Hi, my name is Katie and welcome to my brow basics guide — I’m looking forward to sharing some of my beauty advice with you all. I am a beauty obsessed makeup enthusiast & happen to be considered a ‘brow master’ by many of my friends. So, because bold brows and A-list arches are what I’m known for, I thought I’d share a few of my personal tips and tricks with you.
My friends & family always come to me when they want their eyebrows done, which is great because I love helping brows achieve their maximum potential! I was very thankful when one of my friends, Nora, finally came to me for brow advice —no one ever really appreciates unsolicited brow advice, so you always have to wait for people to come to you.
Nora always did her brows this certain way that she knew didn't look quite right, but wasn’t sure how to ‘fix’ her problematic over-plucked shape. She loved to make her brows…well, arched…but they were a little too arched if you know what I mean. Finally, Nora's mom and friends' gentle hints eventually sent Nora the drift to get some help from a pro.
One day Nora came to me, the guru, telling me how my brows were so perfect and wished hers looked like mine, so like any good friend, I offered to do them for her (I had been waiting for this moment for forever). When I finished Nora's brow makeover, she LOVED them. I created a edged arch that hand angles, but not too arched that she looked in a state of constant surprise. I then taught her how to achieve the perfect bend in her brow in a few easy steps.
1. Start by drawing in an arch with a brow pencil (I love DOLLUP's Skinny-Tip Brow Pencil) in an upside-down V shape — keep the line as thin as possible. Drawing in the arches first will help to guide the rest of the brow. Most people have weak arches, so they must be drawn in for more frame and structure.
2. Bottom Fill. To find where to start your bottom fill line, place a sheet of paper at the bridge of your nose, pointing it at 10:00 or 2:00 — depending on which side of the face you’re working on. Brows should start slightly in front of the corner of your eye.
3. After drawing the bottom fill line, pencil in the front of the brows with tiny ‘hairs’ by using a flecking motion all the way to the top of the arch line you previously drew. Using a spooley brush, brush the brows in an upward motion to blend.
4. Next, draw a single thin line from the middle of your arch towards your temple to fill the back of your brows. Do not stop at the edge of your eye — elongate the line 3-4cm past where your eye ends. Fill in more to balance out the brow if needed. Also, avoid curving downward with the line even if your natural brow slopes down.
5. To avoid making your brows look too harsh, minimize the amount of product you use in the front of your eyebrow — keep the front third of your brow nice and light.
Following these steps, my friend Nora now basks in beautiful brows and you can too!
Good brows take time and you must keep up-to-date with them — making sure to tweeze them when you notice your brows are getting a little crazy. I always recommend having your brows shaped by a professional — a recommended professional — at least once so you can follow an outline of where to tweeze. And NEVER over-tweeze your brows...think less is more.
Additionally, if you want to add a little more drama (meow!) to your makeup look, I like to build-up a dramatic arch to really make a bold statement with the brows. I get a lot of compliments when I add a little volume to my arches, and this is often achieved by exaggerating the upside-down V of the arch when I’m drawing them in. But for everyday, I like to make a little arch that flows naturally with the rest of the brow and does not look too obvious.
Filling in your eyebrows IS the number one key to having great brows — no one has great brows naturally, believe me. Also, make sure that you're filling in your brows with a color that matches your hair color perfectly or slightly darker.
Common Brow Mistakes:
1. Wrong Color. I recently saw a beautiful natural blonde with red-gold colored brow fill — try hard to find a flattering color.
2. Caked. Avoid applying foundation or any other makeup products to the brow area to keep from looking 'cakey.'
3. Brows start directly above the inner corner of the eye not, not back by the pupil.
4. Avoid 'rounding' the front of the brow and works squaring your brows instead.
Happy Brow Shaping!!
xo Dollup Darling Katie