brow hairs in the direction they grow. Pulling in the opposite direction of hair growth will break hairs at the base leaving little black dots. These not only look bad but can turn into ingrown hairs!
Step 4. After tweezing is complete sterilize area again with astringent and give the area a rest. Avoid putting makeup over freshly tweezed areas as this can easily cause infection.
Step by Step: Shaping Brows
Where to tweeze is always the biggest question. Bushy brows can make eyes look small and brows that are too thin can make eyes look surprised. What’s worse is over tweezed brows sometime never grow back. Caution is key and these helpful tips will keep you in line.
Step 1. Draw and brush brows into the desired shape first then tweeze around the brow line. Some make-up artists use a white pencil on brow hairs they plan to pull so it’s easier to see how it will look once the hairs are removed. This will also help in making sure both brows are even and balanced.
Step 2. To find where brows should begin take a pencil and place it along the side of your nose, pointing up and stopping at the inner corner of your eye. This is where your brows should begin. Tweeze out the hairs that fall outside the pencil line to open eyes.
Step 3. To find where your brow arch should be look in the mirror straight ahead. Place the pencil at the side of your nose pointing up to the outer edge of the eye pupil. This is where the brow arch should begin. Tweeze out the hairs that are not part of the brow line at the arch. This lifts the eyes.
Step 4. To find where brows should end place the pencil along the side of your nose, line to the outer corner of your eye and stop at the end of your brow. This is where your brow should end. Most people have brows that are too short, which makes the eyes look smaller.
Tip: If it’s your first time going for the tweezers, a trip to the salon for a professional waxing or tweezing can help you find the perfect shape. Make sure to explain to the brow specialist that you want the most natural appearance. Let them do it for you once and just tweeze the strays as they appear over time.
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